Mike Duffey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.
He is interested in how physical engineering systems are economically designed, built, and operated. This includes researching new methods and applications for life cycle cost analysis, and related design and management processes. He teaches courses in what is traditionally called "engineering economics" (EMSE 260, EMSE 261), and systems engineering (such as EMSE 283). He is also interested in new ways to attract young people to engineering, and related curriculum development.
His education includes a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering (1992) and masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering (1987), both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has a BA in History (Trinity College, Hartford, CT) and a BS in Physics (UMass Amherst).
Prior to coming to GWU in 1992, Duffey's experiences included developing design software for U.S. manufacturers; managing a design software research lab; working as a merchant seaman on U.S.-flagged container ships; and as a journalist in New York City. At GWU, he has worked on research projects funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, and other industry and government entities. Besides his on-campus teaching, he has taught extensively in the department's off-campus masters program, traveling to classrooms at industry and government worksites across the country. He has also worked on several projects with civic groups in the District of Columbia helping to promote technical literacy for the city's youth. He also enjoys tinkering with pedal steel guitars, and playing traditional country music.
Some Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Conference Proceedings
"A Framework for Financial Analysis of Offshore Wind Energy," D. Ozkan and M. R. Duffey, Wind Engineering. Vol. 35, No. 3, pp.267-288, 2011.
"Manufacturing Feature-Based Cost Management System: A Case Study in Brazil," T. P. Filomena, M. J. Anzanello, F. J. K. Neto, M. R. Duffey, and E. Campos-Nanez. Production Planning and Control. Accepted for publication, 2010.
"Target costing operationalization during product development: Model and application," T. Filomena, F. Neto, F. Kliemann, and M. Duffey. International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 118, no. 2, pp. 398-409, 2009.
"Formulation of Financial Valuation Methodologies for NASA's Human Spaceflight Projects," W. M. Hawes and M. R. Duffey. Project Management Journal (Wiley Interscience). March 2008. pp. 85-94.
"A Review of Existing Methods to Quantify Intangible Assets," F. Levy and M. R. Duffey. International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation (Inderscience, Ltd), Vol. 4, Nos. 4/5, 2007. pp. 382-398.
"The Vocal Memnon and Solar Thermal Automata," M. Duffey. Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo Music Journal, annual companion volume, MIT press), Vol. 17, pp. 51–54, 2007.
"H2power: Development Of A Methodology To Calculate Life Cycle Cost Of Small And Medium-Scale Hydrogen Systems," L. E. Verduzco, M. R. Duffey and J. P. Deason. Energy Policy: The International Journal of the Political, Economic, Planning, Environmental and Social Aspects of Energy (Elsevier). December 2006.
"Scrap Tires to Crumb Rubber: Feasibility Analysis for Processing Facilities," N. Sungthonpagasit and M.R. Duffey. Journal of Resources, Recycling, and Conservation, vol 40, no. 4, pp 281-299, March 2004.
"A Model for Effective Implementation of Earned Value Management Methodology," E. H. Kim, M.R. Duffey and W. Wells. International Journal of Project Management. vol. 21, no., July 2003.
"Scrap Tires to Crumb Rubber: Market and Production Issues for Processing Facilities," N. Sungthonpagasit and M.R. Duffey. Proceedings of the Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC 2003), Society of Plastics Engineers, Environmental Division, Detroit, MI. February 26-27, 2003.
"Design for Tolerance of Electro-Mechanical Assemblies: An Integrated Approach," R. Sudarsan, Y. Narahari, K. Lyons, M. Duffey, and R. Sriram. IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Vol. 15, No. 6, December 1999.
"Risk Analysis for Large Engineering Projects: Modeling Cost Uncertainty for Ship Production Activities," M.R. Duffey and J.R. van Dorp. Journal of Engineering Valuation and Cost Analysis, vol. 2, pp. 285-301, 1999.
"Statistical Dependence in Risk Analysis for Project Networks Using the Monte Carlo Method," J. R. van Dorp and M.R. Duffey. International Journal of Production Economics. vol. 58, pp. 17-29, 1999.
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"Ingramm: Towards A Diagramming Methodology For Early-Stage Mission Life Cycle Design Information," R. C. Anderson, M. R. Duffey, and K. W. Lyons. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM), pp. 63-74, Portland, OR, July 1-3, 1998.
"Functional Requirements for Methods to Support Early-Stage Space Mission Design," R.C. Anderson, M.R. Duffey, and K.W. Lyons. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, Middlesbrough, UK. Begell House, ISBN 1-56700-089-4, June 25-27, 1997.
"Design Infrastructure in Shipbuilding and Other Heavy Industries," P. Koenig, M. Duffey, D.W. Rosen, and P. Singh, Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), vol. 104., 1996.
"Requirements, Methods and Research Issues for Modeling the Product Realization Process," K. W. Lyons and M.R. Duffey, chapter in Re-engineering the Enterprise, Edited by Jim Browne and David O'Sullivan. Chapman & Hall, ISBN 0-412-64260-3, 1996.
"Modeling The Product Realization Process: Requirements, Methods And Research Issues For Computer Support Tools," M.R. Duffey and K.W. Lyons, Proceedings of the 1995 Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Conference, Begell House, New York, NY. ISBN 1-56700-030-4, Stuttgart, Germany June 28-30, 1995.
"Cost, Quality, and Time-to-Market Evaluations for Discrete Products: Strategic Implications of Emerging Engineering Design Models," M.R. Duffey and D.W. Rosen, Proceedings of the 1994 Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Conference, CRC Press, Inc., ISBN 1-56700-018-5, Blacksburg, VA, May 8-11, 1994.
"Managing the Product Realization Process: A Model for Aggregate Cost and Time-to-Market Evaluation," M.R. Duffey and J.R. Dixon, Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, London, UK no. 1, vol. 1, 1993.
"Knowledge-Based Design of Progressive Stamping Dies," M.R. Duffey and Q. Sun, Journal of Material Processing, vol. 28, no. 1-2, Sept. 1991.
"A Program of Research in Mechanical Design: Computer-Based Models and Representations," J.R. Dixon and M.R. Duffey. Mechanism and Machine Theory, Elmsford, NY, vol. 25, no. 3, 1990.
"The Neglect of Engineering Design," J.R. Dixon and M.R. Duffey. California Management Review, vol. 32, no. 2, Berkeley, CA, Winter 1990.
"A Case Study in Geometric and Topological Reasoning for Mechanical Design", M.R. Duffey and J.R. Dixon. Computer-Aided Design, vol. 20, no. 10, Surrey, UK, December 1988.
"A Proposed Taxonomy of Mechanical Design Problems," J.R. Dixon, M.R. Duffey, R. Irani, K. Meunier, and M. Orelup. Proceedings of the ASME Computers in Engineering Conference, San Francisco, CA July 31-August 3, 1988.
Some other publications (selected)
"Evaluating the Financial and Socioeconomic Cost of Small and Medium-Scale Hydrogen Systems," L. E. Verduzco and M. R. Duffey. Fuel Cell Magazine, Fall 2006.
"The Memnon Competition As Interdisciplinary Design Curriculum," M.R. Duffey, Proceedings of the International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress, Orlando, FL, 6--12 August 2005.
"Prognosticating Oil Supplies," M.R. Duffey, Washington Times, November 3, 2004.
"A Proposed Design Competition for Solar Thermal Music," M.R. Duffey, Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the American Solar Energy Society, Portland, OR, 9--14 July 2004.
"Sizing Up the Crumb Rubber Market," N. Sungthonpagasit and M.R. Duffey. Resource Recycling, April 2003.
"Problem-Based Learning: Production Design for Urban Manufacturing," M.R. Duffey and M. Laster, 3rd Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Washington, DC, March 11-13, 1999.
"Design for Tolerance of Electro-Mechanical Assemblies: An Integrated Approach , Y. Narahari, R. Sudarsan, K.W. Lyons, M.R. Duffey, and R.D. Sriram, NIST IR (National Institute of Standards and Technology), October 1999.
"Design for Tolerance of Electro-Mechanical Assemblies," R. Sudarsan, Y. Narahari, K. Lyons, M. Duffey, and R. Sriram. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Belgium, May 16-21 1998.
"Economic Feasibility for Production Design: Recent Teaching Experiences," M.R. Duffey, M. McDermott and R. C. Anderson, Proceedings of the 1997 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Milwaukee, WI, June 15-18, 1997.
"Building Education/Industry Relationships: Assembly-Based Manufacturing for the Next Generation of Solar Products," Joseph McCabe and M.R. Duffey. Solar Today, vol. 10, no. 5, September/October 1996.
"Project Management in Manufacturing and High Technology Operations," M.R. Duffey, review for The Engineering Economist, vol. 42, no. 1, Fall 1996.
"Design Infrastructure in Shipbuilding and Other Heavy Industries: A Benchmarking Study," M.R. Duffey, Philip Koenig, David Rosen and Perry Singh,.Technical Report, U.S. Navy NAVSEA Affordability Through Commonality (ATC) Project and the Mid-Term Sealift Ship Technology Development Program (MTSSTDP), January 1996.
"A Decision-Making Model for Evaluation of the Use of Composite Materials in Bridge Repair Applications," M.A. El-Mikawi, A.S. Mosallam, and M.R. Duffey, Fiber Composites in Infrastructure: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Composites in Infrastructure (ICCI 96), Tucson, AZ, January 15-17, 1996.
"Systems Architecting and Process Modeling: Application to the Laser Altimetry Mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center," Richard C. Anderson, M.R. Duffey, and Kevin Lyons, Technical Report, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), November 1995.
"Adult Technical Learning: Engineering Design Models for the High Performance Workplace," M.R. Duffey, Collected Papers from the NIST Workshop on Learning Technologies, Washington, DC, October 24-25, 1994.
"Least Squares Regression Model as an Aid to Goal Programming," R. Khorramshogal, Y. Gousty, M.R. Duffey, Proceedings of the 4th International Congress of Industrial Engineering, Marseilles, France, Dec. 15-17, 1993.
"Feature-Based Design Systems to Bring Manufacturing Knowledge to CAD," M.R. Duffey and J. R. Dixon, in Design for Manufacturability: Strategies and Solutions, CAD/CIM Management Roundtable, Boston, 1990.
"Designing with Computers," M.R. Duffey, Sculpture Magazine (guest editor for special CAD issue), Washington, DC, July/August 1988.
"Quality Is Not Accidental - It's Designed," J.R. Dixon and M.R. Duffey, New York Times, June 26, 1988.