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Welcome to the Risk-Based Systems Analysis Laboratory within the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. The lab focuses on the development of theory, methodology, and application towards risk-based decision making in engineering systems. Primary areas of interests lie in (i) modeling the reliability, resilience, and interdependent economic impacts of disruptions to critical infrastructure networks and (ii) enhancing data-driven decision making for large-scale system sustainment.

Recent News

  • Dr. Hiba Baroud was awarded the OU ISE Outstanding Dissertation award in Spring 2016.

  • Kash was awarded an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Presidential Professorship in April 2016.

  • Kash and Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez from Stevens Institute of Technology were awarded a grant from the Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Program to study resilient supplier selection, commencing in the Summer of 2016.

  • Kash is on sabbatical in the Spring 2016 semester at Stevens Institute of Technology and ETH Zurich!

  • Five papers appeared in print in archival journals in 2015, with another six accepted for publication so far in 2016. Those appearing will be published in: Risk Analysis, the International Journal of Production Economics, Computers and Industrial Engineering, the International Journal of Production Research, and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. Accepted papers will appear in Reliability Engineering and System Safety (1, 2, 3, 4), Annals of Operations Research, and Computers and Industrial Engineering.

  • Kash is trying to use Twitter. Follow him @kashbarker!

  • Kash is leading a multi-university team of systems engineers, computer scientists, and social scientists to propose an area called “resilience analytics,” the data-driven study of interdependent physical, service, and community networks before, during, and after a disruption. We propose to primarily make use of community data (e.g., Twitter) to understand cyber-physical-social networks and their interdependent resilience. Team members include Andrea Tapia from Penn State University, James Lambert from the University of Virginia, Chris Zobel from Virginia Tech, Jose Ramirez-Marquez from Stevens Institute of Technology, Laura McLay from the University of Wisconsin, Charles Nicholson from OU, and Cornelia Caragea from the University of North Texas. Check out our project website,

  • #tenured. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, Kash will be an Associate Professor.

  • Dr. Hiba Baroud again spent the Summer of 2015 at the Summer Doctoral Institute organized by the Center for International Business Education and Research at the George Washington University. She continued her research in Bayesian kernel methods for modeling count data.

  • Ph.D. graduate Dr. Cameron MacKenzie will join Iowa State University as an assistant professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering department in Fall 2015. Another incredible opportunity for another incredible scholar!

  • Ph.D. student Hiba Baroud accepted an offer from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Vanderbilt University to become a tenure track assistant professor beginning in the Fall of 2015. An incredible opportunity for an incredible scholar!


If you are interested in pursuing an undregraduate or graduate degree in the newly named OU School of Industrial AND SYSTEMS Engineering , or if you're interested in my research in particular, let me know!