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Welcome to the Risk-Based Systems Analytics 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

  • Kash is co-teaching (with Drs. Gonzalez and Mohebbi) an OU Presidential Dream Course on the Analytics of Resilient Cyber-Physical-Social Systems! Our first guest is Enrico Zio from Ecole CentraleSupélec in Paris, France and Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy.

  • Ph.D. student Nazanin Morshedlou was given the 2017 Pursuit of Excellence Award for graduate students by the Gallogly College of Engineering. An outstanding award for an outstanding student!

  • Kash is a program chair, along with Chase Rainwater of the University of Arkansas and Diana Berry of Harsco Rail, for the 2018 Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Submit an abstract before November 9, and see you in Orlando, FL in May 2018!

  • Kash is proctored an online engineering statistics course in Fall 2017 (and will again in Summer 2018) as part of the OU Gallogly College of Engineering's MS in Data Science and Analytics. He also taught engineering statistics at OU's campus in Arezzo, Italy in October. #pizza

  • Kash is co-editing, with Jose Ramirez-Marquez of Stevens Institute of Technology and Giovanni Sansavini of ETH-Zurich, a special issue of Risk Analysis on "Resilience Analytics for Cyber-Physical-Social Networks." Check out more here!

  • Ph.D. student Mohamad Darayi is a new Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering in the School of Professional Studies at the Great Valley campus of Penn State University. An incredible opportunity for an incredible scholar!

  • The OU School of ISE has hired two tremendous scholars in the area of cyber-physical-social systems! Andres Gonzalez and Shima Mohebbi will be joining the School in the Fall of 2017!

  • Lab graduate Hiba Baroud was awarded the inaugural Littlejohn Dean Faculty Fellowship given to engineering junior faculty at Vanderbilt. Congrats to Dr. Baroud!

  • 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,


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