CONSULTANCIES AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Production Modeling Corporation, Spring of 2002 until the present. I am Senior Consultant and Director of the System Dynamics Practice. This firm has completed over 3000 projects related to manufacturing, software development, supply chain management, lean initiatives, simulation modeling, and enterprise optimization. I regularly advise the firm and its clients relative to project management as well as project portfolio management. To learn more about the firm, visit www.pmc.com
ADAPSIS Corporation, Spring of 1996, provided suggestions as to the needs of the IT development and maintenance marketplace looking ahead to the 21st Century.
Texas Tech Vehicle Rental Department, Spring of 1996, developed decision support system to facilitate the sizing and mix of vehicles for rent, based on actual demand data.
O’hare Shutters, winter of 1994-95, developed forecasting system and cost-driven forecast for the product in 1995.
Government of Saudi Arabia, winter of 1993, taught enterprise architecture planning/business process reengineering seminars in the cities of Jeddah, Rhyad, and Dhahran.
Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos, New Mexico, Summer of 1986 and 1987. Developed algorithms for random variate generation and for statistics collection. Developed a methodology for knowledge-based, object-oriented network-discrete simulation.
White Sands Missile Range, White-Sands, New Mexico, Summer of 1985. Developed inference engine and database processor for meteorology knowledge base.
Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, Summer of 1980. Embedded solar energy components into a national energy simulation model of solar energy and developed a model of a photovoltaic cell.
Langely Research Center, Langely, Virginia, Summer of 1978. Developed scheduling/routing/fleeting-sizing models for a proposed national air cargo system.
Texas Instruments, Lubbock, 1978-1979. Developed expert system to schedule plastic piece-part shop orders onto injection molding machines.
Purdue University, Indiana, 1971-1973. Performed systems analysis of the U.S. Coast Guard pollution and surveillance functions.
The Boeing Company, Seattle, 1969-1970. Helped design, develop, codify, verify, and implement a simulation of the AWACS airplane.
The Boeing Company, Seattle, 1967-1969. Developed satellite navigation system through utilization of a Kalman Filter.
The Boeing Company, New Orleans, Summer of 1966. Developed computer model to determine the stress loads on the shell of the Saturn V rocket under varying wind dynamics during launch.
ACADEMIC RESEARCH GRANTS/PROJECTS
"Automated Visual Inspection: Defect Characterization and Production Testing--Supplement to Support Minorities," submitted 6/15/90 to State of Texas Advanced Technology Program (K. Hennessey was principal investigator and project director, Burns was Co-Principal Investigator); amount funded: $24,000.
"Proposal to Receive a Gift from Pritsker and Associates of the $18,000 SLAMSYSTEM software for use in teaching simulation in the COBA," Amount of Award: $18,000.
"Real Time Analysis to Optimize the Burning of Black-lines in Grass-shrub Fuels with a Helitorch," submitted 7/15/89 to State of Texas Advanced Technology Program; amount funded: $165,000. (A. H. Wright was Principal Investigator and Project Director, Burns was Co-Principal Investigator).
"Automated Visual Inspection: Defect Characterization and Production Testing,," submitted 7/15/89 to State of Texas Advanced Technology Program (K. Hennessey was Principal Investigator and Project Director, Burns was Co-Principal Investigator); amount funded $394,000.
Texas Tech College of Business Administration Research Award (1982), "Analysis and Synthesis of a Menu/Query-Driven Discrete Simulation Language,"$2150.
Texas Tech College of Business Administration CPD Research Award (1984), $5,000 for one half-time graduate student assistant for nine months.
Crosbyton Project (1976), "Simulation and Optimization Studies Applied to the Crosbyton Solar Energy Project," $3,000.
"Models of Technology for Disabled Populations," $9000 funded by NSF, 1976.
BREADTH OF ASSIGNMENTS AND INTERESTS
Dr. Burns has research interests in project management, in structural and simulation modeling, with applications to enterprise integration, enterprise architecture planning, process design, and to knowledge representation and processing. One specific focus is the aggregation of these various modeling constructs into systems for decision support. He is a member of the IEEE SMC Society, The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, American Production Inventory and Control Society, Data Processing Management Association and Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Burns has performed a broad range of technical assignments involving applications of control theory, Kalman filtering, systems analysis and design, operations research, simulation, and expert systems. These assignments range from algorithm design of object-orient, knowledge-based simulation to development of inference engines for semantic knowledge bases. He has contributed significantly to the methodology for formulation of dynamical simulation models and he has developed new methods for knowledge representation and processing. Recent research pursuits include the incorporation of knowledge engineering concepts within intelligent risk simulations.