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Garrick E. Louis

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
Olsson Hall, Room 101A
151 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Chemical Engineering, Howard University, 1983
M.S. ​Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985
Ph.D. ​Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996
Post-Doc ​Green Design Institute, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996-1997
Biography

Garrick Louis is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. He is director of the Small Infrastructure and Development Center. His research seeks to provide sustained access to basic human services, including water and sanitation, to developing communities. He holds BSc. and MSc. degrees in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Engineering and Public Policy. His honors include; the 2000 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation, 2006-7 AAAS Energy Environment and Natural Resources Fellow, 2014 Design and Health Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia. A 2015-16 Jefferson Science Fellow in the Office of Global Food Security at the US Department of State, and is Global Fulbright Specialist for the US Department of State.

EAGER: Microgrid-Supported Hydroponic Crop Cultivation for A Resilient Fresh Food Supply in SIDS
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
May 01, 2020 – April 30, 2022
EN-SE HiCommon LLC
Source: VentureWell
December 01, 2014 – March 31, 2016
SYS 2620: Engineered Systems Public Policy
Credits: 3
This course examines the lifecycle of engineered systems (ES) and the public policies developed to regulate them. It covers risks, costs, benefits, and equity as common evaluation criteria for ES and their regulatory policies. It uses case studies from current events and basic tools of decision analysis to enable students to critically evaluate the tradeoffs involved in developing and regulating ES through public policy. Prerequisite: STS 1500, APMA 1110, CHEM 1410, PHYS 1610
SYS 3021: Deterministic Decision Models
Credits: 3
Introduction to deterministic optimization models: theory, algorithms, and applications. Coverage begins with highly structured network optimization models (e.g. shortest path models) and ends with unstructured linear optimization models (e.g. linear programing and integer programming). Applications include (1) telecommunications network planning and design, (2) design and utilization of transportation and distribution networks, and (3) project management and scheduling. Prerequisite: SYS 2001; corequisite: APMA 3080.
SYS 3046: Sustainability and Human Needs
Credits: 3
What is a globally sustainable standard of living? How should governments balance the desire to create national income and provide for the human needs of their citizens, against the desire to conserve natural resources and the environment for future generations? This course takes a systematic approach to answering these questions by evaluating sustainability in the context of human needs.
GSGS 3559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
SYS 4053: Systems Design I
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the fall semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 3021, 3060, and fourth-year standing in the Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4054: Systems Design II
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the spring semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. SYS 4053 and fourth-year standing in Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4501: Special Topics in Systems and Information Engineering
Credits: 1–3
A fourth-year level undergraduate course focused on a topic not normally covered in the course offerings. The topic usually reflects new developments in the systems and information engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
SYS 4995: Supervised Projects in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–6
Independent study or project research under the guidance of a faculty member. Offered as required. Prerequisite: As specified for each offering.
CE 4995: Civil Engineering Research
Credits: 1–4
Study of a civil engineering problem in depth by each student using library, computer, or laboratory facilities. The project is conducted in close consultation with departmental faculty and involves survey, analysis, or project development. Progress reports and a comprehensive written report are required. May be repeated if necessary. Prerequisite: Contact individual professor for Instructor Permission.
SYS 6001: Introduction to Systems Analysis & Design
Credits: 3
An integrated introduction to systems methodology, design, and management. An overview of systems engineering as a professional and intellectual discipline, and its relation to other disciplines, such as operations research, management science, and economics. An introduction to selected techniques in systems and decision sciences, including mathematical modeling, decision analysis, risk analysis, and simulation modeling. Elements of systems management, including decision styles, human information processing, organizational decision processes, and information system design for planning and decision support. Emphasizes relating theory to practice via written analyses and oral presentations of individual and group case studies. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program.
SYS 6002: Systems Integration
Credits: 3
Provides an introduction to the problems encountered when integrating large systems, and also presents a selection of specific technologies and methodologies used to address these problems. Includes actual case-studies to demonstrate systems integration problems and solutions. A term project is used to provide students with the opportunity to apply techniques for dealing with systems integration. Prerequisite: SYS 6001 or instructor permission.
SYS 6041: Ethics in Engineering Research & Practice (EERP)
Credits: 3
The goals of this course are to educate graduate students in SEAS in the ethical conduct of research & publication, and to facilitate the thoughtful integration of ethics into their engineering research & practice. This is done by i) engaging students in deliberative readings, discussion, & writing about EERP, and ii) using cases to consider the ethical dimensions of engineering and resources to support the engineer facing ethical dilemmas.
SYS 6043: Applied Optimization
Credits: 3
Presents the foundations of mathematical modeling and optimization, with emphasis on problem formulation and solution techniques. Includes applications of linear programs, nonlinear programs, and combinatorial models, as well as a practical introduction to algorithms for solving these types of problems. Topics are illustrated through classic problems such as service planning, operations management, manufacturing, transportation, and network flows. Prerequisites: Two years of college mathematics, including linear algebra, or instructor permission Note: This course cannot be applied toward completing the requirements for an M.S. or Ph.D. in Systems Engineering
SYS 6045: Applied Probabilistic Models
Credits: 3
The goal of this course is to develop an operational understanding of the basic tools of probabilistic modeling, including (i) a review of undergraduate probability, (ii) introduction to Bernoulli and Poisson processes with applications, (iii) Markov chains and applications, and (iv) limit theorems. Homework and exams will emphasize the use of basic concepts of probability theory in applications. This course cannot be applied toward completing the requirements for an M.S. or Ph.D. in Systems Engineering.
SYS 6050: Risk Analysis
Credits: 3
A study of technological systems, where decisions are made under conditions of risk and uncertainty. Topics include conceptualization (the nature, perception, and epistemology of risk, and the process of risk assessment and management) systems engineering tools for risk analysis (basic concepts in probability and decision analysis, event trees, decision trees, and multiobjective analysis), and methodologies for risk analysis (hierarchical holographic modeling, uncertainty taxonomy, risk of rare and extreme events, statistics of extremes, partitioned multiobjective risk method, multiobjective decision trees, fault trees, multiobjective impact analysis method, uncertainty sensitivity index method, and filtering, ranking, and management method). Case studies are examined. Prerequisite: APMA 3100, SYS 3021, or equivalent.
SYS 6064: Applied Human Factors Engineering
Credits: 3
This topic covers principles of human factors engineering, understanding and designing systems that take into account human capabilities and limitations from cognitive, physical, and social perspectives. Models of human performance and human-machine interaction are covered as well as methods of design and evaluation. Prerequisite: Basic statistics knowledge (ANOVA, linear regression)
SYS 6070: Environmental Systems Processes
Credits: 3
This course covers the design, operation, & maintenance of sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure as integrated municipal systems. It reviews mass & energy balances & unit operations as bases for the processes for water and sanitation (wasan) system design & management. It covers wasan regulation, and introduces the topic of small infrastructure. It also covers the challenges of deteriorating infrastructure, population, & climate change. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in SEAS or Approval of Instructor
SYS 6097: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
APMA 6430: Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Credits: 3
Analyzes the role of statistics in science; hypothesis tests of significance; confidence intervals; design of experiments; regression; correlation analysis; analysis of variance; and introduction to statistical computing with statistical software libraries. Prerequisite: Admission to graduate studies.
SYS 6581: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic, determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Offered as required.
SYS 6582: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic, determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Offered as required.
SYS 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
SYS 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
SYS 7002: Case Studies in Systems Engineering
Credits: 3
Under faculty guidance, students apply the principles of systems methodology, design, and management along with the techniques of systems and decision sciences to systems analysis and design cases. The primary goal is the integration of numerous concepts from systems engineering using real-world cases. Focuses on presenting, defending, and discussing systems engineering projects in a typical professional context. Cases, extracted from actual government, industry, and business problems, span a broad range of applicable technologies and involve the formulation of the issues, modeling of decision problems, analysis of the impact of proposed alternatives, and interpretation of these impacts in terms of the client value system. Prerequisite: SYS 6001, 6003, and 6005.
SYS 7096: Systems Engineering Colloquium
Credits: 1
Regular meeting of graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary systems problems and research. Offered for credit each semester. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
SYS 8995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
SYS 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
CE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
SYS 9997: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
SYS 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
CE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission