Adrian V. Gheorghe, PhD

Title: Endowed Chair Professor of Systems Engineering
Company: Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department, Old Dominion University
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Adrian V. Gheorghe, PhD, Endowed Chair Professor of Systems Engineering at the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Old Dominion University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.

A celebrated figure in the fields of engineering and academia, Dr. Gheorghe has amassed nearly 50 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. The Batten Endowed Chair of System Engineering at Old Dominion University since 2006, he has also served as the international science director of the Center for Understanding Change since 2011, project manager of the international science steering committee for the Integrated Risk Governor in Beijing, China, since 2011, and professor of entrepreneurship and engineering at the Politehnica University of Bucharest since 1980.

Alongside his vocational endeavors, he has also acted as the developer of the Academic Certified Energy System for Cyber Security and Homeland Security at Old Dominion University since 2011, a guest professor at Beijing Normal University since 2010, and the director of the energy research and education cluster in Virginia since 2008. In addition, Dr. Gheorghe has been an expert for the U.S. National Task Forces of the Science Applications International Corporation since 2007, expert-at-large for energy security and safety at the East West Institute in New York and Belgium since 2005, and member of the technology committee at the Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management International Conference in 1996, 1998, 2000, and since 2002.

The external consultant for a project at the University of Tokyo since 2002, Dr. Gheorghe has also been a member of the task force of Extended Risk Analysis Switzerland XXI since 2002, member of vulnerability assessments of the Critical Infrastructures Under Sustainability Program since 2001, and member of the Romanian Electricity Technology Program of the Alliance for Global Sustainability since 2000. He was the former chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference in Virginia in 2011, as well as a keynote speaker at the Asian Secuity Conference in New Delhi, India.

A participant in a number of civic engagements, Dr. Gheorghe has been the honorary president of the Romanian Association for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures since 2011. Previously, he was a keynote speaker at the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software Conference in Phoenix, AZ, in 2012, an organizer of the international conference of Next Generation Infrastructures in Virginia Beach, VA, in 2011, and a member of the task force for Critical Energy Infrastructures G-8 in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2006. Notably, he was an honorary president of the European Foundation for Risk and Communication Management and a participant in the Rockefeller Foundation.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Gheorghe obtained an extensive education, first receiving a degree in power engineering at the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 1968, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in energy systems from the same academic institution in 1971. Relocating to the United States, he completed a research fellowship at Stanford University in 1973, and traveled overseas to the United Kingdom, where he earned an additional Doctor of Philosophy in systems science from the University of London in 1975. Serving as a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria from 1976 to 1980, he simultaneously earned a Master of Science in engineering and economics from the Politehnica University of Bucharest in 1978 and served as a senior research fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, from 1978 to 1982. Driven by a passion to further his education, Dr. Gheorghe obtained a Master of Business Administration from the Academy of Economic Studies in 1985, completing his education as a senior research fellow at Risø National Laboratories and the Energy Study Center from 1986 to 1989.

Dr. Gheorghe has also contributed his time and expertise to several creative works as an editor, author, and speaker. The current editor of “Springer on the Topic Security, Complex Systems and Governance” since 2008, he recently authored “Critical Infrastructures, Key Resource and Key Assets: Risk, Vulnerability, Resilience, Fragility and Perception Government” in 2018 and a NATO Workshop on Cyber Security in 2016. He has also served as an editor for such journals as the International Journal of Systems Engineering, the Journal of Critical Infrastructures, and the International Journal of Environment and Polution. A contributor of articles to professional journals, he also been a keynote speaker at the global Action Summit in Nashville, TN.

A respected vocie in his community, Dr. Gheorghe has maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the Block Chain and Crypto Valley Organization since 2017, as vice president of the Global Security Forum since 2004, and honorary president and senior scientist of the EURISC Foundation since 1995. A member of the executive board of the Society for Risk Analysis since 1990, he has shared his knowledge both nationally and overseas at such entities as the Sustainability First World Risk Congress in Belgium, the Romanian National Defense College in China and Japan, the Romanian Academy of Sciences, and various IEEE conferences in India and the Netherlands.

A fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, Dr. Gheorghe has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He was the recipient of a research grant and deemed an honorary member of the Crypto Valley Association in 2017. In the past, he was presented with fellowships to the International Research Exchange Board and the Ford Foundation in 1980 and 1973, respectively. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

Married to Aurora P. Niculescu since 1972 with two children, Dr. Gheorghe enjoys jogging, swimming, reading, and listening to classical music in his spare time. Notably, he served as a lieutenant major in the Romanian military in 1968 and 1969.

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