Timothy D. Blackburn, Ph.D., P.E.


Tim Blackburn is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the William States Lee College of Engineering (UNC-Charlotte) and also holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business (UNC-Chapel Hill). He also received a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University (GWU). He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and holds a Master Blackbelt in Six Sigma. Currently, he is a Professorial Lecturer in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) at GWU, and also serves as Research Advisor to doctoral students. He often is a committee member for Dissertation and Praxis defenses. He is also the Director of Operational Excellence, Upjohn Quality Operations and EHS (a Division of Pfizer).
His affiliations (current or previous) include Tau Alpha Pi and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies for academic achievement, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Pharma Engineering Roundtable, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), International Foundation Process Analytical Chemistry (IFPAC), and American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).


“The Role of Engineering in Validation – A Paradigm of Quality;” The Journal of Validation Technology, 2001

“A Practical Approach to Commissioning and Qualification – a Symbiotic Relationship;” T. Blackburn; Journal of Pharmaceutical Engineering, July/August 2004“

“Overcoming Inherent Limits to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Quality Performance with QbD (Quality by Design),” T. Blackburn, S. Sarkani, T. Mazzuchi; The Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation (JPI) – Volume 6, Issue 2 (2011), Page 69-76, May 25, 2011

“Using a TRIZ Framework for Systems Engineering Trade Studies,” T. Blackburn, S. Sarkani, T. Mazzuchi; The Journal of Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering, Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 355–367, 2012

“A Knowledge Management Based Approach to Quality Management for Large Manufacturing Organizations.” A. Garstenauer, T. Blackburn, B. Olson. Engineering Management Journal. Dec. 2014, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p47-58

“BYOD Security Engineering: A Framework & its Analysis.” N. Zahadat, P. Blessner, T. Blackburn. Computers & Security. 2015

“An Examination of the Role of Enterprise Architecture Frameworks in Enterprise Transformation.” W. Donaldson, T. Blackburn, P. Blessner, B. Olson. The Journal of Enterprise Transformation. 2015

“Self-organization and Sense-making in Architect-Engineer Design Teams: Leveraging Health Care’s Approach to “Managing” Complex Adaptive Systems,” W. Sprauer, T. Blackburn, B. Olson, P. Blessner. Journal of Management in Engineering. 2015

“An Enterprise-wide Knowledge Management Approach to Project Management,” T. Oun, T. Blackburn, B. Olson, P. Blessner; Engineering Management Journal. 2016

“A Framework for Implementing Systems Engineering Leading Indicators for Technical Reviews and Audits,” C. Orlowski, P. Blessner, T. Blackburn, B Olson; Procedia Computer Science 61, 293-300, Complex Adaptive Systems, Publication 5. 2015

“The Coordinated Implementation of Digitally-Aided Close Air Support: An Integrated Systems Engineering and Test and Valuation Approach,” W. Ott, B. Olson, T. Blackburn, P. Blessner; ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation, March, 2016

“Evaluating the Systems Engineering Problem Management Process for Industrial Manufacturing Problems,” D. Perry, B. Olson, T. Blackburn, P. Blessner. The Journal of Systems Engineering, 2016

“Towards Resilient Unmanned Maritime Systems,” A. Nuss, T. Blackburn, A. Garstenauer. Naval Engineers Journal, June, 2016

“Transforming Purchasing Strategy of High-Tech Medical Equipment in Healthcare Systems,” A. Knight, P. Blessner, B. Olson, T. Blackburn. Journal of Enterprise Transformation, 2016

“Systems Engineering Measurement as a Leading Indicator for Project Performance,” C. Orlowski, P. Blessner, T. Blackburn, B. Olson; ITEA Journal, March 2017

“Resilience in Complex Systems: An Agent-Based Approach,” G. Pumpuni-Lenss, T. Blackburn, A. Garstenauer. The Journal of Systems Engineering, 2017

“Towards Resilience as a Tradable Parameter During Conceptual Trade Studies,” A. Nuss, T. Blackburn, A. Garstenauer; IEEE Systems Journal. 2017

“Estimating the Probability of Human Error by Incorporating Component Failure Data from User‐Induced Defects in the Development of Complex Electrical Systems,” P. Majewicz, P. Blessner, B. Olson, T. Blackburn; Risk Analysis – An International Journal. April, 2017

“Causes of Engineering Change Propagation: An Analysis During Product Lifecycle,” E. Hafiz, A. Garstenauer, T. Blackburn; Engineering Management Journal, 2018

“Deploying a Recall Mitigation Framework for Systems Engineering,” S. Amin, T. Blackburn, A. Garstenauer; Engineering Management Journal, 2018

Smoots, G., A. Garstenauer, T. Blackburn. “Textual Analysis of Defects in Engineering Documentation via a Systematic Execution Framework.” The Journal of Systems Engineering. 2018