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Maximilian M. Etschmaier
Senior Research Scholar


428 RBA

Systems Science


Doctor of Engineering Sciences, and Diplomingenieur in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, Technical University of Graz, Austria

MS OR, Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio


Analysis, Design, and Operation of Purposeful Systems;

Planning, Design, Operation and Maintenance of Systems of Transportation, Logistics, and “Smart Manufacturing;”

Environmental Regulation and Global Sustainability


Maximilian M. Etschmaier’s professional work is focused on the design, analysis, and operation of complex systems in a wide variety of domains, including civil and military aviation, urban transportation, manufacturing, and regulation concerning the environment and the security of voting machines. He has lead system design and process improvement ventures, advised business and public-sector clients on policy and strategy development, and supported international technology transfer. His current work is focused on the development of a comprehensive theory of Purposeful Systems that is applicable to any domain.

Previous positions include Professor of Engineering at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Massachusetts, Chairman of the Management Board of Joanneum Research in Graz, Austria, Vice President of Systems and Control at Bricmont Associates (now Andritz Bricmont), Head of Operations Research of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Senior Scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), Faculty Fellow at Volpe USDOT Transportation Systems Center, and Visiting and Research Professorships at San Diego State University and the Universities of Graz and Innsbruck.



Designing an Ethical System of Global Sustainability as a Purposeful System: GEBAT, Global Equity of the Burden Added Tax, The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Vol. 14, issue 1, pp 17-35, 2018. doi:10.18848/2325-1166/CGP/v14i01/17-35.

A Decision-Making System for Sustainability of Productive Enterprises: Basing Management Decision-Making on the Condition of Assets, The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, 2014

Environmental Policy and Regulation, and the Practice of Management: A Call for A Burden Added Tax, International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2005

Can Humans Stay in Control of Systems They Create? International Journal for Computers and their Application, pp 149-154, Vol. 23, No 2, June 2016

Integrating Humans and Machines into Purposeful Systems that Keep the Human in Control, (with Gordon Lee), International Journal for Computers and their Application, pp 155-168, Vol. 23, No 2, June 2016

Designing Secure Computer Systems as Purposeful Systems, International Journal for Computers and their Application, Vol. 23, No 2, June 2016

Defining the Paradigm of a Highly Automated System that Protects Against Human Failures and Terrorist Acts, and Application to Aircraft Systems, (with Gordon Lee), International Journal for Computers and their Application, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2016

Purposeful Systems: A Conceptual Framework for System Design, Analysis, and Operation, International Journal for Computers and their Application, Vol. 22, No. 2, June 2015

Opportunities for International Cooperation to Mitigate Emissions of Greenhouse Gases, (editor), Proceedings of the Austria - United States Conference, Vienna, December 5 - 7, 1994, Austrian Department of the Environment, Vienna, Austria, Volume 35, ISBN 3-901305-56-4, 1995.

Fuzzy Controls for Maintenance Scheduling in Transportation Systems, Automatica, 1980




Fulbright Scholar



Dr. Etschmaier is a native of Austria. He has participated in national and international scientific and professional organizations, serving in leadership positions, organizing and hosting meetings and sessions, and presenting and publishing numerous papers.

Organizations include: Austrian National Science Foundation; USDOT-Volpe Transportation Systems Center, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS); Air Transportation International; International Society for Computers and their Application (ISCA); Transportation Research Board; International Society for Airline Operations Research (AGIFORS); South African National Science Foundation; Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE); International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC); International Center for Transportation Studies (ICTS); International Civil Airports Association; International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA).


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