Bryan Watson

Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dept
College of Engineering

Areas of Expertise

​System of Systems, Resilience, Manufacturing Systems, Energy Systems, Biologically Inspired Design, Agent Based Modeling, Distributed Machine Learning, System Dynamic Modeling, Emergence.
Bryan Watson

Bryan Watson, PE earned his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Systems Engineering at the United States Naval Academy in 2009. After graduating, Bryan joined the nuclear Navy, serving as a submarine officer onboard the U.S.S Louisville and at the Naval Prototype Training Unit from 2009-2017. Significant milestones include earning the Master Training Specialist Certification (the military’s highest instructor accreditation), Nuclear Professional Engineer Certification, two Naval Achievement Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and a Naval Commendation Medal for his work troubleshooting and repairing the Moored Training Ship 635’s reactor and electrical distribution faults. Following his transition from active duty, Bryan earned his PhD as a member of both the Computation and Advancement of Sustainable Systems Lab, where he developed a new method for distributed system demand estimation, and at the Sustainable Design and Manufacturing lab, where his work focused on increasing System of System resilience. Bryan’s work has been published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Mechanical Design, and IEEE’s Systems Journal. At Embry-Riddle, Bryan's current work is focused on investigating the use of biologically inspired design to increase the resilience of Systems of Systems, resulting in more reliable services to users, increased user safety, and increased sustainability for connected manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure systems.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering, United States Naval Academy

  • Master Training Specialist - Naval Education and Training Command
  • Professional Engineers and Surveyors: Engineering - The South Carolina State Board of Registration

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2019-2022
  • Pat Tillman Foundation Fellowship 2022