Nil Hande Ergin

Nil Ergin headshot
Professor-in-Charge, Master of Engineering Management
Professor-in-Charge, Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Engineering
Main Building, 220 L1

Prior to joining Penn State in 2009, Nil H. Ergin worked within the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri-Rolla.  Dr. Ergin earned her Ph.D. in systems engineering and M.S. in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla (currently known as Missouri University of Science & Technology). She also holds a B.S. in environmental engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. 

Dr. Ergin’s teaching involves systems engineering, systems verification, validation and testing, requirements engineering, and systems and software architecture. Her research interests include system of systems engineering, complex adaptive systems, model-based systems engineering, and multi-agent systems. Dr. Ergin is also affiliated with the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a DoD funded University Affiliated Research Center where she was the investigator for Penn State University in a multi-phased collaborative research effort among multiple universities that worked on modeling different aspects of system of systems acquisition. She is a member of IEEE and INCOSE.


2015–2016 Research and Scholarship Excellence Award, Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies, The Pennsylvania State University.

2014 Second runner up for the Best Theoretical Paper Award for the paper presented and published at the Complex Adaptive Systems Conference, 2014:Kilicay-Ergin Nil, “Improving Collaboration in Search and Rescue System of Systems” Complex Adaptive Systems Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Procedia Computer Science, Vol. 36, pp. 13-20, 2014.

2012 Honorable Mention Award for the paper presented and published at the IEEE System of Systems Conference, 2012: Kilicay-Ergin Nil, Acheson Paulette, Colombi John, and Dagli Cihan, “Modeling System of Systems Acquisition” Proceedings of the IEEE System of Systems Conference, Genoa, Italy, July 16-19, pp.514-518, 2012.

Selected Publications

Kilicay-Ergin Nil, Neill Colin, and Sangwan Raghvinder, “Integrating Object-Process Methodology with Attribute Driven Design” Paper presented at the 10th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2016.

Kilicay-Ergin Nil, and Dagli Cihan, “Incentive Based Negotiation Model for System of Systems Acquisition,” Systems Engineering Journal 18, (2015): 310-321.

Kassab Mohamad, and Kilicay-Ergin Nil, “Applying Analytical Hierarchy Process to System Quality Requirements Prioritization,” Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering Journal 11 (2015): 303-312.

Neill Colin, Sangwan Raghvinder, and Kilicay-Ergin Nil, “A Prescriptive Approach to Lifetime Value-focused System Architecture,” IEEE Systems Journal (2015), doi: 10.1109/JSYST.2015.2423259.

Kilicay-Ergin, Nil, Lin C., and Okudan Gul, “Analysis of Dynamic Pricing Scenarios for Multiple-Generation Product Lines,” Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, 24 (2015): 107-129.

Kilicay-Ergin Nil, “Improving Collaboration in Search and Rescue System of Systems,” Paper presented at the Complex Adaptive Systems Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Procedia Computer Science, Vol. 36, pp. 13-20, 2014.

Barb Adrian, and Kilicay-Ergin Nil “Genetic Optimization for Associative Semantic Ranking Models of Satellite Images by Land Cover,” ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 2 (2013): 531-552.

Kilicay-Ergin Nil, and Laplante Phillip “An Online Graduate Requirements Engineering Course,” IEEE Transactions on Education, 56 (2013): 208-216.

Kilicay-Ergin Nil, and Jablokow Kathryn, “Problem Solving Variability in Cognitive Architectures,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part C, 42 (2012):1231-1242.

Kilicay-Ergin Nil, Enke David, and Dagli Cihan, “Models of Trader Behavior and Analysis of Financial Market Dynamics,” International Journal of Knowledge-based and Intelligent Engineering Systems, 16 (2012): 99-116.

B.S., Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University

M.S., Engineering Management, University of Missouri-Rolla

Ph.D., Systems Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla