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WestConn Professors Win Best Of 2014 Award For Paper On Engineering

Paul Nugent, right, WCSU associate professor of management information systems accepts the 2014 Best Academic Paper Award from Daniel Krob, chairman of the Fifth International Conference on Complex Systems Design and Management.
Paul Nugent, right, WCSU associate professor of management information systems accepts the 2014 Best Academic Paper Award from Daniel Krob, chairman of the Fifth International Conference on Complex Systems Design and Management. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. – Western Connecticut State University professors Paul Nugent and Emilio Collar have been awarded the 2014 Best Academic Paper Award for their engineering piece.

Nugent accepted the award during the Fifth International Conference on Complex Systems Design and Management in Paris.

The award also carried a prize of 1,000 euros or about $1,191.

Nugent and Collar are co-authors of “The Hidden Perils of Addressing Complexity with Formal Process: A Philosophical and Empirical Analysis.”

Nugent, an associate professor of management information systems, served as principal investigator for the research paper. Collar, an assistant dean of the Ancell School of Business, reviewed the scholarly literature behind the research inquiry.

In framing his research questions, Nugent drew from his professional experience as a lead systems engineer and lead information assurance engineer at General Dynamics by focusing on the implementation since the mid-1990s of a process for quality control known as Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). According to a press release, the authors departed from the heavily data-driven approach that most engineers take in research studies. Through interviews with engineers during and after the introduction of CMMI, they provided a qualitative analysis of what CMMI suggested about the human dimensions of formalizing processes for quality control.

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