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Office: ECSB 1303
Phone: (757) 683-5590
Email: rdmckenz@odu.edu

Rick McKenzie, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering
Joint Appointment with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. - Computer Engineering - University of Central Florida
M.S. - Computer Engineering - University of Central Florida
B.S. - Engineering - University of Central Florida


Dr. Frederic (Rick) D. McKenzie is a professor and department chair of the Modeling, Simulation and Viusalization Engineering at Old Dominion University where he currently serves as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on projects involving software architectures for simulation, behavior representation in simulations, and medical modeling and simulation.

To date, his projects in these areas have led to several publications relating research in modeling human-like intelligent agents including crowds, formal descriptions of distributed simulation architectures, objective measures of successful prostate surgery, and augmenting standardized patients. Many of these projects also involve virtual reality and scientific visualization.

Dr. McKenzie received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. Prior to joining ODU, he held a senior scientist position at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), serving as Principal Investigator for several distributed simulation projects. At SAIC he was a Team Lead on a large distributed simulation system. Before joining SAIC, Dr. McKenzie worked as a student researcher on research projects involving both NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He has several years of research and development experience in the software and artificial intelligence fields, including object-oriented design and knowledge-based systems. Both his M.S. and Ph.D. work have been in artificial intelligence - focusing on knowledge representation and model-based diagnostic reasoning.



Last updated: August, 2013