Executive Director Mike McGinnis

Dr. Mike McGinnis

Brig. General (Ret.) USA
Executive Director, The Peter Kiewit Institute

Mike McGinnis joined The Peter Kiewit Institute as Executive Director on June 10, 2009.  Prior to assuming this position Brigadier General (Ret.) McGinnis served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University for three years, following a seven year tenure as Professor and Head of the Department of Systems Engineering Department at West Point, New York. 

Mike’s previous center director positions include Director of the U.S. Army TRADOC Analysis Center at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and Director of the U.S. Military Academy Operations Research Center. 

He has served in key government positions and on committees dealing with engineering, modeling and simulation, and analysis to advise and bring about change. These include Chairman of the Advisory Council on Modeling and Simulation to the Governor of Virginia, Director of the Army Unit Manning Task Force, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Defense Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Systems Engineering Council, Army Simulation Architecture Working Group, Army Modeling and Simulation Standards Nomination and Approval Committee, and the Deputy Undersecretary of the Army for Operations Research and Systems Analysis Advisory Committee. 

Doctor McGinnis is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has Masters of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Systems and Industrial Engineering.  He attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Mike’s professional and scholarly work includes three national awards and over 45 published and peer-reviewed papers published during 23 years of working in the fields of systems engineering and operations research.  Reflecting his contributions to military operations research, Mike has been a regular member of U.S. delegations from the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to foreign nations and the keynote speaker at national and international conferences.  Dr. McGinnis national awards include the 1995 Military Operations Research Society Rist Prize, the 2004 Military Operations Research Society Barchi Prize, and the 2005 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Research and Development Best Paper.  He was inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2004, Who’s Who in Engineering Education in 2005 and as a Fellow of the Military Operations Research Society in 2008.