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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Research Interests

David W. Coit’s research interests are in the areas of system reliability modeling and optimization, power systems reliability, and multiple-objective optimization. He has been funded for his research from the NSF, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, power utilities and industry. Supported by NSF grants, he developed system reliability models and algorithms to determine optimal system design configurations considering degradation and reliability estimation uncertainty. Working under a grant from a power utility, Prof. Coit and his students developed reliability importance metrics and optimal transformer replacement policies. He also previously worked for more than ten years at IIT Research Institute (IITRI), Rome, NY (now called Alion Science and Technology) where he designed and implemented reliability programs, developed reliability prediction models and conducted reliability analyses. Prof. Coit has received recognition for his research. In 1999, he was awarded an NSF CAREER grant to research system reliability design optimization with incomplete or uncertain component reliability estimation. In 2001, he was awarded the P.K McElroy award for best paper at the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) conference. In 2003, he was awarded the A. J. Golomski award for the best paper at RAMS by an IIE member, and in 2009, he was awarded the A. O. Plait award for the best tutorial at RAMS. 

Professional Affiliations

IIE Transactions


PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University