Patrick Hester, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Management
Ramsey Library 219, CPO 1850
828.251.6842

Office Hours

  • Wed: 

    • 1 - 3 p.m.

Dr. Patrick T. Hester joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 2017 as an Associate Professor of Management; he was previously an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University. He received a Ph.D. in Risk and Reliability Engineering and Management from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute.  Dr. Hester has been involved in research and consulting activities involving systemic thinking, multi-criteria decision analysis, and performance measurement and management for diverse agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, NASA Langley Research Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Sandia National Laboratories, NOAA, TRADOC, and General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. In 2011, he was the first Assistant Professor ever awarded the Excellence in Research Award in the Batten College of Engineering & Technology.  He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Performance Management Association, and the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making. His current research is summarized in his 2014 book, Systemic Thinking: Fundamentals for Understanding Problems and Messes.  His research has also been published in Systems Engineering, International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, International Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, and Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, among others.  Prior to academia, he was a systems engineer at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, CA.  He was also chosen as a Senior Summer Faculty Fellow at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren, Dahlgren during the summer of 2014.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Risk and Reliability Engineering and Management from Vanderbilt University
  • B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute

Courses Taught

  • MGMT 380 - Management Science
  • MGMT 472 - Strategic Decision Making (in Spring 2018!)