Dr. Steven Corns

Associate Professor

Engineering Management & Systems Engineering


Dr. Steven M. Corns is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2008. Dr. Corns has been the university research lead for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Virtual Forward Operating Base project, contributing to the development of the model-based solution approaches and the introduction of heuristic solvers. He is also currently leading the biomedical challenge team and serves as a member of the INCOSE Model-Based Systems Engineering leadership team. In this capacity, he has worked with a team of INCOSE professionals in the development of a general framework for the design, approval, and fielding of medical devices in an effort to streamline the time to market these products. Dr. Corns research interest includes evolutionary computation applications, the mechanics of information transfer in evolutionary algorithms, and model-based approaches for complex systems design and analysis. 

Dr. Steven Corns Research Profile

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A Framework for Complexity Management in Virtual Forward Operating Base Camps

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Steven Corns (PI), cornss@mst.edu, 573-341-6367; Suzanna Long, (Co-PI), longsuz@mst.edu, Mariesa Crow, (Co-PI), crow@mst.edu


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri S&T.

This project provides a holistic approach to base camp layout and design. A framework has been developed to incorporate multiple models and simulations with information sharing between these models. This provides a method to couple the information related to the base camp systems to capture the second, third, and higher order effects brought about by changes in these systems. By accounting for these complex relationships it is possible to create an accurate representation of base camp resource usage. Several tools were developed to create and enable the interfaces both between model types and between models and decision makers/system users.


  1. Dynamic Mathematical Model Framework of Complex Utility and Logistics System Interactions using Object-Oriented Approach for Forward Operating Bases,” Bhanuchander Poreddy, Steven Corns, Suzanna Long, and Ahmet Soylemezoglu, (2015)accepted to Engineering Management Journal.
  2. A SysML Framework for Modeling Contingency Basing,” Dustin Nottage, Steven M. Corns, Ahmet Soylemezoglu, and Kurt Kinnevan, (2015), Systems Engineering, DOI: 10.1002/sys.21297.
  3. An Automated Forward Operating Base Electrical Distribution System Simulator,” Onur Kavechi, Mariesa L. Crow, and Steven M. Corns (2012), North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/NAPS.2012.6336351.
  4. SysML Profiling for Handling Army Base Camp Planning,” Dustin S. Nottage and Steven M. Corns (2011), Complex Adaptive Systems Conference, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 6, pp. 63-68.