Instructor Information

Matthew Montoya

Work Phone: 240-228-9658
Cell Phone: 410-371-3533

Dr. Matthew (Matt) Montoya is the Principal Chief Engineer for The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Homeland Protection Mission Area and is responsible for strategic and technical direction for several cross-program systems engineering initiatives. Matt is also an advisor, instructor, professor and researcher at The Johns Hopkins University in the Systems Engineering and Healthcare Systems Program where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor Award. Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from Colorado State University, Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Systems Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, a MBA from Loyola University of Maryland, and a D. Eng. in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University.

Course Information

Course Description

This course addresses the special engineering problems associated with conceiving, developing, and operating systems composed of groups of complex systems closely linked to function as integral entities. The course will start with the underlying fundamentals of systems' requirements, design, test and evaluation, and deployment, and how they are altered in the multi-system environment. These topics will then be extended to information flow and system interoperability, confederated modeling and simulation, use of commercial off-the-shelf elements, and systems engineering collaboration between different organizations. Advanced principles of information fusion, causality theory with Bayesian networks, and capability dependencies will be explored. Several case studies will be discussed for specific military systems of systems, including missile defense and combatant vehicle design, as well as selected commercial examples.


645.769 System Test and Evaluation or advisor and instructor approval.

Course Goal

The course’s objective is to present students with an understanding of the principles, attributes and applications of system of systems engineering. This is accomplished through a combination of interactive lectures, case studies and an individual student project.

Course Objectives

  • By the end of the course, students should be able to identify, define and characterize a system of systems problem as well as articulate solution attributes and core elements.
  • By the end of the course, students should be able to define system of system architecture elements and characteristics.
  • By the end of the course, students should be able to identify, define, characterize and apply unique system of system attributes such as complexity, emergence, and interoperability.
  • By the end of the course, students should be able to apply a variety of statistical and analytical techniques to system of system problems.

When This Course is Typically Offered

Spring and Fall at Dorsey Center


  • System of System Attributes
  • System of System Principles
  • Probability Principles
  • System of System Processes
  • System of System Requirements
  • Statistical Belief Concepts
  • System of System Architecture Concepts
  • System of System Test and Evaluation
  • System of System Risk Approaches
  • System of Systems Causality Concepts
  • System of System Complexity
  • System of System Decsion Trees
  • Information Fusion
  • Interoperability

Student Assessment Criteria

Article Summaries 20%
Homeworks 20%
Project I: SoS Conceptual Design 25%
Project II: SoS Research Paper 30%
Class Participation 5%

Computer and Technical Requirements

PDF Viewer:

You will need the free Adobe PDF viewer software to view PDF files in this course. Go to

Zip Software:

You will also need software for "zipping" and "unzipping" (compressing and uncompressing) files. Two popular shareware "zip" programs can be downloaded from the sites linked below:

For Windows - WinZip at
For Macintosh - ZipIt at

Adobe Connect:

You will be using Adobe Connect, a web-based conferencing system, to participate in real time office hours. To use Adobe Connect, please perform a connection test on your computer to make sure your software is current by going to and selecting Connection Test. If you have any trouble connecting to an Adobe Connect meeting, please visit the Technical Support website at After reviewing the contents of this site, if you still need assistance please e-mail or complete the online support form.

If you are a first-time EPP Online student, you will have an opportunity to test the Adobe Connect software during the week long mandatory EPP Online Orientation. Others can email EPP Online at if they are interested in attending one of the 30-minute online orientations to Adobe Connect.


Textbook information for this course is available online through the MBS Direct Virtual Bookstore.

Course Notes

There are no notes for this course.

(Last Modified: 12/06/2009 11:42:23 PM)