Scott Duncan


Dr. Scott Duncan

Research Engineer II
Weber Building, Rm 306A
(404) 385 - 7707
sduncan (at)


  • BS, Engineering Science & Mechanics (ESM), Virginia Tech (VPI&SU), 1998
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2003
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2008


as Research Engineer

  • Project Lead: GE "Smart Grid Challenge" graduate student research competition: development of systems solutions to industry-defined Smart Grid problems, in the areas of peak load reduction, loss reduction, outage management, and grid analytics for asset management.
  • Project Lead: Development of a Modeling and Simulation (M&S) for a Smart Electricity Grid System-of-Systems
  • Project Co-Lead: GE University Strategic Alliance (USA) in Robust Systems Design and Optimization: Advanced modeling and methods for design of turbomachinery in combined-cycle power plants.
  • Previous Project advisory or participation:
    • System requirements analysis for ground vehicles, supported by modeling and simulation
    • Multi-disciplinary optimization for wind turbines
    • Analysis of product portfolios for “smart” electricity grids, & later all of GE Energy Services,
    • Evaluation of sustainable energy options within geographically specific electricity grids

as a Graduate Student in the Systems Realization Laboratory

  • Developed, piloted, and validated new methods and software tools used to:
    • Analyze tradeoffs in cost, quality, & environmental impact of products (electronics, carpets, automotive components) and industrial processes (paint booths, remanufacturing facilities).
    • Design for reliability given uncertainty or limited information about the product life cycle.
  • Applied and extended Info-Gap Decision Theory to the assessment of systems affected by severe life cycle uncertainties, with the aim to improve environmental performance.
  • Incorporated commercial-off-the-shelf sensors into a carpet-coating process to collect and store data used in the monitoring of economic & environmental performance trends.
  • Taught lectures in numerical optimization methods and sustainable development.

Membership and Service

  • Membership in ASME, INCOSE

Selected Publications

  • Duncan, S.J., Griendling, K., Mavris, D.N, (2011) "An Assessment of ROSETTA for Smart Electricity Grid System-of-Systems Design" 2011 6th Annual IEEE SoSE Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Griendling, K., Duncan, S.J., Mavris, D.N. (2011) "Combining Policy with Technology Research and Development to Enable Wind Energy Proliferation in the United States" Proceedings of the 2011 International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT), Miami, FL.
  • Prior, M.A., Stults, I.C., Daskilewicz, M.J., Duncan, S.J., German, B.J., Mavris, D.N. (2009) "A Design Methodology Enabling the Efficient High-Fidelity Design of Combined Cycle Power Plants," 2009 ASME Energy Sustainability Conference. Paper #: ES2009-90291
  • Reap, J.; Roman, F.; Duncan, S.; Bras, B. (2008) "A Survey of Unresolved Problems in Life Cycle Assessment - Part 1: Goal & Scope and Inventory Analysis" International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 290-300. Part 1 of 2.
  • Reap, J.; Roman, F.; Duncan, S.; and Bras, B. (2008) "A Survey of Unresolved Problems in Life Cycle Assessment - Part 2: Impact Assessment & Interpretation". International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Vol. 13, No. 5, pp. 374-388. Part 2 of 2.
  • Duncan, S.J., Bras, B., and Paredis, C.J.J. (2008), "An Approach to Robust Decision Making under Severe Uncertainty in Life Cycle Design." Int. J. Sustainable Dsgn, Vol 1(1) pp. 45-59.
  • Duncan, S., Paredis, C. J. J., and Bras, B. (2007). "Applying Info-Gap Theory To Remanufacturing Process Selection Affected By Severe Uncertainty." 2007 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE). November 11-15, 2007, Seattle, WA, USA. Paper#: DETC2007-43608