A. Wayne Wymore

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A. Wayne Wymore
Born(1927-02-01)February 1, 1927
DiedFebruary 24, 2011(2011-02-24) (aged 84)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Known forMathematical Theory of Systems Engineering, Founder and first Chairman of the SIE Department of the University of Arizona
AwardsINCOSE Pioneers award, 2003
Scientific career
FieldsSystems Engineering, Mathematics
InstitutionsUniversity of Arizona, Professor Emeritus

Albert Wayne Wymore (February 1, 1927 – February 24, 2011) was an American mathematician, systems engineer, Professor Emeritus of Systems and Industrial Engineering of the University of Arizona, and one of the founding fathers of systems engineering.[1]


Wymore received both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematics from the Iowa State University early 1950s. In 1956 he received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison under the Supervision of Associate Professor William F. Eberlein for the thesis "On the Weak Compactness in Functional Analysis".[2]

With his PhD in pure mathematics, Wymore started his career in industry for two years.[3] In 1956 he joined the faculty of University of Arizona, where in 1957 he established Universities first computing center, and the department of Systems and Industrial Engineering[1] as part of the College of Engineering. Wymore became the first Chairman of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) Department at the University of Arizona. He was also one of the first Fellows of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).


A selection:

  • 1967. A Mathematical Theory of Systems Engineering: The Elements. Krieger, Huntington, NY.
  • 1976. Systems Engineering Methodology for Interdisciplinary Teams, Wiley, New York.
  • 1992. Engineering Modeling and Design, with Bill Chapman and A. Terry Bahill, CRC Press Inc.
  • 1993. Model-Based Systems Engineering, CRC Press, Boca Raton.


  1. ^ a b Dr. Albert Wayne Wymore Obituary Arizona Daily Star, March 6, 2011
  2. ^ The University of Wisconsin Press (1956) Summaries of Doctoral Dissertations, University of Wisconsin, Volume 16. p. 356.
  3. ^ A.W. Wymore (2004) "Systems Movement: Autobiographical Retrospectives. " International Journal of General Systems Vol. 33 (6), p. 593-610

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