Michel-Alexandre CARDIN, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Block E1A, #06-25, 1 Engineering Drive 2, 117576, Singapore

Email : macardin@nus.edu.sg
Office: Block E1-#07-16
Phone: +65 6516-5387 | Fax No: +65 6777-1434


Honours Bachelor of Science in Physics, McGill University, 2001

Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, 2003

Space Studies Program, International Space University (ISU), 2003

Master of Science in Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2007

PhD in Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2011

Doctoral dissertation: Quantitative Performance-Based Evaluation of a Procedure for Flexible Design Concept Generation [PDF] – Advisor: Prof. Richard de Neufville


Personal website




Research Interests

Flexibility in Engineering Design

Real Options Analysis

Engineering Systems Design

Technology, Management, and Policy

Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

Application Domains: Urban Systems

Emergency services (e.g. fire-fighting/ambulance resource allocation)

Energy (e.g. innovative nuclear technology development, waste-to-energy systems, micro-LNG production)

Real estate (e.g. new city design)

Resource extraction (e.g. mining)

Transportation (e.g. mobility on-demand for first and last connectivity)

Water (e.g. innovative water catchment technology development)

Research Affiliations

MIT Engineering Systems Division (ESD)

NUS Institute of Real Estate Studies (IRES)

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

International Service

Associate Editor: INCOSE journal on Systems Engineering (SE)

Associate Editor: Infrastructure Complexity (IC)

Editorial Review Board: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (TEM)

Program Committees

  • 2013-15 Conference on Complex Systems Design and Management Asia (CSDM Asia)
  • 2013-14 Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • 2013-14 Conference on Complex Systems Design and Management (CSDM)
  • 2012 Institute of Industrial Engineers Asian Conference (IIE Asia)


  • ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD)
  • Artifical Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing (AIEDAM)
  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (TEM)
  • Journal of Design Research (JDR)
  • Journal of Simulation (JoS)
  • Research in Engineering Design (RIED)
  • Risk Analysis (RA)
  • Systems Engineering (SE)

ICED13 Reviewers' Favourite Award for Paper "An Integrated Screening Framework to Analyze Flexibility in Engineering Systems Design", International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Seoul, Korea (2013)

Grand Prize Winner Team Member, Next Generation Container Port Challenge, Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) (2013)

Post Graduate Scholarship (Doctorate), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) (2008-2011)

Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctorate), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) (2007-2010) (Declined) - Ranked 4th in Canada

Graduate Scholarship (Doctorate), Fond Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT) (2008-2009) - Ranked 1st for Engineering and Applied Sciences

Graduate Scholarship (2005-2006), Fondation Desjardins


Committee Member, International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) – Singapore Chapter

Associate Member, The Design Society (DS)