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Polinpapilinho F. Katina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems at the University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA). He previously served as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering (Norfolk, Virginia, USA) and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia, USA).

Dr. Katina holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Technology with a minor in Engineering Management, a M.Eng. in Systems Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management/Systems Engineering, all from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia, USA). He has received additional training from, among others, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Redlands, California) and Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy).

His areas of research/teaching interests include, among others, Complex System Governance, Critical Infrastructure Systems, Decision Making and Analysis (under uncertainty), Emerging Technologies, Energy Systems (Smart Grids), Engineering Management, Infranomics, Manufacturing Systems, System-of-Systems, Systems Engineering, Systems pathology, and Systems Thinking.

Dr. Katina’s profile includes nearly 200 scholarly outputs from peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and books. Other highlights include:


The first-ever book on Complex System Governance (2022, Springer International Publishing) is out. Thanks to C.B. Keating, P.F. Katina, C.W. Chesterman, Jr. and J.C. Pyne.

Happy to be published in “Systems Research & Behavioral Science," Complex system governance: Concept, utility, and challenges

Our latest book by Springer International Publishing is out: Critical Space Infrastructures: Risk, Resilience, and Complexity. Thanks to A. Georgescu, A.V. Gheorghe, M-I Piso, and P.F. Katina

Our research has been accepted in “Complexity” | I.F. 2.462. Thanks for my co-authors F. Brocal (Universidad de Alicante, Spain), C. González (UNED: Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales), D. Komljenovic (IREQ: Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Québec) and M.A. Sebastian (UNED: Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales). An approach to improve risk management in the context of Industry 4.0: The complex challenge human–machine interaction.

Our research has been accepted in “International Journal of System of Systems Engineering," A complex structure representation of the U.S. critical infrastructure protection program based on the Zachman framework.

Our research has been accepted in “International Journal of System of Systems Engineering," Multi-objective multi-customer project network: Visualizing interdependencies and influences.


Dr. Katina’s studies at Old Dominion University and research work under the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering have emphasized a multidisciplinary approach to dealing more effectively with complex systems and their problems --- Prof. Dr. Charles B. Keating, Old Dominion University



It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it! --- Upton B. Sinclair, Jr. (1935) I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked, ISBN 0-520-08198-6; repr. University of California Press, 1994, p. 109.


Dr. Katina is currently doing research on Critical Space Infrastructure systems (involving such systems as energy, food, health, transport, etc.) while considering issues of risk, sustainability, fragility, resilience, vulnerability and their assessment.

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