Centers and Labs

Operations Research Center (ORCEN)

The Operations Research Center (ORCEN) provides full-time analytical capability to the United States Military Academy, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense. The Operations Research Center of Excellence (ORCEN) provides full-time analytical capability to the United States Military Academy, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense. The ORCEN provides projects to Academy faculty and cadets giving them the opportunity to investigate a wide range of interdisciplinary, systemic issues and to apply many of the operations research, systems engineering and engineering management concepts studied in the classroom. These projects demonstrate the relevance and importance of operations research and systems engineering in today's high-technology Army. Organized under the Office of the Dean as an Academy Center of Excellence, the ORCEN was originally sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) through a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) and the  Department of Mathematics (DMath). Its establishment was born of the need for developing research opportunities to enrich DSE and DMath education. Fully staffed since Academic Year 1990-1991, the Operations Research Center has made significant contributions to cadet education, faculty development, and the Army at large. To learn more about the ORCEN, or inquire about how the ORCEN can support your projects, please contact Executive Officer, Mr. Jeffrey Demarest at

Center for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity Development (C/NRCD)

The Superintendent of the United States Military Academy officially approved the creation of the C/NRCD on 18 November 2010. Leadership from The Academy and Army along with other members of academia, realized that the US Army, as an agent of the nation, would continue to grapple with the burden of nation building for the foreseeable future. The military has performed this role throughout history-ensuring the safety and security of the local populace, assisting with reconstruction, and providing basic sustenance and public services. Equally important, its military forces, in support of the civilian agencies charged with leading these complex endeavors, will play a vital role in nation reconstruction and capacity development in both pre and post conflict environments. The C/NRCD takes an interdisciplinary and systems approach in facilitating and focusing research, training, information dissemination, and professional practice in the planning, preparation, execution, and assessment of efforts to construct infrastructure, policy, competency development, and governance to support to the transformation of communities and nations mainly in developing countries in a pre and post conflict environment or in the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster. The C/NRCD supports cadet capstone projects and faculty research in that align with its mission. West Point and the Department of Systems Engineering affords The C/NRCD an interdisciplinary perspective making it uniquely postured to develop training, education, and research to support this mission. The C/NRCD is currently housed on the fourth floor of Mahan Hall (Bldg. 752). To learn more about the C/NRCD, visit the Center's website .

Lifecycle Acquisitions Management Lab

DSE is home to a state-of-the-art Visualization and Simulations laboratory for Student Capstone Research and Faculty Research.

Combat Simulation Lab

DSE is home to state-of-the-art technology that allows students to visualize and build models of their products.

Department of Systems Engineering
Mahan Hall
West Point, NY 10996
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