COL Brian J. Novoselich Ph.D., P.E.

USMA Director of Strategic Plans and Assessment

Automotive and Weapons Thread Director


Lieutenant Colonel Brian Novoselich was commissioned as an Armor Officer from the U.S. Military Academy in 1996.  He has served in a variety of Armor units with leadership responsibilities up to the Brigade Executive Officer level.  LTC Novoselich has served in the department from 2006-2009 and again from 2016 to the present and has taught and directed courses in the Design, Thermal-Fluids, Dynamics, and Automotive threads.  He served as the Director of the Center for Innovation and Engineering (CIE) from 2017-2019.  He is currently the Thread Director for the Automotive and Weapons Thread and is simultaneously serving as the Director of Strategic Plans and Assessment (G5) for  USMA.  LTC Novoselich has served in a variety of operational and combat deployments to include Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  LTC Novoselich serves on the executive committee for the ASEE Mechanical Engineering Division and the ASEE LEAD Division Strategic Planning Committee.

Ongoing Research Projects

Engineering Leadership Systematic Literature Reviews

Systems Thinking Education and Assessment

Military Hybrid Vehicle Development

SI Engine Knock Characterization

Publications & Presentations

Select Peer Reviewed Publications:


Novoselich, B., Knight, D.B., (2019). “Relating Shared Leadership to Capstone Team Effectiveness,” International Journal of Engineering Education. 35(6)B. 1888-1906.


Novoselich, B., Kotys-Schwartz, D., Demoret, K., Nunez, M., Brackin, P. (2019) “Considering Capstone Team Member Roles with a Shared Leadership Framework.” International Journal of Engineering Education. 35(6)B. 1937-1952


Novoselich, Brian J., Knight, D.B., (2018) “Shared Leadership in Capstone Design Teams: Social Network Analysis.”  Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 144(4), 04018006.


Lattuca, L., Knight, D.B., Kyoung Ro, H., Novoselich, B.J., (2017) “Promoting the Development of Engineers’ Interdisciplinary Competence.” Journal of Engineering Education, 106(1), 71-97.


Knight, D. B., Novoselich, B. J., (2017) “Curricular and co-curricular Influence on Undergraduate Engineering Student Leadership.” Journal of Engineering Education, 106(1), 44-70.


Knight, D.B., Brozina, S.C., Novoselich, B.J., (2016) "An Investigation of First-Year Engineering Student and Instructor Perspectives of Learning Analytics Approaches." Journal of Learning Analytics. 3(3)


Ohland, M., Giurintano, D., Novoselich, B., Brackin, P., Sangelkar S., (2015). “Supporting Successful Teams: Research to Practice in Capstone Courses,” International Journal of Engineering Education. 31(6)B. 1748-1759.


Novoselich, B. J., & Bluman, J. E., & Zifchock, R., & Dabkowski, M. (2021, July), Assessing the Impact of an Intro to ME Course on the Capstone Design Process Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2—36716


Novoselich, B. J., & Lemler, R. P. (2020, June), Military Leadership for Engineers: A Comprehensive Look at Leadership from Army Doctrine to Engineering Coursework Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2—34972


Novoselich, B.J., Hall, J.L., Landry, K.A., Main, J.B.,  Dean, A.W., (2017, June) “Supporting Student Veterans Along Engineering Pathways: Faculty, Student, and Researcher Perspectives.” Proceedings of the 124th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Columbus, Ohio. 


Novoselich, B.J.,  Knight, D.B. (2016, June) Shared Leadership in Mechanical Engineering-Centric Capstone Design Teams: A Comparison of Military and Civilian Engineering Programs.” Proceedings of the 123rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, New Orleans, Louisiana.  Best Paper Award, Military and Veterans Engineering Constituent Committee.


Novoselich, B.J., Knight, D.B., (2014). “Developing engineers who lead: Are students and administrator perceptions aligned?” Proceedings of the 121st Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Indianapolis, IN. 


Select Invited Lectures and Featured Presentations:


Supporting Leadership Formation in Capstone Design Teams, (2021, November), National Initiative on Capacity Building and Knowledge Creation for Engineering Leadership (NICKEL) Canada (Virtual)


Research Methods and Theories in Engineering Leadership Education, (2021, July) American Society of Engineering Education LEAD Division Special Session, (Virtual)


Team Leadership for Undergraduate Engineering Student Teams, (2015, July).  Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity Summer Workshop, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.


Student Teams, the Importance of Bonding and Bridging Social Capital, (2015, February) LDRS5544 Team Leadership, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


Engineering Leadership Experiences in Diverse Environments, (2015-2017, February), Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


Team Leadership, (2014-2015, September), ME4015, Capstone Design, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA