Rod MacDonald is the director of the Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector located at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy where he specialized in the development of computer simulation models as decision support tools. He has used the tools and techniques of system dynamics computer simulation modeling to analyze deposit insurance issues for the banking industry and to address problems in the delivery of mental health services, fleet maintenance, supply chain management, Social Security disability benefits, DWI recidivism, the flow criminals through the criminal justice system and traffic safety issues. He also started and ran MindWalk Consulting for seven years prior to becoming the director the Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector. Prior to starting MindWalk Consulting Mr. MacDonald administered a famine relief program in Botswana, Africa (1985-1988), has developed low income housing projects in New York State's Capital Region (1988-1991), and provided technical assistance on management issues to nonprofits in New York State (1991-1993).
Mohammad Mojtahedzadeh collaborates with the Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector. He is also the managing director of the Attune Group, Inc, a management consulting firms that provides tools and techniques for collaborative strategy development. He has served as a consultant to private companies, nonprofit organizations and public agencies in North America. Mohammad has also been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Yazd, Iran where he taught system dynamics and quantitative analysis for decision-making. His current work is in the area of process design and improvement, information integration and understanding the dynamics of nonlinear feedback systems. Mohammad holds a Ph.D. from the University at Albany specializing in system dynamics as well as an AB and an MA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Tehran, Iran.
Hyunjung Kim is a doctoral student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. She earned her M.P.A. in Policy Simulation and Information Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in May, 2004. Her research interest is in use of decision support tools in public policy area. She is working as a system dynamics modeler in public sector consulting projects. She has also been engaged in systems thinking professional workshops and K-12 systems education. Before coming to the U.S.A., she earned her B.A. in Korean Literature and Language at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
Advisory Members to the Initiative for System Dynamics in the Public Sector