Amy Thompson

Associate Professor in Residence

Systems Engineering

Dr. Amy Thompson joined UConn in August 2017 as an Associate Professor-In-Residence of Systems Engineering and as the Associate Director of Academic Programs with the United Technologies Corporation Institute of Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC-IASE) at the University of Connecticut. She currently teaches model-based systems engineering and coordinates the online graduate programs in Advanced Systems Engineering for the UTC-IASE. Prior to joining UConn, she received her BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Manufacturing Engineering, and PhD in Industrial and Systems from the University of Rhode Island and she taught Systems Engineering to undergraduate and graduate students for six years at the University of New Haven. She also worked with an interdisciplinary team to create a BS and BA in Sustainability Studies at the University of New Haven and taught courses in design for environment and sustainability. Her current research portfolio includes the application of model-based systems engineering for the design and optimization of complex systems, model-based fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) for HVAC-R systems; design of smart manufacturing systems, facilities, and buildings; supply chain design; and undergraduate, graduate, and online systems engineering education development and assessment. Dr. Thompson is the recipient of the US EPA Environment Merit Award (2017) and the University of New Haven Faculty Excellence Award for Student Advising (2013).

Systems Engineering Focus

Key Skills & Capabilities

  • Model-based systems engineering for design and optimization of systems
  • Designing and assessing systems for the system lifecycle and environmental sustainability
  • Multi-attribute and multi-objective decision making in system design
  • Requirements development and analysis for systems
  • Verification and validation of systems
  • Fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) for HVAC-R systems
  • Modeling and simulation of manufacturing systems and facilities

Key Active Research Projects

  • US Department of Energy, “Bringing Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) Tools into the Mainstream: Retro Commissioning and Continuous Commissioning of HVAC and Refrigeration Systems,” 2017-2020. UConn UTC-IASE: $210,000 of $1.2M grant: DE-FOA-0001518.

Recent Publications

  • Hacker, A., R. Gorthala, and A. Thompson. 2019. An Approach to Bringing Automated Fault Detection and Diagnosis (AFDD) Tools for HVAC&R into the Mainstream. Proceedings of the ASME 2019 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition IMECE2019 November 11-14, 2019, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.


  • Thompson, A., S. Borrelli (United Illuminating), and L. Darveau (EPA). 2017. HOW Green is Connecticut. EUEC Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference 2017, 20th Annual Conference & Expo.


  • Bozack, A. and A. Thompson. August 2014. Why Applying Engineering Design Principles and Methods to Improve Teacher Evaluation Systems May Not Produce Desired or Expected Results: A Response to Kersting’s Engineering Teacher Evaluation Commentary. Teachers College Record Online.


  • Abdulaal, A. and A. Thompson. 2012. Solving a Facility Layout Problem for a Manufacturer Applying a Meta-Heuristic and Lean Objectives. INFORMS Annual Conference, October 2012, Pheonix, AZ.


  • Ciston, S., A. Koutsospyros, A. Thompson, W. Norton, A. Rodriguez, and R. Zajac. 2011. Sustainability Studies at the University of New Haven. International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering, January 12, 2011. Tucson, AZ


  • Altonji, M. and A. Thompson. 2011. Validation of a University Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for 2008-2009. Proceedings of the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, T. Doolen and E.Van Aken, eds. 2011.


  • White, C, S. Sreebhashyam, and A. Thompson. 2011. Evaluation of the Performance and Capability of a 3-Dimensional Part Printer and its Fused Deposition Modeling Process. Proceedings of the 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, T. Doolen and E. Van Aken, eds. 2011.
Contact Information
Office Location159 Discovery drive Unit 5183, Office 218