About Dr. Edmund H. Conrow

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CONROW1_edit2Edmund H. Conrow is the founder and owner of Management and Technology Associates. Dr. Conrow has a proven track record in the application of risk management, project management, systems engineering, and technical skills to moderate to high complexity projects.  His achievements have been recognized by peers in a number of industries and disciplines, such as systems engineering (Fellow, International Council on Systems Engineering, recognizing his work as a risk management practitioner and researcher), aerospace (Associate Fellow and Life Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), and others.  Dr. Conrow has extensive experience on hardware-intensive, software-intensive, and mixed projects, with life cycle dollar ranges from less than $1 million to more than $100 billion.  He has successfully served a broad range of clients, including: industry, federally funded research centers, national laboratories and government. He was also a special government employee and consultant to the U.S. government for 10 years on technical and policy issues. His work has been recognized in several disciplines with letters of commendation from numerous government agencies and awards at national conferences, including: management strategy, CAIV, cost analysis, engineering design analysis, manufacturing, project risk management, and systems engineering. Dr. Conrow has trained hundreds of personnel in project risk management in a wide variety of settings, including on actual projects and proposals.

Dr. Conrow helped to develop risk management policy that is in widespread use across industry, government, and professional organizations, and has received numerous letters of commendation for his work.  Dr. Conrow has served more than 45 times as a risk manager and one-on-one mentor to risk managers covering all facets of project risk management and related fields where he was responsible for implementing and making risk management work daily on a wide variety of programs and proposals.  He has also been responsible for risk management and project management-related proposals for multiple clients that translated to billions of contract dollars.  He has also served numerous times as a project manager and a project management consultant to project, program, and proposal managers in the areas of cost, integration, quality, schedule, and scope.  In addition, he has served as a high-level advisor to industry and government, frequently served as a short-term mentor and advisor, and received numerous letters of commendation for his work.  He has directly saved millions of dollars on several programs.  He is also credited by one government organization with “saving” a high visibility, high technology program that subsequently was delivered ahead of schedule, on budget, and met or exceeded all performance requirements despite a more than 4 year development effort compressed into 1.0 years and an initially faltering risk management position.

Dr. Conrow has also developed and performed hundreds of Monte Carlo simulations since the 1970s including cost and schedule risk analyses, and technical performance models.  These simulations have led to more realistic project cost, schedule, and technical estimates, and been used to support a wide variety of decisions, risk analyses, and trade studies associated with projects, programs, and proposals for industry and government through multi-billion dollar efforts.

Dr. Conrow is the author of the highly regarded book, Effective Risk Management:  Some Keys to Success, Second Edition, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) (2003), 542 pp.  (A full-page review of this book was included in the January 2004 issue of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) journal INSIGHT.)  He is also the author of the project risk management chapter in Harold Kerzner's best selling book, Project Management:  A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, Eleventh Edition (2013), Tenth Edition (2009), Ninth Edition (2006), Eighth Edition (2003), and Seventh Edition, (2000), Wiley; and the lead author of the project risk management chapter in Harold Kerzner's Advanced Project Management:  Best Practices on Implementation, Wiley, Second Edition, (2003).  He is widely published in journals and conferences, with more than 185 professional presentations, papers, book, and related publications in risk management, project management, systems engineering, and related fields, including papers that have won awards at national conferences.

Dr. Conrow was cited as reviewer of the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide, cited as a significant contributor to the 2004 PMI PMBOK® Guide (both adding new material and correcting errors in the previous, 2000, PMBOK ® Guide), and cited as a contributor to the 2008 PMI PMBOK® Guide.  This covers project contracting, communications, cost, human resources, integration, quality, risk management, scope, and schedule.  He was also cited as a contributor and reviewer to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) software risk management process.  He is the primary author of the risk management section of the Air Force Systems Engineering Primer and Handbook, Third Edition, 2005 and Fourth Edition, 2013; Air Force Risk Management Critical Process Assessment Tool, Second Edition 1998; and the project risk management chapter in the U. S. Department of Defense Extension to:  A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 2003, a PMI Standard, and the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (Stevens Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School), versions 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.0, and 1.1.  Dr. Conrow is also a contributing author of the Department of Defense Risk Management Guide for DoD Acquisition (Editions 1-5, 1998-2003), and numerous Department of the Air Force risk management publications (1998-2014).

Dr. Conrow is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) (cited for research and practice associated with risk management, and cost, performance, and schedule trade methods), member of the INCOSE Fellows Selection Committee, an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP), an Associate Fellow and Life Member of the AIAA, Senior Member of the IEEE, Emeritus (Life) member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), member of PMI, Certified Management Consultant (Institute of Management Consultants), Certified in Risk Management (International Institute of Professional Education and Research), and a certified Project Management Professional (PMI).

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Awards and Honors (Partial List)

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Some Current and Prior Activities

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Education (All degrees from accredited programs)

  • Ph.D., Policy Analysis
    Minor: Economics and statistics
  • Ph.D., General Engineering
    Minor: Systems engineering
  • M.Phil., Policy Analysis
    Minor: Economics and statistics
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering
    Minor: Physiology
  • B.S.N.E., Nuclear Engineering
    Minor: Chemistry, math and physics

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Links to Project Risk Management Services

Home Page

How We Can Help

Overview of Services

Why Risk Management?

Why Do It Well?

Papers and Presentations

Some Client Profiles

Synopsis of Experience

Risk Management Training

About Dr. Edmund H. Conrow

Code of Ethics

Risk Management Links

Second Edition of Dr. Conrow's Risk Management Book with Reviews

Risk Management e-Interview by International Council on Systems Engineering

Links to Other Services

Additional Services

Synopsis of Additional Experience

Additional Papers and Presentations


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