Date of Award

Fall 12-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Chris Winstead

Committee Chair Department

Physics and Astronomy

Committee Member 2

Wonryull Koh

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Ras B. Pandey

Committee Member 3 Department

Physics and Astronomy

Committee Member 4

Michael Vera

Committee Member 4 Department

Physics and Astronomy


This dissertation presents an exploration of the application of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools and methods to the design and execution of sophisticated laboratory experiments. An experiment to measure the first excited state diffusion coefficient, recently attempted by the author, is used as an example. Several MBSE analysis methods are applied, retrospectively, to the process by which the experiment in question was planned and executed. The potential for increased efficiency in managing the diverse types of information associated with such laboratory experiments is demonstrated, as well as possible further avenues for future research.