LTC Pat Downes is from Ridgewood, New Jersey and is a 1993 graduate from the United States Military Academy. He earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. LTC Downes served as a lieutenant with the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and as a captain with 1st Armored Division where he commanded an infantry company.
LTC Downes graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a Master’s of Science in Systems and Information Engineering. His thesis research focused on building simulations to determine how well infantry fighting systems improved Soldiers’ situational awareness. Pat taught in West Point’s Department of Systems Engineering from 2002 to 2005. He taught courses in systems engineering, deterministic models, and systems design.
After graduating from the Command and General Staff College, Pat was assigned to the Southern European Task Force (SETAF) and later the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He deployed with the brigade to Afghanistan in 2007 where he served as a battalion executive officer.
LTC Downes is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business. His doctoral research is in the area of manpower planning models. Specifically, he has partnered with the Army Medical Department’s Personnel Proponent Directorate (PPD) and is building improved manpower planning models to plan medical officer accessions and promotions.
MG420: Operations Management
Downes, P. “A Methodology to Measure Situational Awareness and its Effects in a Combat Multi-Agent Simulation.” University of Virginia, May, 2002.
Downes, P., Kwinn, M. “Proving Situational Awareness Impact in the Land Warrior Project.” Military Operations Research, Volume 14, Number 4, 2009.
Trainor, T., Parnell, G., Kwinn, B., Brence, J., Tollefson, E., Downes, P. “The US Army Uses Decision Analysis in Designing Its US Installation Regions.” Interfaces. Vol. 37, No. 3, May-June 2007.
Downes, P., Kwinn, M., Brown, D., “Incorporating Battle Focused Training and Operations Research.” Phalanx. Volume 37, Number 6, 2004.
Downes, P., Kwinn, M., Brown, D., “Using Agent-Based Modeling And Human-In-The-Loop Simulation To Analyze Army Acquisition Program Systems.” Proceedings of the 2004 Winter Simulation Conference, 2004. Volume 1, 5-8 Dec. 2004.
Schott, R.; Downes, P.; Gay, R.; Whitten, N.; Paine, J.; Goddard, M.; Rybacki, M.; Klimack, W. “Medium Caliber Cannon Lethality Study For Future And Current Infantry Fighting Vehicles.” Proceedings of the 2004 Winter Simulation Conference, 2004. Volume 1, 5-8 Dec. 2004.
Manpower planning models, optimization, system dynamics, agent based modeling.