Dr. Farr is currently a Professor of Engineering Management at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Founding Director of the Center for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity Development. From 2007 to 2010 he was a Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and Associate Dean for Academics in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He was the founding Director of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at Stevens from 2000 to 2007. Before coming to Stevens in 2000, he was a Professor of Engineering Management at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was the first permanent civilian professor in Systems Engineering and Director of their Engineering Management Program. Prior to joining the faculty at West Point in 1992 he was the Team Leader of the Combat Engineering and Simulation Group at the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station. He also worked in the design of offshore oil platforms throughout the Mideast and the United States.
Dr. Farr is a former past president and Fellow of American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is a former editor of the Journal of Management in Engineering and the founder of the Engineering Management Practice Periodical. He has authored over 100 technical publications to include four textbooks, eight book chapters, and 80-refereed publications on infrastructure planning, engineering management, and cost management.
Dr. Farr earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and Masters and PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue and the University of Michigan, respectively. He is a registered Civil Engineer in the states of Mississippi and New York. Dr. Farr is also a member of Chi Epsilon, a Founding Member Epsilon Mu Eta, and Phi Kappa Phi. He is a member of the International Council of Systems Engineering, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), ASCE, ASEM, and the Military Operations Research Society.
As recognition for his innovations and academic achievements, Dr. Farr has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the Bernard R. Sarchet Award, ASEE, 2006; Franklin W. B. Woodbury Service Award, ASEM, 2005; Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, 2006; Bernard R. Sarchet Award, ASEM, 2004; Merl Baker Award, ASEE, 2004; Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2000; and the Superior Civilian Service Award, 1997.
Dr. Farr has served on numerous defense national and academic advisory boards to include membership on the Army Science Board from 2002 through 2010, a member of the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies from 2006 through 2012, Fulbright Scholar since 2012 and spent time in Vietnam in 2013, and a member of the Board of Fellows at Norwich University since 2007. He has served as a program evaluator in Canada and is currently a Commissioner for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.
His research and consulting interests are in cost and data analysis and decision and risk analysis as applied to infrastructure and other complex enterprises especially in the arena of nation reconstruction and capacity development. He teaches classes in modeling and simulation, systems engineering, engineering economics, cost estimation and management, and project management. He serves as a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies and government agencies in resource prioritization, and life cycle costing. He has worked in Afghanistan, Africa, Vietnam, and the Marshall Islands on a wide variety of economic and capacity development and assessment projects.