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Jack Zentner, Ph.D.


Dr. Jack Zentner is a Senior Research Engineer at the Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS) in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). His primary area of research is in the development of and application of systems engineering tools and methods to the design of large scale, complex systems. Over the past several years, he has also been developing and applying strategic decision making methods for a range of government and industry customers to help them map their high-level goals and objectives to a prioritized set of actionable alternatives.   He is the Principal Investigator and Lead Systems Engineer for the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) SOCRATES program as well as Georgia Tech’s DARPA project.  In addition to conducting research, Dr. Zentner is the Director of  Problem Solving professional education at Georgia Tech.   He initiated the Advanced Problem Solving Certification program and is the lead instructor and developer for the Principles of Problem Solving, Creativity and Facilitation, Visual Problem Solving and Craft of Problem Solving classes. He is also a course developer and lecturer for Georgia Tech’s Professional Masters in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE).  He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 1999 and a M.S., and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001 and 2006, respectively.