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Art Pyster is the Lead Editor for Part 6 of the SEBoK.

Throughout his career, Art Pyster has played a leading role with systems and technologies in telecommunications, aerospace, defense, air traffic control, and computing.

Pyster’s proudest professional accomplishments prior to coming to Mason are (1) standing up and operating the Systems Engineering Research Center, which is the largest and most impactful academic research program in systems engineering in the nation, (2) leading the development of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK), which has been accessed almost five million times through 2020 and is arguably the most widely read source on systems engineering in the world, (3) applying novel engineering processes at Digital Sound Corporation to develop extremely low-defect commercial telecommunications systems; and (4) as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Deputy Chief Information Officer, leading its information security efforts, software research program, and IT policy development, and serving on the FAA's investment review board which oversaw more than $3 billion annually.

At Mason, Pyster is a professor of systems engineering, but his primary role is associate dean for research in the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE). In that capacity, Pyster oversees the VSE research portfolio which has rapidly grown to an anticipated value of over $400M with annual expenditures approaching $70M. He is also the principal investigator for Mason’s managing partnership in the DOE-sponsored Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII). The Institute is led by UTSA and funded at $111M over five years. Pyster continues to oversee the SEBoK which is sponsored by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the IEEE, and Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an INCOSE Fellow, Founders Award recipient, and Pioneer Award, recipient. Pyster has authored more than 70 papers and two books