Hello and welcome! I'm John Meluso (he/him, they/them). I'm a systems scientist, computational social scientist, & qualitative researcher who studies collective problem-solving through the lens of complex systems, especially related to communication, diversity, and design.
I'm currently the OCEAN Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vermont Complex Systems Center at the University of Vermont where I work with Jim Bagrow and Laurent Hébert-Dufresne. In May, 2020, I completed my Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Michigan in Design Science where I studied Complex System Design with Jesse Austin-Breneman and Management & Organizations with Jose Uribe. Also on my committee were Scott Page and Lynette Shaw.
I value making a difference in the lives of people, from improving all kinds of complex engineered systems that pervade modern society, to determining (and addressing) the root causes of toxic cultures in organizations, and designing more inclusive work systems for a hybrid world. I'm always open to collaborating and mentoring, so don't hesitate to reach out!
A few academic key terms: systems engineering, network science, agent-based modeling, interviews, surveys, ethnography, diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI), data science, organizational culture, inclusiveness, science of science, open source, feminism, virtual collaboration, information & communication technology, miscommunication.
A few personal interests: podcasts, bunnies, design, coffee, science fiction, community, authenticity, inclusion, mindfulness, privacy, balance.
Publications Under Review
Hébert-Dufresne, L., St-Onge, G., Meluso, J., Bagrow, J., & Allard, A. In Review. Hierarchical team structure and multidimensional localization (or siloing) on networks. ArXiv:2203.00745 [Nlin, Physics:Physics]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2203.00745.
Uribe, J., Carnahan, S., Meluso, J., & Austin-Breneman, J. In Press. How do managers evaluate individual contributions to team production? A theory and empirical test. Strategic Management Journal. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3787481.
Meluso, J., Austin-Breneman, J., Bagrow, J. P., & Hébert-Dufresne, L. 2022. A Review and Framework for Modeling Complex Engineered System Development Processes. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1109/TSMC.2022.3163019.
Meluso, J., Johnson, S., & Bagrow, J. 2022. Flexible environments for hybrid collaboration: redesigning virtual working through the four orders of design. Design Issues, 38(1): 55–69. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/wehsk.
Meluso, J., Austin-Breneman, J., & Shaw, L. 2020. An agent-based model of miscommunication in complex system engineering organizations. IEEE Systems Journal, 14(3): 3463–3474. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSYST.2019.2940864.
Meluso, J., Austin-Breneman, J., & Uribe, J. 2020. Estimate uncertainty: miscommunication about definitions of engineering terminology. Journal of Mechanical Design, 142(7). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4045671.
Meluso, J., & Austin-Breneman, J. 2018. Gaming the system: an agent-based model of estimation strategies and their effects on system performance. Journal of Mechanical Design, 140(12): 121101–121109. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4039494.
Meluso, J., Bagrow, J., Hébert-Dufresne, L., & Razzante, R. In Press. Masculinity contest cultures and inclusive cultures: insights from an agent-based model of organizational socialization and promotion. In E. B. King, Q. M. Roberson, & M. Hebl (Eds.), Research on Social Issues in Management: The Future of Diversity & Inclusion, vol. 3. https://bit.ly/meluso-et-al-mcc-ic.