Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech

Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech

Associate Professor
Systems and Resilience Engineering Lab
Policy Director, SHIELD Automotive Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence
Chair of the Research Cluster in Scientific Argumentation, Interdisciplinary PhD in Argumentation

519-253-3000 ext. 5937
Office: 2176 CEI


  • PhD, University of Georgia
  • MBA, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University

Research Interests

  • Systems and Resilience Engineering
  • Analysis of Complex, Adaptive, and Dynamic Systems
  • Engineering Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  • Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
  • Social and societal impacts of technologies
  • Sustainable and resilient systems
  • Systems of Systems analysis
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Big data and text data analytics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Financial Analysis
  • Critical thinking, scientific argumentation and scientific modeling
  • Future work skills and engineering education
  • Technology and business strategy

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Resilience Engineering Association

Selected Publications

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2021), “Disruptive Technologies in support of a Green New Deal,” Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Vol. 21, Issue: June (CiteScore: 4.7).

  • Faranak Sadeghitabar* and Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2021), “Potential Effects of Single Use Plastics Ban on Ontario Manufacturers,” Proceedings of 2021 Mitigating Climate Change Symposium, Windsor, Ontario.

  • B.A. Schuelke-Leech, (2021) “A Problem Taxonomy for Engineering,” IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 105.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2021), “Engineering Entrepreneurship Teaching and Practice in the United States and Canada” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, December 2021, Volume: 68, No. 6, pp. 1570-1589, (Impact Factor 2016: 1.416; Google Scholar Citations: 3)

  • B.A. Schuelke-Leech, (2020) “The Place of Wicked Problems in Engineering Problem Solv-ing: A Proposed Taxonomy,” IEEE ISTAS Conference Proceedings, November 12-15th, 2020, https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9462174.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A. and Marta Janczarski, (2019), “Incorporating Societal (Social) and Ethical Implications into the Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies” IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society in Boston, MA, November 15-16th, 2019, (Google Scholar Citations: 1)

  • Timothy C. Leech and B.A. Schuelke-Leech, (2019), “Predicting the Likelihood that the United States will Implement Solar Radiation Management through an Analysis of Responses to Historical Crises,” IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society in Boston, MA, November 15-16th, 2019.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., Sara Jordan-Mattingly, and Betsy Barry (2019), “Regulating Autonomy: An Assessment of Policy Language for Highly Automated Vehicles,” Review of Policy Research.
  • Khayat, Andre*, R. Jill Urbanic, Anna Farias, B.A. Schuelke-Leech, (2019), “Development of a Reconfigurable Thoracentesis Training Mannequin,” Computer-Aided Design and Applications, Vol. 16, No. 6, (http://www.cad-journal.net/files/vol_16/CAD_16(6)_2019_1127-1145.pdf).
  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2018), “A Model for Understanding the Orders of Magnitude of Disruptive Technologies,” Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 129, Issue: April, pp. 261-274.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A. and Timothy C. Leech, (2018) “Innovation in the American Era of Industrial Pre-eminence: The Interaction of Policy, Finance, and Human Capital” (2018), Journal of Policy History.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2018), “A Model for Understanding the Orders of Magnitude of Disruptive Technologies,” in press and online at Technological Forecasting and Social Change.  

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2018), “Incorporating Innovation and Entrepreneurship in STEM Programs: The Challenges of Universities as Engines of Economic Growth,” in Blanchard (ed.), Controversies on Campus: Debating the Issues Confronting American Universities in the 21st Century, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., and Betsy Barry, (2017), “Philosophical and Methodological Foundations of Text Data Analytics,” in Matthias Dehmer and Emmert-Streib (eds.), Frontiers in Data Science, Boca Raton, FL: CRC. 

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., and Betsy Barry, (2016), “Complexity of Textual Data in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research” in Andreas Kurckertz and Elisabeth Berger (eds.), Complexity in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Research – Applications of Emergent and Neglected Methods, Springer, pp. 459-480.

  • Adua, Lazarus, Richard York, and Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, (2016), “Human Dimensions of Climate Change: A Micro-Level Assessment of Views from the Ecological Modernization and Human Ecology Perspectives,” Social Science Research, Volume 56, March 2016, Pages 26–43.

  • Barry, Betsy, Suzanne Smith, Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, and Clayton Darwin, “From big data to better data: Issues in text-based analytics,” (2015) I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 1-10.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., Betsy Barry, Matteo Muratori, and B.J. Yurkovich, (2015), “Big Data Issues and Opportunities for Electric Utilities,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 52, December 2015, pp. 937-947.

  • Muratori, Matteo, Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, and Giorgio Rizzoni, (2014), “Role of Residential Demand Response in Modern Electricity Markets,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 33, May 2014, Pages 546-553.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2014), “Volatility in Federal Funding of Energy R&D,” Energy Policy, Volume 67, April 2014, pp. 943-950.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A. (2013), “Resources and research: An empirical study of the influence of departmental research resources on individual STEM researchers involvement with industry,” Research Policy, Volume 42, No. 9, pp. 1667-1678.