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In Solidarity - Against Systemic Racism

We support the campus statement In Solidarity and the Petition for Justice for Black Lives at UC Merced against systemic racism and for social justice.

Complexity at the Climate, Land Use and Social Justice interface
Prof. Osborne — Endowed UC Presidential Chair — to lead UC initiatives addressing pressing Grand Challenges 
Looking Eastward — Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve
At the interface between human organization and natural space
Announcing new NSF Engineering Research Center IoT4Ag
Situated at the nexus of MIST — Prof. Keske leads UCM NSF-ERC Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture
Park Management: 1963 Sentinel Rock Rescue — Yosemite National Park
Co-evolution of Technological Advance and Problem-solving in the Field

The Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program leverages strengths in engineering, natural and social sciences at UC Merced. Together, this unit serves as a cross-functional hub for interdisciplinary research in management science, for partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit enterprises and public organizations, and for education programs that address the growing need for managers who are well-versed in the complex problems associated with coupled human and environmental systems.

Department of Management of Complex Systems (MCS)

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST) graduate group

The MCS department and MIST graduate group share a highly multi-disciplinary faculty joined around a common interest in how arrangements of people, organizations, information, technology and the natural world give rise to complex adaptive phenomena that pose difficult — often grand — challenges to society. As such, our terminal MM and PhD/MS degree programs focus on identifying and executing management strategies that seek balance and alignment among social justice, environmental resources and economic welfare — i.e. toward the long-term sustainability of people, planet and profit (PPP).

Our mission is to train the next generation of PPP managers and scholars using a distinctive multidisciplinary approach. Curricula provide a wide range of opportunities to gain management training via case studies, field exercises, internships and development of information-driven decision-making skills — all of which are required for successful administration of public and private resources, as well as service- and innovation-oriented enterprises, in the 21st century. Coursework stresses innovation, engineering and vigilance for emerging technologies that open the way for alternative sustainable and renewable approaches to institutional operations, resource management and service delivery.

Featured News

April 24, 2024

Recent UCM doctoral graduate Dr. Felber Arroyave and MCS professors Jenkins and Petersen published two papers exploring the impact of science policy on knowledge management and other...

March 14, 2023

Study identifies increasing prevalence of "flammable nights", a paradigm mediated by climate-change resulting in hotter drier nights, which decreases fire-fighters' ability to...

January 5, 2023

Study provides a framework for measuring and evaluating the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of Convergence Science, and applies the framework to a convergence nexus of human brain science in...


Environment & Climate

Entrepreneurship & Innovation