*_Notice and Invitation_*

Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation
The Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Mario W. Cardullo

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, New York University Polytechnic Institute, 1957
Master of Mechanical Engineering, New York University Polytechnic Institute, 1959

Master of Engineering Administration, George Washington University, 1966


*Development of Information and Knowledge Architectures and an 
Associated Framework and Methodology for System Management of a Global 
Reserve Currency*

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 2 -- 4 pm

Room 4801

All are invited to attend.

Dr. Andrew P. Sage, Chair
Dr. Alexander H. Levis
Dr. Janos J. Gertler

Dr. Ariela Sofer


The global financial systemappears to be heading for a major financial 
crisis.This crisis is being driven by a growing global debt. This crisis 
is not limited to nations that are heavily in debt such as Greece, 
Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy or Cyprusbut to such others as the 
United States.While there has been a great deal of emphasis on debt 
there are many other issues. In many cases, the underlying causes of 
this potential crisisare very complex.As this dissertation will show, it 
is the complexity of these causes and their interrelationships, coupled 
with a lack of a global financial management system, which may be the 
real culprit in the potentially impending global financial crisis.

One very important aspect of these potential crises is the state of the 
world reserve currency and how it is managed.The concept of reserve 
currencies is widely recognized and these currencies are often used for 
international transactions.There is a very long history of the concept 
of a reserve currency.This history involves a combination of economicand 
politicalpowers, real or perceived, that may influence global reserve 

Recent years have witnessed a tremendous growth in information systems 
and communication systemsthat facilitate the design and implementation 
of complex inter-enterprise processes. The basic hypothesis of this 
dissertation is that an appropriately structured global reserve 
currency, based on use of an information and knowledge management 
system, can provide stabilityto currencies, whereas an unmanaged single 
or unstructured group of currencies will not provide currency stability. 
The proposed Information and Knowledge Architectures for System 
Management of a Global Reserve Currency (IKASM-GRC) can provide a system 
and methodologywhich can stabilize a reserve currency.

A copy of this doctoraldissertation is on reserve at the Johnson Center