Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2009


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530


The selection of a project from a large list of possibilities is a common problem in Engineering. This type of problem seems to be incessant in many organizations. In fact, it became a problem for our team when we were faced with a difficult decision of which topic to select for our team term project. There were four project alternatives that were brought to our first meeting. All of the projects seemed perfectly reasonable and could be used for the purpose of the class. However, the problem was that we were only able to select one project. This situation was identified as a good opportunity to be the project topic itself. The purpose of this project is to use decision making methodologies in selection of one project from among four project proposals. Since our project covers the selection of a student project for ETM students, the result is the selection of a project proposal and not the continuation and completion of the selected proposal. To provide effective information on our decision, the Hierarchical Decision Model (HDM), algorithm and tools used for the project selection are studied. The proposed algorithm is mainly based on using the Pairwise Comparison Method (PCM), an Online Survey, Bibliometric Techniques, and Utility Curves.


This project is only available to students, faculty, and staff of Portland State University.

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