Knowledge and Experience to Help you Manage complexity


 Pamela J. Sydelko


Pamela Sydelko is President of Fat Node Consulting and a systems scientist with nearly 30 years working for Argonne National Laboratory.  As the director of the Systems Science Center at Argonne, Ms. Sydelko ran Argonne’s Systems Science Center, a group of talented systems analysts and engineers. During her career, she has led the design and development of numerous integrated systems applications spanning such diverse domains as national security, environmental sustainability, and critical infrastructures.  As president of Fat Node Consulting, Ms. Sydelko continues to practice systems science with a focus on systems thinking approaches to extremely complex “wicked” problems.   Her passion is the use of systems thinking by governments, communities, private industry and other organizations to help them better understand and manage complexity in their environments.  To expand her knowledge of systems science and to improve her expertise in the application of systems theory and methods, she began a PhD program at the Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, United Kingdom, where she expects to earn her Systems Science degree in the 2018.  She also earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, holds an M.S. in Soil Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received her B.S. in Botany/Ecology from North Dakota State University.

 Thomas G. Sydelko


Thomas Sydelko, vice president of Fat Node Consulting LLC, is an engineer and planner with over 40 years of professional experience. During 20 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he performed a wide variety of technical and management functions during numerous continental United States and overseas assignments including administrative, logistical and financial management of civil works project planning, construction, operation and maintenance of locks, dams, reservoirs, and harbors within an eight-state region as well as project management for a 5,000 person engineer construction brigade.  As a senior program manager at Argonne National Laboratory he provided technical direction and program management for large scale federal environmental assessment and remediation programs.  He also served as the Laboratory’s strategic planning manager overseeing maintenance and expansion of facilities and utility infrastructure.  He has earned two graduate engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as masters degrees in business administration, public administration, and urban planning.