Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering

The West Point Department of Systems Engineering enhances the leadership success of cadets and faculty by teaching complex problem solving and decision making skills. The department also provides solutions to problems of national significance - working with external partners in a synergy that enhances cadet education.

DSE offers three majors: systems engineering, engineering management and systems and decision sciences as well as operations research that is co-sponsored with the math department. In addition, DSE has a Core Engineering Sequence (CES) which provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the art and science of decision-making.

Through our courses, cadets develop an understanding of how to apply engineering concepts and principles to engineering related projects, management issues, and technology-laden organizations. Our programs offer a framework to develop executive-level skills at the undergraduate level.

What do we do?


Systems engineering is “an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization
of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality
early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with
design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem.”

Engineering management is “the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating
resources, and directing and controlling activities which have a technological

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Operations Research Center


Since 1988 the Operations Research Center (ORCEN) has provided a dedicated analytical capability to solve complex problems for DoD organizations from the tactical to strategic level in the areas of operations research, decision support and analysis, modeling and simulation, and data analysis.  By incorporating disciplinary innovation and emerging technologies from ongoing research into the classroom, the ORCEN enriches cadet education and faculty development in the Department of Systems Engineering. Additionally, the ORCEN oversees the cadet summer intern program (AIAD).

Current Research

Past Research


Contact Us


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United States Military Academy
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646 Swift Road
West Point, New York 10996-1905

Administrative Officer
Department of Systems Engineering
Phone: 845-938-2701