Designing Integrated Solutions to Complex Problems
Systems Engineers innovatively solve large, complex problems in a technologically advanced environment by engineering solutions which provide significant value to clients and their organizations. Systems Engineers also lead interdisciplinary teams of engineers and others in the development and implementation of technical solutions to complex issues facing organizations. Systems Engineering majors learn to think systematically, engineer systematically, and approach decisions systematically.
Thinking systematically involves understanding the entire environment in which the system operates and includes the needs, wants and desires of all the stakeholders of the system. Engineering systematically involves identifying and understanding the required system functions, developing alternative system solutions, and applying the basic modeling and simulation tools required to analyze the system from an engineering perspective. Approaching decisions systematically involves leading and participating in multi-disciplinary teams to innovate and implement visionary solutions to these complex problems.
The recent rapid growth and success of systems engineering can be attributed to advances in technology and the transition of society to a highly networked, globally-oriented information age which results in a dramatic increase in the complexity of problems. These problems require systems thinking and a holistic approach to problem solving that is at the heart of the systems engineering discipline. It is the challenge of systems engineers to harness and direct technology toward solving problems most often related to processes and operations. Ultimately, the study and application of systems engineering principles involve innovation and the creative application of analytical models to facilitate sound decision making.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Program Educational Objectives:
- Effectively led interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems.
- Demonstrated intellectual growth and continued self-improvement through self-study, continuing education, or professional development.
- Fostered an organizational ethos that promotes the professional, moral, ethical, and respectful treatment of all.
- Analyzed, designed, implemented, and maintained systems throughout their lifecycles.
- Clearly communicated engineering solutions and analysis to leaders, both orally and in writing, to enable sound decision-making in the presence of uncertain, biased, or confounding influences.
- Approached problems holistically while recognizing each system as a whole, with its fit and relationship with the environment being primary concerns.
The Systems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.