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Overview

Each Fall and Spring terms, the Lyle School of Engineering offered dedicated groups just for Textron employees (Textron, Bell Helicopter and Cessna) studying for the M.S. Systems Engineering or M.S. Security Engineering. Additionally, students are recruited for the open enrollment Weekend Format program in Manufacturing Systems Management each Fall and Spring.

Systems Engineering

 
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Note: This group is available to students outside of Dallas/Fort Worth. See the information about the video conference option below.

The M.S. Systems Engineering is a requirements-driven program developed for high-potential engineers and managers with an undergraduate technical degree who are advancing in industry or government or running their own company.

This program is designed to develop expertise for development and management of systems (products and services) that satisfy customer requirements considering engineering, technology, environmental, management, risk, and economic factors by viewing the system as a whole, over its life cycle using systems engineering principles, methods and practices.  “Systems thinking” skills are developed which foster more effective practice for the engineer or engineering manager within the business enterprise. The objective is to provide individuals with the capability to effectively manage the development of complex systems in an ever-changing environment.

New group launches are subject to sufficient enrollment requirement of at least 12 admitted students.

Security Engineering

 
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Government organizations, industries, and society as a whole, are incredibly dependent on their information infrastructure, storage, and networks. Sabotage into information resources of almost any government agency, especially the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, or the Department of Commerce will compromise, if not paralyze, its functioning. Among industry, any enterprise that stores of transmits financial or personal data is most susceptible to breaches in information security – good targets with severe implications – and any transaction-based enterprise is susceptible to losing business if the transactions are compromised in any way for any length of time. Health care, financial and insurance sectors are good examples of those most effected by information safety or lack thereof. With the enormous penetration of e-commerce, even individual consumers are affected by disruptions or unauthorized access which render their information assets vulnerable.

To address these ever-increasing challenges, SMU Lyle’s M.S. Security Engineering focuses on educating individuals who can design secure systems and applications, protecting both private and public information and complex communications infrastructures that demand security assurance.

New group launches are subject to sufficient enrollment requirement of at least 12 admitted students.

Manufacturing Systems Management

 
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The Master of Science with major in Manufacturing Systems Management offered by the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at SMU provides a balanced approach to management skills and technical expertise necessary to succeed in this critically important field. Lyle’s Weekend Format program in Manufacturing Systems Management serves the needs of the part-time student.

Requiring 30 hours of coursework consisting of 10 courses, the program is designed to explore all aspects of the manufacturing cycle.

SMU’s MSM program is carefully designed to meet customer requirements, delivering the ideal blend of live Web conference and recorded lecture via streaming media to busy professionals at home and across the nation. For each 3-hour course, students receive 40 hours of instruction in a total of five 8-hour sessions during the semester in which they are enrolled. The five class sessions are split into four hours of recorded lecture and four hours of virtual conference with the professor and other students in the program. Participants have Internet access to lecture content one to two weeks prior to a Web conference session conducted live every other Saturday, following the off-weekend schedule of the Fortune 100 defense corporations with operations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Students take only one course at a time with Course A held during the first half of the term and Course B during the second half. Students may take either one or two courses during the semester, setting their own pace for career advancement in a rapidly evolving business climate.

Location

Class meetings take place at American Airlines Training Center near DFW Airport and located just a few miles from Bell Helicopter's Plant 1.

Groups meet on Saturdays every two weeks from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the academic semester

Video Conference Option

Students in the Textron Systems Engineering groups who do not live in Dallas or Tarrant counties may participate in real time via video conference. Students simply need access to a computer with webcam and a high speed Internet connection in order to participate. Students participate in class in real time through GoToMeeting session. Testing is conducted remotely using the school's distance education proctoring system. Note: Video conference is only offered to groups with a minimum of five (5) out of market students.

Customized Schedule

At Lyle, we are cognizant of students from Textron companies wanting to balance the cost of a degree from SMU against the tuition assistance offered by their employer's Educational Assistance Program. To do so, Lyle attempts to spread the schedule of ten courses for a group of Bell employees to balance the out-of-pocket expense of the student against the generous funding provided by their company.

For students starting in a Fall term:

Term 

Total Course Taken 

Total Tuition Cost 

Paid in Current Year 

Remaining EA Budget for Year

Bell Student Personal Cost 

Fall

 2

 $8,400

$8,400 

$10,000

$0 

Spring

 2

 $8,400

$8,400 

$10,000

$0 

Fall

 2

 $8,400

$4,200 

$1,600 

$2,600

Spring

 2

 $8,400+$4,200 (carried forward from previous Fall)

$12,600 

$10,000 

$2,600

Fall

 2

 $8,400

$0                     

$0 

$0 

Spring

 0

 $0+$8400 (carried forward from previous Fall)

$8,400 

$10,000 

$0 


For students starting in a Spring term:

Term 

Total Course Taken 

Total Tuition Cost 

Turned in to EA Budget in Current Year 

Remaining EA Budget for Year

Bell Student Personal Cost 

Spring  

2

 $8,400

$8,400 

$10,000

$0 

Fall 

2

 $8,400

$4,200 

$1,600

$2,600 

Spring 

1

 $4,200

$4,200 + $4,200 carried forward from previous Fall

$10,000

$0

Fall 

2

$8,400

$4,200

$1,600

$2,600

Spring 

1

$4,200

$4,200 + $4,200 carried forward from previous Fall

$10,000

$0

Fall 

2

$8,400

$0

$1,600

$0

Spring

0

$0

$8,400 carried forward from previous Fall

$10,000

$0

*based on understanding of Textron Education Assistance program and the fact that Weekend Format is deferred until about 45 days after the end of each semester.

Example Curricula

Systems Engineering

 10 Courses  
 Course 1 Systems Analysis Methods
 Course 2 Systems Engineering Process
 Course 3 Integrated Risk Management
 Course 4 Systems Reliability, Supportability and Availability Analysis
 Course 5 Systems Integration and Test
 Course 6 Systems Engineering Design*
 Course 7 Software Systems Engineering*
 Course 8 Systems Engineering Leadership*
 Course 9 Logistics Systems Engineering*
 Course 10 System Engineering Tools (SLATE, DOORS and MATLAB) 


Security Engineering

10 Courses   
Course 1  Computer Systems Security 
Course 2  Operating Systems and Systems Software 
Course 3  Data And Network Security 
Course 4  Software Security 
Course 5  Software Testing and Quality Assurance 
Course 6  Advanced Network and System Security* 
Course 7  Advanced Software Security* 
Course 8  Information Systems Security Engineering* 
Course 9  Border and Transportation Security* 
Course 10  Digital Forensics* 

*Electives subject to change by department

Manufacturing Systems Management

 10 Courses  
 Course 1 Entreprenuership and Business Development in Manufacturing
 Course 2 Organizational Leadership
 Course 3 Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
 Course 4 Manufacturing Methods and Systems
 Course 5 Manufacturing Management
 Course 6 Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma
 Course 7 Strategies for Manufacturing Firms
 Course 8 Global Manufacturing
 Course 9 Innovation Management


Weekend Format Contact

Michael Paulk

Michael Paulk 
Program Manager 
(817) 601-7224 
mpaulk@lyle. smu.edu
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