Degree targeted to addressing national defense and healthcare needs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          

 Jerrell Stracener, Ph.D.
 Jerrell Stracener, Ph.D.
SMU (Dallas)  – A new Ph.D. degree program in Systems Engineering, approved by the SMU Board of Trustees on May 8, 2009, will be offered by the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University starting in the Fall 2009 semester.

The program with its focus on the United States’ defense sector, both contractors and government – civilian and military – is the only one of its kind in Texas. The new Ph.D. program will build on strengths the school has developed in systems engineering through its highly successful and groundbreaking Master of Science in Systems Engineering program that was initiated in the Fall of 1994 under the leadership of Dr. Jerrell Stracener, Systems Engineering Program Director.

The program will address the well-documented potential for systems engineers to contribute to development of defense systems and advances in healthcare, particularly for U.S. veterans. There is wide recognition of the need to counter adverse trends in cost, schedule, and performance of defense systems development. Further, the U.S. healthcare crisis calls for responses that are systems-based, considering all aspects and elements.

“Effective responses to these needs require a research-based approach to develop game-changing solutions,” says Stracener, widely known for designing and providing work-place relevant education and research for the U.S. aerospace and defense sector.

Initial response to the new Ph.D. program has been tremendous with applications by employees affiliated Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Bell Helicopter, Department of the Navy and others. Because of the demand for doctoral education in systems engineering, there is currently a waiting list of students seeking admission. For more information on admission and degree requirements, courses, costs, and schedules, contact engineeringleaders@smu.edu or call 214-768-2002.

About the Systems Engineering Program

The Systems Engineering Program resides in the Engineering Management, Information and Systems Department of the Lyle School of Engineering. It has long been recognized for providing work-place relevant education and research to the nation’s defense community, both industry and government. The program was developed and continues to evolve under the leadership of Dr. Stracener in partnership with government agencies and aerospace and defense companies. The Lyle School of Engineering’s system engineering program, education and research is driven by needs of defense systems developers, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Bell Helicopter, Elbit Systems, L-3 Communications, Rockwell Collins, Air Force, Army and Navy.

About the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including both masters and doctorate levels.

A private university located in the heart of Dallas, SMU is building on the vision of its founders, who imagined a distinguished center for learning emerging from the spirit of the city. Today, 11,000 students benefit from the national opportunities and international reach afforded by the quality of SMU’s seven degree-granting schools.