Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

Systems Engineering

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Masters of Science, Systems Engineering Major (MSSE)

Systems engineering is the branch of engineering that develops systems, where a system is a collection of elements that work together as a unit. Systems engineering may be applied to large systems, such as power plants, or to small systems, such as circuit components. It may be applied to hardware or to software systems. It may be applied to tangible products such as automobiles or to intangible products such as services or processes. All branches of engineering use the principles of systems engineering.

The goal of systems engineering is 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.

Systems engineering is also the practice of “good engineering.” Through systems engineering and related courses, the student gains exposure to a variety of topics such as reliability, quality, logistics/supply webs, operations research, engineering management, software engineering, telecommunications and environmental engineering. “Systems thinking” skills are developed which foster more effective practice for the engineer or engineering manager within the business enterprise. The systems engineering program’s objective is to make you a better engineer or manager by imparting an enhanced understanding of the impact of your engineering decisions, and the impact of other decisions on you.

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Ph.D. in Systems Engineering

The student seeking a Ph.D. degree in the field of engineering or applied science is a member of a community of researchers and professional practitioners, both student and faculty, who are working close to the very frontier of human knowledge in their individual areas of specialization. It is a stimulating intellectual experience that involves the interplay of highly capable minds in the realm of ideas and concepts.

Study for the Ph.D. in engineering includes the demonstrated mastery of an area of scientific and engineering knowledge and the defense of an original scholarly dissertation based on independent research.

The Ph.D. SE degree aims to achieve simultaneously the following educational goals:

  1. Provide a solid foundation and depth in systems engineering theory and practice.
  2. Provide breadth across transdisciplinary engineering fields.
  3. Provide specialized contributions to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge through the Doctor of Philosophy dissertation.

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