Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: Future of Systems Engineering Education

A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).

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Chair, Department of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA
Interests: business analytics and decision analysis; computational statistics and simulation/statistical modeling; stochastic modeling; optimization models and methods; intelligent transportation systems; sports analytics; systems engineering methodology; financial engineering

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Systems Engineering for Defence Capability Centre for Systems Engineering, Cranfield MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: system resilience; systems engineering education; life cycle costing of systems
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA 01609, USA
Interests: system dynamics; computational economics; higher education; computational social science; simulations
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School of Systems and Enterprises/Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
Interests: systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering

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Dear Colleagues,

Systems Engineering is a growing field of activity, concerned with the design, development and conservation of complex socio-technical systems. Systems engineering can be applied in a diverse assortment of domains, ranging from complex systems applying recently developed technologies to organisations and systems developed to provide bespoke and carefully targeted support. Systems engineers need to engage with stakeholders and determine appropriate technologies to design and apply balanced solutions to challenges. In a world of emerging technologies, and emerging ambitions for what can be achieved with those technologies, the specific knowledge required by systems engineers changes continually. This generates challenges for educators. Systems engineering educators need to provide prospective systems engineers with the knowledge and resources to engage with specialists in many fields, to ask the right questions about needs and technologies, and to understand the answers in a way that enables them to propose appropriate system designs, management and interventions, maximising the benefit provided by the systems with which they work.

These needs demand a reflection on the current state of systems engineering education, and the proposal of a future curriculum and methods that will enable the development of graduates who are well prepared to work in a profession which is continually using novel methods to examine challenges which are as yet unaddressed.

Prof. Dr. William T. Scherer
Dr. Timothy Ferris
Dr. Oleg Pavlov
Prof. Dr. Dinesh Verma
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Systems Engineering Education: From Learning Program to Business Value
by Gerrit Muller, Laura van Veen and Joris van den Aker
Systems 2023, 11(10), 510; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11100510 - 11 Oct 2023
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The complexity of delivering business value is increasing technically and socially. The increasing complexity triggers the need for an increase in systems competence in several roles within the technical domain. One of the core disciplines to focus on this competence is systems engineering, [...] Read more.
The complexity of delivering business value is increasing technically and socially. The increasing complexity triggers the need for an increase in systems competence in several roles within the technical domain. One of the core disciplines to focus on this competence is systems engineering, which gets increasing attention within the Dutch ecosystem to enhance individuals and organizations further in this competence. The challenge is a shortage of systems engineers and teachers in systems engineering. This study proposes a layered and integrated education offering with courses for depth and domain skills, multi-day programs with systems mindset and leadership capabilities, and tracks to broaden the knowledge to a broad variety of stakeholders. In addition, university colleges, universities, and other education providers have to cooperate in delivering cohesive education to all levels, e.g., bachelor, master, PhD, and lifelong learning. Full article
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Enhancing Competency and Industry Integration: A Case Study of Collaborative Systems Engineering Education for Future Success
by Omid Razbani, Gerrit Muller, Satyanarayana Kokkula and Kristin Falk
Systems 2023, 11(9), 463; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems11090463 - 05 Sep 2023
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This case study examines the effectiveness and industry relevance of a collaborative systems engineering master’s program in Kongsberg, Norway. Through close collaboration with industry partners, students gain practical experience and tackle real engineering challenges. The authors used statistical data, meeting notes, and an [...] Read more.
This case study examines the effectiveness and industry relevance of a collaborative systems engineering master’s program in Kongsberg, Norway. Through close collaboration with industry partners, students gain practical experience and tackle real engineering challenges. The authors used statistical data, meeting notes, and an alumni survey to assess the program’s impact. The results indicate a high success rate of 87%, with alumni holding desirable positions in various engineering disciplines. The alumni expressed satisfaction with flexibility and teacher quality but desired more focus on leadership and soft skills. Strategic inputs highlight digitalization, sustainability, security, and progress in technology as critical topics for the industry, shaping the program’s evolution for continued relevance. Full article
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