The mission of the department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering is to deliver an integrated program of research, teaching, and public service to the technology community. The Department develops creative leadership to bridge dynamic, complex technologies and societal needs. This includes delivering instruction in the management of technology and in systems engineering, operations research, and allied fields to undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing to assume leadership roles as technology professionals.

Our education programs provide an understanding of the managerial role, analysis of the diverse functions of technology based organizations, and instruction in modern management and mathematical analysis and modeling tools, as they apply to formulating and executing decisions in engineering and scientific organizations. Our research programs feature research in the management of technology; fundamental and applied research in systems engineering and operations research, with a particularly strong interest in stochastic analysis and system optimization; sponsorship from government, industry, and the technology community; and a strong presence in refereed professional journals and leadership in professional societies.

Undergraduate Program Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate program in Systems Engineering is to provide educational, research, and personal-growth opportunities to the students that enable them to achieve maximum potential in their professional careers.

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

The overarching educational objective of the systems engineering undergraduate program is to enable students to interpret and incorporate the complexities of human society beyond the boundaries of their profession and to be able to make meaningful contributions as professionals and responsible citizens to the local community as well as national and global societies. The graduates of our undergraduate program are expected to achieve one or more of the following program educational objectives (PEO) within a few years of their graduation, particularly in the careers they have pursued in systems engineering or closely related disciplines.

  • PEO-1: Technical knowledge and critical thinking: Develop transformative models grounded on mathematics, engineering, and analysis to identify, formulate, and solve new and emerging problems in a variety of systems and systems of systems.
  • PEO-2: Leadership skills: Manage a complex systems engineering project in a private or government agency, tackle real-world challenges and demonstrate proficiency in multiple forms of communication, including written reports, oral presentations, and executive-level summaries.
  • PEO-3: Continuous education: Pursue and maintain currency in engineering knowledge and related disciplines through advanced graduate research, self-education, and exploration of new subject areas.
  • PEO-4: Multidisciplinary thinking and professionalism: Complement systems engineering knowledge, problem-solving, and communication skills in others professions, such as law, medicine, business, education, or public policy.


Student Outcomes of Undergraduate Program in Systems Engineering

For consistency and tractability, the Systems Engineering student outcomes have directly utilized and adopted the definitions of the student outcomes as published by ABET.

Outcome Outcome Definition
(1) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
(2) 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
(3) Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
(4) 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
(5) 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
(6) Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
(7) Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies