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A four-year experience with the graduate curriculum for Systems Engineering at UTEP and its convergence/divergence with GRCSE

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Capstone Design Courses and Tools in support of Systems Engineering Education

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Systems Engineering

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23.44.1 - 23.44.16



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Aditya Akundi RIMES, University of Texas at El Paso Orcid 16x16

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Aditya Akundi earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and is currently a doctoral student within the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) track. He has worked on a number of projects, including a Student Government Association (SGA) funded Green Fund project to engineer and approve a new Wide-Area Student Busing System.

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Eric D Smith University of Texas, El Paso

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Eric D. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), working within the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department. He earned a B.S. in Physics in 1994, an M.S. in Systems Engineering in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Systems and Industrial Engineering in 2006 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. His dissertation research lay at the interface of systems engineering, cognitive science, and multi-criteria decision making.

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Adoption and adaption: A four-year experience with The Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE) at the University of Texas at El Paso  AbstractThe Professional Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) program at the Universityof Texas at El Paso (UTEP) was approved and launched during 2009, before the development ofthe Graduate Reference Curriculum for System Engineering (GRCSE). GRCSE is part of theBody of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE) project of theSystems Engineering Research Center (SERC). GRCSE is set of recommendations, from invitedexperts from industry, government, academia, and various professional organizations, for asystems-centric masters’ level graduate program in system engineering together withimplementation guidance for a university to satisfy those requirements. GRCSE includesrecommendations for program architecture, core body of knowledge, objectives, studentoutcomes, and assessment methodologies. This paper investigates the convergence and divergence between MSSE’s and theGRCSE in terms of curricula, architecture, and core body of knowledge, including featureswhich were deemed crucial for the success of the particular application at UTEP. The paper alsoreports the MSSE’s program outcomes and objective attainment as well as achievements duringthe first four years of the program. Based on alumni and employer feedback, possibleenhancements to the current MSSE program to increase alignment with GRCSE are discussed.Finally, the paper culls insights from UTEP’s experience with the MSSE which may inform thefurther development of GRCSE.Keywords: Systems Engineering, Education, GRCSE, curriculum, SEBOK, SERC

Akundi, A., & Smith, E. D. (2013, June), A four-year experience with the graduate curriculum for Systems Engineering at UTEP and its convergence/divergence with GRCSE Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19058

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