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Achieving Success For The Development Of A Systems Engineering Degree Program

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

EMD Program Design

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Engineering Management

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12.166.1 - 12.166.10



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S. Gary Teng University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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S. Gary Teng is Professor and Director of Engineering Management Program and Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering. Dr. Teng holds a P.E. license in the State of Wisconsin and is an ASQ-certified Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer. His research interests are in engineering system design, analysis and management, supply chain management, Lean systems, and quality and reliability management.

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Ertunga Ozelkan University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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Ertunga C. Ozelkan is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and the Associate Director of the Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems (CLLES) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Before joining academia, Dr. Ozelkan worked for i2 Technologies, a leading supply chain software vendor and for Tefen USA, a systems design and industrial engineering consulting firm. Dr. Ozelkan holds a Ph.D. degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. He teaches courses on supply chain management, lean systems, decision analysis and systems optimization. His current research interests are the modeling of supply chains and their applications in different industries.

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Yesim Sireli University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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Yesim Sireli is currently an assistant professor at the Engineering Management Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. degree at the Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. She holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering. She has worked as an R&D engineer and a product development engineer prior to her Ph.D. Her research interests include customer-oriented product innovation, design and development, decision analysis, business forecasting, and global product development. Dr. Sireli is a member of the ASEE, IEEE Engineering Management Society, Decision Sciences Institute, ASEM, Marketing Science Institute and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

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Karen Elmore University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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Achieving Success for the Development of a Systems Engineering Degree Program


Due to the changing global business environment, the operations of engineering companies in the U.S. are moving from self sufficient engineering operations toward the integration of various engineering operations, including design, production and manufacturing, logistics, sales, and services, at global locations and companies. The education of future engineers has to reflect this changing trend and demand. Systems Engineering (SE) discipline provides this critical need of education to handle the increasing demands for systems efficiency, effectiveness, and integration in engineering and business operations. This paper intends to discuss the process in the design of a Bachelor of Science in SE curriculum. The design is based on an analysis of skill requirements in industry under the current global market environment and global supply chain operations. This paper discusses industry needs in skills and demonstrates the match of skills to various SE courses and the completed curriculum design for a Bachelor of Science in SE program.


U.S. engineering/manufacturing companies are changing their engineering operations from in- house operations on design, production/manufacturing, logistics, sales, and services toward outsourcing some operations to various global locations in the current global business environment. A major portion of engineers’ functions have been changed from solely performing technical operations to being involved in the integration of engineering operations performed at multiple sites, often various international sites. With this shift in engineering/business environment, the education of future engineers must reflect this changing trend and demand as well. The SE discipline fills this critical educational need to handle the increasing demands for systems efficiency, effectiveness, and integration in engineering and business operations. SE education is critical for the companies in the U.S. to remain competitive and for U.S. engineering graduates to be able to participate in global engineering operations.

This paper demonstrates some activities in designing a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering (BSSE) curriculum. The activities include benchmarking other similar programs, performing an industry needs analysis, and fulfilling the needs from other engineering departments and the institution’s B.S. requirements. A list of required skills in industry in the SE related fields is used to map to the demand requirements in the regional industry and potential SE courses. This skill set list includes the results of consulting with engineers, managers, and senior management in various industries. The intention is to design a curriculum that can reflect the needs in industry in the current and future global business and engineering environment.

Defining Systems Engineering

Based on the definition listed on the web site by International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the definition of Systems Engineering is shown below1:

Teng, S. G., & Ozelkan, E., & Sireli, Y., & Elmore, K. (2007, June), Achieving Success For The Development Of A Systems Engineering Degree Program Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1629

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