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An Innovative Graduate Program In Systems Engineering

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.69.1 - 1.69.5



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Forrest S. Keeler

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Dr. Mihir K. Das

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Mihir K. Das, Ph.D. California State University, Long Beach and Forrest S. Keeler Rockwell International, Seal Beach, California


The College of Engineering of the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), in partnership with Rockwell International, has created an innovative graduate program in Systems Engineering (SE). The main objective of this SE program is to offer to selected graduate engineers already employed in indust~ a Master’s Degree curriculum which can significantly enhance their understanding of disciplines directly related to their own assignments, increase their worth, and enhance their perilormance in the U. S. industry marketplace using up-to-date SE related disciplines and skills.


A key issue of high industrial and national importance is the identification and translation of sophisticated, state-of-the-art system techniques from independent research and isolated complex military programs to university research, to the university curriculum, and to graduate level students for eventual valuable dissemination and application to multiple other programs in the student’s work environment. Systems Engineering is such a discipline. It has been in existence for a considerable time and it has grown out of a host of methodologies that have emerged over time to support Systems Design Engineering as a key element of complex design teams.

This paper reports on our recently developed Graduate program in SE focused toward development of complex systems. Each such complex system requires a clear Systems Engineering Master Plan, a set of SE Methodologies, appropriate tools, a rigorous requirements flow-down technique, and a comprehensive Project Management Plan to enable system design and project management for effective and efiicient human interaction. In today’s technology, the total Systems Engineering Life Cycle from womb-to-tomb may take as many as 40 years or more (e.g., the B-52 and C-13 O aircraft), and each stage in the System Life Cycle and its system ramifications must be clearly understood by the engineer.

The Fundamental SE Concepts

The subject of Systems Engineering has been discussed by many researchers and authors [1 - 12]. According to Rhode, et al. [1], SE can be viewed in many different ways: a discipline involving engineering and management science; a design process technology; a methodology for defining or designing “anything”; an organizational concept and a “culture” transcending all project oriented actions and activities; and more conventionally, a


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Keeler, F. S., & Das, D. M. K. (1996, June), An Innovative Graduate Program In Systems Engineering Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6112

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