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Embedding Systems Engineering Practices into Systems Engineering Classes

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Systems Engineering

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24.472.1 - 24.472.7



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S. Gary Teng University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Dr. S. Gary Teng is Professor of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management and Director of Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He 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 risk management. Dr. Teng received the Bernard R. Sarchet Award in the Engineering Management Division of ASEE in June 2012 for his accomplishment in engineering management education. Between 2009 and 2012, he served on North Carolina’s Governor’s Logistics Task Force. The Task Force’s mission is to enhance North Carolina’s ability to move goods, people, and information efficiently and cost effectively.

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Embedding Systems Engineering Practices into Systems Engineering ClassesThe objective of this paper is to discuss the effect of enforcing Systems Engineering (SE)principles and practices in course work that can enhance students’ understanding of the issues insystems integration and project management. The main function of SE is the design of aneffective system and the integration of all system elements into a system that can achieve systemobjectives efficiently and provide values to customers. Systems engineers deal with issues of allelements of a system. In educating systems engineers, we need to ensure that studentsunderstand the importance of obtaining such skills as effective communication, good leadership,excellent project management, strong relationship building, high ability to adapt to multi-cultureenvironment, and solid risk management. In the meantime, SE students also need to adopt twofundamental Industrial Engineering/SE principles, simplification and standardization, into theirwork. The issue here is how we embed the requirements of these skills and SE principles intoclass work to educate SE students.This paper intends to discuss the ways to teach students SE principles and practices through aSystems Engineering Concepts course. The approach includes the use of a group project, projectreports and presentations, one page reports, the specification for file name format & submissions,and case studies that include Dabbawalla system, Boeing 787 Dreamliner production, and X-plane design competition. The discussion also points to the ways to enhance the education andtraining being offered to the SE students in order to obtain an adequate level of SE skills. • 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition › • Paper ManagementPaper Management all Any relation Save changesShow me papers of which I am Status ID Title PhaseCan edit abstract 1586 Educating Future Systems En... Abstract» Submit a new paper...Abstract submission is available Sep 8–Oct 10Help Author’s Kit [pdf]Email Wayne Davis for assistance

Teng, S. G. (2014, June), Embedding Systems Engineering Practices into Systems Engineering Classes Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20363

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