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Engineering Project Management Graduate Education in Integrated Software and Systems Engineering Environments

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Systems Engineering

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26.639.1 - 26.639.10



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Radu F. Babiceanu Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Dr. Radu Babiceanu is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, and a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. His research provides a systems engineering approach to modeling and operation
of large-scale complex systems, including requirements, architecture, integration, and evaluation of systems considering their lifecycle effectiveness and sustainability characteristics.

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Engineering Project Management Graduate Education in Integrated Software and Systems Engineering EnvironmentsDuring the last academic year, our engineering department started an innovative effort tointegrate a series of graduate systems engineering and software engineering courses. The adventof embedded systems and cyber-physical systems, as integration of computation, networking andphysical systems and processes, and the goal to impart the needed knowledge to design and leadthe operations for such systems, is one motivation. The other significant drive to pursue thesoftware and systems engineering integration project is the ubiquitous use of integratedengineering and software systems of all sizes and complexity levels in the recent years.Teaching requirements engineering in integrated software and systems engineering classes wasalready reported by our engineering department in a previous work. This new work will reporton the preparation, teach pedagogy, class experience, and evaluation of the accomplishment ofthe course learning objectives for the second offering of the four-sequence of integrated softwareand systems engineering courses: the combined offering of the engineering project managementand software project management courses. The first course is a requirement for the master’sprogram in electrical and computer engineering, while the second one is a requirement for thestudents enrolled in the graduate software engineering program. Given the fact that the largemajority of the systems built today include both hardware and software components, thecombined offering emphasizes the benefits gained by the graduate engineering students whenexposed to an integrated software and systems engineering development effort, characterized bycontractually-defined system performance, risk, cost, and delivery schedule. As such, theteaching practice implemented in the combined project management offering is the continuousstudent exposure to a mimicked integrated development environment resembling their futurework positions, in which students ought to provide system-optimized solutions, rather thancomponent-best solutions, within the performance-risk-cost-schedule framework.The detailed report of the combined offering will also include the status update of the overallsoftware and systems engineering integration effort, the easily-observable similarities of theengineering and software project management domains, as well as the instructor’s approach toaccommodate the inherent differences of these two project management areas. In addition, theinstructor will report on the teaching pedagogy followed and the specific lessons learned duringthe course of the combined offering. Ultimately, the combined engineering and software projectmanagement offering is designed and implemented with the objective of offering the graduateengineering students the necessary knowledge and training to successfully serve in projectmanager positions for large-scale integrated engineering design-software development projects.

Babiceanu, R. F. (2015, June), Engineering Project Management Graduate Education in Integrated Software and Systems Engineering Environments Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23977

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