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Integrating Core Systems Engineering Design Concepts into Traditional Engineering Disciplines

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Systems Engineering

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26.988.1 - 26.988.10



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Rama N Reddy


Kamran Iqbal University of Arkansas, Little Rock

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Kamran Iqbal obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, and M.B.A. degree from the Ohio State University. He has held teaching and/or research appointments at the Ohio State University, Northwestern University, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Irvine, California State University at Fullerton, and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), where he currently serves as Professor of Systems Engineering. He earlier served as Assistant Chair of the Systems Engineering department and helped launch the Masters of Systems Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Systems programs at UALR. He has taught a variety of courses in systems and electrical engineering, and written a monograph titled ‘Fundamental Engineering Optimization Methods (published by’ His research interests include linear systems, biomedical engineering, biomechatronics, and computational intelligence. He is a member of IEEE, IET (UK), ASEE, IASTED, and Sigma Xi (former president of the Sigma Xi Central Arkansas Chapter).

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Integrating Core Systems Engineering Design Concepts into Traditional Engineering DisciplinesIn this study we describe the integration of core systems engineering design concepts intotraditional mechanical and electrical engineering curriculum at the University of Arkansas atLittle Rock (UALR) undergraduate Systems Engineering program. The program was launched in1999 in response to the industry demands for engineering graduates capable of managingcomplex engineering projects. The program has since graduated over 150 students who areworking in industry (aerospace, defense, manufacturing, design, and consulting), federal andstate government, or attending graduate school. The program curriculum has four broadcomponents: a 35 hour university core that covers basic math and science (11 hours) and generaleducation (24 hours); a 30 hour college core that enhances the math and science preparation witha course in engineering ethics; a 32 systems engineering component that introduces core systemsengineering concepts; and, a 32 hour option component that teaches the mechanical or electricalengineering disciplines. The program is accredited by ABET under general criteria, and plans areunderway to satisfy mechanical and electrical engineering program criteria. Students entering theprogram are introduced to systems engineering core concepts through courses in EngineeringEconomy, DES Modeling and Simulation, Optimization Methods, Decision and Risk Analysis,and Systems Engineering Design and Analysis. Among them, Engineering Economy coversengineering project evaluation and economic decision making. Optimization Methods in SystemsEngineering covers linear and nonlinear methods of engineering design optimization. DESModeling and Simulation covers theory and practice of discrete event simulation modeling.Decision and Risk Analysis covers uncertainty modeling and analytical techniques for rationaldecision making. Systems Engineering Design and Analysis covers the systems engineering life-cycle process, including identification of system requirements, engineering design andarchitecture, system modeling, testing and integration, and system operation and support. The128-hr program culminates in a two-semester Systems Engineering Capstone Design thatemphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of the program. The students perform functional designin the first semester followed by detailed physical design and testing in the second semester. TheUALR program graduates skilled systems engineers who combine holistic thinking with deepproduct knowledge, strong technical background, effective communication skills, and goodinterpersonal skills.

Reddy, R. N., & Iqbal, K. (2015, June), Integrating Core Systems Engineering Design Concepts into Traditional Engineering Disciplines Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24325

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