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Organizing the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE) for International Relevance

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2013 ASEE International Forum

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Atlanta, Georgia

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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Reception & Poster Session

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9

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21.56.1 - 21.56.9

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Devanandham Henry Stevens Institute of Technology / Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

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Mr. Henry is a doctoral candidate at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ working on a PhD is Systems Engineering. He is also a researcher with the Systems Engineering Research Center, and an author of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) and the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE). He holds a B.Tech degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India and an M.Tech degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering from IIT-Bombay, India. He worked on combat aircraft design and development for 9 years before beginning his doctoral program at Stevens.

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Tim L Ferris University of South Australia

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Dr Ferris holds degrees in engineering, including PhD, theology and education, from various Australian universities. He has worked in the academic staff of University of South Australia in systems engienering and electronic engineering for 22 years. His research interests relate to foundational concepts associated with systems engineering, research methods, systems engineering education and cross-cultural issues in systems engineering.

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Alice F. Squires Stevens Institute of Technology (SES)

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Dr. Alice Squires has over 30 years of professional experience and has been teaching graduate and undergraduate online courses in systems engineering and business management for over 10 years. She is currently Manager of Systems Engineering at Aurora Flight Sciences. She is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) including in Acquisition (CSEP-Acq) and is one of three Directors on the Executive Committee of the Systems Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Alice holds a Bachelor of Science of Electrical Engineering (BSEE) at University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland; a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Current research areas include systems thinking, competency framework development, and engineering education.

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Massood Towhidnejad Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach

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Massood Towhidnejad is the director of NExtGeneration Applied Research Laboratory (NEAR), and a tenure full professor of software engineering in the department of Electrical, Computer, Software and System Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His teaching interests include autonomous systems, and software and systems engineering with emphasis on quality assurance. He has been involved in research activities in the areas of software engineering, software quality assurance and testing, autonomous systems, air traffic management and human factors. He has collaborated with various industry and government agencies. The results of his research have been published in over seventy technical reports, journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

In addition to his university position, he has served as Visiting Research Associate at Federal Aviation Administration, Faculty Fellow at NASA Goddard Flight Research Center, and Software Quality Assurance Manager at Carrier Corporations. He has participated in number of national and international educational Software and Systems Engineering boards. Massood Towhidnejad is senior member of IEEE.

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Organizing the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE) for International RelevanceThe Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE) v. 1.0, published inDecember 2012, was developed by an international author team with an explicit aim to provide asolid foundation for improving the consistency and relevance of systems engineering educationaround the world. This paper describes the different issues that the author team faced andaddressed in order to make GRCSE internationally relevant and useful.An early activity in the development of GRCSE was to conduct a survey of systems engineering(SE) graduate programs offered in about 30 universities, internationally. This exposed the authorteam to differences between these programs in a number of issues including matters arising fromlocal market conditions, jurisdictional issues, education traditions, the place of a postgraduatedegree in the education and work career of students, industry domains which needed to besupported, the types of work into which graduates would expect to proceed, and the balance ofsystems-centric and domain-centric SE needs. This diversity was recognized and accepted in theGRCSE project as the contextual facts-on-the-ground which must be accommodated to enable areference curriculum to meaningfully inform program design to an international audience.This wide range of situations existing in worldwide systems engineering education made itinappropriate for GRCSE to be designed in a prescriptive manner, especially if it were to haveinternational relevance. Therefore, it was imperative to design GRCSE in the form ofrecommendations that would be provide enough commonality among these programsirrespective of where in the world they were being offered, but at the same time allowuniversities to tailor their programs to needs and expectations specific to their environment.All these factors led to the development of the GRCSE program architecture formulated as 1. Core material to be learned by all students 2. Concentration material to be learned by students pursuing a particular concentration (GRCSE presents two distinct concentrations as samples). 3. A capstone experience (To be designed by the university, relevant to its program objectives) 4. Other material at the discretion of the University (which can be used to tailor learning to suit the particular context).GRCSE is being considered by universities around the world to either evaluate their existinggraduate programs or to start a new graduate program in SE. The GRCSE authors desire toexpand their understanding of the contexts, needs, and expectations of the worldwide systemswithout losing the desired commonality. !engineering education community and to be responsive to them in future versions of GRCSE,

Henry, D., & Ferris, T. L., & Squires, A. F., & Towhidnejad, M. (2013, June), Organizing the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE) for International Relevance Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/17261

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