New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Systems Engineering and Multidisciplinary Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin (UT) Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics has developed a hands-on educational approach for teaching undergraduate aircraft design students about Systems Engineering (SE) that is applicable to other engineering disciplines. The impetus for the initiative is our conclusion that (1) fundamental understanding of the principles of SE and their practical application is important for all engineers, especially those working in Aerospace and Defense (A&D), and (2) SE can be taught as a principle of design without displacing other course content.
The UT proposed approach, called SE Design, differs from the traditional engineering educational approach where, if SE is taught at all, it is taught as a separate subject. Our educational approach integrates SE fundamentals into course work as hands-on principles of design. We use the structure of the course itself to teach SE starting with release of an initial Request for Information (RFI) and continuing through a simulated System Design and Development (SDD) "contract". The approach is applicable to one and two semester course formats although our experience shows that most SE Design learning occurs hands-on during the 2nd semester.
The UT educational concept has been tested at Texas A&M University (TAMU) where aerospace colleagues substantially increased SE content in their established design course work with minimum impact on other course content. We believe the UT Course concept is ready for evaluation by other engineering disciplines.
Chaput, A. J. (2016, June), System Engineering Education for All Engineers - A Capstone Design Approach Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25995
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