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Systems Engineering Education In Engineering Management

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Frontiers in Engineering Management Education

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Engineering Management

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14.1117.1 - 14.1117.7



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Howard Eisner George Washington University

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Since 1989, Dr. Howard Eisner has served as distinguished research professor at The George Washington University. For the prior 30 years, he held research and management positions in industry, including the presidency of two high-tech companies. He has written several books on systems engineering and related topics.

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Howard Eisner The George Washington University


This paper provides an overview of Systems Engineering education in the context of an Engineering Management program. This program has successfully integrated systems engineering into the broader perspective of engineering management. From a base of core strengths and competencies in engineering management, the systems engineering courses have grown in substance and acceptance in the marketplace. Combinations of these courses lead to Certificates and Master’s degrees. Further study in systems engineering, together with research and dissertation activities, can lead to a doctorate degree. Aspects of the offerings discussed in this paper include: (1) system requirements, (2) the systems approach, (3) system architecting, (4) synthesis and analysis, (5) standards, (6) software engineering, (7) support elements, (8) modeling and simulation, (9) systems acquisition, (10) systems of systems, (11) systems analysis, and (12) systems engineering management. A summary includes a discussion of directions for the future. Topics of interest in this regard include (1) a possible paradigm shift, (2) partnerships of new shapes and sizes, (3) integrated ways of participating, (4) the global dimension, and (5) improving the state-of-the-art in this field of education.


Approximately ten years ago, the University Department integrated systems engineering, in a formal manner, into its engineering management program. This change was all about emphasizing and featuring Systems Engineering as a major part of moving forward in the 21st century. This turned out to set the stage for major growth in the Department, much of that growth having to do with the demand for education programs in Systems Engineering. Looking at this matter historically, one could say that the engineering management program successfully integrated systems engineering into the broader context of engineering management. The integration occurred in several dimensions:

a. the offering of new programs that featured courses in both engineering management and systems engineering

b. the formal change of the Department’s name to “Engineering Management and Systems Engineering”, and

c. the outreach to industry and government with respect to the scope and content of the integration efforts.

Eisner, H. (2009, June), Systems Engineering Education In Engineering Management Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4692

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