New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016
As systems become increasingly global in nature, it is critical that those who are involved in conception, design, development, support, sustainment, and end of life of such systems have both a global perspective on the context in which these systems will be used, and an understanding of the global issues faced by the teams involved in their creation and support. In addition, it is critical that the foundations of these skills are instilled in engineering students early in their education, starting no later than their undergraduate education. This paper describes how societal needs combined with global trends produce the systems challenges that must be addressed by systems thinkers and engineers, and proposes what advancements must be made in supporting education based on multiple research efforts to date.
The analysis begins a description of the future engineering capabilities, specifically in systems engineering, necessary to address our future societal needs, supported by findings from the report A World in Motion: Systems Engineering Vision 2025. The results are then coupled with ASEE’s findings on “The Attributes of a Global Engineer”, the most important attributes being identified as: • Communicates effectively in a variety of different ways, methods, and media • Possesses the ability to think both critically and creatively • Shows initiative and demonstrates a willingness to learn • Functions effectively on a team • Possesses the ability to think both individually and cooperatively • Demonstrates an understanding of engineering, science, and mathematics fundamentals • Demonstrates an understanding of information technology, digital competency, and information literacy • Maintains a positive self-image and possesses positive self-confidence
These attributes are then compared with those of expert systems engineers as determined by the HELIX study, to explore the alignment between these capabilities. Finally, based on workshops focused on the integration of systems education for all engineers, delivered by the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Academic Council with support from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a proposal is presented that incorporates both the value proposition for and the identification of foundational systems engineering skills and how they can be instilled into undergraduate students within the constraints imposed by global undergraduate curricula standards.
Squires, A. F., & Wade, J. P., & Hutchison, N. A. (2016, June), The Pathway to Systems Education for the Global Engineer Paper presented at 2016 ASEE International Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana. https://peer.asee.org/27266
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