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The Pathway to Systems Education for the Global Engineer

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2016 ASEE International Forum

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 25, 2016

Start Date

June 25, 2016

End Date

June 25, 2016

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session I Curriculum

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International Forum

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9

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https://peer.asee.org/27266

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Alice F. Squires Washington State University

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Dr. Alice F. Squires is an Associate Professor at Washington State University (WSU) with over 30 years of technical leadership experience. Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Squires served as Manager of Systems Engineering at Aurora Flight Sciences, Senior Researcher for the nationwide University Affiliated Research Center in Systems Engineering and Online Technical Director for SSE at Stevens Institute of Technology, Senior Systems Engineer consultant to LM, IBM, and EDO Ceramics, Senior Engineering Manager at GD, Senior Engineering Manager at LM, and Advisory Engineer/Scientist at IBM. Dr. Squires is a contributing author and editor to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (sebokwiki.org) and the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (bkcase.org/grcse). She is certified by PMI as a Project Management Professional, and by INCOSE as a Certified Systems Engineering Practitioner, including in Acquisition. Dr. Squires is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of and Director on the Systems Engineering Division board of ASEE, and a member of the ASEM, NDIA, INCOSE, and PMI. Degrees earned include a BSEE from the University of Maryland; a MBA from George Mason University; and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise include Systems Engineering, Engineering and Technical Management, Project Management, Systems Thinking, Online Education, Engineering Education, and Competency Development.

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Jon Patrick Wade Stevens Institute of Technology (School of Systems & Enterprises)

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Jon Wade is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at the Stevens Institute of Technology and currently serves as the Director of the Systems and Software Division and Chief Technology Officer for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) where he is leading research in the use of technology in systems engineering education and complex systems. Previously, Dr. Wade was the Executive Vice President of Engineering at International Game Technology where he managed corporate wide research and development. Dr. Wade spent ten years at Sun Microsystems during which time he managed the development of Enterprise Servers. Prior to this, he led advanced development of supercomputer systems at Thinking Machines Corporation. Dr. Wade received his SB, SM, EE and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nicole A.C. Hutchison Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dr. Nicole Hutchison is a Research Engineer at the SERC. Her primary work through the SERC includes the Helix project. Previously she was a member of the BKCASE research team. Before joining Stevens, she spent 5 years working for Analytic Services, supporting the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. She holds a PhD in systems engineering from Stevens and her INCOSE CSEP.

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Abstract

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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