“Houston, we’ve had a problem,” finds three men communicating across 200,000 miles to Earth asking for assistance. A fully loaded airliner is struck by a bolt of lightning, sending billions of watts of electrical energy through the plane, yet remains in control. A building is struck by an aircraft, yet stands for over an hour before collapse, allowing the safe escape of most of the inhabitants. The increased complexity of technologies from medical devices, to manufacturing designs, to larger systems of networked devices requires a systems perspective. Systems Engineering expands the capabilities of engineers by applying proven structured methodologies to broaden perspective and home problem solving skills. Systems engineers are the people who rescued the astronauts, who keep airliners in flight, and who discover the real limits of engineering approaches and designs. In an increasing complex environment. The School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas provides a Systems Engineering curriculum designed to prepare students to earn the title of ‘Systems Engineer’.
Systems Engineering: an applications-oriented Masters program designed to enable the student to transition from the role of a domain-expert Engineer to a Systems Engineer, and is intended for people who need to design, develop and manage large and complex systems in industry. Major emphasis is placed on System Design, Verification & Validation, Simulation, and Project Management.
The Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering is intended for people who need to design, develop and manage large complex systems in our modern world.
Systems Engineering is defined for this degree as a creative human activity in which engineers design and develop complex interconnections of devices, sub-systems, and components to meet human needs. The activity involves, in general, the following:
Systems Engineering Program Lead
Dr. Bob Monson