Topics will include:
• Applying system engineering techniques in product development for high-powered technical organizations building complex systems.
• Understanding the realities of complex system design
• Stepwise development of complex systems
• Organization of system development projects.
Why is this important?
Not using Systems Engineering results in...
• Over one-third of all projects fail.
• Over two-thirds will not achieve all their goals.
Who should take this course?
• Engineers who plan to work on complex products like autonomous vehicles, fighter planes, tractors and combines.
• Open to undergrads with senior standing and graduate students from all engineering majors
Course Description/ Overview
This course in systems engineering examines the principles and process of creating effective systems to meet application demands. The concepts, problems, and methods of systems engineering are introduced in lectures and discussions and applied in assignments and through a semester-long group project.
The focus is on systems of hardware and software components engineered to perform complex behavior. Such systems embed computing elements, integrated sensors and actuators, operate in a reliable and timely fashion, and demand rigorous engineering from conception through production. Applications of robotics and autonomous systems will be used to illustrate applications and challenges in engineering complex systems.
The course is organized as a progression through the systems engineering processes of analysis, design, implementation, and deployment with consideration of verification and validation throughout. Case studies in each phase present best practice in the field, and both successes and failures are considered. Reading assignments from the textbook and current literature tie theory to practical methods of creating complex engineered systems. Homework assignments reinforce concepts and provide direct experience of key techniques.
The course should be appropriate for graduate students in all areas and for advanced undergraduates who intend to become practicing engineers.