Stevens, Georgetown Create New Master’s Program in Systems Engineering

9/12/2013

Hoboken, N.J.Stevens Institute of Technology and Georgetown University have partnered to create a new Master’s in Systems Engineering Management program that will launch in fall 2014.

The new program features an applied, practice-oriented curriculum focused on the implementation and management of complex systems, an interdisciplinary field that has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. In 2011 alone, the industry added more than 6,000 new jobs to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area at firms like General Dynamics and Northrup Grumman, according to jobs data experts.

“We are pleased to expand and strengthen Georgetown’s presence in the critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) space,” said Georgetown Provost Robert Groves. “Our new graduate curriculum prepares students to be leaders in industry who can effectively and ethically manage the complex systems that run our world.”

Georgetown-Stevens Partnership

Collaboration between Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) and Stevens’ School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) over the last two years resulted in the creation of the new master’s program.

The special partnership harnesses the respective strengths of each institution to answer today’s need for management-ready engineers.

Stevens, a top-ranked private research university located in Hoboken, N.J., offers undergraduate and graduate programs in STEM disciplines, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We’re honored to partner with Georgetown to offer this graduate program,” said Dinesh Verma, a professor and dean of the SSE at Stevens. “Our faculty are excited to engage with the students in this innovative graduate program, underpinned by robust systems research and scholarship.”

Students in the program will be taught by top faculty drawn from Stevens and Georgetown as well as practitioners from leading organizations in the D.C. area.

In keeping with SCS’s practice of offering educational programs that tie to industry, the program will engage with leading industry organizations, subject matter experts and government officials.

Applied, Practice-Oriented Curriculum

The new master’s program provides students with a complete systems management toolset, including methodological approaches and leadership skills for designing and managing complex systems.

Systems engineering management is an interdisciplinary approach that realizes the successful design, implementation and integration of systems. Its engineers consider a client’s complete problem and build cross-functional teams to integrate various disciplines and specialty groups into the process.

“Our new master’s program in systems engineering management builds upon our strong portfolio of programs, like technology management and urban and regional planning, to educate well-rounded leaders prepared to solve the most complex issues of their respective industries,” said Walter Rankin, SCS interim dean at Georgetown. “And our new downtown campus’ proximity to industry and government organizations gives our students the opportunity to make critical connections between the classroom and workplace through hands-on experiences.”

Graduates of the program will receive a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree awarded by Georgetown.

Advancing Research on Systems Engineering

The two institutions have been collaborators in advancing research on systems engineering since 2010.

Georgetown is a member of the Stevens-led Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a 23-member University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2008, more than 300 researchers have worked on more than 30 research activities within the SERC, for which Verma also serves as executive director.

“The new master’s program further expands Georgetown’s research capabilities in the applied and integrative research space,” said Spiros Dimolitsas, Georgetown’s senior vice president for research and chief technology officer. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Stevens and expanding opportunities to bring engineering to Georgetown.”

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.