Systems Engineering: Addressing The World's Biggest Challenge – The Global Human Enterprise
By the end of the 21st century, the world’s population is estimated at an approximate number of 9.5 billion. A phenomenal number, especially when you consider 9.5 billion people needing fundamental necessities such as water, nutrition, energy, healthcare and transportation.
As the human planet continues to expand at a rapid speed, it is essential for the global community to recognize the magnitude of the engineering and socio-technological challenges that have to be addressed to augment the subset of the world that impacts human beings.
On October 24, 2013, Dr. Jon Wade, Associate Dean of Research, Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology, delivered a keynote presentation at the Fourth IBM Academy of Technology Conference on Systems Engineering. The presentation titled ‘The Future of Systems Engineering in realizing the Globally Integrated Enterprise’, emphasized that basic human and societal needs give rise to engineering challenges, and systems engineering is, and will continue to play a key role in addressing these basic needs.
“The world today is an amalgamation of complex socio-technical systems that have created multifaceted engineering and policy challenges. Developing the capability to educate and train system engineers who can design sustainable enterprise solutions to meet the growing challenges of the human planet is crucial,” said Dr. Wade.
“Given the pace at which technology and global trends are advancing and impacting the world, it is imperative that systems and systemic thinking evolves significantly, to meet society’s growing quest for sustainable solutions.”
“Close collaboration between industry, government and academia is the foundation for extending systems innovation, and the path forward to solve real world challenges of our times. As a global community, we need to develop and promote socio-technological systems that are based on solid theoretical and practical foundations - systems that are integrated, scalable, adaptable, resilient and sustainable. We also need to broaden the capabilities of the systems practitioners and decision makers– empowering them with next-generation methods and tools that will expand and enhance their systems competencies and create diverse and long-lasting solutions for global stakeholders, summed Dr. Wade.”