Every day, we conceive, develop and deploy systems of increasing capability and richness of functions and features, within an environment of competitiveness on a global scale.  In this context, there is an enhanced recognition of the role that systems engineering can play to provide a tactical and strategy advantage in the marketplace.  Complex systems and "system of systems" aside, over the past twenty years, the challenges faced by industry and government have given rise to enterprises of ever increasing complexity and ambition.  Enabled by a revolution in communications and information technologies, today's global enterprises are among the most complex systems ever conceived of by humans.  In an attempt to understand and manage these enterprises, researchers have turned not only to the traditional management sciences, but to biology (enterprise as living organism), the social sciences (enterprise as community), and other disciplines.  While each of these has a contribution to make, none has been so successful as to suggest that it will be sufficient, by itself, for solving all of the problem faced by today's business and government leaders.

We believe that systems engineering, which focuses not only on the individual elements of a complex system, but on the interfaces and interrelationships between those elements, also has a significant contribution to make.  Moreover, since the role of the systems engineer includes working with and coordinating the efforts of multiple disciplines, while managing relationships with customers and other stakeholders, we believe that their experience will be particularly useful in working across the many disciplines involved in understanding and designing complex enterprises.

Stevens Institute of Technology is well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.  With one of the premier systems engineering programs in the country, Stevens has the expertise in systems thinking, agile methods, system architecting, decision and risk analysis, mathematical modeling, optimization, data mining, software engineering and architecting, and information processing.  This base of faculty research and application is required to explore the application of the principles, tools and processes of systems engineering to the synthesis, analysis and evaluation of complex systems and enterprises, and to the structures and relationships that bind them together and determine their performance.  Our faculty's broad experience in industry and academia and the close ties we enjoy with those responsible for building and managing enterprises architectures in industry and government are assets that will ensure both the rigor and the relevance of our research.  Beyond these intrinsic capabilities, our open academic model, which promotes alliances with academic partners around the world, provides us with a global network of allies who will join us in this effort.

Our research strategy has been articulated around the following four interdependent research clusters:

  • Enterprise Architecting
  • Systems and Enterprise Management and Governance
  • System and Enterprise Optimization
  • Systems Engineering, Architecting, and Test

Our focus will be on developing practical methods, tools, heuristics that leaders can apply to improve the performance and increase the productivity of real enterprises through more effective resource allocation, risk-based decision making, and axiomatic design.


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