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BKCASE Releases SEBoK v. 1.3

On May 30, 2014, the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE) Governing Board and BKCASE Editorial Board released the latest Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) version 1.3, the 10th iteration of the SEBoK, at

Launched in 2009, through the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), the BKCASE project was developed to formalize systems engineering practices, education and curriculum. Through two separate initiatives, a Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) and a Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE), BKCASE has been successful in the development of the systems engineering repository of information and training guidance and has contributed tremendously in improving the practice and pedagogy of systems engineering worldwide.

Under the guidance of Dr. Art Pyster, Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology, Chief Operating Officer of the SERC and past Editor-in-Chief of BKCASE and Dr. Dave Olwell, Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and past Co-Editor-in-Chief of BKCASE, SEBoK was created to be the authoritative body of knowledge for the systems engineering discipline and to significantly increase the quality of communication among systems engineers.

In less than two years since it was first published in September 2012, SEBoK has become a fundamental guide in the realm of systems engineering and is recognized as the authoritative source of information, consisting of hundreds of articles, glossary terms and links to resources. Updated every few months to keep it fresh and reflective of the newest knowledge and best practices from the systems engineering community, under the guardianship of three steward organizations – the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE-CS) and the SERC, SEBoK has been adopted as a strategic asset in INCOSE and the IEEE Computer Society and is available as a free and open resource to all.

With SEBoK v. 1.3, BKCASE continues its commitment to regularly update the information referenced in the guide. Under the leadership of Rick Adcock, current Editor-in-Chief for BKCASE, SEBoK v. 1.3 ensures that the references listed in the guide continue to represent the most current information and resources from the systems engineering community.

SEBoK v. 1.3 includes three new case studies, a guide for users who are new to systems engineering, updates to several articles throughout the SEBoK and updates to many references, including incorporation of the newest version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK).