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SSE Faculty Lead Efforts in Release of Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBok) Version 1.0

Stevens Institute of Technology, together with its partner university, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), released version 1.0 of the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) on Sept. 14, 2012.

Targeted to a broad audience, including practicing systems engineers, researchers, process improvement leads, project managers and faculty, the SEBoK is a major step forward for the rapidly maturing systems engineering discipline.  The SEBoK contains112 articles on key topics, defines 364 glossary terms, and identifies more than 200 primary references and hundreds of additional references. Published in a Wiki format for ease of updating and for community participation in its maintenance, regular updates are planned, incorporating feedback from users, advances in the field, and improvements in the more than 100 Wiki articles.

Stevens Professor Art Pyster of the School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) led the SEBoK project and serves as editor-in-chief. Stevens’ Nicole Hutchison has also played a key leadership role and serves as an editor.  Seventy authors from around the world contributed to the SEBoK, working in an open collaborative process.  Comments from hundreds of reviewers worldwide were submitted and adjudicated to create the 1.0 release.

“A hallmark of a mature discipline is the community agreeing on the boundaries of that discipline, how to describe its knowledge, and what its most important writings are.  A broad community of systems engineers has worked tirelessly for three years to do just that for systems engineering. We are all looking forward to its broad use by thousands of practicing systems engineers worldwide,” said Pyster.

Stevens and the Naval Postgraduate School previously released for review three versions of the SEBoK, 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75.  Editors considered more than 4,000 comments from more than 150 reviewers. Moving forward, stewardship is expected to transition to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE-CS) and the SERC.

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering DASD(SE) is the primary sponsor for the SEBoK.  Partners in the project include INCOSE, IEEE-CS, IEEE Systems Council, Association for Computing Machinery, Institute for Industrial Engineers and National Defense Industrial Association. 

The SEBoK was created as part of the BKCASETM Project which is also developing the Graduate Reference Curriculum in Systems Engineering, which will be released later this fall. 

To access, SEBoK 1.0 visit

About the Systems Engineering Research Center

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), competitively awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Stevens Institute of Technology in 2008. The SERC leverages the research and expertise of senior lead researchers from over 20 collaborator universities and not-for-profit research organizations throughout the United States, with 300 researchers working on nearly 30 research activities over the past 4 years. SERC researchers have worked with a wide variety of domains and industries and bring views and ideas from beyond the traditional defense industrial base. The SERC is sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, ASD(R&E), and includes strategic sponsors such as the Defense Acquisition University, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force. Through its collaborative research concept, the SERC embodies the potential to radically improve the application of systems engineering to the successful development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex systems, services and enterprises.