Research & Innovation

Stevens' Faculty Lead Efforts in Latest Release of Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK)

The newest version of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) 0.75 has been released as a wiki and is ready for review. The SEBoK is an evolvable community-consensus baseline body of knowledge that serves as a working set of definitions, principles, processes, and good practices for the Systems Engineering (SE) field. It describes the boundaries, terminology, content, and structure of systems engineering that are needed to systematically and consistently perform SE globally.

“The latest version of SEBoK includes more than 60 new or revised articles, including major updates on the systems science underlying systems engineering and brand new material on the relationship between systems engineering and  both software engineering and project management,” said Stevens Distinguished Research Professor Dr. Art Pyster, leader of the SEBoK effort.  “Two hundred of the most important references are organized by topic, making it easy for early adopters to quickly identify where to go for details about almost any area of systems engineering.”

Primary leadership of the project was provided by Stevens Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School, working together through the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) that Stevens leads for the U.S. Department of Defense consisting of over 20 collaborator schools around the U.S. Stevens Institute’s Nicole Hutchison contributed significantly as a SEBoK author and editor.

Representing the efforts of more than 60 authors spanning five continents, Version 0.75 is organized into seven parts, 28 knowledge areas and 121 topic areas. In addition to more than 200 primary references, and hundreds of additional references, it includes a glossary of nearly 400 terms.

“We again are asking the worldwide systems engineering community to visit the SEBoK wiki and provide review comments,” added Dr Pyster. “This feedback will aid the authors in creating Version 1.0.”

Two versions of the SEBoK, 0.25 and 0.50 were previously released for review and editors considered more than 4,000 comments from more than 100 reviewers. SEBoK 0.75 is the third installment of the wiki.  Version 1.0 will be released in fall 2012. After version 1.0 is released, stewardship of the SEBoK is expected to pass to INCOSE and the IEEE Computer Society with an ongoing role for the SERC.

The US Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering provided primary funding through the SERC, with significant contributions in-kind coming from the many volunteer authors’ home organizations. The SEBoK update was also supported by partner organizations including: International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Systems Council, Association for Computing Machinery, National Defense Industrial Association, and Institute of Industrial Engineers.

To access the SEBoK wiki and to provide review comments, visit  Comments will be accepted through April 15, 2012.

For more information, please contact:

Arthur Pyster, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor; Deputy Director, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) *
Email: [email protected]