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Stevens hosts Conference on Systems Engineering Research

Always on the forefront of research, innovation and education, Stevens Institute of Technology recently hosted the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER).

The annual conference brings together some of the best minds in systems engineering research. For three days in March, researchers in academia, industry, and government, were provided with a platform where emerging ideas could be discussed and furthered.

“This was a very successful conference,” said Brian Sauser, an Assistant Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens, and the conference chair. “In part, this can be attributed to the growing popularity and importance of the field, and the venue of Stevens on banks of the Hudson is a wonderful place to host an event.”

More than 200 people attended the conference this year, the third time Stevens has hosted the event in the eight years of the conference. This was demonstrated by the record number of papers submitted for consideration, which addressed every aspect of the Systems Engineering lifecycle. These papers included conception, design, architecting, development, modeling and simulation, production, integration, validation, operation and support.

Sauser said that it was an honor to have so many engaging speakers present leading edge research, including Dr. John Mather, Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope and a Nobel Laureate in Physics.  Dr. Mather discussed the value of systems engineering in how we may better understand the origins of the universe.

The attendees also heard from Jeff Wilcox, Vice President, Engineering, Lockheed Martin Corporation, who spoke during the conference banquet. Wilcox is responsible for developing and executing strategy for the Lockheed Martin Engineering Enterprise and its 71,000 engineers and scientists.

The conference makes a point to engage students as well, and many doctorial candidates from universities around the world not only attended but presented papers. “We make every attempt to make sure students are involved and engaged,” said Sauser. “We believe this is a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s intellectual leaders to interact with leading researchers in the field.

“I heard from many attendees that this was the best CSER they had attended. Aside from the program, I think this is a testament to the capabilities and staff of Stevens,” said Sauser. CSER 2011 will be hosted by the University of Southern California and CSER 2012 will be hosted by Missouri University of Science and Technology.

As a leader in systems engineering research, the School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) at Stevens emphasizes global partnerships in systems and enterprises related research and education with industry and government, to provide a highly relevant and rigorous educational experience.

SSE graduate programs offer a multidisciplinary approach to engineering education by providing a blend of engineering, systems, and management subjects. It is the largest provider of systems engineering education to the US federal government and to defense-related industries worldwide.

Its graduates manage engineering and technology, are able to address systems integration, life cycle issues, and systems thinking at the system and enterprise levels, in a market where globalization, technology, quality, complexity and productivity are the key business drivers.