Stevens & INCOSE Continue Legacy of Recognizing Promising Research in Systems Engineering


The Stevens Institute of Technology Doctoral Award recognizes promising Research in Systems Engineering and Integration.  The award was initiated by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) in 2002 and sponsored by Stevens as a means to inspire and recognize innovative doctoral-level research related to the field of systems engineering and integration.  It was the first such award for doctoral students in the history of INCOSE.

“This award is a manifestation of our focus on the continued evolution of the discipline of systems engineering through research and our commitment to INCOSE as a platform for systems engineering – worldwide,” says Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises, Dinesh Verma.

This award provides a $5,000 grant to a doctoral student along with a plaque and recognition and is presented yearly at the Annual INCOSE Symposium.   INCOSE is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Award and expects, as in years past, that they will receive dozens of applications for the grant.

“We are proud of the legacy that we have been able to build with Stevens,” said John Snoderly, Chair, INCOSE Foundation.  “The Stevens Doctoral award allows us to bring the innovative research of future leaders from around the world to the forefront of the systems engineering discipline.”

Last year’s Doctoral Award winner, Clement Smartt, previously worked as a Principal Systems Engineer with L-3 Communications and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree, with a focus on systems engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Each year the process of reviewing and selecting the winner of the doctoral award becomes more challenging,” says Chairman Snoderly, “the caliber of candidates who apply and the innovative research in which they are engaged is truly a testament to the great work that institutions that offer systems engineering programs around the world are doing.”

Previous recipients of the award have hailed from institutions across the world among them:  University of British Columbia (2011), Missouri University of Science and Technology (2010), University of Aveiro, Portugal (2009), the Missouri University of Science and Technology (2008) and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Toulouse (also in 2008), University of Southern California (2007), the Southern Methodist University (2006), University of Pennsylvania (2005), Stanford University (2004), Stevens Institute (2003), and Leeds in the UK (2002).

“We hope that this award and more important, the associated recognition from recognized thought leaders within the discipline will propel future systems engineering thought leaders,” said Dean Verma.

“INCOSE and Stevens have been long-time partners in championing the advancement of Systems Engineering and in creating greater awareness of the ground-breaking research that is being created in the discipline,” said INCOSE President, John Thomas.  “This yearly award allows us to highlight some of the brightest and innovative minds in Systems Engineering and we thank Stevens for their generous support.”

Ph.D candidates who apply for the doctoral award must be able to show how their research will advance or have the potential to impact the state-of-the-knowledge in systems engineering and integration within the next 5 to 10 years.

Applications for the 2013 doctoral award are accepted each year through the first week of May.   For more information on how to apply candidates can visit the Stevens Doctoral Award or INCOSE Doctoral Awards sites.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

About the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization that promotes international collaboration in systems engineering practice, education and research. INCOSE’s mission is to “share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the globe for the benefit of humanity and the planet.” Founded in 1990, INCOSE now has more than 60 chapters and over 8,000 members worldwide. INCOSE acts as a source for systems engineering knowledge, helps establish professional standards, works to improve the professional status of systems engineers and offers a certification program to formally recognize the knowledge and experience of industry professionals.