Research & Innovation

Stevens Signs Memorandum of Understanding with INCOSE for Collaborative Research on Systems Engineering Professional Certification Data

On April 7, 2014, Stevens Institute of Technology, the legal entity that manages the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a Department of Defense sponsored University Affiliated Research Center, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to conduct research that the SERC’s Helix project and INCOSE will jointly perform on the data collected from the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification Program (SEP).

Stevens and INCOSE have long shared a mutual commitment to support and accelerate knowledge growth in the systems arena, and earlier, on April 5, 2014, the two organizations signed a strategic agreement to promote collaborative and joint activities in systems-related research, education, and knowledge creation and dissemination.

Barbara DeHaven, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at Stevens, and David Long, President, INCOSE, signed the Helix-INCOSE MOU, a MOU that reflects the salient points that Stevens and INCOSE have established in the strategic agreement. Designed to create a mutually beneficial framework for both organizations, the goal of the MOU is to facilitate and nurture the best systems engineering principles and practices.

Through the joint initiative, SERC will gather data that supports the research objective of the Helix project – to understand the landscape of the systems engineering workforce, and INCOSE will obtain recommendations and counsel on the application data that is collected from the SEP certification program – an INCOSE certification that attests the knowledge and competence of systems engineers globally.

“We all look forward to realizing the benefits from a broad partnership between INCOSE and the SERC.  The SERC is the premier academic systems engineering research entity in the US.  INCOSE is the world’s premier professional society for systems engineering, with more than 9,000 members globally.  Our joint efforts on Helix are just the beginning. We anticipate additional joint research and events starting later in 2014 and continuing for many years,” said Dr. Art Pyster, Chief Operating Officer, SERC and Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens.

"We are honored to enter into this important leadership partnership with Stevens,” noted David Long, president of INCOSE.  “We are convinced that what we all learn from the research done by the SERC through the Helix project will provide valuable insights as we continue to develop and disseminate the best practices of Systems Engineering. It is fitting that this partnership is confirmed on the cusp of INCOSE’s 25th Anniversary year, a good point from which to reflect and to look forward.”

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 and coastal sustainability. The university 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.


INCOSE is a not-for-profit professional organization serving more than 9000 members in over 22 countries.  Its mission is to share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the globe for the benefit of humanity and the planet. INCOSE promotes international collaboration in systems engineering practice, education and research.