It is a great honor to lead the School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE), one of the first schools in the world dedicated to systems science and engineering, into this new academic year. I am excited to see the school build on its strengths as a world leader in systems science and engineering, to see groundbreaking research performed, and to watch our new and returning students grow, undertake amazing work, and rise to every challenge presented to them. I'm very glad to see all of our new and returning undergraduate and graduate students, as well as our faculty and staff, ready to begin what will be a fruitful and rewarding year. This year's incoming class to the School of Systems and Enterprises is the largest one in our ten-plus year history. This academic year, our incoming fall 2018 undergraduate class grew 45 percent and our incoming graduate class grew 30 percent over the previous year.
The School of Systems and Enterprises is proud of its strategic plan, entitled Planning for Success, Strategic Plan 2018-2023. For the next five years, we have closely aligned our core goals with Stevens Institute of Technology’s overarching strategic plan, The Future. Ours To Create. Our strategic plan focuses on five main strategic objectives which will propel the School of Systems and Enterprises to world-renowned academic eminence. The goals outline how the school will effectively educate tomorrow’s systems leaders through an interdisciplinary approach to education, create an atmosphere of collaborative and quality research within SSE that emphasizes our leadership in systems engineering, invest in multi-use academic spaces for students to collaborate with peers on school projects, consider new additions to curricula and engage with alumni.
Starting this fall is Dr. Onur Asan, who completed his Ph.D. in industrial engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Asan is primarily interested in the application of theory, methods and design from the discipline of human factors engineering to understand and enhance healthcare systems. We also welcome Dr. A. Emrah Bayrak, who received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. His research includes the optimal design of smart and connected systems exploring autonomy, modularity, system management and control.
The School of Systems and Enterprises has had much to celebrate within the past few months. We recently graduated the first class of undergraduate software engineers. We also introduced two new graduate certificates – advanced systems engineering and urban system informatics – as well as added the industrial and systems engineering program, which offers such classes as Data Mining & Applied Machine Learning and Innovative System Design. The School of Systems and Enterprises is also celebrating the accomplishments of its students, such as engineering management student Lucas Gallo being elected student government president. Additionally, engineering management student Ian Hipschman and his fellow Stevens classmates won first place at the 2018 Johnson & Johnson Engineering Showcase with their invention OrthoInsight.