Systems and Software Education Group

Contact: Jon Wade Associate Dean of Research, Professor

Email: jon.wade@stevens.edu

Systems and Software Engineering Education Group

Welcome

 

Research

 

Who we are

 

Welcome

Given that the challenges of the 21st involve systems with complexity exceeding human capacity to define and build, we must develop engineers focused on the innovation, creation, and integration of engineered objects instead of simply their design. We need a new type of engineer with different skill sets to fill the interdisciplinary gaps needed to understand and solve these complex challenges of the 21st century. Today's engineered systems are more complex than their predecessors, not only in the sophistication of elements from which they are constructed, but in the number and nature of the interconnections between the elements.  It is in this context, that Stevens is conducted research in systems engineering and systems thinking with the mission to provide interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary education.  As important as the technical research is the development of the engineering workforce needed to solve these large complex problems. To develop senior technical leaders capable of addressing these complex problems requires many years of experience with multiple jobs over many programs.  Long program life cycles, competition from non traditional sources for scarce human capital, increased government oversight, and the scale of projects has lead to a shortfall of senior technical leaders with sound systems engineering (SE) and leadership skills. This is especially true for senior leaders. Thus, we need to develop better and more senior technical leaders with sound SE skills and abilities to understand missions and problems, and synthesize solutions and architectures, from a "systems viewpoint".  We need to also "speed up" their maturation because of the nature of modern acquisition.  All technical leaders must be systems thinkers, understand systems of systems issues, and think and act holistically in addition to traditional tenets of leadership and management.

Research

K-12

In addition to growing a technologically literate workforce, there is a need to develop innovative engineers and scientists that can provide leadership and think holistically.  We must start training our future leaders before college and to motivate the best and brightest to the careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Stevens through its Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education ( CIESE ) has been in a leader in collaborating with K-12 and university educators, researchers, policymakers and educational organizations to develop curriculum materials, conduct profession and research new methodologies to strengthen STEM education.

Description

POC

Stevens in conjunction with the New Jersey Technology Education Association (NJTEA) are working to develop the Systems and Global Engineering Project ( SAGE ). This three-year pilot project will engage high school classes in a relevant systems engineering design project in which they use appropriate methods to design a product or system and then work with other classes across New Jersey.

Mr. Henry Harms

Delivery Modes and Methods

Engineering education is undergoing radical changes. Both synchronous and asynchronous computer based training are experiencing tremendous growth at the expense of traditional classroom education. We are conducting research into how to maximize learning and satisfaction using computer base training.

Description

POC

Research is underway to look at the value in terms of learning and student satisfaction by using chat sessions and threaded discussions for graduate programs in SE.

Prof. Alice Squires

Undergraduate Systems Engineering Competencies

More engineers are now understanding that they must learn to operate outside of their traditional discipline specific stovepipe and learn to think holistically, understand the systems aspects of complex problems, and innovate and develop components and not focus solely on the design. We are conducting research on how to teach systems engineering and thinking to traditional engineering students.

Description

POC

This research focuses on including systems engineering elements in undergraduate design for all engineers.

Introducing "Total Design" in an Engineering Design Curriculum: A Pilot Experience

Promoting Systems Thinking in Engineering and Pre-Engineering Students 

Dr. Rashmi Jain

Graduate Systems and Software Engineering and Related Competencies

Systems engineering, software engineering, and related domain applications are emerging fields of engineering. Research is underway to develop reference curriculum and competencies needed for graduate level education.

Description

POC

A coalition from academia, industry, government, and professional societies formed the integrated Software and Systems Engineering Curriculum project to create a reference curriculum that reflects current development practices and the greater role of software in today's systems.

 

The iSSEc (integrated Software and Systems Engineering curriculum) Project was created in Spring 2007 to develop the Graduate Software Engineering Reference Curriculum ( GSwERC ).

Graduate Software Engineering Reference Curriculum [GSwERC] Version 0.50

Graduate Software Engineering ReferenceCurriculum (GSwERC) Workshop 6
 

Dr. Art Pyster

Mapping Space-Based Systems Engineering Curriculum to Government-Industry Vetted Competencies for Improved Organizational Performance.

Mapping Space-based SE Curriculum

Dr. Wiley Larson Prof Alice Squires

This research documents was critical skills and competencies should be taught in graduate-level SE program.

A Report on Curriculum Content for a Graduate Program in Systems Engineering: A Proposed Framework

Dr. Rashmi Jain

Developing a System Engineering Curriculum FrameworkProf Alice Squire

Systems and Software Engineering Technical Leadership and Workforce Development

To develop a senior technical leader requires many years of experience with multiple jobs over many programs. Long program life cycles, competition from industry for scarce human capital, acquisition reform, and the scale of projects within the defense community has lead to a dearth of senior technical leaders with sound systems engineering skills. We need to develop better and more senior technical leaders with not only sound SE skills but the ability to understand system of systems from a holistic view. We need to also "speed up" their technical maturation process because of the nature of modern acquisition. Technical leaders must be systems thinkers, understand systems of systems issues, and think and act holistically in addition to traditional tenets of leadership and management.

Description

POC

Research is underway to synthesize and validate curriculum content and structure for a program to develop future DoD Senior SE leaders. The research is being sponsored by the Defense Acquisition University     

Jon Wade

Other Links of Interest

"The Science and Engineering Workforce Realizing American's Potential," The National Science Foundation, Report Number NSB 03-69, August 14, 2003.

Who we are

Faculty

Areas of Interests

Dr. Dinesh Verma

  • Systems Engineering Leadership

Dr. Art Pyster

  • Software Engineering Curriculum

Dr. Wiley Larson

  • Systems Engineering Competencies for Space Applications

Dr. Michael Pennotti

  • Educational Quality

Prof Alice Squires

  • Delivery Methods/Modes

Dr. Rashmi Jain

  • Undergraduate Systems Engineering Education
  • Graduate Reference Curriculum

Prof Eirik Hole

  • Educational Games

Mr. Henry Harms

  • K-12 Systems Engineering