What is Systems Engineering?
Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the design, modeling, interconnection, and management of large complex systems. In addition to the methods of traditional engineering, systems engineering relies on skills and expertise in areas such as optimization, simulation, economics and finance, risk management, and decision making under uncertainty. These skills come together to address the challenges of designing and managing complex interconnected systems, ranging from an automobile or an airplane to communication systems, financial markets, the power grid, and many more.
Systems Engineering at UT Dallas
The Department of Systems Engineering at UT Dallas focuses research, and curriculum in the fundamentals of systems engineering and management, with applications in interdisciplinary areas of interest to industry, such as energy systems, financial engineering systems, software systems, healthcare systems, cyber security systems, control and mechatronic systems, and others.
The Department of Systems Engineering at UT Dallas offers an unparalleled MS degree in Systems Engineering and Management, a joint program with the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management. The program brings together faculty and disciplines from the engineering school and from the management school into a single program that has traditional and executive education formats.
Systems Engineering as a Career
In a 2009 article, Money magazine called Systems Engineering the “best career in America” based on information available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data for that study was used to predict a
45 percent growth in systems engineering employment over the five-year period 2010-2015. This prediction appears to be coming true, with a growing need for systems engineers evidenced by increasing numbers of job listings calling for systems engineering experts.
The list of possible careers in systems engineering is quite long, including: Engineering
Management, Cyber Security, Power Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Software
Engineering, and many more. The defense and aerospace industries depend heavily upon systems engineers, as do the research branches of the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force. The automotive industry also employs many systems engineers, because of the inherent need for system integration and packaging within the vehicle, although in that industry systems engineers may be called production engineers. Basically, systems engineers are sought in industries that rely on multiple contractors to build and execute large projects, particularly when it comes to integrating subsystems together in the overall project.