Practicing Systems Engineers Must Be "Systems Thinkers"
September 1, 2014

The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook states, Systems engineering is a profession, a process, and a perspective… Here we will focus on the perspective definition: Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems.

The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook further defines the systems engineering perspective in some detail:

Systems Engineering and Analytics
August 1, 2014

The systems engineer has many responsibilities in the development of a complex system. While there are many subjective and qualitative decisions to make, analytical skills and knowledge are essential to understand the technical work of the team and to comprehend the fundamental physics and math principles that underlie the design and system performance.

Lifelong Learning Skills Are Critical to Practicing Systems Engineers
July 1, 2014

Practicing systems engineers must be able to learn and adapt in an environment of dynamic and constantly changing challenges. Being a lifelong learner is a critical skill for a systems engineer in a world in which technical knowledge is doubling at a rate that is difficult to measure.

Engineers! Don’t Rush to a Solution!
August 1, 2014

We are problems solvers. We are creative and innovative. We like quick gratification. We want to develop products and make things. Sound familiar? From a young age and through much of our educational experiences, we learn that rewards and satisfaction come to those first in line with an answer, even if it might be the wrong one!

What Textbooks Should a Systems Engineer Own?
September 1, 2014

Whether you are a systems engineer or practicing systems engineering, the question often is raised: What textbooks should I have on my shelf? While there are many excellent systems engineering reference texts, the following are among those used in the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Systems Engineering program and hence they serve as recommendations for what should be in your library and part of your daily practice.

Live vs. Online. Which is Right for You?
August 1, 2014

The Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals is focused on graduate education for the working professional. Admissions criteria requires work experience in order to understand the systems concepts and to put into practice the skills learned right away.

Bryan Herdlick Finds Teaching Uniquely Rewarding
October 1, 2014

Bryan Chum Herdlick, PhD joined Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals in 2008 when he agreed to work with Robert Finlayson to develop an elective course that would highlight systems engineering challenges associated with fielded systems.

Staś Tarchalski Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
August 1, 2014

Staś Tarchalski has taught in the Systems Engineering and Technical Management programs at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals for more than five years.

He currently teaches Introduction to Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and Introduction to Project Management. He is also leading the development of the capstone course, Executive Technical Leadership.

Systems Test: Vital to the Systems Engineering Process
August 1, 2014

Systems engineering principles are necessary for the test and evaluation your system elements and, ultimately, the verification and validation of the total system. Test requirements, selection of critical test parameters, analysis of test results, and determination of remedial action in the event of discrepancies are all systems engineering functions.

When the System is Fielded
August 1, 2014

Kossiakoff states, The operations and support phase of the system's life cycle is the time during which the products of the system development and production phases perform the operational functions for which they were designed. The tasks of systems engineering are completed when the user needs are fully met. In practice, the operation of modern complex systems is never without incident.

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