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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Recently, the National Academy of Engineering conducted a study with prominent engineers and scientists and identified the world's greatest engineering challenges.
They serve as inspirations and guideposts for areas where future complex systems will need to be developed.
In the development of complex systems, systems engineers focus on identifying, minimizing, optimizing, and managing the interfaces between the subsystems. This concept, introduced more than fifty years ago by Alexander Kossiakoff, provides the opportunity to divide the functions and hence, the components of a system, in a manner that allows effective interactions.
Peter Jacobus has taught students at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals for the past three years, averaging four courses per year. He has taught Management of Systems Projects with several industry organizations in the partnership program spread across Arizona, California, Maryland, and Indiana. His classes have involved a mix of distance, online, and live learning.