Having a systems engineering master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University will by far provide the strongest evidence to any employer that an individual has the qualifications and skills to perform at the highest level in the field. A question often is raised as to whether industry-based credentials offer an employee or an organization added return-on-investment.
The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, in partnership with the INCOSE Foundation, has announced the opening of applications for this year's Alexander Kossiakoff Scholarship Award.
This scholarship recognizes and encourages students in master's or doctoral programs that are engaged in promising applied systems engineering research.
In 2008, Jim Conroy took his first class with Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals. It was a basic antennas course taught by Dr. Steven Weiss, an accomplished electrical engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
Four years and a lot of calculations later, Conroy was inspired not only to take more advanced antennas courses but also to start pursuing an intensive independent study project with his now friend and mentor, Dr. Weiss.
Humans are a part of every complex system—even autonomous systems involve people. People set the mission, use the products, and maintain the technology. As such, systems engineering requires an understanding of human capabilities and limitations, both as individuals and as social groups. Methods to integrate humans and technology, and measurement of human integration effectiveness and efficiency of that integration, are critical skills in systems engineering.
Steve Topper has taught students at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals for the past three years. His courses have been taught in the partnership program with industry in Arizona, California, Maryland, and Indiana, and have involved a mix of distance, online, and live learning. He has averaged teaching four courses a year.
Beyond gaining strong technical skills, today's systems engineers need to hone their presentation and communications skills. Without these skills, the best engineering designs are more difficult to implement and understand. Whether speaking to your technically diverse development team, your customer, or to the user—you need to be comfortable in front of the group.
One of the program student learning outcomes in the Systems Engineering program states:
Understand and utilize the life cycle stages of systems development from concept development through manufacturing and operational maintenance….
Student opinions and assessments are vital to keeping our courses and programs of the highest quality. Starting this spring, Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals will administer a new course evaluation survey to gather input from students at the conclusion of every course.
While many excellent academic texts on systems engineering are available, a current and practical resource that is very useful for students, researchers, and practitioners exists at the SEBok Wiki.
Systems engineering and program management are both required for successful product development. Management of Systems Projects (645.467) is one of the foundational courses for the Systems Engineering program. You may ask yourself,
Why is a project management course a mandatory course in a systems engineering program? The answer is simple: the success of complex technical projects relies on an integrated approach of project management and systems engineering.