This course provides an introduction to the field of modeling and simulation (M&S) from the perspective of M&S as an essential tool for systems engineering. Topics emphasize the use of M&S to establish and verify key performance parameters, system and subsystem functionality, and interfaces. The course presents an overview of the types of models and simulations used across the phases of the systems engineering life cycle. The strengths and limitations of M&S are explored with respect to the application of M&S use in SE. Examples will be given for several types of systems, including systems developed under the U.S. Department of Defense acquisition process. State-of-the-art M&S tools are introduced, and each student is given the opportunity to construct a model or simulation using a tool of their choice. The Arena modeling tool will be used for some examples. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to recognize when M&S will provide meaningful support to a technical program, select the appropriate modeling techniques for a given task, lead the development of the model and the modeling of the input data, and analyze the results to support decisions at key milestones of a system's life cycle.

Course prerequisites: 

645.462 Introduction to Systems Engineering.

Course instructor: 
Coolahan, Jones

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