Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012

Systems Engineering

Offering the Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary and structured approach to designing and deploying successful systems. The Systems Engineering degree blends engineering, systems thinking, and management topics. Systems Engineering addresses the business and technical needs of all stakeholders throughout the entire design process, from concept to production to operation to disposal. In this major, engineering techniques and a systems approach are combined to produce graduates who are highly valued for their problem solving and managerial skills.

Graduates of this program will understand the multidisciplinary fundamentals of engineering and possess strong team skills to solve complex problems that cross disciplinary boundaries. They will understand current technology, but also be creative thinkers and have the flexibility to change with technology. They will be able to create sustainable systems, to adapt to the new global context and be empowered for lifelong learning.

Graduates can look forward to employment in the defense, aerospace, transportation, energy and telecommunications industries, as well as many other fields that look for the knowledge and skills necessary to engineer large and complex systems. The Systems Engineering program offers two focus options for technical electives for all engineering students. Aeronautics and Nuclear Power Generation.

The focus of aeronautics option will be to provide a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers with special emphasis on the needs of aviation, aerospace engineering, and related fields. The option will qualify students for entry level engineering jobs in aeronautics / aviation / aerospace industry or related fields, for admission to graduate programs in aeronautics / aviation / aerospace engineering (or related fields), and for continued learning throughout their lives.

In response to the emerging crisis of an energy deficit associated with limits on petroleum availability, operating nuclear power plants are being granted life extensions, and new reactor design orders are expected. Students who study nuclear power generation will become true multi-disciplinary specialists. Graduates will enter an expanding job market in industry, national laboratories, government and academia, where one can work on problems that will have large impact on our future environment, security, health, and safety.

The Faculty:

Renee J. Butler, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Professor and Program Director

Adeel Khalid, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Kamran Moghaddam, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

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