Penn State’s Graduate Systems Engineering Program. James A. Nemes Engineering Division Head Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. Penn State Great Valley.
James A. Nemes
Engineering Division Head
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Penn State Great Valley
School of Graduate Professional Studies
Age and Gender
Average is 33yrs old
75% Male, 25% Female
Air Force Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Fraunhofer Center at UMD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T)
Naval Postgraduate School
Systems Engineering Research Center
As the DoD Systems Engineering Research-University Affiliated Research Center, SERC is responsible for systems engineering research that supports the development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex defense systems, enterprises and services. Its members are located in 11 states, near many DoD facilities and all DAU campuses.
DO NOT DISTRIBUTE OUTSIDE SERC
Engineering programs have relatively low penetration rates into online learning compared with other disciplines.
Systems Engineering programs traditionally are not laboratory based.
Relatively few ‘system’s-engineering centric’ master’s program across the US, with a small percentage available in a fully online mode of delivery.
Systems engineering is a professional discipline, with a majority of students pursuing graduate education on a part-time basis.
Students can stop out when necessary.
Requires greater resources upfront.
Course development can be spread over time.
Students must commit to intense period of study.
Pedagogical advantages –
Known course sequence.
Helps develop a ‘learning community’
Promotes more a supportive learning environment.
Develops a sense of camaraderie.
Students usually have a diverse background – undergraduate degrees in aerospace, electrical or mechanical engineering, or physics, mathematics or computer science.
Very few have an undergrad degree in systems engineering or have had any academic exposure to systems engineering.
Systems Engineering is an academic as well as a practitioner’s discipline that must be based on fundamental and statistically sound empirical research.
On Graduate Master’s SE Programs:
Provide students that have a solid engineering background the skills they need to become systems engineers.
Fundamentally different than training.
Specialization Courses (9 cr.)
Core Courses (12 Cr)
Introductory Courses (9 Cr.)
Technical Project Management (S)
Engineering Analysis I (F)
Systems Engineering (I)
Systems Optimization (C)
Probability Models and Simulation (F)
Deterministic Models and Simulation (C)
Decision and Risk Analysis in Engineering (C)
Creativity and Problem Solving I (S)
Creativity and Problem Solving II (S)
Requirements Engineering (C)
Systems Architecture (S)
Master’s Paper (S)