Systems Engineering Certificates

Today’s aircraft, buildings and other highly engineered solutions are increasingly relying on numerous intelligent components and sub-systems to deliver improved performance. As a result, companies are experiencing demand for a new generation of products that are more integrated, more complex, and more capable than ever before. Systems engineering focuses on understanding and optimizing the interactions among sub-systems and components to make products more efficient and reliable, with greater capabilities and at a lower cost. Motivated by the digital revolution and the need to produce high quality products in a globally competitive economy, the program aims to train engineers in urgently needed areas of analytical systems engineering which includes: a) Requirements Analysis, b) Architecture Selection and Optimization, c) Model-based Design and Development; and d) System Design Flows.

Our curriculum offers mechanisms for developing systems engineering talent with direct relevance to system design. By participating in this curriculum, students will learn the principles of a platform-based product development approach that will expose them to the entire product development flow from requirements capture to architecture selection to design analysis to validation. Participants in the program will acquire the knowledge base to increase performance and reliability, save product development time, minimize design errors and reduce time to market of products.

The UCONN curriculum is differentiated from many other offerings in Systems Engineering by focusing on specific application domains and associated product development processes. This enables the curriculum to include the technical depth necessary to address system design challenges and to target essential skills development for practicing system design engineers.

The curriculum decomposes the system development process into three overlapping design flows, 1) System Design, 2) Controlled Systems, and 3) Embedded Systems. The curriculum includes three certificate programs that are organized around each of these design flows. Each certificate program will begin with two courses in Fundamental Methods and Engineering Science followed by a Design Flow course. The design flow course in each track will build an understanding of platform-based design principles of using different layers of model abstractions and constraints -- functional, behavioral, structural, parametric, and control --- to support design decisions during Requirements Capture, Preliminary Design, Detailed Design, and Verification & Validation phases of the product development process. The utility of model abstractions to conduct frequent and iterative validation analysis to support design decisions on system sizing & performance, dynamics & control, robustness, safety, implementation and installation that conform to customer requirements is emphasized.

Most of the participants will be geographically dispersed. Therefore, each course will be delivered in the Distance Learning mode where the course content including lecture slides, notes, examples, and other materials will be available to participants using UConn’s classroom technology platform, HuskyCT. This platform allows participants to access the materials any time and from anywhere. In addition, lectures are delivered “live” to multiple locations using a two way audio, video, and document sharing system. This system also records all the lectures for later viewing in case one of the participants misses a lecture or would like to review a topic. Participants in the remote locations can view, participate, and interact with the instructor and participants from other locations. Access to software tools will be made available through the virtual PC system. Participants will have access to the UConn professors and other lecturers via email, phone, and web enabled video conferencing platforms like Webex or Skype.

Systems Engineering Course Descriptions