Portland-State-University 2019-2020 Bulletin

Systems Engineering

  • M.Eng.— Systems Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate

Systems Engineering is the practice of creating the means of performing useful functions through the combination of two or more interacting elements. Systems engineering focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then continuing with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem. Systems engineering integrates all the disciplines and specialty groups into a team effort, forming a structured development process that proceeds from concept to production to operation.  Many of us already practice systems engineering, but call it something else: design or development of product, process, service. This course of study will enable the engineer to function in an interdisciplinary team and apply their area of engineering specialty toward the development of a product, process, or service.