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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Engineering Systems

Muzaffar A. Shaikh, Ph.D., Head

Degree Programs

Engineering Management, M.S. 
Systems Engineering, M.S.  
Systems Engineering, Ph.D.  

Graduate Certificate Program

Enterprise Architecture Graduate Certificate  

William W. Arrasmith, Ph.D., systems engineering, signal processing.

Muzaffar A. Shaikh, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, management science, decision modeling, mathematical programming, management information systems, systems engineering, operations research.

Scott R. Tilley, Ph.D., software engineering, systems analysis and design.

Associate Professors
Luis D. Otero, Ph.D., system design and analysis, industrial systems engineering.

Adrian M. Peter, Ph.D., systems engineering, statistical data analysis, machine learning, image analysis.

Assistant Professors
Aldo Fabregas, Ph.D., applied optimization, data mining, business intelligence, intelligent transportation systems.

Ersoy Subasi, Ph.D., operations research, financial mathematics, stochastic programming.

Barry Webster, Ph.D., systems engineering, optimization analysis, management and analysis of data, artificial intelligence, software engineering.

Research Professor
Francis (Frank) R. Bourne, Ph.D., synthesis of complex system solutions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the department of engineering systems is to prepare engineers and scientists for leadership roles in business organizations. Our educational objectives are to achieve steady enrollment growth and pursue practical funded research; to provide engineers and scientists the skills to expand their areas of responsibility in the workplace; and to update the skills of engineers and scientists in their fields of specialization.

Undergraduate Area of Emphasis in Systems Engineering

This area of emphasis is designed to expose interested undergraduate engineering students to core aspects of systems engineering. Juniors and seniors within the College of Engineering and Computing can select any three from the four courses listed below and have them applied as electives:

SYS 4100 Quality Engineering 
SYS 4200 Project Engineering 
SYS 4310 Systems Engineering Principles 
SYS 4460 Systems Requirements Analysis  

Undergraduate students in the Fast Track Master’s Program for College of Engineering and Computing Honors Students can take up to two of the courses under the graduate-level number (listed below). In this case, requirements for the fast track program apply. As a general rule, fast track students may apply up to six credits to both the undergraduate and graduate degree.

ENM 5100 Quality Engineering  
ENM 5200 Project Engineering 
SYS 5310 Systems Engineering Principles 
SYS 5460 Systems Requirements Analysis  

If a student who is not in the fast track program applies the credit to the undergraduate degree, the credit may not be applied to the graduate degree as well. Nor may students take the same course as both an undergraduate and a graduate. If the student later enters a systems engineering or engineering master’s degree program and has already taken the undergraduate version of the course, the department will grant a waiver and substitute another course in its place.


Research topics in systems engineering are interdisciplinary in nature. The student may select a topic from his/her engineering field, or a topic that spans several fields with the approval of the student’s major advisor and committee. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, system design and modeling, the systems engineering life cycle, simulation and analytical modeling, analysis of alternatives and risk assessment, design of experiments and system requirements development and management.

In conducting the dissertation research and completing the written dissertation, the student must demonstrate originality and a significant, unique and meaningful contribution to the field of systems engineering. The research must be accurately and completely documented, fully explained and thoroughly supported in the dissertation, and must be defended successfully to the committee as part of the degree requirement.