Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Systems engineering is focused on the design and management of large, complex, and interdisciplinary technological systems. Engineering management is the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities that have a technological component, thereby bridging the gap between engineering and management. Research in this area is focused on decision and risk analysis, quantitative modeling (e.g., optimization, simulation), and analysis of complexity and emergent phenomena in large-scale systems. Courses are offered in decision analysis, risk analysis, requirements engineering, project management, and engineering management theory.

Faculty Expertise

Cameron MacKenzie

Associate Professor

Mitigating risk in public policy and business operations

  • Optimizing resources to prepare and respond to Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • Simulating supply chain disruptions caused by the 2011 Japanese tsunami
  • Enhancing resilience in the electric power sector after Hurricane Sandy
  • Building a web-based simulator to train decision makers for hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Designing resilient engineered systems for complex and uncertain futures

Dave Sly

Teaching Professor

Dr. Dave Sly is the founder and president of Proplanner, a manufacturing process management (MPM) software firm. He focuses on the MPM component of workflow, which typically sits between product data management and enterprise resource planning systems.

Manufacturing process management:

  • Studying the workflow and data based relationships between common process engineering tasks, including: time estimation, assembly line balancing, product flow analysis, ergonomics assessment and analysis, factory and workplace design, work instruction authoring and deployment