“In some ways, the world of Systems Engineering at BU is simple and compact. You walk down the hallway and everyone knows everyone. People are close – students stop by other labs to watch a demo or sit in other groups’ discussions; professors are available and welcome your questions whether they are your advisor or not.
On the other hand, the CISE view of the world is broad and deep. Thanks to the cross-departmental nature of CISE, we share a variety of interesting topics everyday. The fact that my PhD research spans from sensor networks to protein docking is a best example for such diversity.”
– Yin Chen, R&D Scientist, Proctor & Gamble, PhD (2011), Division of Systems Engineering, Boston University
Career opportunities in Systems Engineering (SE) are being driven by the increasing global nature of society combined with technology advances in communications, embedded systems, and computing. This, in turn, is driving the need for more sophisticated SE methods to manage this complex and interconnected world. SE graduates are able to specialize and take advantage of employment opportunities in strategic areas such as computational and systems biology, networking and communication network design and operations, control systems and robotics, manufacturing, production and service systems, and supply chain logistics.
Through the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), the Division receives frequent feedback from our industrial collaborators (e.g., Analog Devices, Axcelis, BAE Systems, Celestica, Inc., Cisco Systems, Fulflex, JDS Uniphase, IBM, The Mathworks, Raytheon, Schlumberger) on current industrial needs. There is increasing evidence of a growing demand for systems engineers to address problems in software, communications, and military applications. Furthermore, there are entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly in the field of wireless networking and sensor networking, with companies like Millenial Net, Inc, Sensicast Systems, Crossbow Technology, and others.
Read about the growing importance of Systems Engineering and its rewards as a career in the IEEE USA Today’s Engineer – Career Focus: Systems Engineering.
Read about what our graduates are doing now in the Alumni Spotlight.