Systems Engineering

An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Systems engineering enables building, analyzing and managing a system—be it electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological or one involving business processes and logistics. Traditionally, engineering disciplines are defined through physical attributes: electrical engineers work with circuits and transistors, aeronautical engineers with airplanes and rockets. Systems engineering transcends the physical nature of what is designed or managed—if “it” consists of multiple interacting components performing a function that cannot be achieved by any one component alone, then “it” is a system, and systems engineers can work to understand and improve it.

What Do Our Graduates Do?

Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of industries and academic disciplines, where they are highly valued for their flexibility and versatility.

What our graduates are doing:

  • Developing computer simulation packages for software providers
  • Building and evaluating models for communication, computer and sensor networks
  • Inventing new scheduling and production control algorithms for manufacturing enterprises
  • Developing effective air traffic management systems
  • Analyzing the feasibility of relying on teams of autonomous vehicles for military and civilian applications

Why Study at BU?

The BU College of Engineering has made a major commitment to systems engineering as a discipline. We recently created a Division of Systems Engineering with 13 participating faculty members and additional research affiliates from across the University. The division is closely tied to the Center for Information & Systems Engineering, an interdisciplinary research center that brings together researchers with expertise in engineering, computer science, mathematics and management. The center’s strong industry connections provide opportunities for internships, exposure to “real-world” systems engineering problems and eventual employment opportunities.

BU offers research-based Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs in Systems Engineering, as well as a professional Master of Engineering degree. Systems Engineering is also available to undergraduates as a minor.