Systems Engineering: Course Introduction

Topics: Systems engineering, System, Systems thinking Pages: 23 (2969 words) Published: September 6, 2011
ESD.33 Systems Engineering  Lecture 1  Course Introduc8on  Instructors:  Dr. Qi Van Eikema Hommes  Mr. Pat Hale  Mr. David Erickson  Teaching Assistants:  Ellen Czaika  Ipshita Deepak          

  Welcome and Introduc8on of Teaching Staff    Why are we here?    What are Systems?    What is Systems Engineering?    Why do we study Systems Engineering? 

  Course Schedule and Logis8cs 

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Dr. Qi Van Eikema Hommes 
•  ESD Research Associate and Lecturer  •  8 years of work experiences in automo8ve  companies (Ford and GM)  –  Senior Research Scien8st at GM R&D  –  Powertrain Systems Engineer at Ford 

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Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

University of Kentucky

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Qi Van Eikema Hommes


Dr. Pat Hale 
•  SDM Director, ESD Senior Lecturer  •  Military experience:  - 20 years in U.S. Navy: submarines  •  Industry experience:  - Draper Labs (Director, Systems Engineering)  - O8s Elevator (first Director, Systems &  Controls Engineering)  •  Past INCOSE president  © June 8, 2010 Qi Van Eikema Hommes 4

Academic Background
B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota

M.S. Mechanical Engineering Engineer’s Degree in Ocean Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MBA Cornell University
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About me:   Product designer/ manager, systems engineer,  mobile tech enthusiast, a mother, vocal ar8st and a  second year SDM student     

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About me:   SDM08  
 Former manager of systems engineering team   Ethnographer   Athlete (numerous sports: rowing, yoga, skiing/snowboarding,  hiking, biking, sailing, surfing, etc.) 


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Why Are We in This Class? 

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Is This a System and Why?  

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Is This a System and Why?  

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Is This a System and Why?  
Corporate Name
Name Headquarters

Name Strategy Department

Name Finance Department

Name IT Department

Name Administration

Name Marketing Department

Name Public Relations Department

Name Legal Department

Name Personnel Department

Name Sales Department

Name Research Department

Name Logistics Department

Name Production

Name Security Department
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Is This a System and Why? (ANIMATION) Works in Firefox browser

Wolves eats sheep. Sheep eat grass. Wolves and sheep reproduce. They move in random directions. Try when there are more wolves than sheep.

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What Types of Systems Have You  Worked on?  Why do you call them “systems?” 

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Defini8on of Systems  
•  A combina8on of interac8ng elements  organized to achieve one more stated  purposes.  •  An integrated set of elements, subsystems, or  assemblies that accomplish a defined  objec8ve. These elements include products  (hardware, sofware, firmware), processes,  people, informa8on, techniques, facili8es,  services, and other support element.    Source: INCOSE SE Handbook, V3.2 

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Characteris8cs of Systems  
•  •  •  •  •  Interac8on  Hierarchical  Emergent  Dynamic   Interdisciplinary 

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