Title: Translating systems engineering for high school teachers and students: an exploratory study of implementing some initial SE concepts

Authors: Rashmi Jain, Mercedes McKay, Beth McGrath, Debra Brockway

Addresses: School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA. ' Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology, CIESE, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA. ' Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology, CIESE, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA. ' Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology, CIESE, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA

Abstract: Systems engineering is a life cycle approach to engineering design: the integration of numerous technical and non-technical disciplines toward the development of new products, systems and services. This paper describes the experiences of the authors in designing and implementing a three-year project to engage high school classes in a geographically-distributed systems engineering design project that addresses relevant, social challenges of interest to students worldwide. Collaborating with others around the world to develop a solution to an engineering problem, students are introduced to systems-thinking, team work, effective communication and other 21st century workforce skills. This innovative project aims to increase the number of students interested in pursuing engineering as a career and to increase the pool of teachers familiar with engineering design and systems thinking.

Keywords: systems design; systems thinking; innovation; engineering education; systems concepts; systems engineering; life cycle approach; engineering design; high school classes; collaboration; teamwork; effective communication.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2009.030580

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2009 Vol.2 No.3, pp.143 - 156

Available online: 24 Dec 2009 *

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