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Systems engineering is found in every aspect of technological industries and is seen everywhere from large power plants to small personal computers. System engineers are taught to see the big-picture and have input in all project management aspects from cost, life expectancy, time-frame and much more.
Systems engineers take an operational need as defined by a company and create a system designed to meet that need all while integrating the various inputs required in order to meet established objectives ranging from price, schedule, technical specifications and more. Systems engineers function as project leaders in the orchestration of the planning and development of the hardware and software aspects of technical systems. As a result, of its intertwinement of various disciplines and fields, Systems Engineering has become one of the most valuable engineering masters degrees.
The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology non-thesis Master (M.E) degree in Systems Engineering was developed interactively between the industry and academia and is therefore designed with industry requirements of engineers in mind. The Systems Engineering program at the Technion aims to provide experienced engineers with the necessary knowledge and practice to perform the required functions in the industry.
The M.E in Systems Engineering takes place on the Technion Campus, which lies on the slopes of Mount Carmel in Haifa. The Technion campus is one of the largest and most beautiful university campuses in Israel. Its various buildings sprawl across green lawns and shady groves. The campus has six dormitory clusters, full of life and social activities, cultural events and sports. Between rock shows that regularly take place on the campus central boulevard, classical concerts in the Churchill Auditorium, performances by the Technions Dance Company, and workouts in the sports complex, you are sure to find something exciting to fill your leisure time.
The 15 month Systems Engineering Master program is designed for engineers from various disciplines interested in expanding upon their existing analytical abilities. The program teaches engineers to lead complex projects utilizing many components and incorporating a wide range of specifications. The program extends the ability of experienced engineers to work in an environment that utilizes interdisciplinary skills and tools as needed in todays working environment. Some of the practical skills students will earn are:
* Ability to analyze systems including the ability to review complex processes and innovative operational methods
* Ability to asses a technological systems reliability through analysis
* Ability to plan and engage in strategic decision-making where uncertainty is involved
* Understanding product lifetime testing
* Familiarity with planning and designing control systems
* Ability to analyze and define of requirements of software intensive systems
* Ability to combine operator/user needs in a complex system
* Understanding of quantitative models needed to solve complex problems
* Knowledge of the various administrative aspects of complex projects
* Understanding of economic models
During the Program
To receive the Master in Systems Engineering degree from the Technion, students must complete 40 credit points at the Technion Haifa campus. The program takes place over fifteen months spanning three full term semesters and one summer semester. Classes take place Sunday through Thursday beginning at 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM with breaks in between. Each day student will take three courses.
Students tend to be in class between 20 and 30 hours a week. Due to the intensive nature of the M.E in Systems Engineering program, participants are encouraged to not work during the time at which they are studying in order to ensure that full attention and effort can be given to the program, career development, and group projects.
CURRICULUM & ACADEMICS
The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology international Master in Systems Engineering is an intensive and accelerated 15 month program taught entirely in Israel at the Technion campus in Haifa. The program provides experienced engineers with in-depth knowledge, technical skills, and practical knowledge and prepares students for high level careers in the engineering industry as well as government.
The program is tailored to meet the needs of engineers interested in advancing their career while enhancing their knowledge of the various design, integration, production and operation aspects of designing a comprehensive system. The courses are designed with practicality in mind, and with the exception of three courses, all are project based. The final project of the program involves the development of a complete system from conception to final stages of commercialization including the development of the engineering design and business plan.
The courses are taught by senior Technion faculty members and the program is headed by Prof. Aviv Rosen, the former Senior Vice President of the Technion and distinguished aeronautical engineer. Integrated within the programs are meetings with top industry executives and site visits throughout Israel. Included below is a sample list of the courses students must complete as part of the Master in Systems Engineering program.
ECONOMICS FOR SYSTEMS ENGINEERS
Demand and supply: market partial equilibrium. Government micro policy and its impact on the equilibrium. The expendinditure function and derivation of the supply function. Behavior in different market structures: monopolistic and imperfect competition. The national market: the national accounts. Measuring the national product. The interest rate and its impact on investment. The demand for money. The commercial banks. The central bank and money supply. Equilibrium in the money-market and general equilibrium. Government macro policy and its impact on the national product, Interest and inflation rats. Basic concepts in financial management.
HUMAN FACTORS IN TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
Major topics in human factors and resource management relate to the role of human operators in engineering systems. The course reviews basic issues which serve systems engineers in designing products or systems and, in particular, the human ability to absorb process and information. The course presents various approaches to the understanding of psychological processes and their impact on the design of engineering systems. The course also deals with organizational structures and their fitness level to different systems
This subject is concerned with moving from a management decision to the implementation of a project to its final physical completion. The course covers the field of project management applied to business concerns, with particular emphasis on industrial applications. The course is divided into three parts: nature and organization of project management, project planning and control, and implementation of the project.
ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN 1
Systematic conceptual design techniques of a new product, including analysis of new needs. Customer value management, house of quality, abstractization and functional analysis. Intuitive and discursive techniques for concept generation, synthesis to full solutions by concurrent engineering techniques, design for manufacturing, value engineering and quality engineering
FOUNDATIONS OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
Introduction to systems engineering. Basic tools in systems engineering. Modeling and Monte-Carlo simulations of systems. Systems engineering in product life cycle. Support engineering's: reliability and maintainability
Systems integration. Interfaces and environmental conditions. hardware/software integration. Man machine interfaces and simulators. Design and execution of system tests. Evaluation and verification of systems
EMBEDDED COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
Requirements analysis and specification methods for software intensive systems. Model based analysis of embedded computer systems. Introduction to object based analysis and specification, using the ESCAM (embedded computer systems analysis and modeling) method. Analysis of the static view, the activities and data flow. Dynamic processes. Model validation and verification: static and dynamic tests and simulation. Requirements: management and specification generation for embedded systems.
CONTROL FOR SYSTEMS ENGINEERS
Principles of classical control theory, designs in time and frequency domains. Introduction to digital control. Designs in state space, Lunberger observer and separation theorem. Random processes, response of linear systems to random signals. Kalman filter.
FINAL PROJECT IN SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
Final project in the ME. Program in systems engineering. Includes team work for system engineering of a product and the teaching of the necessary material entailed.