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The State of Graduate Systems Engineering Education in the U.S.

  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD, 20723 United States (map)

Abstract: This presentation will examine the state of graduate systems engineering education in the U.S. through a discussion of some of the major considerations associated with the development and maintenance of graduate systems engineering programs. It will address such topics as: numbers and types of systems engineering graduate programs; program users/customers, faculty, and other stakeholders; the employment environment; competing visions of systems engineering, curriculum objectives, and admission criteria; program resources; INCOSE initiatives in graduate (and undergraduate) engineering education (with a focus on the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE®); and typical curricula for systems engineering programs.


Speaker: Dr. John MacCarthy is currently the Director of the University of Maryland’s Systems Engineering Education Program. Prior to this he held a variety of systems engineering leadership roles with TRW, Northrup-Grumman, and the Institute for Defense Analyses developing and evaluating large, complex systems and systems of systems. He also served for eight years as an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and five years as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Muhlenberg College. Dr. MacCarthy holds a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College, a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.

Menu: Curried chicken served over basmati rice, fresh vegetable of the day, rolls and butter, dessert cakes, a small Fruit Plate, coffee, and iced tea

Dinner Cost:   Guests: $25;  INCOSE members: $20 

The Registration Cost is for dinner only.  The Lecture is open to all at no cost and begins at 7 pm.

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Door Prize: Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering by Atkins P.E., Robert Wayne