The Foundations of Systems Engineering course is an introductory overview of the systems engineering perspective and is presented to set the conceptual and practical framework of the entire systems engineering graduate program. The course covers the foundational components of systems engineering, from the concept development stage through the process steps of engineering development. Several issues related to post-development and special topics areas are also presented.
Students registering for the 720 section are expected to attend the class in person at United Launch Alliance, 7630 S. Chester Street in Centennial CO (South Denver) unless other arrangements are made with the instructor. The online section can be accessed synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronous means you can log on live and participate in the class as it is occurring on campus, but participation in this format is not mandatory. Asynchronous means you can access the video recording of the class sessions whenever it is convenient for you.
All students will be responsible for weekly homework assignments, two project papers, and a presentation to the class, either in-person or via on-line linkage. No mid-term or final exams will be required in this course. Chapters 1 and 2 in the text should be read prior to the 1st class session.
This course can be applied toward:
None. Credit not allowed for both ENGR 501 and ECE 501.
Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email email@example.com to learn more.
Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections.
This class is available live via the Internet during the in-person course section time. If you are registered for the 801 section, log into your Canvas account to access the course; directions will be posted. You can also attend the class in person if you contact the instructor ahead of time.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Systems Engineering: Principles and Practice, 2nd Ed. (2011)
Alexander Kossiakoff and William Sweet
A digital version of the textbookmay be available from the Colorado State University Library. Access instructions are contained at the following URL: https;//libguides.colostate.edu/ebooks
Ronald M. Sega
RONALD M. SEGA is Director of the Systems Engineering programs at Colorado State University (CSU). He is also the Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering. He holds a B.S. in physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in physics from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Dr. Sega was the dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from 1996-2001.
Dr. Sega was Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Department of Defense (DoD), from 2001-2005. From 2005-2007 he was the Under Secretary of the Air Force where he served as the DoD Executive Agent for Space.
Dr. Sega is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). A former astronaut, he flew aboard Space Shuttles Discovery (1994) and Atlantis (1996).
William B. Wood
Mr. Wood has a 45 year background in the US Air Force and Aerospace industry, highlighted by work on a number of major classified and unclassified systems for the US Government. His technical foundation is in the areas of Astrodynamics and Software while his practical applications ranged from satellite constellation operations to large scale air combat control integration, in positions of technical analysis, engineering, software development, systems engineering, engineering / organizational / program management and pursuit / capture of over $5B worth of programs.
Mr. Wood has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics from the US Air Force Academy and the University of Denver, respectively, a MA degree in Business from the University of Nebraska, and is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College's Program Management course. He is certified in the areas of Shipley Proposal Support and Proposal Leadership and as a Project Management Professional (PMP). In addition to his main work responsibilities, Mr. Wood developed and delivered a variety of courses for industry and academia, including Systems Engineering.