This course helps students develop a conceptual understanding of the systems engineering life-cycle process and familiarity with analysis techniques used in that process. It also introduces concepts of reliability and robustness, and rigorous tools for analysis and design with them in mind. The course utilizes real-world experience and case studies of working with a system through all phases of the system design process.
Students registering for the 702 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.
This course can be applied toward:
ECE 303/STAT 303 (Introduction to Communications Principles) or STAT 315 (Statistics for Engineers and Scientists). Credit not allowed for both ENGR 530 and ECE 530.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and Analysis, 5th Ed. (2011)
Blanchard and Fabrycky
Dr. James Cale is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department / Systems Engineering Program at Colorado State University. His research focuses on modeling, control and design optimization of energy sources and systems. His background and interests are in the areas of energy conversion, power-electronic drive systems, microgrids, finite-inertia power systems, computational and applied electromagnetics, biologically-inspired optimization methods, hardware-in-the-loop, and machine learning algorithms.
Prior to joining CSU, he led the Integrated Devices & Systems group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Before that he worked in senior design engineering roles at Advanced Energy Industries and Orbital ATK (since acquired by Northrop Grumman). James earned his doctorate in electrical engineering (with honors) from Purdue University, where he was funded by an NSF IGERT fellowship. He earned his BSEE from Missouri University of Science & Technology (summa cum laude). He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Mensa International, and is a Senior Member of IEEE.