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SYSE 573 - Cost Optimization for Systems Engineers

  • 3 credits

Perspectives, techniques and strategies to respond to requirements, design decisions, and development discovery, while optimizing for cost at the organizational, program, and project level. Strong course emphasis on relevant special topics from industry leaders with class discussion. Additional focus areas include R&D-Innovation, Cost Optimization with MBSE, Supplier Cost Management, Cost in Integration and Test, Cost and Value in Quality, and, Cost impacts of Future Trends. Students present a study in Cost Optimization for the course and prepare a final project report on an area of Cost Optimization.


ENGR 502 (Engineering Project and Program Management); ENGR 531/ECE 531 (Engineering Risk Analysis). Credit not allowed for both SYSE 573 and ENGR 581A3

Important Information

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 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.


James M. Adams
James M. Adams

Dr. Adams has over 20 years of systems engineering experience in Department of Defense satellite and aircraft systems, and from industry-leading, in-process, diameter and thickness gauging systems. He is a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin Corporation working in the Boulder facility on the ground segment of the Space Based Infra-Red Satellite (SBIRS) and the Next Generation Geosynchronous (NGG) satellite systems, as well as the Advanced Programs in Data Exploitation (Apex) team. Dr Adams also teaches Risk and Opportunity management and Systems Thinking workshops for the Lockheed Martin Space company. Dr Adams has a diverse set of systems engineering experiences including as the customer for major satellite systems components, as the manager of a systems engineering team constrained by cost and schedule, as the chief engineer for a major segment supplier, and as the global, in-field, sales and engineering representative of niche measurement systems bringing together diverse customer needs into consolidated product requirements.
Dr Adams is a member of IEEE, INCOSE, and a lifetime member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, the Air Force Association, the American Legion and the Handyman Club of America.