According to the National Academy of Engineering's report, The Engineer of 2020, tomorrow's engineers "will need to be multidisciplinary; and social, political, and economic forces will impact technological innovation."
What is Systems Engineering?
Systems Engineering is a combination of Mechanical, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering. Since today's engineering problems don't respect the traditional boundaries of engineering disciplines, it is important to have knowledge in each of these areas to be able to solve engineering problems. In addition, tomorrow's engineers will also have to have knowledge about cultural, economic and social issues to be able to make a technological impact as stated in the National Academy of Engineering's report. This combination of a broad technical and liberal arts education will be able to provide solutions to complex engineering problems.
Why Study Systems Engineering at Otterbein University?
In order to meet the needs of tomorrow's engineers, Otterbein has developed a Systems Engineering program, which is a combination of the three engineering disciplines coupled with Otterbein's famous Integrative studies program. It blends the best of a technical education in a liberal arts environment. The program focuses on task oriented team projects which create truly engaging learning exercises where students consider all aspects of the problem as parts of a system and apply theory, economics, practical and cultural experiences to finding solutions. This approach produces effective problem solvers.
- Small class sizes, which means accessible faculty and lots of individual attention.
- Hands-on labs and team projects in each course.
- Combines mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering principles with Otterbein’s nationally-recognized Integrative Studies (general education) program.
- Focus on interdisciplinary problem solving of real-life engineering problems.
- Help in getting summer internships that will enable students to gain practical, professional experience.
What (Otterbein has) outlined as a curriculum addresses some of the concerns I have seen, and that is having an engineer that has an understanding of the both the electrical and mechanical issues in the design of high-power electrical equipment. Having the fundamental understanding of the interaction of these systems from electrical, mechanical and thermal standpoints would be an asset to any systems engineer.
Russell Shetler, Director of Engineering, Emerson Network Power
Applying to the Program
Students with a passion for math and science, who love solving problems, and who desire a challenging and rewarding career are encouraged to apply.
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