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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.

Program Highlights

  • 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

ENGR1010 Winning Term Project

This year for the ENGR1010 term project, students were tasked with creating a custom soft drink dispenser. These machines used microcontroller-controlled valves, combined with a MATLAB HMI to allow end users to dispense custom mixed soft drinks. Students competed for lowest cost, highest precision and robustness awards. This video shows the winning design in action:

Otterbein STEAM Innovation Center

The STEAM Innovation Center at Otterbein University offers a unique resource for central Ohio, the state, and beyond. Based on the principles of collaboration, partnership, integration, and community, the Center will bring Otterbein students and faculty, other central Ohio educators, business, industry, and regional economic planning and development together in one shared facility.

  • Located at 60 CollegeView, phase one of the $10.8 million complex will open in the Fall 2016 and will house the Otterbein Engineering Department
  • It will include not only state of the art lab space, but equipment and services to support research, development, and prototyping for small to medium sized manufactures. 
  • It will also house an Innovation Center, that will create and advance an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the region through accessible technology, lab and creative space for businesses with limited access today

The STEAM Center will connect business/industry with our students and faculty to provide experiential learning opportunities for Otterbein and local high school students through internships, research projects, career services and employment to ensure a strong future workforce for the State.

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. 
Learn more about applying to Otterbein

/ Systems Engineering

Dr. Gary Maul
p/ 614.823.1304
e/ gmaul@otterbein.edu

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