Research on Building Education & Workforce Capacity in Systems Engineering
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER HOBOKEN NJ
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RT-19, Research on Building Education Workforce Capacity in Systems Engineering, is a research study whose goal is to understand the impact on student learning of and career interest in Systems Engineering SE through a set of diverse capstone courses that expose students to authentic Department of Defense DoD problems and engage them in learning and practice of systems engineering. SE Capstone courses were developed and piloted during the 2010-11 academic year and beyond in eight civilian universities and six military institutions affiliated with the Systems Engineering Research Center SERC. The strategic goal addressed by this research is to better understand how differing course designs, structures, materials, instructional practices, and other inputs, such as the involvement of DoD and industry mentors, impact student learning and career interest in SE. This research explored methods and approaches to augment the SE workforce for future DoD and related industry workforce needs in order to inform future investments for the purpose of institutionalizing and scaling up effective methods. This research encompassed a 20-month, three-phase effort from March 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011, including planning, course implementation, and analysis. Institutions were selected for participation through a competitive application process based on a set of criteria developed in consultation with the sponsor, and partners were awarded a subcontract of approximately 200,000 for development, implementation, analysis, and reporting on their SE Capstone project.
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