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Orlando Chapter Meeting - UCF's Online Master's Programs: Advancing the Development and Execution of Engineering Systems Used Globally

  • Date:
    Aug 20, 2020 - 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Venue:
    Virtual - Zoom Meeting
This meeting will be a virtual event using the Zoom platform. Please see below for connection details.

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Dr. Walker Hammond
Dr. Christina Bouwens

Presentation Abstract
This presentation will describe the new MS in Systems Engineering (MSSE) program at UCF which starts this fall. This online program prepares busy working engineers and graduate students for rewarding careers in tomorrow's global systems engineering workforce. It aligns well with INCOSE's Systems Engineering Vision 2025 to broaden the base of systems engineering practitioners in a global context. UCF's diverse SE programs produce graduates who can work in any environment- manufacturing, service, healthcare, government, and other industries. The MSSE program is designed to produce highly skilled professionals and researchers with broad knowledge of industrial engineering and in-depth knowledge of specialty fields for careers in academia, industry, and government. The presentation describes the 30 credit hour MSSE curriculum of four core courses, three concentration courses, and three elective courses in (1) simulation, optimization and modeling, (2) management systems, (3) quality and production systems, and (4) human system integration. Goal-focused teamwork is instilled through a variety of student-led projects. Independent learning is emphasized by successful completion of the research studies required in individual courses. These research studies require that students integrate material from all the courses in their program. The Systems Integration and Testing class in the core sequence builds upon prior classes and requires independent research to describe, architect, model, and ultimately integrate and test complex products and services.    

In 2020, Industrial Engineering at UCF is ranked No. 41 nation-wide according to US News & World Report. UCF is ranked second in industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering graduate colleges in the State of Florida. The program in the IEMS Department remains in the top 50 graduate engineering schools for industrial, manufacturing, and systems engineering in the nation and is the highest ranked program in the College of Engineering at UCF. The IEMS Department is home to successful graduate programs: MS, MSIE and PhD in Industrial Engineering, MS in Systems Engineering, MS in Healthcare Systems Engineering, and Professional Engineering Management Program which offers Certificate Programs in Systems Engineering, Applied Operations Research, Project Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Training Simulation.

Dr. Walter Hammond works at UCF as Adjunct Faculty for the Departments of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Before joining UCF, Dr. Hammond worked as a System Analysis and Integration Engineer for the Missile Defense Agency, Ground-based Midcourse Defense in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to that, Dr. Hammond worked as a Senior Systems Engineer for space transportation systems at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Over the past 40+ years he has worked for the U.S. Air Force and major aerospace contractors in systems engineering and integration of aerospace and defense systems, systems analysis and trade studies, formulation of system requirements, verification, and validation. Areas of expertise include planning and executing complex projects, product definition and development, project and program requirements definition, verification planning and execution, process improvement, problem solving, optimal balancing among conflicting requirements for performance, cost, reliability, and risk. Dr. Hammond has expertise in building high performance work teams, and leading teams to deliver exceptional customer service. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from TAMU, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas. 

Dr. Christina Bouwens works for MAK Technologies as the Chief Systems Engineer for the U.S. Army's Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Common Software Environment (CSE) program.  Before joining MAK, Dr. Bouwens was a Research Assistant Professor and the Scientific Director of the Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UCF.  Over the years, she has taught Systems Engineering and Systems Architecting courses for UCF and corporate Program Management courses at Leidos. Dr. Bouwens has been a part of the modeling and simulation industry for over 30 years as a simulation systems engineer, research scientist, program manager and engineering consultant.  She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (Systems Operations and Modeling) and an M.S. in Mathematical Science, both from the University of Central Florida (UCF ).  Her B.S. in Mathematics is from Geneva College.

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