BSSE Course Descriptions

 SEGR 2101 Systems Engineering Concepts. (3) Prerequisite: ENGR 1202 with grade of C or above. This course provides the foundation for systems engineering processes and practices. The contents cover the discussion of current systems issues, basic systems engineering processes, and the roles of systems engineering professionals in a global business environment. It also will cover the principles of mechanical drawing and computer aided design (CAD) for systems engineering applications.

SEGR 2105 Computational Methods for Systems Engineering I. (3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; ENGR 1202, MATH 1241, and MATH 1242 with grades of C or above. Introduces programming languages and computational tools that are often used by Systems Engineers. Programming in C and Matlab will be emphasized. Spreadsheet-based modeling are introduced.

SEGR 2106 Engineering Economic Analysis. (3) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of the department. Covers economic analysis of engineering alternatives, including time value of money, cash flow analysis, cost estimation, project evaluation, accounting and budgeting tools.

SEGR 2111 Introduction to Engineering Management. (3) Prerequisite: ENGR 1202 with grade of C or above. Focuses on the fundamentals in engineering management. It provides students the understanding of engineering management principles and practices and the roles of engineering management professionals in a global business environment.

SEGR 2121 Introduction to Logistics Systems and Supply Chains. (3) Prerequisite: ENGR1202. Focuses on the fundamentals in logistics systems and supply chain operations.  It provides students the understanding of the operations in logistics systems and global supply chains and the roles of logistics/supply chain professionals in global business environment.

SEGR 3101 System Design and Deployment. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2101 with grade of C or above. Focuses on the basics of systems design, analysis, and implementation. It covers system design elements, system interface issues, system decomposition, and system integration. The emphasis is on the effective design and integration of system operations and successful deployment of systems design results.

SEGR 3102 System Simulation, Modeling & Analysis. (3) Prerequisite: STAT 3128 with grade of C or above. Focuses on the study of discrete-event simulation and its use in the analysis and design of systems. The emphasis is on using simulation software for simulation modeling and analysis with practical applications to design, analysis, and improvement of diverse systems.

SEGR 3103 Human System Interface. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2105 with grade of C or above or permission of department. Focuses on the interfacing issues between human, organization, and systems operations. The emphasis is on the influence of human and cultural factors related to the effectiveness of system operations in a global business environment.

SEGR 3105 Computational Methods for Systems Engineering II. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2105 with grade of C or above. This course covers numerical techniques for systems engineers such as Polynomial interpolation, Numerical differentiation and integration, Newton and simple gradient methods for nonlinear equations.

SEGR 3107 Decision and Risk Analysis. (3) Prerequisite: STAT 3128 with grade of C or above. Useful tools for analyzing difficult decisions and making the right choice. After introducing components and challenges of decision making, discusses structuring decisions using decision trees and influence diagrams. Decisions under conflicting objectives and multiple criteria are also covered, as well as sensitivity and risk analysis.

SEGR 3111 Project Management. (3) Prerequisite: STAT 3128 with grade of C or above. Focuses on the study of various aspects of project management techniques and issues, and the use of conceptual, analytical, and systems approaches in managing engineering projects and activities. It includes the development and writing of project plans and reports for engineering and business operations.

SEGR 3112 Value Engineering Management. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2106 with grade of C or above or permission of department. Analyzes the requirements of a project to achieve the highest performance for essential functions at the lowest costs over the life of the project. The “best value” is achieved by a multidisciplinary team effort through the study of alternative design concepts, materials, and methods.

SEGR 3114 Production Control Systems. (3) Prerequisite: STAT 1220, STAT 1221, STAT 1222, or STAT 3128 with grade of C or above.. Principles, analysis and design of production and inventory planning and control systems. Demand forecasting, production scheduling and control systems and introduction to CPM.

SEGR 3122 Implementation of Logistics Systems and Supply Chains. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2121 with grade of C or above. Reviews and analyzes real-life logistics and supply chain implementation cases. Different industry supply chains are compared and benchmarking is emphasized through review of industry best practices.

SEGR 3131 Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2101 with grade of C or above or permission of department. Focuses on the basics of hardware and software implementation in the design and manufacturing processes. The emphasis is in making the design and manufacturing processes effective and efficient for global business competition.

SEGR 3132 Facilities Planning & Material Handling Systems. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2101 with grade of C or above or permission of department. Focuses on the basics in facility planning, plant layout design, material handling systems design and integration, and warehousing. The emphasis is on the effective design and integration of plant layout, material handling systems, and warehousing for supply chain operations.

SEGR 3290 Systems Design Project I. (1) Prerequisite: Senior standing and Systems Engineering major. First of a two-semester sequence leading to a major integrative system design experience in applying the principles of systems design and analysis and project management to the design of a system. Teamwork and communication skills are emphasized. It focuses on the development of the project plan and proposal for the capstone systems design project. Each student develops a complete systems design project plan and proposal and makes an oral presentation of the proposal to the faculty. It runs in conjunction with the project management course.

SEGR 3291 Systems Design Project II. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 3290 with grade of C or above. A continuation of SEGR 3290 for the execution of the proposed systems design project. Includes a mid-term written progress report with an oral presentation and a final written report, plus the final oral presentation to demonstrate project results.

SEGR 3670 Total Quality Systems. (3) Prerequisite: STAT 3128 with grade of C or above. An interdisciplinary approach to principles and practice in the applications of continuous quality improvement (CQI) and Total Quality Management (TQM). Classroom work on major applications, re-engineering processes; process mapping, personal effectiveness and time management; technical presentations; CQI tools, statistical process control, designed experimentation; management and planning tools, engineering economy, and case studies; assignments and projects in team building, communication, and group problem solving.

SEGR 4090 Special Topics. (1-6) Directed study of current topics of special interest.  (On demand)

SEGR 4101 Network Modeling & Analysis. (3) Prerequisite: OPRS 3111 with grade of C or above or SEGR 4952 with grade of C or above. This course covers formulation and solution of optimization problems using network flow algorithms. Topics include: minimum flow problems shortest path, maximum flow, transportation, assignment, minimum spanning trees. Efficient solution algorithms are investigated.

SEGR 4131 Product and Process Design. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 2101 with grade of C or above or permission of department. Focuses on how to achieve a high-quality, customer-oriented product development process, from technology and product innovation, to design and development, leading up to production. Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the main technology discussed plus other product design approaches, such as design for cost, design for safety, and design for environment.

SEGR 4132 Automation & Systems Design. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 3132 with grade of C or above. Focuses on the concepts of systems design, manufacturing systems design, manufacturing process control, shop floor control, and automation. The emphasis is on automation for economic and flexible manufacturing operations that can handle frequently changing global manufacturing requirements.

SEGR 4133 Lean Manufacturing Systems. (3) Prerequisite: SEGR 3132 with grade of C or above. Focuses on the fundamentals of how manufacturing operations work, and talk about the latest techniques to make your manufacturing organization successful. This course discusses how lean methodology can eliminate waste and increase the speed in manufacturing while reducing cycle times.

SEGR 4141 Engineering Experimental Design. (3) Prerequisite: STAT 3128 with grade of C or above. Focuses on how to achieve high-quality/low-cost systems based on Taguchi methods, design of experiments methods, and statistical analysis of data. Also includes introduction to response surface methods.

SEGR 4142 Reliability Management. (3) Prerequisite: STAT 3128 with grade of C or above. Focuses on measuring, evaluating, improving and managing reliability. Topics include: basic reliability models, hazard rate functions, system reliability, and fault tree analysis.

SEGR 4150: Leadership Skills for Engineers (3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Overview of the skills needed to practice the most popular leadership styles in industry today. The first half of the course covers an introduction to the different styles of leadership and how they are applied by engineers within an organization. The second half of the course covers the critical leadership skills and competencies needed to build and lead powerful teams in a global environment.

SEGR 4952 Engineering System Optimization. (3) Prerequisite: Senior standing and OPRS 3111 with grade of C or above. A systems engineering approach will be followed to analyze practical applications from different engineering disciplines and to optimize complex systems. Model formulation, sensitivity analysis, special cases, solutions using commercially available software applications and practical implementation considerations will be emphasized.

SEGR 4961: Introduction to Energy Systems (3) Prerequisite: Junior standing; basic math, economics, or permission of instructor. Overview of energy systems: energy types, generation, conversion, storage, transportation/transmission, and utilization. Principles, physical structure, processes, and utilization of fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewables for transportation, thermal, and electrical energy generation are discussed along with associated performance metrics. Also provides an introduction to environmental impacts of energy production, life-cycle analysis, energy efficiency concepts and metrics, transmission systems, grid reliability, and the impact of smart grid technologies. All topics are presented in the context of industry standards as well as federal and state regulations.

SEGR 4962: Energy Markets (3) Pre/Co-requisite: SEGR 4961; Prerequisite: Junior standing; basic math, economics, or permission of instructor. Energy and power systems in regulated and competitive environments and implications on business decisions for firms in these industries. Topics include: mechanism of energy markets; comparative market systems; determination of prices under different market structures; gas, oil, coal, and electricity market architecture; electricity market design; dispatch and new build decisions; smart grid and renewable energy in electricity markets; risk and risk management in energy including demand and price volatility and use of financial derivatives; and the impact of financial market trends and current and proposed policies on the energy industry.

SEGR 4963: Energy Systems Planning (3) Pre/Co-requisite: SEGR 4961; Prerequisite: Basic math, economics, or consent of instructor. Optimal planning of resources, logistics, distribution and storage in the end to end energy value chain from upstream natural gas production through mid-stream transportation and storage to downstream power generation, utility distribution and consumption. Smart Grid Optimization. Supplier and customer relationship management, contracts management. Lean-Six Sigma energy system process design. Power systems reliability and control, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, process and service quality control.

SEGR 4964: Case Studies in the Energy Industry (3) Pre/Co-requisite: SEGR 4961; Prerequisite: Junior standing; basic math, economics, or permission of instructor. Interpret and analyze real world business cases in the energy sector. Cases explore the concepts behind natural monopolies, utility ownership, regulation and de-regulation, utility rates, and service standards. Additionally, economic concepts such as supply and demand, market pricing, producer surplus, monopolistic pricing and ratemaking (regulatory goals, revenue requirements, and the rate base and rate cases) are applied. Some of the cases explore decision-making strategies surrounding marginal prices, congestion management, congestion revenue, electric and gas transmission rights both in terms of physical versus financial markets, locational marginal prices (LMP), financial transmission rights in terms of revenue adequacy and auction revenue rights, and typical energy trading hedging practices.