Recognized worldwide as one of the most outstanding programs available today, USC’s Systems Architecting and Engineering (SAE) program was initiated in 1988 by the late Professor Eberhardt Rechtin, who authored three of the founding texts in the field.
USC is an established leader in system architecting and engineering graduate education and research. Currently more than 25 companies are participating in our SAE programs. Six of the active instructors in the SAE curriculum have a combined industrial experience of 190 years. All were senior managers, including 4 vice presidents of major corporations.
The Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering has hailed the graduate program in Systems Architecting and Engineering as a strategic initiative in the school, which is expected to create a formal PhD program in SAE, and possibly, an undergraduate minor. In 2007, the Center for Software Engineering became the Center for Systems and Software Engineering – an organized research unit to provide a mechanism to enhance research and involve related disciplines outside the Viterbi School. This development further strengthens the systems capabilities of SAE.
USC is a principal collaborator in the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) funded by the Department of Defense.
Six of the INCOSE (International Council of Systems Engineering) Fellows are on the faculty of USC, as well as one of the INCOSE Pioneer Awardees – more than any other institution. The Viterbi School’s extraordinary progress has produced a long list of distinguished alumni, including astronaut Neil Armstrong and General Norman Schwarzkopf. Numerous executives of U.S. and foreign technology companies – such as Apple computer co-founder A.C. Markkula; Andrew J. Viterbi, co-founder and chief technology officer for Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego; and Lily Chiang of Hong Kong based Chen Hsong Holding Co., a multinational producer of specialized machinery – are also alumni
The USC Viterbi School’s Systems Architecting and Engineering program is designed to provide graduate engineers and engineering managers with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for conceptualizing, designing and implementatng complex systems. The emphasis is both on the processes by which complex systems are conceived, planned, designed, built, tested and certified as well as the system itself. The experience gained from he SAE program can be applied to defense, space, aircraft, homeland security, healthcare, and energy grid, transportation and other commercial industries.