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As the pace of innovation accelerates, engineers around the world are tasked with designing, managing, and optimizing increasingly complex systems. Employing industry case studies and the latest in systems thinking from MIT, this four-course online certificate program explores models and methods in systems engineering. You will gain a knowledge base in complex systems, analysis of complex systems, and model management that will impact how you approach and solve problems and keep abreast of innovation. By the end of the program, you'll be able to frame systems architecture as a series of decisions, which can be actively sorted, managed, and optimized to suit you and your organization's needs.
The four courses in the certificate program are:
- Architecture of Complex Systems
- Models in Engineering
- Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis
- Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering
To earn a Professional Certificate, you must complete the four courses in the program. For those who do not want to commit to the full program, courses can be taken on an individual basis.
“Advancing the state of the art in systems engineering tools, methods, application, and training is vital to the success of our increasingly complex systems.”
— Ralph Roe, NASA’s Chief Engineer
Are you a Boeing employee? This certificate is offered off-hours and funded through The Boeing Learning Together Program. Learn more.
What You'll Learn
- Understand complex systems, analysis of complex systems, and model management
- Frame systems architecture as a series of decisions, which can be actively sorted, managed, and optimized to suit your organization’s needs
- Articulate the benefits and challenges of Model-Based Systems Engineering
- Develop a comprehensive knowledge of the key aspects of systems engineering
- Learn from academic and industry leaders
Dr. Bruce Cameron Faculty Director, A&SE Certificate Program Director, System Architecture Lab
Dr. Bruce Cameron Faculty Director, A&SE Certificate Program Director, System Architecture Lab at MIT
Dr. Edward F. Crawley Professor of Aeronautics And Astronautics
Dr. Edward F. Crawley Professor of Aeronautics And Astronautics at MIT
Dr. Crawley’s early research interests centered on structural dynamics, aeroelasticity, and the development of actively controlled and intelligent structures. Recently, his research has focused on the domain of the architecture and design of complex systems. Dr. Crawley’s work spans a range from the development of underlying theory, typified by a recent paper on the Algebra of Systems, to the development of methods and tools, such as Object Process Networks. Currently he is engaged on both NASA and oil exploration system designs. Dr. Crawley received an SB (1976) and an SM (1978) in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an ScD (1981) in Aerospace Structures from MIT.
Dr. Olivier de Weck Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Dr. Olivier de Weck Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT
Dr. de Weck is also a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Executive Director of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project. Previously, from 2008 to 2011, he served as Associate Director of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at MIT. Among the honors he has earned in his career are the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising (2006), the Marion MacDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising (2010), and an AIAA Teaching Award (2012). He has authored three books on systems engineering and 250 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. Warren Hoburg Boeing Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Warren Hoburg Boeing Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT
Dr. Hoburg has received numerous many awards including the UCB Graduate Student Instructor Award, the NSF IGERT Fellowship, and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Dr. Donna Rhodes Director, Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative
Dr. Donna Rhodes Director, Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative at MIT
Before joining MIT in 2003, Dr. Rhodes held senior management positions in systems engineering and enterprise practices at IBM Federal Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Lucent Technologies.
Dr. Adam Ross Research Scientist
Dr. Adam Ross Research Scientist at MIT Engineering Systems Division
Prior to joining the Engineering Systems Division, Dr. Ross was a Postdoctoral Associate with the MIT Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development (CTPID) and a research assistant with the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative. He received his dual B.A. in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard University in 2000, and he completed two M.S. degrees — Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Technology and Policy — at MIT in 2003. He completed his Ph.D. in Technology, Management, and Policy of Engineering Systems at MIT in 2006.
Steven Eppinger General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science
Steven Eppinger General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science at Innovation Professor of Engineering Systems and Co-Director, SDM and IDM Programs
Dov Dori Professor
Dov Dori Professor at MIT's System Design & Management
WHY MIT XPRO?
It’s professional development– the MIT way.
MIT xPRO courses provide professional development opportunities to individuals, teams, and companies across the world. Leveraging the latest learning technologies, MIT xPRO courses and programs are designed to provide a high quality education experience while accommodating your busy life.
MIT xPRO learners are not only scientists, engineers, technicians, managers, and consultants– they are change agents. They take the initiative, push boundaries, and define the future.
This program is delivered via de edX online learning platform and it’s designed to fit the schedules of busy professionals. Each course is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Each course requires a time commitment of four-to-five hours a week comprised of videos, readings, project-based works, and peer-to-peer collaborations.
- Video tutorials and research-based content from a host of MIT professors
- Guest lectures from industry experts from Boeing and NASA, US Air Force, General Electric, General Motors, Apple, MAN Truck and Bus AG.
- Group projects based on real-world examples
- Robust collaborative environment to network and connect with students
- Learn online - when and where you would like - as long as you complete each module by the assigned time.
- Earn a Professional Certificate and CEUs from MIT
Access to our courses requires an Internet connection, as videos are only available via online streaming, and cannot be downloaded for offline viewing. Please take note of your company's restrictions for viewing content and/or firewall settings. You can also view the content on your mobile device.
Our courseware works best with current versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 10 and above. For the best possible experience, we recommend switching to an up-to-date version of Chrome. If you do not have Chrome installed, you can get it for free here: http://www.google.com/chrome/browser/
EARN AN MIT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AND CEUS
When you complete all four online courses, you will earn a Professional Certificate in Architecture and Systems Engineering. This prestigious certificate signifies your knowledge and skill in complex systems and models.
Grading: Letter grades are not awarded for this program. All four courses that comprise the program are pass/fail.
Sample Professional Certificate
In addition to the Professional Certificate, you will receive 8.5 CEUs when you complete this program.
CEUs are a nationally recognized means of recording noncredit/non-degree study. They are accepted by many employers, licensing agencies, and professional associations as evidence of a participant’s serious commitment to the development of a professional competence.
Acceptance of CEUs depends on the organization to which one is submitting them. If your employer requires any additional information, MIT xPRO can answer questions and provide information, but we cannot guarantee that any particular organization will accept our CEUs.
CEUs are based on hours of instruction and may not be applied toward any MIT undergraduate or graduate level course.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
This program is well suited for engineers, system architects, directors, senior managers, and technical leads who want to optimize their operational, manufacturing, and design systems. While it is appropriate for professionals across a wide range of industries, it may be of particular interest to those in aerospace, automotive, defense, and manufacturing. The certificate is not limited to engineers or individuals in an engineering track. It is also relevant to project managers, supply chain buyers, manufacturing leads, product managers, and technical marketing professionals. Departmental teams are encouraged to apply.
To earn your Professional Certificate in Architecture and Systems Engineering from MIT, you must complete the following four courses:
Course 1: Architecture of Complex Systems – Starts September 11, 2017
- Identify complexity in increasingly complicated products and services
- Develop strategies for managing complexity during a development project
Course 2: Models in Engineering – Starts October 30, 2017
- Approach modeling from an objectives-driven perspective
- Learn methods for design modeling, simulation, and analysis
Course 3: Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis – Starts January 8, 2018
- Understand intent, representations, and functions of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
- Explore the management challenges of MBSE – model repositories, model curation, and model integration
Course 4: Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering – Starts February 19, 2018
- Identify appropriate quantitative methods for a variety of complex systems
- Increase the use of such methods in your existing systems engineering practices
What do I do if I have questions about this program?
If you have any questions about this program or the individual courses that comprise this program, please email: MITxPRO@mit.edu.
Who can register for this course?
Unfortunately, US sanctions do not permit us to offer this course to learners in or ordinarily residing in Iran, Cuba, Sudan, and the Crimean region of Ukraine. MIT xPRO truly regrets that US sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.
What do I need to do to register for this program?
Go to https://mitxpro.mit.edu, click on the program “Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems”. Then click “Add to Cart.” You may be prompted to first register for a mitprofessionalx account if you do not have one already. Complete this process, then continue with checkout and pay for the program. After you complete registration, you will receive a purchase receipt and confirmation/instructions via email.
How do I register a group of participants?
Group registrations of 10 or more may qualify for an additional discount. Please send an email to MITxPRO@mit.edu for more information.
There are two ways to register multiple individuals at once.
- Once the program is added to your cart, you can select the number of seats you would like to purchase. You can then pay using a valid credit card.
- For a group of 10 or more individuals, you can pay via invoice. To be invoiced, please email
MITxPRO@mit.edu with the number of individuals in your group you want to register. Please note that our payment terms are net zero, and all invoices must be paid prior to the course start date. Failure to remit payment before the course begins may result in removal from the program. No extensions or exceptions will be granted.
What is the registration deadline?
Individual registrations must be completed by September 11, 2017. For group sales, purchases can take place up until September 6, 2017. Please note that once registration has closed, no late registrations or cancellations will be granted.
How should I pay?
Individual participants must complete registration and pay online with a valid credit card at the time of registration. MIT xPRO accepts globally recognized major credit or debit cards that have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Diner's Club logo. Invoices will not be generated for individuals, or for groups of less than 10 people. However, all participants will receive a payment receipt. Payment must be received in full; payment plans are not available.
When will I get access to the Program site?
Instructions for accessing the course site will be sent to all paid registrants via email prior to the program start date. If you have not received these instructions, visit your account dashboard to login and begin the course on the advertised start date.
I need to cancel my registration. Are there any fees?
Cancellation requests must be submitted to MITxPRO@mit.edu. Cancellation requests received after September 15, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund. To submit your request, please include your full name and order number in your email request. Refunds will be credited to the credit card used when you registered and may take up to two billing cycles to process.
Can I transfer/defer my registration for another session or course?
Admission and fees paid cannot be deferred to a subsequent session; however, you may cancel your registration and reapply at a later date.
Can someone else attend in my place?
We cannot accommodate any substitution requests at this time. Please review the time commitment section and course schedule
How do I know if this program is right for me?
Carefully review the program description page, which includes a description of program content, objectives, and target audience, and any required prerequisites.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for this program?
While there are no obligatory prerequisites, people with the following suggested career experience might find the program more relevant:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Minimum Career Experience: 1-2 years of work experience in a technical field.
- Average Career Experience: 5-15 years of work experience.
- Past experience modeling, regardless of domain might be helpful. Some modeling types include for computation, physics-based simulation, testing or other. This experience will help ground you on the challenges and opportunities of modeling, but there are neither required modeling languages nor experience.
- No management experience is required. However, some class materials will require participants to write about teamwork and general management topics as relevant to architecture and complex projects.
- This certificate relates to System Architecture and Model Based Systems Engineering. Incoming learners are expected to be familiar with the following concepts:
- Systems Engineering “V” model.
- Product Development Reference Models: Stage-Gate Reviews, Waterfall, Spiral, Agile.
- Requirements, including principles for developing clear and concise requirements, and requirements flow down and management tools.
- Identifying customer needs and voice of the customer analysis.
- Spreadsheet software (such as Excel) and simple spreadsheet models.
- Preferred (but not obligatory) familiarity or experience in:
- Early-stage product development.
- Product lifecycle, including aftermarket and maintenance.
- Functional analysis
- Basic concept development methods (Morphological Matrix, QFD).
- Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE)
- Integrating or connecting models together
- Verification and validation
How long is the program?
The program starts September 11, 2017 and concludes on March 19, 2018. Each course in the program runs about 4-5 weeks with breaks in between each program.
- Course #1: Architecture of Complex Systems
- Runs September 11 - Oct 16, 2017 (5 weeks)
- Course #2: Models in Engineering
- Runs October 30 - December 4, 2017 (4 weeks)
- Course #3: Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis
- Runs January 8, 2018 - February 5, 2018 (4 weeks)
- Course #4: Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering
- Runs February 19, 2018, 2017 - March 19, 2018 (4 weeks)
How many hours per week will I have class or homework?
Each course in the program requires a time commitment of four-to-five hours a week comprised of videos, readings, project-based works, and peer-to-peer collaborations.
How long will the program material be available online?
Program materials for each course will be available to registered and paid participants for 90 days after each course’s end date. No extensions may be granted.
Will I receive an MIT Certificate?
Learners who successfully complete the program within one year will receive a Professional Certificate from MIT. In addition, a Certificate of Completion will be awarded for each course you successfully complete. Letter grades are not awarded for this program. All four courses that comprise the program are pass/fail.
Will I receive MIT credits?
This course does not carry MIT credits. MIT xPRO offers non-credit/non-degree professional programs for a global audience. Participants may not imply or state in any manner, written or oral, that MIT or MIT xPRO is granting academic credit for enrollment in this professional course. None of our Digital courses or programs award academic credit or degrees. Letter grades are not awarded for this course.
Will I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
Course participants who successfully complete all course requirements are eligible to receive 8.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT. CEUs are a nationally recognized means of recording non-credit/non-degree study. They are accepted by many employers, licensing agencies, and professional associations as evidence of a participant’s serious commitment to the development of a professional competence. CEUs are based on hours of instruction. For example: One CEU = 10 hours of instruction. CEUs may not be applied toward any MIT undergraduate or graduate level course.
After I complete this course, will I be an MIT alum?
Participants who successfully complete a Digital Programs course are considered MIT xPRO Alumni. Only those who complete an undergraduate or graduate degree are considered MIT alumni.
Are video captions available?
Each video for this course has been transcribed and the text can be found on the right side of the video when the captions function is turned on. Synchronized transcripts allow students to follow along with the video and navigate to a specific section of the video by clicking the transcript text. Students can use transcripts of media-based learning materials for study and review.
I have never taken a course on the edX platform before. What can I do to prepare?
Prior to the first day of class, participants can take a demonstration course on edx.org that was built specifically to help students become more familiar with taking a course on the edX platform.
What are the technical requirements to participate in this course?
Access our courses requires an Internet connection, as videos are only available via online streaming, and cannot be downloaded for offline viewing. Please take note of your company's restrictions for viewing content and/or firewall settings. Our courseware works best with current versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 10 and above. For the best possible experience, we recommend switching to an up-to-date version of Chrome. If you do not have Chrome installed, you can get it for free here: http://www.google.com/chrome/browser/