Organizations around the world strive to use quantitative information methods in their systems engineering practices, but many struggle to implement them effectively. This online course covers the fundamentals of quantitative methods in systems engineering and provides basic how-to instruction for implementing these methods. The course is designed for engineering practitioners and managers looking to increase the use of quantitative information methods in existing systems engineering practices. The objective of the course is to provide learners with the basic knowledge and skills to determine when, where, and how to employ these methods and techniques. The curriculum provides learners with an overview of design space exploration using models, as well as methods for analyzing and presenting the output of a model. A number of tradespace models will be presented and exercised as case studies.
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What You'll Learn
- Define the criteria and decisions to be answered with quantitative analysis.
- Evaluate concept alternatives in order to recommend a preferred alternative.
- Structure a trade study.
- Identify the multiple key cost and benefit criteria that frame a system decision opportunity.
- Construct a value hierarchy for a stakeholder/beneficiary/decision-maker to inform system design decisions.
- Articulate the core concepts of value based thinking.
- Choose the relevant axes and representations for a tradespace.
- Interpret the results of a tradespace.
- Identify the fuzzy Pareto front in a tradespace.
- Perform a sensitivity analysis.
- Critique a decision analysis model by identifying sources of uncertainty and variation.
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
Previously at MIT, Dr. Cameron ran the Commonality study, a 16-firm investigation of platforming returns that identified systemic downward pressure on commonality among firms, partially resulting from challenges related to capturing the costs of variety. Before coming to MIT, he worked as an engagement manager at a management consultancy and as a system engineer at MDA Space Systems, where he built hardware that is currently in orbit. He has also directed research projects for BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, NSTAR, AMGEN, Verizon, NASA, ES, and Skoltech. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, and graduate degrees from MIT.
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.
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The course features a series of engaging lectures including:
- Making Early Tradeoff Decisions
- Framing Early Decisions
- Concept Selection Methods
- Overview of Trade Studies
- Trade Studies in Practice
- Value-Oriented Decision Making
- Framing Decision Making and Tradeoffs
- Value-Focused Thinking and Value-Driven Design
- Developing Value Models
- Operationalizing Value Models
- Generating and Evaluating Alternatives
- Generating Design Spaces
- Evaluating Desgin Spaces
- Tradespace Representations, Visualizations, and Interactions
- Tradespace Exploration and Analysis
- Identifying Key Features and Patterns
- Determining Sensitivity and Robustness
- Humans, Methods, and Models
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