Department of Systems Engineering

EIT, Room 518, (501) 569-3100, (501) 569-8698 (fax), ualr.edu/systemsengineering

Chairperson:
Nisanci, Ibrahim, Professor


Undergraduate Coordinators:
Kim, Jung (Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering)
Wright, Andrew (Mechanical Systems Engineering)


Graduate Coordinator:
Zhang, Jing

Professors:
Al-Rizzo, Hussain
Biris, Alexandru
Chan, Yupo
Iqbal, Kamran
Kim, Jung
Liu, Xian
Mohan, Seshadri
Reddy, Rama
Sandgren, Eric
Ye, Cang

Associate Professors:
Wright, Andrew
Zhang, Jing

Assistant Professor:
Lee, Jin

Engineering challenges of the 21st century are rarely solved by focusing on only one engineering discipline. Complex engineering “systems” manage the world’s electrical, computer and mechanical infrastructures, and the understanding of the interrelationships between the components of those systems is at the heart of UA Little Rock’s systems engineering programs.

Our forward-looking programs equip students to understand the integration of diverse components needed to create complex systems. Graduates develop a strong core understanding of the concepts of systems engineering, mechanical systems engineering, and electrical and computer systems engineering. The systems engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Programs and Areas of Specialization

Beyond their understanding of integrated systems engineering solutions, our graduates have all the specialized expertise required to succeed and be professionally licensed in their area of specialization.

Our department offers the following three programs:

  1. Systems Engineering program provides students with tools and knowledge to design, build, operate, maintain, and monitor complex production systems and prepare students for leadership positions in managing these systems throughout their life cycles.
  2. Mechanical Systems Engineering is a unique, interdisciplinary program which combines the strengths of traditional mechanical engineering with a core of systems engineering concepts. This combination allows students to look at mechanical engineering design from a systems perspective. Mechanical systems engineers focus on the interfaces between components where design trade-offs are informed by overall system performance.
  3. Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering program teaches the design and analysis of various electrical systems including complex networks, digital and analog circuits, control and power system,integration of hardware, software, and operating systems with the goal of analyzing and optimizing computer systems, including networked systems.

These programs are designed to provide a broad-based education in the design and analysis of complex production, mechanical and electrical and computer systems and include electives to provide flexibility to target a specific career area or acquire broad background in related disciplines. Electives allow our graduates tremendous latitude in career choices. Students may choose one or more minors, but a minor is not a degree requirement.

Admission Requirements

Students must be eligible to enroll in MATH 1451 Calculus I and RHET 1312 Composition II to be admitted into the Systems Engineering programs. Students who wish to major in Systems Engineering programs but need to take MATH 1302 College Algebra, or MATH 1303 Trigonometry, or Math1401 Pre-Calculus may be provisionally admitted into the major once they have enrolled in these courses. However, they may require more time to complete the programs.The Systems Engineering department offers three programs which include Systems Engineering, Mechanical Systems Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering.


Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering

General: 127 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence.

First-Year Colloquium (0-2 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of college credit. (Does not count towards the 126-127 hours required for the degree.)

SYEN 1210 Introduction to Systems Engineering

Standard Core (29 hours)
EIT College Core (6 hours)
Major (92 hours)
Additional Math, Science, and Humanities (16 hours after the Standard and EIT cores are satisfied)

PHIL 2321: Ethics and Society: Professional Applications
MATH 1451 Calculus I
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2453 Calculus III
MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
MATH 3322 Differential Equations
CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry or CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab
PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab

Systems Engineering Foundation Courses (31 hours)

SYEN 1207 Introduction to Mechanical Systems
SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computer Systems
SYEN 1302 C/C++ Programming for Engineers and Scientists
SYEN 2110 Computational Engineering Laboratory
SYEN 2315 Circuits and Systems
SYEN 2115 Circuits and Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
SYEN 3312 Optimization Methods in Systems Engineering
SYEN 3314 Probability Theory and Random Variables
SYEN 3316 Discrete Event Systems Modeling and Simulation
SYEN 3318 Decision and Risk Analysis
SYEN 3320 Systems Engineering and Design Analysis

Senior Capstone Design (4 hours)

SYEN 4185 System Engineering Capstone Design I
SYEN 4386 Systems Engineering Capstone Design II

Major Electives (12 hours)
Computer Option (29 hours)

SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computing Systems
or SYEN 1304 Introduction to Electrical Systems
SYEN 3330 Digital Systems
SYEN 3130 Digital Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3332 Communication Network
SYEN 3334 Advanced Microprocessor Systems
SYEN 3134 Advanced Microprocessor Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3336 Computer Architecture
SYEN 3362 Algorithm Design
SYEN 4331 Advanced Computer Architecture
SYEN 4332 Applied Operation Systems
SYEN 4334 Software System Engineering
SYEN 4366 Advanced Digital Systems

Electrical Option (29 hours)

SYEN 1304 Introduction to Electrical Systems
or SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computing Systems
SYEN 3330 Digital Systems
SYEN 3130 Digital Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3334 Advanced Microprocessor Systems
SYEN 3134 Advanced Microprocessor Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3350 Signals and Systems
SYEN 3150 Signals and Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3351 Network Analysis
SYEN 3352 Analog and Digital Electronics
SYEN 3152 Analog and Digital Electronics Laboratory
SYEN 3356 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
SYEN 3358 Fundamentals of Power Systems
SYEN 3158 Fundamentals of Power Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3364 Introduction to Control Systems Engineering

Mechanical Option (29 hours)

SYEN 1207 Introduction to Mechanical Systems
SYEN 2117 Fabrication Lab I
SYEN 2233 Solid Modeling and Design
SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics
SYEN 3371 Engineering Dynamics
SYEN 3372 Engineering Materials
SYEN 3373 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
SYEN 3378 Engineering Thermodynamics
SYEN 3379 Elements of Mechanical Design
SYEN 4374 Fluid Mechanics
SYEN 4174 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory  I
SYEN 4176 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II
SYEN 4379 Heat Transfer

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Systems Engineering

General: 128 total hours

First-Year Colloquium

SYEN 1210 Introduction to Systems Engineering (FYC)

Standard Core (29 hours)
EIT College Core (6 hours)
Math, Science, and Humanities (16 hours after the EIT and Standard Cores are satisfied)

MATH 1451 Engineering Calculus I
PHYS 2321 Engineering Physics I
PHYS 2121 Engineering Physics I Lab
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry or CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry
MATH 3322 Differential Equations
MATH 1452 Engineering Calculus II
MATH 2453 Engineering Calculus III
PHYS 2322 Engineering Physics I
PHYS 2122 Engineering Physics II Lab
MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
PHIL 2321 Ethics and Society: Professional Applications

Systems & General Engineering Courses (28 hours)

PHYS 3350 Electronics
SYEN 1302 C/C++ Programming
SYEN 4185 Capstone I
SYEN 4386 Capstone II
SYEN 3314 Probability Theory
or STAT 3350 Introduction to Probability
SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
SYEN 3312 Optimization Methods
SYEN 3316 Discrete Event Simulation
SYEN 3318 Decision and Risk Analysis
SYEN 3320 Systems Engineering Design

Mechanical Engineering Electives (12 credits)

These courses should be chosen from the following list; however, students may choose up to six hours of upper- level courses from SYEN, ETME, CVCE, or ARCE with the approval of an advisor.

SYEN 4182/4282 MEMS and Microsystems
SYEN 4315 Advanced Dynamics
SYEN 4320 Linear State-Space Control Systems
SYEN 4325 Fuzzy Logic in Control and Systems Engineering
SYEN 4326 Measurement Techniques
SYEN 4327 Acoustics I
SYEN 4329 Robust and Optimal Control

Mechanical Engineering Required Courses (37 hours)

SYEN 1207 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
SYEN 2117 Fabrication Lab I (currently named Manufacturing Processes Lab)
SYEN 4174 Mechanical Engineering Lab I (currently fluid mechanics lab)
SYEN 4176. Mechanical Engineering Lab II (currently mechanics of materials lab)
SYEN 2233 Solid Modeling and Design
SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics
SYEN 3371 Engineering Dynamics
SYEN 3372 Engineering Materials
SYEN 3373 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
SYEN 3378 Engineering Thermodynamics
SYEN 3370 Introduction to Vibrations
SYEN 3379 Elements of Mechanical Design
SYEN 3364 Introduction to Control Systems Engineering
SYEN 4374 Fluid Mechanics
SYEN 4379 Heat Transfer

Major Electives:

SYEN 4335 Mechatronics I
SYEN 4350 Digital Signal Processing
SYEN 4371 Continuum Mechanics
SYEN 4372 Mechatronics II
SYEN 4375 Mechanical Vibrations
SYEN 4376 Mechanics of Materials
SYEN 4380 HV ACR Engineering Fundamentals
SYEN 4381 Thermal Powerplant Engineering
SYEN 4383 Finite Element Analysis
SYEN 4384 Computational Methods in Fluid and Heat Transfer

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 128 total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence must be chosen form upper-level courses from SYEN, ETME, CVCE, or ARCE with the approval of an advisor.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

General: 128 total hoursSYEN 1304 Introduction to Electrical Engineering (First year experience course required for first time freshman only)

Standard Core (29 hours)
EIT College Core (6 hours)
Math, Science and Humanities(21 hours after the EIT and Standard Cores are satisfied.)

Engineering Calculus I, Engineering Physics I & Lab, General Chemistry, Differential Equations Engineering Calculus II, Engineering Calculus Ill, Discrete Math, Engineering Physics II & Lab, Linear Algebra, PHIL 2321: Ethics and Society: Professional Applications

Systems & General Engineering Courses (12 hours)

SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
SYEN 3316 Discrete Event Simulation
SYEN 3318 Decision and Risk Analysis
SYEN 3320 Systems Engineering Design

Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering Required Courses (47 hours)

SYEN 2110 Computational Engineering Laboratory
SYEN 2315/2115 Circuits and Systems and Lab
SYEN 3314 Probability Theory and Random Variables
SYEN 3330/3130 Digital Systems and Lab
SYEN 3332 Communications Networks
SYEN 3351 Network Analysis (Circuits and Systems II)
SYEN 3352/3152 Analog and Digital Electronics and Lab
SYEN 3334/3134 Microprocessor Systems and Lab
SYEN 3336 Computer Architecture
SYEN 3350 Signals and Systems
SYEN 3354/3154 Digital and Analog Communications and Lab
SYEN 3356 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
SYEN 3358/3158 Fundamentals of Power Systems and Lab
SYEN 3364 Introduction to Control Systems Engineering

Senior Capstone Design (4 hours)

SYEN 4185. Capstone I
SYEN 4386. Capstone II

Electives (9 hours)

Major Electives: Remaining hours, if any, to reach 128 total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence must be chosen form upper-level courses from MSEG, SYEN, ETME, CVCE, or ARCE with the approval of an advisor.

Fundamentals of Engineering Examination

The department recommends that students specializing in mechanical and electrical options take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in their senior year. The following set of courses represents the recommended set of preparatory courses for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam:

MATH 1451 Calculus I
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2453 Calculus III
MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
or CHEM 1406 General Chemistry for Engineers
IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computer Systems
SYEN 1302 C/C++ Programming for Engineers and Scientists
SYEN 1207 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
SYEN 2315 Circuits and Systems
and SYEN 2115 Circuits and Systems Laboratory
SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
SYEN 3314 Probability Theory and Random Variables
SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics 1
SYEN 3371 Engineering Dynamics 1
SYEN 3372 Engineering Materials 1
SYEN 3378 Engineering Thermodynamics 1
SYEN 4374 Fluid Mechanics 1
SYEN 3373 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials 1
Note 1: Required for Mechanical option


Courses in Systems Engineering