Welcome to the Systems Engineering Department at UALR. In this brief message, I hope to communicate to you what systems engineering is about, the quality program we offer, key skills you will acquire by pursuing the program, and opportunities available to you upon graduation.
Systems engineering can be broadly defined as the relational, people-oriented engineering profession that brings together all the fields of engineering into a fascinating, big picture perspective. As an example, an engineer, who desires to build a robot, requires knowledge of mechanical, electrical, computer and software engineering. With the addition of wireless and telecommunications capabilities, a team of multiple robots can be coordinated to emulate human teamwork and accomplish a much greater variety of complex operations. As systems become more complex than a robot such as an airplane, a complex telecommunications network, a computer network, or a space shuttle, the knowledge required of engineers becomes quite diverse and encompasses a wide variety of engineering disciplines. Systems Engineers, besides acquiring specialized skills in an Engineering discipline, also acquire the ability to lead a team of engineers with diverse skills and to coordinate and manage the design of large and complex systems.
These are the engineers shaping the future of the technological landscape. The Systems Engineering Department housed within the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), is offering you the opportunity to explore:
21st Century Engineering That Shapes the Future â€” You can be part of it!
The Systems Engineering Program offers you the option to specialize in one of the four fastest growing disciplines of Engineering – Computer Systems, Electrical Systems, Telecommunication Systems, and Mechanical Systems â€” with a common set of core courses that are grounded upon the principles of Systems Engineering. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, software and modeling/simulation tools to provide you with realistic design activities. Bolstered by the $ 6 million dollar endowment received from the Trinity Foundation, the Department has substantially upgraded the existing materials testing and thermal systems laboratories. A new Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) laboratory with a state-of-the-art clean room has been built to fabricate MEMS chips. With a grant from Southwest Power Pool, the Department has built a new power systems laboratory.
Many of our faculty members have won the prestigious awards for Faculty Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service. The faculty members are actively pursuing research in their fields and have published extensively in international journals and conference proceedings. The program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). The program provides you the foundation necessary to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination to allow you to prepare for the Professional Engineering Examination and subsequently, by passing the examination, to practice as a Professional Engineer.
Our students work with leading industry clients on Capstone projects of importance to the industry. You have the opportunity to work with the departmentâ€™s distinguished faculty, which has considerable national and international reputation, and deliver state-of-the-art solutions to industries that could very well pave the way for entrepreneurial ventures.
By choosing Systems Engineering at UALR, you will be able to:
- Integrate multifaceted engineering disciplines to complete the -”big picture”
- Specialize in one of the four fastest growing disciplines of Engineering – Computers, Telecommunications, Electrical, and Mechanical
- Model complex systems for optimizing system performance
- Work in teams and with industry clients
- Architect, design, develop, and deliver a completed project
- Receive an educational background that offers excellent pre-med, pre-business, and pre-law preparation with its combination of technology, business and the liberal arts
- Prepare yourself for a career with leading industries or government, or for the pursuit of Masterâ€™s or Doctorate degree.
I invite you to join the Systems Engineering Department in your pursuit for a quality education and play an active role in the innovations being carried out by our students and faculty. Join us to shape the future of the technological landscape that will launch you on an exciting career path in the ever-changing world of technology.
Dr. Seshadri Mohan
Professor and Chair
Systems Engineering Department