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Systems Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Systems Engineering program at UALR was founded in 1999 to meet the critical workforce needs of the high tech, knowledge-based industries (in particular, the computer, telecommunications, electrical, and mechanical industries) in central Arkansas. The need for a nontraditional program grounded in the principles of systems engineering was recognized early on in the process. The Program Educational Objectives and curriculum were accordingly designed so that the students graduating from the program could meet the 21st Century workforce needs of a wide spectrum of information technology-oriented companies. Beginning in Fall ’05, the program was expanded beyond the original offering of telecommunications and computer engineering to include specializations in electrical and mechanical engineering as well.

The undergraduate program aims to produce graduates who in three to five years will be:

  1. Employed as engineers or managers in any of the following fields:
  • Computer hardware and software systems
  • Telecommunication systems and networks
  • Mechanical and manufacturing systems
  • Electrical and electronic systems.
  1. Conducting scientific or engineering research and pursuing graduate degrees in engineering or applied sciences.
  2. Admitted to or graduates of professional programs in fields such as business, medicine, and law, in recognition of the growing importance of science and engineering in these fields for the 21st century and beyond.

Student Outcomes

The Systems Engineering program is designed to introduce students to a broad range of Systems Engineering topics, including advanced topics in their choice of telecommunications, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering options.

The systems engineering program aims to produce graduates who have:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret 
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within 
realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, 
health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions 
in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary 
for engineering practice.