University of Southern California (USC)

USCUSC’s systems engineering research and education foundations are based on the pioneering Systems Architecting approach developed by the late Prof. Eberhardt Rechtin, and the stakeholder value-based approach to integrating systems engineering and software engineering developed by Prof. Barry Boehm. USC’s Center for Systems and Software Engineering is based in the Viterbi School of Engineering, but includes interdisciplinary Principals in the Marshall School of Business, the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored CREATE Center, and the Institute for Creative Technology UARC. Its principals include 6 INCOSE Fellows, 7 IEEE Fellows, and 6 members of the National Academy of Engineering. Its recent research contributions include the Incremental Commitment Model used to integrate hardware, software, and human factors engineering within systems engineering; and the COSYSMO model for estimating systems engineering costs. USC’s Systems Architecting and Engineering MS program is one of the world’s largest. USC and Stevens have joined together in several systems engineering leadership initiatives, such as co-founding the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), co-founding with MIT the INCOSE Systems Engineering Academic Network (SEANET), and research collaborations in extending the Incremental Commitment Model and integrating agile methods within systems engineering.

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