Professional Engineers Continuing Education

Licensed professional engineers work in a world of evolving technology, increased consumer expectations and other emerging issues. Practice in this changing environment requires ongoing development of knowledge and skills. It is critical that licensees remain current with changes and developments in the profession to render quality services and to ensure public protection.

Binghamton University's Watson School is pleased to offer continuing education courses for professional engineers.

Current Offerings

Principles of Systems Engineering (PE14-02)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 Professional Development Hours)


About the course:

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on how to design and manage complex engineering projects over their life cycles. Systems engineers coordinate the efforts of discipline specific engineers to ensure that all technical, cost and schedule aspects of a system are considered and integrated into an achievable project plan.

As technology evolves and systems become more complex, there is an ever increasing demand for systems engineers that can integrate the disciplines and balance their conflicting attributes.  Once a niche job in the aerospace and defense industries, systems engineers are becoming commonplace among a diverse set of employer. Private sector companies including medical device makers, IT service providers and automotive manufacturers are increasingly asking their engineers to take the "big picture" approach.

This seminar will define the role of a systems engineer and provide an introduction to systems engineering principles that will enable you to develop processes and products that are right the first time. The principles will be presented in the context of project and process lifecycles with emphasis on trade-off studies, metrics, risk analysis and mitigation, and measures of control.


Who should attend?
This course is geared to discipline specific engineers (electrical, mechanical, chemical, computer, biomedical, aerospace, etc.) who seek a greater understanding of systems engineering and the value its principles and practices can bring to large scale engineering projects.

Binghamton University has approved this course for 6 PDH for professional engineers in New York. There is a discounted price for New York State Society of Professional Engineers members. A certificate of completion will be given to participants at the conclusion of the course. The Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University is ABET accredited.

Michael D. Ford

Instructor: Jack M. Riley

Jack Riley has a passion for bringing systems engineering practices to commercial and service sectors.  Mr. Riley is past president of the Finger Lakes Chapter of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) and the Assistant Director for Technical Communication for the INCOSE Technical Operational Board.  He is also a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).  In addition, Mr. Riley has 40 years of experiences within industry at MOOG, ITT Geospatial Systems, Corning and Eastman Kodak.  He is currently a Lecturer and Instructor with the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University.



Binghamton University
Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC)
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

  • Registration 8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
  • Instruction 9:00 a.m. - noon
  • Lunch noon-1pm
  • Instruction 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fee: (includes coffee breaks, lunch, parking and class materials)

  • $225 non NYSSPE members
  • $200 New York State Society of Professional Engineering (NYSSPE) member
  • $125 Binghamton University Students

SAVE MONEY! REGISTER BY Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  Registrations received on or after Wednesday, June 11, 2014 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

How to make a payment:

Payment must be made before the start of the program. We accept checks, credit/debit cards and PayPal.

  • CHECK: Please make checks payable to: Research Foundation Award # 67070
  • CREDIT CARD/PAYPAL: We now have the ability to accept payment via PayPal as well as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. The payment link for a secure transaction will be sent to you prior to the course start. Your purchase will appear on your credit card statement with the following notation: *PAYPAL RFBU WATSON

Confirmation of your registration:

We will send confirmation and course information to registrants by e-mail, so please include your e-mail address on your registration form. 

  • Brief confirmations will be sent out within two business days of receipt of your registration.
    • More detailed information on parking and directions will be sent by Friday, June 13.

If you have not received confirmation seven days before the start of the program, call the Office of Industrial Outreach at 607-777-2154.

Registration options:

1. ONLINE (preferred): Fill out the online registration at the bottom of the webpage. Make payment by mailing your check to our office. If you are paying with a credit card or PayPal, use the PayPal payment link below the online registration form for a secure transaction.

2. MAIL: Click here for a printable form (.docx, 34.5 KB) and mail with check or credit card information to:

Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

3. PHONE: Call Lisa Altman at 607-777-2154 during business hours and provide registration and credit card information over the phone.

Cancellation and refund policy:

  • All cancellations must be received in writing (e-mail, fax or letter only - no telephone calls) to the Office of Industrial Outreach by noon on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to receive a refund.
  • Cancellation on confirmed registrations are subject to a $20 administrative fee.  
  • No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  • Substitutions may be made anytime before the beginning of the course by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.
  • If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.

Submit your written cancellation request to:

FAX: 607-777-6256
MAIL: Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


Any questions or recommendations for future programs, please contact Lisa Altman at 607-777-2154 or


Contact us with questions or suggestions on future offerings.

Last Updated: 5/16/14