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Binghamton University's Watson School offers continuing education for engineers


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University will host a short course for professional engineers titled, "Principles of Systems Engineering," at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 17. The course will be held in the Engineering and Science Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.

Jack M. Riley, lecturer and instructor from the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, will be the instructor for this course. Riley spent 40 years gaining experience at companies including MOOG, ITT Geospatial Systems, Corning and Eastman Kodak. He is past president of the Finger Lakes Chapter of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) and the current assistant director for Technical Communication for the INCOSE Technical Operational Board. He is also a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

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 employers. Private sector companies including medical device makers, IT service providers and automotive manufacturers are increasingly asking their engineers to take this "big picture" approach.

This training will define the role of a systems engineer and provide an introduction to systems engineering principles. These principles will be presented in the context of project and process life cycles with emphasis on trade-off studies, metrics, risk analysis and mitigation, and measures of control.

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.

This training complies with the New York State Office of Professions for continuing education requirements for six professional development hours (PDHs). There is a discount for members of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). The training includes a certificate of completion.

For more information and to register for the course, visit or call the Watson School's Office of Industrial Outreach at (607) 777-2154.


Last Updated: 9/17/13