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Systems Engineering Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-00903-1
560 pages
April 2011
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Systems Engineering Principles and Practice is a national standard textbook for the study of traditional systems engineering for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. It addresses the need for an introductory overview, first-text for the development and acquisition of complex technical systems. The material is well organized, readable and fundamental to learning how to think like a systems engineer and carry out best practices in the field. Since systems engineering is still developing as a discipline, there have been new concepts and practices that have entered the field since the text was published in 2003. As an increasing number of students have used the text, topics have been discovered that would benefit from expansion, integration and clarification.

The proposed second edition will be developed by colleagues of the original authors to upgrade this unique interdisciplinary guide to systems engineering to maintain relevance and currency in this rapidly changing and demanding field.

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List of Illustrations.

List of Tables.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

Part I Foundations of System Engineering.

1 Systems Engineering and the World of Modern Systems.

2 Systems Engineering Landscape.

3 Structure of Complex Systems.

4 The System Development Process.

5 Systems Engineering Management.

Part II Concept Development Stage.

6 Needs Analysis.

7 Concept Exploration.

8 Concept Definition.

9 Decision Analysis and Support.

Part III Engineering Development Stage.

10 Advanced Development.

11 Software Systems Engineering.

12 Engineering Design.

13 Integration and Evaluation.

Part IV Postevelopment Stage.

14 Production.

15 Operation and Support.


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Alexander Kossiakoff (deceased) was a director and chief scientist of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, as well as program chair of the MS program in systems engineering and technical management at JHU Whiting School of Engineering.

William N. Sweet, now retired, was associate department head of the Fleet Systems Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Samuel J. Seymour is the systems engineering vice chair at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He served under Professor Kossiakoff for more than twenty-five years.

Steven M. Biemer is an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He assisted Professor Kossiakoff in developing the first edition of this book.

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For this new edition, colleagues of the original authors have upgraded and expanded the book to maintain relevance and currency in this rapidly changing interdisciplinary field, continuing to fill the needs of systems engineering courses and enhancing the book’s usefulness as a resource for practicing engineers.
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  • Topics will be expanded to include advanced Systems Engineering concepts that go beyond the traditional systems engineering areas
  • Will included updated DOD and commercial standards, architectures and processes
  • New sections that include object oriented design and systems architecting
  • Improved discussions on requirements, systems management, functional analysis, analysis of alternatives, decision support, operational analysis and many others
  • Expanded discussions on the Post-Development stage
  • Updated Problems and References
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"Aimed at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, this textbook is intended as an introduction to the developmetn and acquisition of complex technical systems ... The second edition is intended to offer expansion, integration and clarification to maintain relevance and currency." (Times Higher Education Supplement {Texbook Guide}, 3 November 2011)

"The book is very readable and gives a particularly good grounding in the subject of systems engineering. It is therefore a valuable volume for any electronics engineering student, practising engineer, or as a reference for a company designing any form of equipment needing a systems engineering approach." (Radio-electronics.com, 1 October 2011)


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