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A unique interdisciplinary guide to the engineering of complex systems

Systems Engineering Principles and Practice is designed to help readers learn to think like systems engineers, to integrate user needs, technological opportunities, financial and schedule constraints, and the capabilities and ambitions of the engineering specialists who have to build the system. The book devotes particular attention to knowledge, skills, mindset, and leadership qualities needed to be successful professionals in the field.

This book is an outgrowth of the Johns Hopkins University Master of Science Program in Engineering, developed to meet an urgent and expanding need for skilled systems engineering in industry and government. The authors, who have sixty years of collective experience in this field, were part of the curriculum design team as well as members of the initial faculty. The book is used to support four core courses in the curriculum, and has been exhaustively classroom tested.

Systems Engineering Principles and Practice:

  • Provides an excellent, pedagogically sound, entry-level approach to the subject
  • Defines the breadth and depth of knowledge required by systems engineers
  • Describes tools and techniques essential for development of complex systems
  • Includes applied practical problems in every chapter to aid understanding

This very readable book is an excellent resource for engineers, scientists, and project managers involved with systems engineering, as well as a useful textbook for short courses offered through industry seminars.

About the Author:
ALEXANDER KOSSIAKOFF is a former director and current Chief Scientistof Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Program Chair of the MS program in Systems Engineering and Technical Management at GWC 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.

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Systems engineers must master a very diverse skill set in order to coordinate the complexities of developing a system capable of achieving a goal. There are user requirements to consider, as well as budget constraints, professional skill levels, technological capacities, and so much more. To achieve success as a system engineer, you must know the component parts and achieve the synergy of combining these parts into the whole.

This book consists of 14 chapters and five parts. The book provides an in-depth view of what one must know to successfully function as an engineer; and that is not surprising, considering the credentials and experience levels of the authors. The volume covers such areas as requirements analysis, work breakdown structures, prototyping, development, integration, testing, and installation. Each chapter also contains a summary, homework problems, and a bibliography. A glossary of important terms is also included. The chapter summaries are formatted to facilitate their use in lecture viewgraphs, making this book very usable in the classroom. John Vacca

John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

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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." (, 1 October 2011)

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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

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List of Tables
Pt. I Foundations of Systems Engineering 1
Ch. 1 Systems Engineering and the World of Modem Systems 3
Ch. 2 Structure of Complex Systems 31
Ch. 3 The System Development Process 50
Ch. 4 Systems Engineering Management 90
Pt. II Concept Development Stage 117
Ch. 5 Needs Analysis 119
Ch. 6 Concept Exploration 139
Ch. 7 Concept Definition 165
Pt. III Engineering Development Stage 195
Ch. 8 Advanced Development 197
Ch. 9 Engineering Design 237
Ch. 10 Integration and Evaluation 273
Pt. IV Post-Development Stage 313
Ch. 11 Production 315
Ch. 12 Operation and Support 338
Pt. V Special Topics 359
Ch. 13 Software Systems Engineering 361
Ch. 14 Systems Engineering Decision Tools 409
Glossary 445
Index 457
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