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System Engineering

“Do I have to think of everything?!!”  That’s usually an exasperated outburst to someone who isn’t doing his share of the mental lifting.  To a system engineer, however, it’s a job description.  Yes, the system engineer has to think of everything — a project’s technical specifications, how to coordinate the team of specialized engineers working on the project, how everything relates, how to determine what’s causing a glitch, and then how to fix it.  The big, the complex, the fraught-with-complications.  That’s what system engineers excel at, and that’s what our system engineering program excels at training you for.

Prepare to take on the world.

The world runs on systems — transportation systems, food-supply systems, communication systems, government systems, and too many more to fit on this page.  These huge systems need men and women with the special talent to ensure they run smoothly.  They need “big picture” people — system engineers.

That need is steadily increasing as the world’s resources continue to shrink and cost effectiveness becomes paramount.  Right now, the demand for system engineers is actually greater than the current labor pool.  That’s one reason why CNN Money Magazine ranked system engineering the #1 job in America. 

 With an outlook this exciting, you need a program that gives you every advantage in training for the real world before you graduate.  The UNH program does that.  Collaborating with each other, our engineering faculty, future employers, students, alumni, and business and industry professionals designed and built an innovative program that teaches you to:

  • Apply your knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in designing engineering systems
  • Design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data to improve operations and systems
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints — in other words, the economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability factors
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams and communicate effectively
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

You’ll also get exposure to lifecycle design concepts, including the Department of Defense Model (DoD 5000), the International Model (ISO/IEC 15288), and the National Society of Professional Engineers Model.   You’ll apply these models during in-class projects, design process courses, and your industry-sponsored Senior Capstone Design Project.

Train in a world-class lab packed with the latest hardware and software.

You’ll quickly feel at home in our state-of-the-art, multi-use laboratory. This innovative facility fuses lecture, learning, practice, collaboration and computing zones, with reconfigurable desks and worktables to foster inventive, out-of-the-box learning.

Some of the resources you’ll work with include:

  • uPRINT® 3D Printer.  You’ll use this to transform your ideas into functional 3D models that allow for collaboration and testing.  You can examine form, fit, and function from every angle through the use of stereo lithographic 3D layering.  Catalyst EX will optimize your CAD files for 3D printing.
  • NextEngine 3D Scanner.  This is reverse engineering at its finest.  Multiple optics arrays and dual three megapixel CMOS seniors pair with laser triangulation technology to capture models of 3D objects.  Breakthrough electro-optical architecture and sophisticated new algorithms use an array of lasers to scan rotating 3D parts to create a clean surface output.  Import that into SolidWorks as a mesh to produce functional parts.
  • Advanced Surround Sound/Telecommunications that allows conference calling and web hosting.
  • Two-wall presentation flexibility.  A ceiling-mounted, automatically lowering wide-screen projector complements a 50-inch LCD flat screen for software instruction and class lectures.
  • Cutting-edge software programs that help you tackle system complexity.

Get your feet wet in a challenging internship.

The internship is a required component of the program and gives you invaluable professional experience.  Our instructors, who give their students the kind of one-on-one attention often not found in larger universities, will work hard to connect you with a variety of relevant internship opportunities. As of 2012, every junior and senior system engineering student has performed at least one paid internship, and 80% have completed two.

Here are just three of the recent internships that launched UNH students into the real world of system engineering:

  • A UNH NASA-sponsored intern at Sikorsky Research and Engineering worked to improve a systems engineering process during the summer of 2011.
  • A UNH junior interned at GE Aviation in Manchester, Connecticut from January 2011 through August 2011, making production more predictable in her particular cell.
  • Another UNH junior interned at IDEX Corporation (Eastern Plastics) in Bristol, Connecticut from July through August 2011, performing quality analysis functions.

UNH is in an ideal location for engineering internships as Connecticut has a high concentration of engineering firms.   UNH interns prove themselves time after time and are therefore in great demand!

Think about where you can work. 

When you graduate with a system engineering degree from UNH, you’ll be qualified for employment in a wide spectrum of industries, consultancies, governmental agencies, and non-profits. 

These industries include companies that design and produce aerospace and defense systems, pharmaceuticals, engineered products, consumer products, or chemicals. You may also find employment in non-traditional engineering fields such as healthcare systems and hospitals, financial and insurance institutions, government agencies, energy companies, and transportation/distribution companies.

 

 

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