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What is Systems Engineering?
A consensus of opinions
of senior Systems Engineers
compiled by A. Terry Bahill
Systems and Industrial Engineering
University of Arizona
Copyright @ 1995 Bahill
Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary process that ensures that the customers' needs are sat-
isfied throughout a system's entire life cycle. This process includes
understanding customer needs,
stating the problem,
defining performance and cost measures,
conducting design reviews,
exploring alternative concepts,
designing and managing interfaces,
total system test,
risk management, DISTRS pM OF 'SMIS DU
total quality management, 6M A T
Material for this paper was gathered from senior Systems Engineeris at Sandia National Labora-
tories and also the following references: Blanchard and Fabrycky (1990); Sage (1992); Chapman,
Bahill and Wymore (1992); Wymore (1993); IEEE P1220 (1994); Grady (1994); Hughes Aircraft
Company (1994); Martin-Marietta (1994); Proceedings of IEEE SMC International Conference
(1994); Proceeding of NCOSE Conference (1994); Grady (1995).
An early version of this paper was published in the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Newsletter December 1994, pp. 11-12. The most recent version is available via anonymous ftp on
tuson.sie.arizona.edu at pub/WhatIsSystemsEngineering. Comments are welcome at
This work was supoorted by the United
States Department of Energy under
Bahill 3 July 1995 Contract DE-ACn4-94ALR5Oo0. 1
09A095- 7/?? C
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