Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2015-80
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Kathleen Puckett, Chair
Date of First Reading: April 20, 2015
Date of Second Reading: August 31, 2015
Title of Motion: Request from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering – The Polytechnic School – for the establishment of a graduate degree – Ph.D. in Systems Engineering
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Systems Engineering is a trans-disciplinary graduate program offered by The Polytechnic School. The program is aimed at advancing the understanding of complex engineering systems, where these systems are inclusive of technological aspects as well as social, cultural, environmental, and other interacting components that impact the input, output, and interactions within a system. The program will prepare students to identify, model, analyze, interpret, optimize and manage the multidimensional interactions of the ever-increasing complexity of modern societal and technological challenges. Students graduating from this Ph.D. degree program will possess the necessary expertise to advance systems integration of key industry and government sectors, and to contribute to the body of knowledge on interdisciplinary methods, techniques, and strategies for designing and managing complex systems over their life cycle.