Divisions - Dynamic Systems

Systems and Control Engineering

The Bachelor of Science program in systems and control engineering provides our students with the basic concepts, analytical tools, and engineering methods which are needed in analyzing and designing complex technological and non-technological systems. Problems relating to modeling, simulation, decision-making, control, and optimization are studied. Some examples of systems problems which are studied include: modeling and analysis of complex biological systems, computer control of industrial plants, developing world models for studying environmental policies, and optimal planning and management in large-scale systems. In each case, the relationship and interaction among the various components of a given system must be modeled. This information is used to determine the best way of coordinating and regulating these individual contributions to achieve the overall goal of the system.


The mission of the Systems and Control Engineering program is to provide internationally recognized excellence for graduate and undergraduate education and research in systems analysis, design, and control. These theoretical and applied areas require cross-disciplinary tools and methods for their solution.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will have applied systems methodology to multi-disciplinary projects that include technical, social, environmental, political, and/or economic factors.

2. Graduates will use systems understanding, critical thinking and problem solving skills to analyze and design engineering systems or processes that respond to technical and societal needs as demonstrated by their measured professional accomplishments in industry, government and research.

3. Graduates will facilitate multidisciplinary projects that bring together practitioners of various engineering fields in an effective, professional, and ethical manner as demonstrated by their teamwork, leadership, communication, and management skills.

The Systems and Control Engineering Program Faculty is interested in receiving constructive feedback about our Program Educational Objectives - please email your comments to the Department Chair: Professor Kenneth Loparo - in your email please indicate your point of view in providing this input, e.g. current systems and control engineering student at CWRU, employer of systems and control engineering students, potential systems and control engineering student, alumni of systems and control engineering here at CWRU, etc.

Student Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues

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