At the end of the last course, students must pass a comprehensive exam before starting their research for the dissertation. At the end of the program, students will be required to give a 20 to 40 minute presentation of their research to the examining committee. This presentation can be done remotely. There is no residency requirement. Dissertations will be judged by whether or not an original and unique contribution is made to scholarship.
Develop the unmanned systems of the future like the X-47, Global Observer, driverless cars, service robots and unmanned sea systems. Unmanned systems engineers are critical to the positions of technical management and development of complex unmanned systems. These professionals are responsible for planning, coordinating, and budgeting group efforts that translate operational needs into technology requirements. They use their skills to determine whether a system will meet cost, schedule, and performance goals. Systems engineers perform a central role in realizing an unmanned systems success; they are in great demand by industry and government.
Systems engineering applies to everything from a large unmanned system to computer hardware and software. It’s a big-picture view that considers every aspect of a project, from costs and environmental impact, to time lines and life expectancy of equipment. Because it encompasses many disciplines, it can help engineers from diverse fields better understand how to solve problems. This interdisciplinary degree program covers modeling, simulation, design, architecture, integration, and testing of complex unmanned systems and processes. It also supplies students with underlying theoretical knowledge and practical experience applicable to unmanned systems. An unmanned systems engineering degree will provide expert knowledge so that graduates can apply for employment in engineering, design, development, integration and test of unmanned air, ground and sea systems. Graduates from our online degree programs will have opportunities as chief engineers, researchers, systems engineers and engineering managers.
The systems engineering course includes preparation for the entry level International Council on Systems Engineering’s Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) certification examination. INCOSE certification formally recognizes an individual’s competency in the systems engineering process, and is widely acknowledged as a significant accomplishment by practitioners in the field. Persons with the Doctorate Degree in Unmanned (Air/Ground) Systems Engineering will enter the Unmanned Career field as a Program Manager or Systems Engineer.
Internships are available to enrolled students.