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University of Colorado Boulder

Introduction to Systems Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera Specialization


Introduction to Systems Engineering introduces you to the holistic and interdisciplinary systems engineering approach to designing, realizing, and managing complex systems. In this three-course specialization, you will learn how to evolve a project from idea to fielded hardware customized to meet customer requirements while effectively managing costs, timescales, and limiting risks. You will identify and define a system and its components, model a system life cycle, and apply systems engineering methods using real-world engineering examples. The knowledge and terminology gained here empower you to work effectively with your project team and allow you to understand and speak the specialized language of systems engineering. This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (ME-EM) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The ME-EM is designed to help engineers, scientists, and technical professionals move into leadership and management roles in the engineering and technical sectors. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the ME-EM is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience. Learn more about the ME-EM program at


Course 1: The Need for Systems Engineering
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to designing, realizing, and managing ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Applying Systems Engineering to the Design Process
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. In this course, you will learn what a systems engineer does. Following the conceptual foundations ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Systems Engineering and Program Management
- Offered by University of Colorado Boulder. This course teaches the learner how to apply Systems Engineering to the overall management of a ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

William Van Atten


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