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DoD Systems Engineering Research Center

Stevens Institute of Technology was awarded a 5-year contract in 2008 under the authority of 10 USC 2304(c)(3)(B) by the National Security Agency (NSA), in conjunction with the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology (DUSD(A&T)), to establish the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) at its Hoboken, New Jersey, campus. This DoD University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) focuses on systems engineering research. The SERC was established to advance the practice of systems engineering within DoD by conducting innovative research into new SE methods, processes, and tools (MPTs) to address recurring problems in the acquisition of systems and services.

The SERC is responsible for systems engineering research that supports the development, integration, testing, and sustainability of complex defense systems, enterprises, and services. The SERC serves as the systems engineering research engine for the DoD and Intelligence Community (IC). Along with Stevens and the University of Southern California (USC) as its principal collaborator, researchers from 23 universities and research centers throughout the United States support the SERC mission.

The mission of the Systems Engineering Research Center is to enhance and enable the DoD's capability in systems engineering for the successful development, integration, testing, and sustainability of complex defense systems, services, and enterprises.

Although OSD and Component actions have accomplished much to ensure the application of good systems engineering practices by the acquisition community, much can still be accomplished. Systems engineering research will inform the current state of practice on programs, provide a means to explore and exploit concepts to enable design and development of complex systems, and underpin effective integration of program and business processes with technical management MPTs throughout the acquisition life cycle.

A Sampling of Recent Research Efforts

  • System Security Engineering
  • Valuing Flexibility
  • System of Systems (SoS)
  • Quantitative Risk

The SERC recently added the ability to perform classified research tasks.

Visit the SERC Library for additional information.