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The Naval Postgraduate School’s Department of Systems Engineering Approach to Mission Engineering Education through Capstone Projects

Department of Systems Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 93943, USA
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Systems 2019, 7(3), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems7030038
Received: 1 July 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 1 August 2019 / Published: 4 August 2019
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Abstract

This article presents an educational approach to applied capstone research projects using a mission engineering focus. It reviews recent advances in mission engineering within the Department of Defense and integrates that work into an approach for research within the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. A generalized sequence of System Definition, System Modeling, and System Analysis is presented as an executable sequence of activities to support analysis of operational missions within a student research project at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). That approach is detailed and demonstrated through analysis of the integration of a long-range strike capability on a MH-60S helicopter. The article serves as a demonstration of an approach for producing operationally applicable results from student projects in the context of mission engineering. Specifically, it demonstrates that students can execute a systems engineering project that conducts system-level design with direct consideration of mission impacts at the system of systems level. Discussion of the benefits and limitations of this approach are discussed and suggestions for integrating mission engineering into capstone courses are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: mission engineering; systems engineering; engineering education; capstone project mission engineering; systems engineering; engineering education; capstone project
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Van Bossuyt, D.L.; Beery, P.; O’Halloran, B.M.; Hernandez, A.; Paulo, E. The Naval Postgraduate School’s Department of Systems Engineering Approach to Mission Engineering Education through Capstone Projects. Systems 2019, 7, 38.

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