Research Spotlight: SMU to collaborate on defense research

Cogs in a systemSMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering will serve as a designated research collaborator in the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), the first University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to focus on challenging systems engineering issues facing the DoD and related defense industries.

Simply speaking, systems engineering studies how things are done and finds ways to do them better, from how a computer is made and linked to other computers to how food is grown, collected and delivered to your table.

With Jerrell Stracener as lead senior researcher, the school will participate as part of a prestigious consortium of 18-leading collaborator universities and research centers throughout the United States, led by Stevens Institute of Technology, with the University of Southern California serving as its principal collaborator.

“As a key partner in this national consortium, we are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our contributions to this country in systems engineering education and research through the linkage of the Lyle Systems Engineering Program with SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and its one of a kind Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® Lab,” says Geoffrey Orsak, engineering dean.

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