Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute

Excellence in Systems Engineering and Leadership

We live in a century dominated by increasingly complex and integrated systems—systems that must be secure, reliable, and efficient to keep our lives and businesses running smoothly. Because these intricate systems span diverse scientific and technologically-based fields, strong skills in systems engineering are required to fully understand them.

A systems engineering background is still not enough, however. Managing these systems across interdisciplinary teams also requires solid leadership qualities. That is why WPI created the Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute (SELI) – a crossroads of systems engineering education, research, and leadership integrated across the entire engineering spectrum.

The Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute at WPI

At WPI, we believe all engineers should have some knowledge of systems engineering and leadership methods to be properly prepared for 21st century realities. The strategic goal of the institute is to advance systems engineering education, research, and leadership through partnerships with professionals from government, industry, and academic communities. Through close working partnerships between stakeholders, our students, and our faculty, we seek to:

  • Foster crucial needs analysis for today’s complex global realities.
  • Develop and deploy solutions to best meet those needs.
  • Nurture leadership skills necessary to integrate vital systems thinking.

After several years of thoughtful planning, we are pleased to be implementing this important initiative. The Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute exemplifies WPI’s commitment to advancing the development and application of systems engineering.

—Anthony Mangano
Associate Vice President,
Academic and Corporate Development
Associate Dean, Corporate and Professional Education

Education

WPI’s comprehensive systems engineering curriculum provides real-world application of foundational and advanced topics in systems engineering that are crucial to a wide-range of corporate and professional organizations. Recognized industry and university subject matter experts are utilized to structure, formulate, and deliver our curriculum in an educational environment that is strongly project driven.

Research

Our faculty actively conduct research within their respective disciplines—from defense to financial services to academia. By expanding this collaboration to include researchers from business, science, and industry, SELI supports the creative integration of systems engineering and leadership across multi-faceted technological endeavors, helping to improve successful outcomes.

Leadership

Leadership skills are a key element for creating well-rounded professionals able to lead teams to successfully complete difficult projects across all phases of the product life cycle. Leaders consider both the business and technical needs of customers and stakeholders, while managing those projects from an interpersonal context. Through SELI, WPI will enable systems engineers to lead without authority, through the development of innovative methods, techniques and opportunities to apply leadership as a practicing systems engineer.

 
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