August 27, 2012

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) that will allow the university to assist its students and alumni of the MS and graduate certificate in Systems Engineering with obtaining either their Associate Systems Engineering Professional ASEP certification, or their Certified Systems Engineering Professional CSEP certification.

WPI is one of only six universities in the world to have such a memorandum of agreement with INCOSE. WPI's assistance will consist of helping students with the application process, reviewing their documents, and most important, providing a review course or "boot camp" on systems engineering that students can take before they sit for the INCOSE exam, which is required as part of the certification process.


"Earning INCOSE certification is an endorsement of our program and our ability to produce qualified systems engineers," said Don Gelosh, director of Systems Engineering Programs at WPI. "We are not only graduating students, we are graduating members of a community. This is a very powerful advantage for our students. In turn, our students, as employees, are more valuable to respective employers after they have been certified by a professional organization of systems engineers."

"INCOSE certification continues to grow in relevance and value throughout the world," said INCOSE president John Thomas. "We are especially excited about the key role that universities, such as WPI, play in connecting students with the profession of systems engineering."

The memorandum of agreement was signed at the 22nd Annual INCOSE International Symposium in Rome last month. The five other universities with such an agreement are Stevens Institute of Technology, the University of Texas – El Paso, the University of South Wales in Australia, and Ecole Polytechnique and Institut Superieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, both in France.


INCOSE is a not-for-profit professional organization serving more than 8000 members in over 22 countries. Its mission is to share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the globe for the benefit of humanity and the planet. INCOSE's internationally recognized certifications – the ESEP, CSEP, and ASEP – assess and recognize an individual's competency in systems engineering as demonstrated by various combinations of leadership, accomplishment, experience, education, and knowledge.