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Program Overview: What is Systems Engineering Analysis? 

Image of an AEGIS cruiser, for illustration.Systems Engineering applies the engineering thought process to the design and development of large, complex systems. 

Systems engineers analyze the need for a system, determine its operational concept, develop functional requirements, produce the system architecture, allocate the requirements among sub-systems, manage the design of the sub-systems, assure that the final design is integrated, assess any trade-offs made, and then implement and test the solution. 

Systems Analysis provides key insights for improved operation of existing complex defense systems. 

Systems Analysis examines existing systems to better understand them. This understanding is then used to determine and choose between alternatives for system improvement and employment. Students learn and apply modeling, optimization, simulation, and decision making under risk and uncertainty.

The curriculum was previously called Systems Engineering and Integration (SEI). It was renamed and revamped in 2002 to emphasize the role and importance of analysis.