Directed Energy Systems Certificate -- Curriculum 136

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Directed Energy Systems (DES) that enables students to apply systems engineering in defense acquisition and system lifecycle support.  DES offers the topics necessary to design laser and optical systems as an integrated part of larger weapon systems.  This requires trading off requirements and design choices for power, weight, manning, command & control, and platform integration. Students demonstrate translation of operational requirements like environmental conditions, target characteristics and lethality into technical requirements for wavelength, optical power, and beam quality.  Feasibility studies, design trades and test strategies are completed for sample scenarios.  Microwave and other directed energy weapons are included.  This program is targeted for mid- and upper-level engineers working in or in support of the Defense Acquisition System but has great benefit for all who seek further knowledge in the theory and practice of systems engineering.

Requirement for Entry

–Undergraduate engineering, science or technical degree with a minimum 2.2 grade point average and at least one calculus course. 

Prerequisite

–Successful completion of System Engineering Certificate (282) or approval of academic associate.

Outcomes

SYSTEM INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT: Apply the core skills of system integration and development to include integrating relevant technological disciplines that bear on the system effectiveness and cost. Understand system realization methods and processes necessary to transition from design to production, including prototyping, design for producibility, and production methods.

SPECIALIZATION: Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the principles, technologies, and systems used in at least one major specialty area. These areas can be specific warfare areas, such as combat systems, total ship systems, EW, IW, avionics, undersea warfare, or net-centric systems, a single traditional engineering specialty, such as mechanical, electrical, software, aerospace engineering, or naval architecture, or specialized disciplines such as human factors, availability, or safety. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the scientific and engineering principles of the respective specialty, such as sensors, weapons, C4I systems, information systems, ship structures, hydrodynamics, power systems, and reliability. Demonstrate broad understanding of systems context of the specialization. Apply that understanding to the design of system components, sub-systems, and interfaces in the holistic context of the engineering of systems.

Typical Course of Study

 

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3116Laser and Optical Systems

3

2

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3117Laser Systems Engineering

3

2

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4117Directed Energy Systems

3

2

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4115Combat Systems Integration

4

2