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The Experience Accelerator for Expedited Maturation of Systems Engineers

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Faculty Advisor(s): 
Dr. Jon Wade
Faculty Email(s): 
jon.wade@stevens.edu
Program: 
Systems Engineering
Project Title: 
The Experience Accelerator for Expedited Maturation of Systems Engineers
Description: 

The purpose of the Experience Accelerator (EA) is to transform the development of systems engineers by creating a new paradigm capable of significantly reducing the time to mature and sustain a senior systems engineer while providing the skills necessary to address emerging systems challenges in an economically attractive manner. The working research hypothesis is that this can be accomplished by leveraging technology to create an experiential, emotional state coupled with reflective learning that can effectively compress time and greatly accelerate the learning and maturation process of a systems engineer faster than what would occur naturally on the job. An Experience Accelerator prototype has been developed to test this hypothesis by creating a virtual DAV program which has a number of challenges that the SE learner needs to overcome. As this research is just beginning its second year, there are numerous opportunities for Master's level research.
This project involves furthering this research through the following potential areas:

  •  Researching case studies of systems engineering failures and determining how the EA could be used to provide experiences to learners that would help to prevent these from occurring.
  •  Creating a process by which case studies could be translated to the Experience Accelerator.
  •  Developing EA content that can be used to provide experiences to mature SEs.
  •  Creating tools that can be used to expedite the creation of experience content.
  •  Creating an evaluation process to determine the efficacy of the EA in its use.
References: 
  1. Squires, A., Wade, J., Watson, B., Bodner, D., Okutsu, M., Ingold, D., Reilly, R., Dominick, P., Gelosh, D. (2011), "Investigating an Innovative Approach for Developing Systems Engineering Curriculum: The Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator", Proceedings of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26¬29,2011.
  2. Squires, A., Wade, l, Dominick, P., Gelosh, D. (2011) "Building a Competency Taxonomy to Guide Experience Acceleration ofLead Program Systems Engineers", Proceedings from the Ninth Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), Redondo Beach, CA, April 14-16, 2011.
Student Requirements: 
  • Experienced Systems Engineers with an interest in the use of technology in education.
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