Systems engineering expertise

IIE members contribute to first online SE body of knowledge

From staff reports

Volunteers from IIE collaborated with academic and industry professionals worldwide to develop version 1.0 of the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge, which has been released at

“Targeted to a broad audience, including practicing systems engineers, researchers, process improvement leads, project managers and faculty, the SEBoK is a major step forward for the rapidly maturing systems engineering discipline,” said co-editor Art Pyster, a research professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

SEBoK contains 112 articles on key topics, defines 364 glossary terms, and identifies more than 200 primary references and hundreds of additional references, according to Pyster. It was published in a Wiki format to make updating and community participation in maintenance easier. Regular updates will incorporate user feedback, advances in the field, and improvements in the articles.

Seventy contributors authored SEBoK, and hundreds of reviewers provided comments. The authors hope the operational phase leads to its broad adoption within the systems engineering community.

IIE Chief Operating Officer Donna Calvert said the endeavor is an important outreach activity that integrates IIE with systems engineering interests.

Hans Demmel, IIE senior vice president at large for industry, is the official IIE representative to SEBoK. Demmel spearheaded IIE’s involvement and was instrumental in authoring the systems engineering and industrial engineering section in the related disciplines chapter of SEBoK. He said participation reinforces IIE’s domain breadth, including integration with the systems engineering arena.

SEBoK is the first time an authoritative body of knowledge for the systems engineering discipline has been compiled online, according to Demmel.

“It is not designed to replace the systems engineering handbook, but to summarize key information and direct the reader to references for detailed information. As such, a body of knowledge and a handbook are complementary items,” Demmel said.

The SEBoK website is hosted through an arrangement between the U.S. Department of Defense, the Stevens Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School.

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