The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

A University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the US Department of Defense, leverages the research and expertise of faculty, staff, and student researchers from more than 20 collaborating universities throughout the United States. SERC is unprecedented in the depth and breadth of its reach, leadership, and citizenship in Systems Engineering.


The SERC research portfolio is structured into four thematic focus areas:



As we are all more than a year into this global pandemic, we are interested in learning your thoughts on the impact onto the field of Systems Engineering and you as a professional at this point in time. The overall survey results will provide critical insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the broader systems engineering community.

SERC UPDATES – June 2021

SERC UPDATES | JUNE 2021 - A digest of the most recent news items and research updates related to the Systems Engineering Research Center.

SERC & AIRC Leadership at Annual Acquisition Research Symposium

On May 11-13th, 2021, the 18th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium was held, providing a virtual forum to present scholarly acquisition research, as well as for dialogue between scholars and acquisition policy-makers and practitioners. Research papers and presentations were given on recently completed and on-going Department of Defense and US Navy (DoD/DON)-sponsored projects at a variety of research institutions across the United States.

UAH Project Builds on Strong Success of Capstone Marketplace

Christina L. Carmen, PhD, of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), served as faculty advisor to a multidisciplinary team of Undergraduate (UG) engineering students that completed a project sponsored by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The project was part of the students’ Capstone experience and provided the Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) a solution to a mission-focused problem: how to maximize the use and organization of the interior space of its SEAL Delivery Vehicle Dry Combat Submersible (DCS). The students involved were: Nadia Alexander (Team Lead); Jay Hayman (Manufacturing Lead); Philip Tegan Ruffalo (CAD Lead); Nicholas Shelton (Team Liaison and Test/Product Analysis Lead); Kayli Wood (Cost Lead); and Christopher Smith (Research Lead).

SERC TALKS: “How are Digitalization and AI Driving Improvements in Healthcare Delivery?"

This Talk examines the progression of health systems from individual diagnostic and treatment devices to connected systems and solutions. The transformation of health care delivery has changed the needs and key performance indicators that clinicians and hospital leaders use to measure success. To succeed with healthcare innovation today, new technologies must come with new business models and outcome-based incentives, aligned across all stakeholders; with collaboration based on shared objectives and risks.

AI4SE and SE4AI Workshop

The 2021 AI4SE/SE4AI Workshop will be held October 20-21 virtually on ZoomGov. Participation is limited to US citizens only and will be by invitation. Abstracts are sought for presentations and panels from government, industry and academia addressing key Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Systems Engineering (SE) initiatives. All abstracts and presentations must be approved for public release. Selected abstracts will be invited to present and/or attend the workshop.


Systems Engineering Research Center

Stevens Institute of Technology
1 Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Phone: 201-216-8300
Fax: 201-216-8550