Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University (SMU) located in Dallas, Texas, is a collaborating university in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)- funded Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). SMU, founded in 1911, is a private university of 11,000 students near the center of Dallas, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs through seven schools – in the humanities and sciences; business; arts; engineering; education and human development; law; and theology. SMU is the host of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Lab and is the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The SMU Systems Engineering Program (SEP) resides in the Department of Engineering Management, Information and Systems (EMIS) in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. The SEP, originated 1991, was approved in December 1994. The program was initiated, and is maintained, in response to needs of the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector through ongoing Development Team projects that includes participation by members affiliated with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Vought Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, NASA, Sandia Labs and the U.S. DoD OSD, and the Air force, Army and Navy. Over 800 students have been admitted to the SEP, with over 450 graduates. The SEP curriculum and research is focused on development of A&D systems and workplace – relevant education is delivered by experienced resident faculty and industry and government practitioners.