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System of Systems Certificate

Managing system of systems (SoS) is a complex undertaking. This program is designed to provide participants with a full understanding of the challenges of engineering and integrating system of systems. At the conclusion of this certificate program, participants will understand the application of processes, methods and techniques (and their extensions) to the unique challenges of engineering and integrating system of systems.


Participants will learn to:

  • Identify the unique challenges in system of systems
  • Address the ambiguity inherent in SoS development
  • Manage the evolution of system of systems


  • Introduction to System of Systems Engineering/Integration
  • Technical Challenges
  • Management and Development Processes
  • Capabilities/Requirements Development
  • Net-centric Operations and System Architecture
  • Analysis Methods
  • Design Integration
  • Verification and Validation and Engineering Specialties
  • Integrated Logistics, Supportability and Sustainability
  • Future Topics in Engineering and Integration of System of Systems

Who should attend

Systems engineers and other engineers familiar with systems engineering who want to understand the unique challenges of system of systems engineering and integration


Rick Hefner, PhD; Dennis Schwarz