Online References for Systems Engineering

Below are a good set of references for learning about systems engineering. I will post new references as I find them, and please share any you may have. Enjoy!

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Space Systems Engineering by NASA & The Saylor Academy 

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was offered in Spring 2014. The course materials are now offered as a self-paced course completely free of charge.



INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is the most influential organization for systems engineers. INCOSE members may download the handbook for free.

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NASA Systems Engineering Handbook

I have not personally used this handbook, but it’s free 🙂


Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) WikiSEBoK logo

A free reference, although the content can be a bit dry.


Systems Engineering at Gemini Observatory

I’ve had the opportunity recently to speak about systems engineering at Gemini Observatory. You can view or download the full presentation here: Systems Engineering at Gemini Observatory.firstpage_SEatGemini

In my presentation, I talk about integration of  systems engineering into development and operations, identify key concepts and activities, and describe how Gemini projects are using systems engineering.

  • Systems engineering support is provided by a small group located across both sites, and members are assigned (“cross-matrixed) to support specific projects.
  • Complex projects are one of three foci, where complexity can come from being interdisciplinary and/or cross-organizational. Two examples are a new instrument or a new operations tool. Our group also focuses on configuration management and small improvement initiatives.
  • Both development and operations can benefit from systems engineering, and there is value in systems engineering and in having systems engineers.

I would to thank the following people for allowing me to speak to their organizations, and for engaging in discussions and asking questions that will inspire future articles.