Apply Complex Engineering Solutions That Incorporate Multicultural Factors
Next start date
September 27, 2017
For engineers in organizations that compete globally, systems thinking — understanding how different aspects of a system interconnect and impact the overall outcome — has become increasingly important. Factoring in the unique cultural issues that affect complex design and engineering projects is an essential part of the process.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll develop the systems thinking, problem solving and analytical skills needed to excel in today's global business environment. We’ll focus on topics related to systems engineering, project management, supply chain management and finance while considering multicultural factors. Learn to apply innovative industry techniques to design and optimize complex systems across a variety of engineering disciplines.
Practicing engineers and other professionals who want to become systems engineers or incorporate systems engineering principles into their work.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
Software requirements: A current Web browser and Windows Media Player (download for free).
Computers five years old or newer should have sufficient memory, operating system configurations and monitor resolutions appropriate for this program.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. Students must receive a grade of at least 2.5 in each course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
You will complete a team-based capstone project to solve a real-world problem and present your solution to the client.
By completing this certificate program, you can earn graduate credit. Learn more about credit options.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Global Integrated Systems Engineering (IND E 595)
Global Integrated Systems Engineering 2 (IND E 595)
Global Integrated Systems Engineering Project (IND E 596)
Certificate in Global Integrated Systems Engineering
Approved by the UW College of Engineering and the UW Foster School of Business in collaboration with The Boeing Company.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Jeff Alberts, Senior Manager, IDS Supplier Quality Puget Sound Site Leader, The Boeing Company
Erik Anderson, Starbucks
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Ron Cline, Corporate IE Manager, Nordstrom, Inc.
Kadie Delzer Newman, United Parcel Service
Kay Eder-Staggs, Philips
Shelley Fukui Kolar, Nordstrom Internal Audit, Nordstrom, Inc.
Leroy Hanneman, Boeing Consultant
Rich Hansen, Consultant
Bill Jones, Boeing
Mohammad Kaddoura, Operations Program Manager, Microsoft
Jeff Kimbell, Group Manager, Supply Chain Security, Microsoft
Lance Kuykendall, Genie Industries
Bill Leep, Dassault
Roberto Lu, TE Connectivity
Andrew Price, The Boeing Company
Stephen Snelling, IIE Puget Sound Chapter Representative
Dave Thurman, PNNL
John Vicklund, IMPACT Washington
Rhea Wallace, IMPACT Washington
Rebecca Webber, Amazon.com
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online (you must also email your transcript and English language test scores to email@example.com, or fax them to ISE Department, Attn: Sheila Prusa, 206-685-3072)
Or submit an application packet that includes:
The program begins in September 2017. We are accepting applications until 5 p.m. on July 15, 2017. We will consider applications received after that date if space is available.
We’ll contact you within 10 business days after the application deadline to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
This program offers students the choice of attending class sessions online or in person based on your preference from week to week. Online classes are delivered in real time using Adobe Connect Web conferencing software, which allows you to interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat or phone. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review. You must still submit all weekly assignments by their due dates.
Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
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Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
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