Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering

The Lockheed Martin-Santa Clara University Program

Objective

The purpose of this chapter is to describe a joint program between Lockheed Martin and Santa Clara University (SCU) for graduate education in systems engineering. It contains background on the program and its description and structure. The program was formulated in consultation with the faculty and administrators of the School of Engineering at Santa Clara and the University of Denver as well as with management from Lockheed Martin. The program is approved by the SCU Provost Office.

BACKGROUND

Lockheed Martin has developed an Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) to develop its most promising engineers who have demonstrated leadership potential and are team-oriented, excellent communicators, and problem solvers. The ELDP was first introduced at Lockheed Martin’s site near Denver and the company established an agreement with the University of Denver (DU) by which the University provides graduate degrees for ELDP participants in two aspects of systems engineering: computer systems engineering and mechatronics systems engineering. The degree program in mechatronics systems engineering commenced in January 2005; the program in computer systems engineering 12 months later. The yearly average number chosen for the ELDP program at Denver is about 30.

Lockheed Martin is now launching the ELDP at its Sunnyvale, California, site, which employs more engineers than its Denver site. The company would like to establish a program at Santa Clara University similar to the one at DU. This program would serve two purposes: to provide a graduate degree in some aspect of space systems engineering for the Sunnyvale employees and to enable members of the ELDP group who are transferred from Denver to Sunnyvale and from Sunnyvale to Denver to continue their education in the other city at the other university. This chapter describes the Santa Clara program that meets the needs of Lockheed Martin and cooperates with the University of Denver so that ELDP members who move between Denver and Sunnyvale can take courses at both universities and receive their degree from the university that gives more than 50 percent unit credits.

THE SCU-LOCKHEED MARTIN-DU PROGRAMS

Curricula
Currently, two degree programs exist at DU tailored to the ELDP, both in “Systems Engineering”: the M.S. in Computer Systems Engineering and the M.S. in Mechatronics Systems Engineering.

Santa Clara is creating two new courses in space systems engineering (called Technical Development Curriculum or TDC courses by Lockheed Martin) and has defined four suggested program tracks (shown below) within the current degree structure, in line with the “Systems Engineering” emphasis as requested by Lockheed Martin. There are other tracks available.

  1. M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (specialization in Mechatronics) (see Plan A for curricular details) 45 units
  2. M.S. in Electrical Engineering (specialization in Mechatronics) (see Plan B for curricular details) 46 units
  3. M.S. in Software Engineering (see Plan C for curricular details) 46 units
  4. M.S. in Computer Engineering (specialization in Software Engineering) (see Plan D for curricular details) 45 units

Common features of these programs:

  1. The programs adhere to the current existing curriculum structures with the incorporation of the TDC courses, in order to maintain program quality and provide the right mixture of theory and practice.
  2. The programs are mainly in close alignment with existing DU-Lockheed Martin programs and their courses, and thus have many one-to-one correspondences on a course-by-course basis. This facilitates students transferring from one site to another.
  3. There are two Technical Development Curriculum (TDC) courses—a total of 8 units, specified under the “elective” portion of the SCU existing structure. The TDC courses are basically “Overview and Design of Space Systems I and II,” currently being developed by SCU with the help of Lockheed Martin.
  4. There is a project management sequence—a total of 4 units, current recommended courses are EMGT 330 and 335.
  5. There is a systems engineering sequence—a total of 4 units, current recommended courses are EMGT 380 and 381.

Admissions
Per SCU regulations, all ELDP students follow normal application procedures through the School of Engineering Graduate Services office. This includes submission of official copies of transcripts from all previous institutions. Admission to SCU is determined by the School of Engineering. Lockheed will inform SCU of applicants who are participants in ELDP.

The School of Engineering waives the GRE for ELDP applicants who have completed a B.S. degree in engineering, computer science, natural science, or mathematics with a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a scale of 4), except that all M.S. in Software Engineering applicants must have a prior degree in computing or must take the GRE Subject Test in Computer Science, which would then be considered in the admissions decision.

The School of Engineering waives the TOEFL requirement for ELDP students with degrees from foreign institutions who have demonstrated English proficiency in their positions at Lockheed Martin.

Except as noted in the previous two paragraphs, the final determination on admission to each degree program must be completed according to all existing criteria.

Advising
An SCU faculty advisor will be assigned to each student. Faculty advisors will need access to transcripts to make a determination about which courses must be taken and which may not be taken as part of a given student’s degree program, and which foundation requirements have been satisfied. (Note: Students with insufficient background might be required to take additional foundation courses beyond the units required for the master’s degree.)

The faculty advisor will work with the student to develop a program of study that includes the TDC, project management, and systems engineering courses and that meets the remaining degree requirements.

Where our current programs have different tracks, ELDP students may complete any track for which they satisfy the requirements.

Transfer Credits
The School of Engineering will accept up to 22 units of transfer credit toward a 45-unit or 46-unit master’s degree (so that at least half the credits for an SCU degree will have been earned at Santa Clara) provided that no more than 9 of the units may be transferred from institutions other than the University of Denver. (The 22-unit limit therefore applies to all students from DU, not just Lockheed students, but not to students from other institutions.) The DU department faculty and Graduate Council approved a similar policy with respect to SCU.

Departments may establish specific lists of DU courses that are pre-approved for transfer into SCU degree programs. Any department may ask its department faculty in charge of each specialization track to determine transfer equivalents from DU courses required by their track. Any request for transfer credit for courses other than those pre-approved as above must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.

All transfer units must meet the usual criteria:

  • Transferred courses must be of appropriate graduate level and quality compared to courses at SCU.
  • Transferred courses must have a grade of B or better.
  • Transferred courses must not have been applied to another degree.
  • Transferred courses must not repeat prior coursework.

Venue
All SCU courses will be taught on the Santa Clara campus. The School of Engineering continues to explore the offering of some graduate courses at NASA Ames and other locations; this exploration is not limited to the Lockheed Martin program. All courses are open to all qualifying SCU students.

Minimum Enrollment
In any quarter, a TDC course will be offered only if 10 or more students are registered (or paid for).

Tuition Payment
There is no change to the current practice for collecting tuition.

Oversight
Santa Clara University will monitor the program for continuous improvement and will conduct a review after three years to make a decision about the future of the program, i.e., continue without modification, continue with modification, or discontinue.

PLAN A
M.S. DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
(SPECIALIZATION IN MECHATRONICS)

Prerequisite
For students without a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent, some foundation courses may be needed.

Overview

    units
TDC courses   8
Systems Engineering and Project Management   8
Mathematics   10
Mechatronics   6
Robotics and Control   8
Thesis or Capstone Project   2
Issues in Professional Practice   2
Technical Electives   1
Total   45

TDC Courses

      units
Space Systems Design and Engineering I ENGR/MECH 371   4
Space Systems Design and Engineering II ENGR/MECH 372   4

Systems Engineering and Project Management

      units
Project Management EMGT 330 and 335   4
Intro to Systems Engineering EMGT 380   2
System Conceptual Design EMGT 381   2

Mathematics

      units
Mathematical Methods in Mech. Eng. AMTH/MECH 202   2
Two math sequences approved by advisor AMTH courses   8

Mechatronics

      units
Advanced Mechatronics I MECH 207   2
Advanced Mechatronics II MECH 208   2
Advanced Mechatronics III MECH 209   2

Robotics and Control

      units
Robotics I MECH/ELEN 337   2
Robotics II MECH/ELEN 338   2
Control systems sequence approved by advisor MECH courses   4

Thesis or Capstone Project

      units
Thesis or Capstone Project MECH 290 or 299   2
Issues in Professional Practice approved by advisor ENGR or EMGT course   2

Technical Electives

      unit
Technical Electives     1

PLAN B
M.S. DEGREE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
(SPECIALIZATION IN MECHTRONICS)

Prerequisite
For students without a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent, some foundation courses may be needed.

Overview

    units
TDC courses   8
Systems Engineering and Project Management   8

Core: Mathematics and Electrical Engineering

  14
Mechatronics   8
Issues in Professional Practice   2
Technical Electives   6
Total   46

TDC Courses

      units
Space Systems Design and Engineering I ENGR/MECH 371   4
Space Systems Design and Engineering II ENGR/MECH 372   4

Systems Engineering and Project Management

      units

Project Management

EMGT 330 and 335   4
Intro to Systems Engineering EMGT 380   2
System Conceptual Design EMGT 381   2

Core: Mathematics and Electrical Engineering: Select 14 units from:

      units
Design of Scientific Experiments AMTH 217 and 219   4

Linear Algebra II

AMTH 246   2

Applied Graph Theory I

AMTH 256   2
Design and Analysis of Algorithms AMTH 377   4
Advanced Logic Design ELEN 127   2

Electromagnetic Field Theory I

ELEN 201   2

Signals, Circuits, and Systems

ELEN 210

  2
Modern Network Analysis I ELEN 211   2

Mechatronics

      units
Intro to Control Systems ELEN 230   2
Advanced Mechatronics I ELEN 460/MECH 207   2
Advanced Mechatronics II ELEN 461/MECH 208   2
Advanced Mechatronics III ELEN 462/MECH 209   2

Technical Electives: Select 6 units from:

      units
Design of Feedback Control Systems ELEN 231   2
Control Systems I, II ELEN 236, 330   2, 2
Microsensors ELEN 271   2
Robotics I, II, III ELEN/MECH 337, 338, 339   2, 2, 2
Special Topics: Vision Systems for Robotic Applications MECH 296   2
Advanced Mechatronics IV MECH 310   2
Modeling and Control of Telerobotic Systems MECH 311   4

PLAN C
M.S. DEGREE IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Prerequisite
This is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent.

Overview

      units
TDC courses     8
Systems Engineering and Project Management     8
Core: Software Engineering Core     20
Capstone Project     6
Computer Engineering Graduate Electives     4
  Total   46

TDC Courses

      units
Space Systems Design and Engineering I ENGR/MECH 371   4
Space Systems Design and Engineering II ENGR/MECH 372   4

Systems Engineering and Project Management

      units

Project Management

EMGT 330 and 335   4
Intro to Systems Engineering EMGT 380   2
System Conceptual Design EMGT 381   2

Core: Software Engineering Core

      units
Design and Analysis of Algorithms AMTH 377/COEN 279   4
Truth, Deduction, and Computation COEN 260   4
Software Engineering COEN 285   4
Software Quality Assurance and Testing COEN 286   2
Software Ethics COEN 288   2
Formal Methods in Software Engineering COEN 385   2
Software Architecture

COEN 386

  2

Capstone Project

      unit
Software Engineering Capstone units (Prerequisites: COEN 286, 386) COEN 485   6

Computer Engineering Electives

      unit
Computer Engineering Graduate Courses COEN courses   4

PLAN D
M.S. DEGREE IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING
(EMPHASIS IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING)

Prerequisite
This is for students who have completed (grade B or better) the undergraduate senior/graduate first-year level or equivalent of at least two of the following core courses prior to this M.S. degree:

Core courses (4 units each)

Design and Analysis of Algorithms AMTH 377/COEN 279  
Computer Architecture COEN 210  
Computer Networks COEN 233  
Principles of Programming Languages COEN 256  
Operating Systems COEN 283  

Overview

    units
TDC courses   8
Systems Engineering and Project Management   8

Computer Engineering Core and Graduate Electives

  13
Software Engineering Specialization Courses   16
Total   45

TDC Courses

      units
Space Systems Design and Engineering I ENGR/MECH 371   4
Space Systems Design and Engineering II ENGR/MECH 372   4

Systems Engineering & Project Management

      units

Project Management

EMGT 330 and 335   4
Intro to Systems Engineering EMGT 380   2
System Conceptual Design EMGT 381   2

(A) Computer Engineering Core: Select 0 to 12 units from:

      units
Design and Analysis of Algorithms AMTH 377/COEN 279   4
Computer Architecture COEN 210   4
Computer Networks COEN 233   4
Principles of Programming Languages COEN 256   4
Operating Systems COEN 283   4

The student must take these core course(s) or equivalent that is/are not completed prior to admission. Equivalent core courses completed prior to admission should not be repeated, but the units may be used for graduate engineering elective courses instead.

B) Graduate Engineering Electives: Select 0 to 13 units to complete the 45 units degree requirement:

      unit
Graduate Engineering Electives     0-13

Software Engineering Specialization Courses

      units
Truth, Deduction, and Computation COEN 260   4
Software Engineering COEN 285   4
Software Quality Assurance and Testing COEN 286   2
Software Ethics COEN 288   2
Formal Methods in Software Engineering COEN 385   2
Software Architecture COEN 386   2
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