Added Value: Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

 As a young boy in Italy, Pasquale Italiano knew that he wanted to be an engineer. His fascination with the career field, and the prestige that accompanied it was appealing to him.

“In Italy, engineering serves as a very good job and field to enter,” says Italiano. “I knew that it could open doors to so many opportunities and experiences.”

The experiences and opportunities came to him in full force. After focusing his studies on electrical engineering, and graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Politecnico di Bari, Italiano travelled the world working as a quality and equipment engineer in England for Alenia Aeronautica and various cities in Italy for Bosch Tecnologie Diesel.

In 2003, Italiano decided to relocate to the west and received an opportunity to work for Lockheed Martin in the United States. While at Lockheed, he was awarded the F-35 Systems Engineering Excellence Award for providing an interdisciplinary environment to develop and sustain an air system, which is utilized by the company today.

“I worked for Lockheed Martin and Alenia Aeronautica simultaneously,” says Italiano. “It was during this time that I learned about the numerous project opportunities and career advancement possibilities within the systems engineering field.”

Systems engineering is a field that focuses on producing systems that improve the probability of system success and reduce risk and life-cycle costs.  A systems engineering life-cycle contains seven stages: discovering system requirements, investigating alternatives, conducting full-scale engineering design, implementation, integration and test, operation, maintenance and evaluation and retirement, disposal and replacement.

Italiano moved to Atlanta to become a systems engineer for Alenia Aeronautica. But with many businesses the economy took its toll, and Italiano noticed his office begin to empty and the number of his colleagues began to shrink. He knew he had to expand his education to keep up with the changes. Then he discovered how Georgia Tech Professional Education could take his career to the next level.

“I lived in Atlanta for almost five years and already knew that Georgia Tech was a prestigious and great university,” says Italiano. “In order to maintain a name for my profession, I would need to sharpen my skills and invest in my education. I looked at Georgia Tech and its Professional Education division because it’s one of the leading institutions related to systems engineering curriculum.”

Italiano embarked in pursuing a certificate in systems engineering. He said the program provided an interactive curriculum, allowing him to refresh his techniques and expose him to new and innovative methods. Meeting fellow participants helped him expand his professional network.

“I appreciated the reverence to time and the shorter classes; in my field you never know how much extra time you have to take courses,” says Italiano. “Georgia Tech provided me with a fast and efficient way to get a step ahead in my career.”

Italiano anticipates completing his Systems Engineering Certificate this year, but has already seen positive results. He attributes the certificate program for making him a top candidate in his field. Italiano recently accepted a systems engineering position with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

“I absolutely recommend this course to my colleagues,” says Italiano. “It is a great way to invest your money as well as stand out in interviews. It is definitely an added value.”

Georgia Tech Professional Education will provide a Fundamentals of Modern Systems Engineering course at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus on May 6-10, 2013. Participants must complete this course, the Leading Systems Engineering Teams course, and three required electives to obtain a Systems Engineering Certificate from Georgia Tech Professional Education.

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Georgia Tech Professional Education is an academic division of the Georgia Institute of Technology, which consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Professional Education offers professional master's programs, short courses, and certificate programs to meet the needs of working professionals and industry partners. Programs are available worldwide through a variety of face-to-face, blended learning, and online formats. In addition to professional course offerings, the division administers K-12 outreach and English as a Second Language programs, and manages meeting and event facilities. On an annual basis, Professional Education enrolls more than 30,000 students and works with 3,500 companies. It is located at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Centerin Atlanta and at the Georgia Tech-Savannahcampus.

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