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Sytems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that focuses on how complex engineering projects should be deigned and managed. Issues such as logistics, the coodination of differentteams, and automatic control of machinery become more difficult when dealing with large, complex projects. Systems engineering deals with workprocesses and tools to handle such projects, and itoverlaps with both technical and human-centered disciplines such as control enginneering and project managemnt.

Systems engineering signifies both an approach and, more recently, as a discipline inengineering. The aim of education insystems engineering is to simply formalize the approach and in doing so, identify new methods and research opportunities similar to the wa it occurs in other fields ofengineering. As an approach, systems engineering is holistic and interdisciplinary in flavor.

System development often requires contribution from diverse technical disciplines. By providing asystems ( holistic ) view of the development effort, systems engineering helps meld all the technical contributors intro a unified team effort, forming a structured development process that proceeds fromconcept to production to operation and, in some cases, to termination and disposal.

This perspective is often replicated in educational programs in that systems engineering courses are taught byfaculty from other engineering departments which, in effect, helps create an interdisciplinary environment

The need for systems engineering arose with the increase in complexity of systems andprojects. When speaking in this context, complexity incorporates not only systems engineering, but also the logical human organization of data at the same time, a systems can become more complex due to anincrease in size as wll as with an increase in the amount of data, variables, or the number of fields that are involved in the desing. The international space station is an example of such a sytem.