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Models in Engineering

Course 2 of 4 in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

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  • START DATE November 4, 2024 More Dates
  • TIME COMMITMENT 4-6 hours per week
  • DURATION 4 weeks
  • FORMAT Online
  • PRICE $1,179


Gain a comprehensive understanding of practical and conceptual modeling considerations. View the week by week schedule here.

  • Explain what types of models exist in engineering and how they can be organized into an overall taxonomy.
  • Enumerate the purposes for which models are created in engineering and evaluate the success of modeling for those purposes against your own career experience.
  • Describe a potential model development process, leading to models of increasing levels of fidelity.
  • Demonstrate through examples how models are used to make decisions in engineering and how models can be used for optimization, including the definition of design variables, fixed parameters, objective functions and constraints.
  • Evaluate the credibility and fidelity of existing models using a set of clear criteria.
  • Evaluate and explain whether it is better to pursue a single model or an ensemble of models in support of a specific problem/decision. This includes the resolution of conflicts when multiple models provide contradictory results.
  • Explain the basic principles of combining subsystem models together into a system model in a multidisciplinary computational environment.
  • Understand the basic principles of verifying and validating models.
  • Examine the tradeoffs between the use of physical and virtual prototypes for system verification, validation, and testing. Decide when to invest in additional modeling versus additional physical testing of systems.


  • Aerospace, automotive, defense, consumer appliances, and manufacturing industry professionals

  • Engineers at original equipment manufacturers (OEM)

  • Any systems engineering professional, director, or senior manager looking to innovate and optimize their operational, manufacturing, and design systems

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    Practice processes and methods through simulations, assessments, case studies, and tools.

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    Connect with an international community of professionals while working on projects based on real-world examples.

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    Access all of the content online and watch videos on the go.

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    Bring your new skills to your organization, through examples from technical work environments and ample prompts for reflection.

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    Earn a Professional Certificate and 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT.

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    Gain insights from MIT faculty and industry experts from Boeing and NASA, US Air Force, GE, GM, Apple, MAN Truck, and Bus AG.


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Siddharth Kshirsagar, System Performance Engineer, Cummins Inc.

Architecture and Systems Engineering Professional Certificate has motivated me about the need of system engineering in our daily work life. No matter…

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Michael UY

Michael UY, Senior Principal Engineer, Northrup Grumman

It was a great program with many tangible working tools that were immediately applicable to projects I had going on during my time in the certificate…

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Neena Rajan

Neena Rajan, Engineering Project Manager, Siemens - Healthcare

"If I had to borrow one quote to summarize what I gained from this course, it would be the quote by Lou Holtz: "It's not the load that breaks you dow…

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Ron Aditya

Ron Aditya, Spacecraft GNC Engineer, Lockheed Martin

This program has helped me develop the system level perspective necessary to decompose complex system architecture problems and solve them in ways th…

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Martin Ryschka

Martin Ryschka, Production Manager, Allgaier de Puebla, Mexico

During my time studying for the MBSE course, I realized that the architecture of models begins where the engineering part ends.

Jorge Samayoa

Jorge Samayoa, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Georg Fischer Signet LLC

I believe [my new knowledge] will increase our ability to assure and deliver quality to our customers, streamline our development process and improve…

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Lori Strange

Lori Strange, Program Manager, BAE Systems

I can definitely say that I have learned more about Systems Engineering, decomposing a system, architectural frameworks, and roles of the System Arch…

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Nick Luther

Nick Luther, Staff Engineer, Plexus Corp

This course provides a structured way of thinking which I can apply to frame architectural and other critical decisions.

Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith, Aerodynamicist, General Atomics

I had high expectations and they were adequately met! The content was just what I'd hoped.

Michael Richey

Michael Richey, Chief Learning Scientist, Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company

The certificate [program] blends industry and academic expertise and represents a scalable solution for employers.

Barry O'Reilly

Barry O'Reilly, Founder, Black Tulip Technology

I loved the course, even if it was intimidating to study with so many “real engineers”. I’m using what I learned to change the way we do architecture…

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Jordan Tuzsuzov

Jordan Tuzsuzov, Chief Engineer, Visteon Corporation

How to think holistically for the system, to design, model, compose and decompose it - this is what I have learned with MIT's "Architecture and Syste…

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Bruce G. Cameron

Bruce G. Cameron

Director of the System Architecture Lab, MIT

Olivier L. de Weck

Olivier L. de Weck

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Systems, MIT, Editor-in-Chief of Systems Engineering, INCOSE Fellow

Donna Rhodes

Donna Rhodes

Director, Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative, MIT

Adam Ross

Adam Ross

Research Scientist, MIT Socio-technical Systems Research Center Co-Founder, MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEARI)

Warren Hoburg

Warren Hoburg

Boeing Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and NASA Astronaut


To earn a Professional Certificate, you must complete the four courses in the program. For those who do not want to commit to the full program, courses can be taken on an individual basis. Savings apply when enrolling into the full program.

Architecture of Complex Systems Architecture of Complex Systems

Course 1 of 4 in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

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Models in Engineering Models in Engineering

Course 2 of 4 in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

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Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis

Course 3 of 4 in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems

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Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering

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