About the Master of Advanced Study in
Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering

The Master's degree in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering is intended to educate senior engineers and engineering managers to the problems and emerging solution approaches that can enable their enterprises to better respond to the challenges of globally distributed operations in complex, highly dynamic, event-driven environments. An "integrated perspective" that merges the views of management and engineering communities is increasingly recognized as one of the cornerstones of a successful approach to enterprise complexity and is a key aspect of the AESE program.

Led by faculty from UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering and UCSD Rady School of Management, the graduate-level curriculum which is managed by these departments along with the UCSD Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will guide professionals to respond and adapt to their enterprise in timely, innovative, and effective manners. The program will address the challenges and issues that arise within an enterprise in attempting to develop and evolve the Enterprise Knowledge System (EKS) that must support the process implied in the preceding discussion.

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AESE Program Key Features:

Organizational Features

The team projects
A deeper understanding of important business topics
Investment valuation, NPV, and real options
Strong emphasis on leadership skills and collaborative team building
Consideration of proposal and strategic account planning

Technical Features

Systems thinking and its relation to complex adaptive systems
Enterprise architecture frameworks and their relationship to important stakeholder communities
User stories and use cases as a basis for developing architecture descriptions
Agile and plan-driven development processes for complex systems
Architecture design processes
Service-oriented architectures and enterprise service buses
Discrete event dynamic systems and executable architectures

AESE Program Key Benefits:

Program/Project Benefits

Equips employees with tools and solutions that can improve program success
Educates high potential employees in business skills without requiring extended absence, boosting returns at minimal cost
Produces competitive edge through applying state-of-practice engineering tools with leading edge business strategies and tools
Enhances employees ability to strengthen customer relationships

Corporate Benefits

Produces an architectural strategy for a problem of interest to senior management which lays foundation for
-----Improved internal process and capability
-----Potential new business opportunities
Provides excellent ROI of educational expenses for fast-track employees
Enhances and broadens perspective of emerging engineering leaders to enable greater contribution to future corporate strategy and well-being


Enhances understanding of complex managerial/engineering situations, raising personal effectiveness and efficiency
Provides state-of-practice understanding of enterprise architecting and engineering, leading to value-creating decision making
Develops leadership skills for team building and group influencing, building managerial capacity
Improves opportunities for personal career growth

Key Features

Able to continue with full-time employment while participating in the AESE program
The curriculum is extremely comprehensive and well-integrated
Lecturers are nationally-recognized experts on the topics on which they lecture
Hands-on, interactive workshops are a valuable learning mechanism
The cross-team networking is valuable

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the AESE program will have the:
Ability to see the big picture and assess the major problems of the enterprise
Ability to articulate the problem and address the enterprise’s priority goals & objectives
Ability to deal with complexity
Ability to communicate effectively
Ability to manage technical aspects of system redesign - with technical and software competencies
Ability to manage human aspect of redesign teamwork and collaboration
Ability to initiate a project and take this to completion and developa working prototype solution

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