Texas Tech Named Collaborator in First Defense-funded Systems Engineering Research Center

Texas Tech University will serve as a designated research collaborator in a first-of-its-kind Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). The new center focuses on systems engineering challenges facing the department and related defense industries.

As part of a consortium of 18 leading collaborator universities and research centers throughout the United States, Texas Tech will participate in the research, led by Stevens Institute of Technology, with the University of Southern California serving as its principal collaborator. The Texas Tech team is led by David Wyrick, Bryan Pearce Bagley Regents Chair of Engineering and professor in the Industrial Engineering Department. "Our selection as a research collaborator is a national recognition of the strength of our faculty and programs that deal with the design and management of complex technical systems," Wyrick said. "Texas Tech will contribute to the innovation, improvement and integration of the incredibly complex systems used by DoD and other governmental agencies. We are in a position to make a substantial impact on the overall effort." The new center will be responsible for systems engineering research that supports the development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex defense systems, enterprises and services. The SERC also will serve as the systems engineering research engine for the DoD and intelligence community.  Also it will offer systems engineering programs and workshops for DoD and IC employees and contractors. SERC is a collaborative research center composed of 18 leading collaborator universities and research organizations. SERC collaborators include:  Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, Air Force Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon University, Fraunhofer Center at the University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of California at San Diego, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Virginia, and Wayne State University. Additional information regarding the SERC and the Department of Defense is available on their respective web sites, www.sercuarc.org and www.defenselink.mil. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Jeff Sammons, senior editor, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3451, or jeff.sammons@ttu.edu.