Whitacre College of Engineering to Collaborate on Defense Research

The Systems Engineering Research Center is the first Department of Defense university-affiliated research center focused on systems engineering research in the U.S.

SERC is the nation's first University Affiliated Research Center focused on Systems Engineering Research.

Texas Tech is one of 18 leading universities and research centers participating in the DoD-funded research.

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, professor in the Industrial Engineering Department and Bagley Regents Chair of Engineering. Mario Beruvides, AT&T Professor of Industrial Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Systems Solutions is the co-principle investigator.

“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. 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.


The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.

Approximately 3,400 undergraduate and 600 graduate students pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical, and petroleum.

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