Norm Augustine: The Mysterious Field of Engineering Systems

Engineering Systems Division
International Engineering Systems Symposium

One of the nation’s revered technology leaders dispenses anecdotes and
wisdom on the slippery subject of engineering systems (or systems
engineering). Norm Augustine just can’t get a handle on the
discipline: “No one agrees on what it is, or what it does.” After years
in industries like Lockheed Martin, Augustine has come up with “Norm’s
Rules,” and can at least define "system" as “having two or more
elements that interact,” and "engineering" as “creating the means for
performing useful functions.” But these definitions don’t get you too
far in the real world. (From MIT World)

“I am an
engineer. I’m one of those people who designed your computer so that
when you want to shut it off you click on 'start'.” --Norm Augustine

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