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Norm Augustine: The Mysterious Field of Engineering Systems

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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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