Why Business Needs Systems Engineering Expertise in the Age of AI

Liang Zhang, Assistant Teaching Professor

In today's fast-paced business world, leaders are constantly seeking ways to gain a competitive edge. One critical area that has emerged as a game-changer is the intersection of systems engineering and artificial intelligence (AI). Teams with systems engineering expertise and a deep understanding of AI can power organizations with the ability to tackle complex challenges, drive innovation, and achieve sustainable growth.

Systems engineering is a cross-disciplinary approach that focuses on designing, managing, and optimizing complex systems over their life cycles. However, the advent of AI enables engineers to leverage machine learning and data analytics to gain insights, make informed decisions, and predict system behavior. This interplay allows for the design and management of increasingly complex systems, optimizing performance and identifying opportunities for improvement.

For businesses, integrating AI into systems engineering offers numerous benefits. AI can significantly enhance systems engineering by automating routine tasks, providing advanced analytics, and enabling predictive modeling. For instance, a company might use systems engineering to optimize their supply chain, considering factors like logistics, inventory management, and supplier relationships; while AI algorithms can predict demand, optimize inventory levels, and automate ordering processes, reducing waste and ensuring timely delivery of products.

As smart cities become the example, planning and integrating various urban systems such as transportation, utilities, and communication networks, requiring systems engineering, can incorporate AI to automatically manage traffic flow, monitor and reduce energy consumption, and improve public safety through advanced surveillance and predictive analytics.

The adoption of a systems mindset, leveraging AI-driven decision-making, and staying ahead of the curve in this rapidly evolving landscape will help your team tackle oncoming complex challenges, fuel progress, and achieve sustainable success. Systems engineering powered with AI expertise is not just a smart move – it's a necessity for any business looking to thrive in the age of AI.

Drexel Engineering trains systems engineers with the skills they need to succeed and become industry leaders. Learn more about our master’s program in systems engineering.