Systems Engineering and Design

Systems Engineering and Design (aka SED, formerly known as general engineering) provides an interdisciplinary, broad, and solid foundation in math, science, and engineering fundamentals. It integrates principles of business, new technology, and entrepreneurship throughout the curriculum.

SED graduates often serve as a link between engineering and management and work in such fields as:

  • Automotive, controls systems, and manufacturing
  • Communication and computer systems
  • Engineering administration
  • Operations and quality control
  • Business systems integration and consulting
  • Construction
  • Marketing and product testing
  • Robotics

Sample Careers

  • Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
  • Engineering Administration
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Robotics
  • Law Consultant (Patent, Intellectual Property, Product Liability)
  • Systems Engineer
  • Plant Manager
  • Quality Control Specialist

Sample Courses

  • SE 101: Engineering Graphics and Design
  • SE 161: Business Side of Engineering
  • SE 320: Introductory Control Systems
  • SE 424: State Space Design for Control
  • SE 494/495: Senior Engineering Project I/II


We’ve collected stories below from some women alumni and students in SED. Read them to learn how these engineers apply their Illinois Engineering education in their community and around the world.

Alumna Stories

Amy Doroff

Jackie DiMonte

Joi Mondisa

Kennda Lynch

Louise Woodroofe

Student stories:

Siobhan Fox

Alexandra Wittinger