(Last Updated On: December 15, 2022)


On the last Friday in November, International Systems Engineer Day highlights the importance of systems engineers. It’s also a day to learn more about systems engineers.

The term systems engineering has been around since the 1940s. It was first used in Bell Telephone Laboratories. Systems engineers work in two combined fields which include engineering and technology. Their technical expertise and passion for technology fuel them to design and build innovative systems in various industries. Some of these industries include energy, finance, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, production, telecommunication, and transportation.

Some of the most well-known systems engineers include:

  • Edward Sussengeth – An American systems engineer who developed multiple IBM computer systems.
  • Robert Seamans – A former NASA deputy administrator and MIT professor.
  • Sergei Pavlovich Korolev – A Russian rocket and space systems designer who put the first man in space.
  • Peggy Hodges – A British engineer who worked on guided missile technology.
  • Mary (Missy) Cummings – One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy who went on to become an associate professor of aeronautics at MIT.
  • James Albus –  An American engineer who founded the NIST Intelligent Systems Division.

To succeed, these systems engineers needed to have excellent communication skills, as well as analytical skills, and a knowledge of systems engineering software tools. Systems engineers are also good at problem-solving. These skills allow systems engineers to make certain processes better, easier, or less expensive.

Speeding up global delivery systems and optimizing operating room expenses are a few examples of challenges they take on. In other complex projects systems engineers work on spacecraft design, robotics, bridge building, and software integration.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SystemsEngineerDay

On this day, companies that hire systems engineers promote this important profession. Colleges and universities hold career fairs to recruit systems engineers. It’s also a day for companies, organizations, and government agencies to recognize the systems engineers that work for them. If you know a system engineer, thank them for all they do. You can also learn more about system engineering and its importance in today’s world and our future.

Spread awareness for this day on social media with #SystemsEngineerDay.


Nicholas Fourie founded International Systems Engineer Day in 2012. He wanted to create a day to say thank you to those who sit behind computers for hours in order to make our lives better.


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