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Systems Engineering by Dahai Liu

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Chapter 6

Decision-Making Models in Systems Engineering

Humans make decisions every day. These decisions range from ones with longer-term impacts, such as whether to take a job after college or go to graduate school to everyday decisions such as what to eat for lunch. Similarly, in systems design, decisions are being made constantly on a daily basis. This is because

  1. The resources involved in systems design are always limited. One of the most important objectives and challenges for systems engineers is to utilize limited resources in the most effective and efficient way; this goal is achieved only through a well-thought-out decision-making process.
  2. The systems engineering design process is itself an iterative decision-making process. Systems ...

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