SEI - Systems Engineering Initiative
What Is the Systems Engineering Initiative?
The Systems Engineering Initiative (SEI) was formed to develop
the intellectual capital required with the expansion of the nuclear
industry workforce. SEI engages students in real world engineering
team projects that are both interdisciplinary and multilevel-that
is, teams include students from freshmen to seniors from multiple
engineering disciplines. The goal is to motivate and retain
students in engineering majors while also providing them with
valuable skills that will better prepare them for engineering
careers. The SEI program is of particular interest to industry
since student participants gain a firm understanding of the
importance of research to industry's future success as well as
learning skills that will enhance their ability to succeed after
- Emphasize participation by students from underrepresented
- Improve student retention in engineering majors
- Enhance undergraduate engineering education with real world
- Link undergraduate students with graduate student, faculty and
- Encourage undergraduates to 'reach back' to high school
- Emphasize development of skills needed by employers
- Produce stronger connections between NPI, students, and
How Do We Meet These Goals?
- Engage freshman in applied research projects
to help them understand engineering disciplines early on
- Create interdisciplinary team
projects sponsored by the Nuclear Power Institute and
industry where they have to solve real engineering problems.
- Use experienced faculty and graduate students as technical
guides to the undergraduate student team
- Provide upperclassmen, graduates, faculty, and industry
- Provide engineering and professional development training
- Engage SEI students in outreach
activities to high schools, teacher summits, and career
SEI Stakeholder Benefits
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What Are the Benefits to Students?
- Valuable experience working on real world engineering
- Understanding of multidisciplinary research, working with other
- Team building and communication skills.
- Interaction with graduate students, faculty experts, and
industry seasoned mentors
- Opportunities to participate in research competitions,
regional, national and international conferences
- Financial compensation-a sliding scale based on successful
What Are the Benefits to Industry?
- Development of new talent through interaction on real
engineering work of interest to the industry sponsor.
- Creating strong relationships with potential new hires in the
course of mentoring the project.
- Development of closer ties to the Nuclear Power Institute and
Texas A&M University.
What Do SEI Students Say About the Program?
"The experiences and opportunities I have had with SEI have
been amazing in contributing to my academic success and preparing
me for a career. I have a significant amount of job opportunities
in front of me, and can honestly say that SEI has been a major
contributing factor in landing these. At interviews, I tend to
speak more about my experiences at SEI than my two internships
combined. The breadth and depth of knowledge the program has given
me has been a wonderful supplement to my course
work." - SEI Student
If you are interested in learning more about this program, or
would like to join one of our teams please contact the Nuclear
Power Institute at the following email address: SEI_NPI@ne.tamu.edu.