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UC Irvine Extension Helps Savy Project Managers More Effectively Utilize the Concepts of Systems Engineering

Course Provides a Systematic Approach to Effective Project Management

IRVINE, Calif. – February 16, 2007 – Project outcomes are determined by the decisions that project and program managers make. It is critical to project success that project managers use a logical decision-making approach when resolving project challenges. To meet the needs of project and program managers, UC Irvine Extension is offering a course entitled, “Systems Engineering for Project and Program Managers.” The course will be held every Wednesday from April 11 to May 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the UC Irvine campus.

The course will help project and program managers better understand the value of systems engineering in product development and project success, as well as how it impacts project management. Participants will gain the skills necessary to implement a structured, analytical decision-making methodology, as well as discover how processes relate to customer needs and are converted to producible product.

Course instructor and subject matter expert, Dennis Van Gemert has 12 years experience in process development and integration, systems engineering and integration, project and program management, launch and orbital vehicle design, trajectory design and astrodynamics, and systems architecture studies. Van Gemert holds master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Project Management. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and has served on the Space Transportation and Systems Engineering Technical Committees of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He also serves on the Project Management Institute’s Organizational Project Management Maturity Model Development Team.

“NASA and the Department of Defense have used Systems Engineering for decades to manage requirements and ensure smooth integration of complex systems,” said Van Gemert. “This course has been custom designed to expose project managers to the best practices of Systems Engineering, enabling students to think from the systems perspective. In a world where the design and flawless integration of complex systems, within an environment of first-time quality, is essential to success; this is a vital skill set.”

Systems Engineering for Project and Program Managers is offered as an elective course in UC Irvine Extension’s Project Management Certificate Program. For more information about UC Irvine’s Project Management program, please visit or call James Chen at (949) 824-7774.

For more information about the Systems Engineering for Project and Program Managers, or to register by phone, please call (949) 824-5414. Enrollment is also offered online at

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University of California, Irvine Extension is the continuing education arm of UC Irvine, serving adult students online, at the UC Irvine campus, and at employer sites nationally and worldwide. Since 1962, UC Irvine Extension has offered open enrollment learning opportunities to the Orange County community, providing open access to the resources of the university, through Certificate and Specialized Studies programs, and free, open educational resources. Connect with UC Irvine Extension on the institution’s social media channels.

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Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities, it’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy.