The grand challenges of the 21st century involve systems and enterprises with complexity exceeding human capacity to define and build. Given this challenge, the SSE was conceived and created to conduct research and educate engineers, technologists, and scientists with programs focusing on innovation, creation, and integration of engineered objects, processes, and the human element instead of simply their design. The modern engineer must think and work in a world where globalization, technology, quality, complexity, and productivity are the key business divers. Stevens has developed an aggressive and inventive family of academic programs for these needs. These programs are all designed to operate at the interface between traditional engineering and business to solve the complex challenges of the 21st century.