Professional Engineers Continuing Education

Licensed professional engineers work in a world of evolving technology, increased consumer expectations and other emerging issues. Practice in this changing environment requires ongoing development of knowledge and skills. It is critical that licensees remain current with changes and developments in the profession to render quality services and to ensure public protection.

Binghamton University's Watson School is pleased to offer continuing education courses for professional engineers.

Current Offerings

Requirements-Driven Process Development (PE16-02)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 Professional Development Hours + lunch)


About the course:

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach that enables the realization of complex technical solutions.  Arguably the most important stage of system development is the requirements phase which, if done correctly, ensures that the solution requirements describe the functions which the solution must fulfill to satisfy the required needs of customers, users and other stakeholders. It is during the requirements phase that technical and quality considerations are balanced with management constraints of cost and schedule. When done poorly, the requirements phase is the point where the costliest and potentially irrecoverable errors are introduced into a system.

This course will highlight the history, terminology, principles and practices of the Requirements-Driven Development discipline as used in systems engineering, information systems and software engineering. The phases of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) will be emphasized. A special emphasis will be on how to ensure that stakeholders receive, in a deployed system, high quality systems that meet or exceed their expectations based on the project requirements.

This workshop will be interactive. Students will first learn the theory, then practice the techniques in a team-based approach using a sample problem.  Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) phases will be discussed in this manner. 

In addition, the evolution of this discipline will be discussed. This evolution includes relationships to process maturity, how Agile processes can be supported, and applicability to non-traditional small commercial enterprises.


Who should attend?
This course is intended for engineers, developers and project managers involved in the definition and analysis of system requirements and in the deployment of complex systems of any size. 

Binghamton University has approved this course for 6 PDH for professional engineers in New York. There is a discounted price for New York State Society of Professional Engineers members. A certificate of completion will be given to participants at the conclusion of the course. The Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University is ABET accredited.

Brian J. Galli

Instructor: Robert M. Pittman, Ph.D.

Robert M. Pittman holds a doctoral degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Binghamton University, earned May 2016. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University as well as a Masters of Science in Electrical/Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Executive MBA from Binghamton University, earned May 2000. He holds an Engineering-In-Training (EIT) certificate from the State of Indiana. The instructor has significant hands-on industrial experience in the area of requirements-driven development as it relates to Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, System Architecture Development, System Verification and Validation and overall Program/Project Management. A former resident of the Binghamton, NY area, he worked locally at General Electric Co., multiple divisions of the IBM Corporation, Loral and the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is currently engaged as an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at Harrisburg University. The primary focus of the instructional program will be on requirements-driven development of complex systems across the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) as it relates to both large and small scale enterprises.



Binghamton University
Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC)
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

  • Registration 8:40 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
  • Instruction 9:00 a.m. - noon
  • Lunch noon-1pm
  • Instruction 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fee: (includes coffee breaks, lunch, parking and class materials)

  • $225 non NYSSPE members
  • $200 New York State Society of Professional Engineering (NYSSPE) members.
  • $50 Binghamton University Students

SAVE MONEY! REGISTER BY Thursday, October 27, 2017.  Registrations received on or after Friday, October 28, 2016 will be subject to a $25 late fee.

How to make a payment:

Payment must be made before the start of the program. We accept checks, credit/debit cards and PayPal.

  • CHECK: Please make checks payable to: Research Foundation Award # 67070
  • CREDIT CARD/PAYPAL: We now have the ability to accept payment via PayPal as well as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. The payment link for a secure transaction will be sent to you prior to the course start. Your purchase will appear on your credit card statement with the following notation: *PAYPAL RFBU WATSON

Confirmation of your registration:

We will send confirmation and course information to registrants by e-mail, so please include your e-mail address on your registration form. 

  • Brief confirmations will be sent out within one week of receipt of your registration.
  • More detailed information on parking and directions will be sent by Monday, October 31, 2016.

If you have not received confirmation seven days before the start of the program, call the Office of Industrial Outreach at 607-777-2154.

Registration options:

1. ONLINE (preferred): Fill out the online registration at the bottom of the webpage. Make payment by mailing your check to our office. If you are paying with a credit card or PayPal, use the PayPal payment link below the online registration form for a secure transaction.

2. MAIL: Click here for a printable form (.docx, 34.5 KB) and mail with check or credit card information to:

Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

3. PHONE: Call Lisa Altman at 607-777-2154 during business hours and provide registration over the phone.

Cancellation and refund policy:

  • All cancellations must be received in writing (e-mail, fax or letter only - no telephone calls) to the Office of Industrial Outreach by noon on Monday, October 31, 2016 to receive a refund.
  • Cancellation on confirmed registrations are subject to a $20 administrative fee.  
  • No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after Monday, October 31, 2016.
  • Substitutions may be made anytime before the beginning of the course by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.
  • If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.

Submit your written cancellation request to:

FAX: 607-777-6256
MAIL: Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach
Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


Any questions or recommendations for future programs, please contact Lisa Altman at 607-777-2154 or


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Last Updated: 9/8/16