Graduate School

Safety and Security of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems—Certificate

The Safety and Security of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems certificate program is also available online.

The Departments of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Electrical and Computer Engineering established an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Safety and Security of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems. Students completing this certificate will demonstrate competencies in the hierarchical design, control, and integration of technologies into cyber-physical components and systems including modern networked and autonomous mobile systems for land, air, and water. Graduates of this certificate will have competencies including; threat analysis and vulnerability assessment, risk analysis for cyber-safety issues, systems engineering for safety and security, redundancy, fault-tolerance for modern mobility platforms, and the design and analysis of novel strategies for meeting emerging vehicle and other cyber-physical safety and security threats.

The certificate is available to degree-seeking students enrolled in the Graduate School at Michigan Technological University, as well as non-degree seeking students. Students enrolling in this certificate program must have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or in a closely-related field that is primarily based on physical engineered systems.

This program complements the existing Graduate Certificate in Automotive Systems and Controls, while focusing on cyber-safety and security aspects and their impact on autonomous vehicles and other systems.

The Graduate Certificate in Safety and Security of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems will enable students to:

  1. Apply modern cyber-safety and security analysis engineering principles to autonomous vehicles and a variety of systems involving onboard control networks, advanced automation, and collaborative vehicle and machine collectives;
  2. Improve interdisciplinary skills in the analysis of complex systems with safety and security requirements; and
  3. Communicate clearly with peers and management on established and emerging cyber-safety and security issues.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to demonstrate that they understand the cyber-safety and security issues for vehicles and interconnected systems, can apply that understanding to analyze and synthesize safe and secure cyber-physical systems, and effectively work at the intersection of cybersecurity and safety of autonomous systems.

Both degree-seeking students enrolled in the Graduate School at Michigan Technological University, as well as non-degree seeking students either on or off campus (including those who are already engineers) may earn this certificate or take courses toward it. This certificate requires a minimum total of 15 credits.