Businesses in the Center for Systems Engineering (CSE)

Pre-Competitive Technology Development

The CSE is your reliable partner when it comes to revealing potential, effectiveness and efficiency for the transfer and dissemination of state-of-the-art methodologies in your company to develop model-based systems Engineering. We want to assist you in strengthening your in-house competence for modeling, simulation, virtual product development and engineering IT and in the development of tailor-made methods for your successful implementation.

Strategic Business Focus

We develop a corporate technology and research roadmap for the CSE in periodic workshops, where we address future technology trends in the field of model-based systems development. In these workshops, enrolled companies are made aware of upcoming technological shifts at an early stage, apply external know-how to their own innovation process and systematically plan their new strategic focus. To that end, the CSE offers bilateral strategy meetings for the development of individual business strategies with a clear focus on product development. The end result is long-term competitiveness for CSE members.

Holistic Research & Development

The CSE offers its enrolled companies a unique environment to holistically develop and test model-based systems and related processes. The CSE represents extensive expertise in computer-aided product development across the entire product lifecycle.


The combination of development and research activities in the area of model-based systems development at the CSE promotes networking and cooperation between industry and academia. Enrolled businesses have the opportunity to participate in determining relevant technology topics and key research areas for the coming years, debate current issues and identify new cooperation partners. All members have access to the RWTH Aachen on-campus network, which allows them to discover cross-application synergies and establish new business relationships.

Recruiting and Further Education

Enrollment in the CSE increases the visibility of companies at RWTH Aachen University and their attractiveness for highly qualified individuals and leadership personalities. Enrolled members furthermore have access to a wide range of further education programs, which facilitate the knowledge transfer of latest scientific findings to their own staff. Enrolled CSE members therefore have the unique opportunity to cover future needs for staff and skill sets and reinforce their own innovation capabilities long-term.

Knowledge Exchange

The CSE holds regular meetings of the full consortium for mutual knowledge exchange. Our consortium of companies from a variety of industry sectors mirrors the interdisciplinary nature of model-based systems engineering. That in particular is a significant factor for guaranteeing a holistic approach to MBSE. Benefit from the experience of our partners and the current challenges they face, share your own success factors and join us in developing innovative and creative solutions for organizational and technical MBSE issues.

Membership Types

Businesses can choose between Basic, Business or Premium membership plans for a three-year period. Depending on the membership type, members can take advantage of the five benefit categories, and receive an allocated portion of the R&D budget in the form of service vouchers for specific CSE Services. Individual agreements are possible for larger volumes.


  • participation in members’ meetings
  • annual report on all activities


  • Basis-Pakage plus:
  • submission of project proposals
  • bilateral strategy meetings
  • use of shared desks
  • further education and training
  • Systems Engineering Conference


  • Business-Pakage plus:
  • co-determination of research agenda

Konsortialbenchmarking – Digital Engineering

A study in the international benchmarking „Model Based Systems Engineering“

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) as a foundation for the digital Engineering of tomorrow – a forward-looking approach? The key to innovative strength and competitiveness of companies lies in the control of interdisciplinary, company-wide development processes of complex, increasingly digitized products. Therefore, new processes and tools are required to enable an increasing Innovation productivity. This can be realized by a completely digitized development approach. Within the
framework of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), this is achieved by linking development activities and the development tools used. In order to enable companies to realize these potentials, we would like to identify successful and proven solutions as well as success factors for the application of MBSE in cooperation with an industrial consortium. Use the benchmarking study to compare your approaches to “Model Based Systems Engineering” for the digitalization of product developmentwith other companies. Gain exclusive insights into the study results and new impulses for the successful implementation of a digitized product creation process.

We sincerely invite you to participate in the questionnaire study and to help shape the study.
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