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The Singh Program in Networked & Social Systems
Engineering (also known as NETS) is a 4-year undergraduate degree program at the University
of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering, designed to connect computer science and systems engineering
towards networks and social interactions. The program is part of the Penn Engineering’s
Integrated Studies Program.==Program Overview==
Students receive a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Networked & Social Systems Engineering
from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science. The program was established to give undergraduates
the opportunity to study network science by creating a curriculum consisting of computer
science, economics, systems engineering, and sociology. Courses unique to the NETS program cover topics
such as cloud computing, network theory, and algorithmic game theory. The program is highly selective, admitting
about 15 students each year. Acceptance requires both admission to the
School of Engineering and the program itself. The program identifies strong candidates as
top academic students who have strong math and computer science interests and competencies,
while also interested in sociology and economics. Students who apply to the NETS program are
provided the opportunity to declare a secondary major due to its selectivity, and are required
to write an additional essay. The undergraduate program has close ties with
the Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences. The NETS Speaker Series, in conjunction with
Yahoo! and the Warren Center, has welcomed speakers from academia and industry such as
Alvin E. Roth, Sue Gardner, Matthew O. Jackson, Éva Tardos, Cynthia Dwork, and researchers
from Facebook and Yahoo!.Graduates of the NETS program typically have careers in Internet
companies, technology consulting, start businesses, or pursue graduate degrees in a wide range
of fields.==Curriculum==
Students pick from one of four depth areas to complete their NETS degree: Networked and
Cloud Services, Theory of Networks and Dynamics, Economic and Networked Markets, Technology
and Security. Students are also required to complete NETS
core courses: NETS112 Networked Life, NETS150 Market and Social Systems on the Internet,
NETS212 Scalable and Cloud Computing, NETS312 Theory of Networks, and NETS412 Algorithmic
Game Theory. Both of these elements are unique to the NETS
program and are designed to help students attain “a versatile mastery of traditional
computer science and systems engineering and economics, as well as study the sociological
implications of life in the digital age.”==
Program History==The program is named after Rajendra and Neera
Singh, owners of Telecom Ventures LLC. The Singh’s donated $8 million to found the
NETS program, described as “the world’s first undergraduate engineering curriculum for the
networked economy.” They also funded the Singh Center for Nanotechnology. The NETS program began in 2011 and graduated
its first class in 2015. The founding directors of the program are
Michael Kearns and Ali Jadbabaie. In 2013, the program adopted the name Networked
and Social Systems Engineering from its original name “Market and Social Systems Engineering”
The introductory class for the major, A Networked Life, is offered on Coursera and attracted
40,000 students in its first online offering




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