Daniel Roos

Daniel Roos, Founding Director of Engineering Systems Division, is Japan Steel Industry Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.

  • Engineering Systems

    Engineering Systems

    Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World

    Olivier L. de Weck, Daniel Roos, and Christopher L. Magee

    An overview of engineering systems that describes the new challenges posed for twenty-first-century engineers by today's highly complex sociotechnical systems.

    Engineering, for much of the twentieth century, was mainly about artifacts and inventions. Now, it's increasingly about complex systems. As the airplane taxis to the gate, you access the Internet and check email with your PDA, linking the communication and transportation systems. At home, you recharge your plug-in hybrid vehicle, linking transportation to the electricity grid. Today's large-scale, highly complex sociotechnical systems converge, interact, and depend on each other in ways engineers of old could barely have imagined. As scale, scope, and complexity increase, engineers consider technical and social issues together in a highly integrated way as they design flexible, adaptable, robust systems that can be easily modified and reconfigured to satisfy changing requirements and new technological opportunities.

    Engineering Systems offers a comprehensive examination of such systems and the associated emerging field of study. Through scholarly discussion, concrete examples, and history, the authors consider the engineer's changing role, new ways to model and analyze these systems, the impacts on engineering education, and the future challenges of meeting human needs through the technologically enabled systems of today and tomorrow.

    • Hardcover $36.00 £30.00
    • Paperback $25.00 £20.00
  • The Future of the Automobile

    The Future of the Automobile

    The Report of MIT's International Automobile Program

    Alan Altshuler, Martin Anderson, Daniel Jones, Daniel Roos, and James P. Womack

    A new shape for the world auto industry emerges from this far-ranging study, which reveals a path of development quite different from those widely forecast and leaves no doubt that the changes ahead will be dramatic.Cited by Business Week as one of 1984's ten best books on business and economics, The Future of the Automobile is the most comprehensive assessment ever conducted of the world's largest industry. It is a collaborative study by leading researchers and industry experts in Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States that covers the industry at the firm level and at the global level. It projects the composition of the industry 20 years hence, estimates long-term demand for the product, focuses on the growing cooperation between producers on individual models even as overall competition in the industry intensifies, and reveals alternative paths for industrial relations.

    • Hardcover $19.95
    • Paperback $30.00 £25.00
  • ICES System Design

    Daniel Roos

    ICES (Integrated Civil Engineering System) is an engineering computer system designed to enable engineers to utilize digital computers effectively. It consists of subsystems corresponding to the various engineering discipline areas. The availability and integration of these subsystems allow engineers to achieve complete problem solutions where all factors and data interactions are properly considered. Each subsystem has a series of problem-oriented language commands associated with it. An engineer uses these commands to communicate his problem-solving requests to the computer.

    Internally, each subsystem consists of a series of computer programs and subsystem data structure. The programs are structured to perform basic engineering operations and are written in ICETRAN, an engineering programming language. The basic operational ICES programs are linked together to execute the engineer's problem-solving requests. Several different program-linking mechanisms, both static and dynamic, are provided. An executive program reads and interprets an engineer's command and links to the appropriate subsystem ICETRAN programs.

    ICES is dynamic from both an external and internal viewpoint. The problem-oriented language commands enable an engineer to specify the unique characteristics of each engineering problem. Dynamic data structures, dynamic program structures, and dynamics memory allocation programs are provided so that primary memory can be optimally used based on the current processing requirements.

    ICES is a modular system designed to be adapted to the engineering needs of each organization, the computer hardware configuration of each organization, and the operating system provided by each computer manufacturer. ICES is a dynamic integrated system for civil engineering problem solving designed to satisfy the needs of programmers developing it and engineers using it.

    • Paperback $16.00