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.
About the Authors
Olivier L. de Weck is Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT as well as Associate Director of the Engineering Systems Division.
Daniel Roos, Founding Director of Engineering Systems Division, is Japan Steel Industry Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.
Christopher L. Magee is Professor of the Practice of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems at MIT, where he is also Codirector of the International Design Center of Singapore University of Technology and Design and MIT.
—John S. Reed, Chairman of the Corporation, MIT
—Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Former Under Secretary of the Army, and Former Chairman, National Academy of Engineering
—Denis A. Cortese, M.D., Foundation Professor and Director of the Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, Arizona State University; President of the Healthcare Transformation Institute; Emeritus President and CEO of Mayo Clinic
—Richard K. Miller, President, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Honorable Mention, 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Engineering & Technology, presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers