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Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization

As taught in: Spring 2004

A flow chart of the MSDO framework.

A flow chart of the MSDO framework. (Image courtesy of Olivier de Weck.)


Prof. Karen Willcox

Prof. Olivier de Weck

MIT Course Number:

16.888 / ESD.77



Course Features

Course Description

This course is mainly focused on the quantitative aspects of design and presents a unifying framework called "Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization" (MSDO). The objective of the course is to present tools and methodologies for performing system optimization in a multidisciplinary design context, focusing on three aspects of the problem:

(i) The multidisciplinary character of engineering systems, (ii) design of these complex systems, and (iii) tools for optimization.

There is a version of this course (16.60s) offered through the MIT Professional Institute, targeted at professional engineers.