MIT is tackling the large-scale engineering challenges of the 21st century through a new organization. The Engineering Systems Division (ESD) creates and shares interdisciplinary knowledge about complex engineering systems through initiatives in education, research, and industry partnerships. ESD broadens engineering practice to include the context of each challenge as well as the consequences of technological advancement.

ESD has a dual mission: to define and evolve engineering systems as a new field of study, and to help advance engineering education and practice by incorporating a holistic systems focus. As a division, ESD establishes an intellectual home for key programs and centers, engages faculty across departments and disciplines, and fosters discourse about engineering innovation.

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Recent Submissions

  • 1.258J / 11.541J / ESD.226J Public Transportation Systems, Spring 2010 

    Wilson, Nigel; Attanucci, John (2010-06)
    This course discusses the evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems and services, focusing on bus and rail. Technological characteristics are described, along with their impacts on capacity, service ...
  • ESD.84 Engineering Systems Doctoral Seminar, Fall 2002 

    Magee, Christopher; Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel (2002-12)
    Examines core theory and contextual applications of the emerging field of Engineering Systems. The focus is on doctoral-level analysis of scholarship on key concepts such as complexity, uncertainty, fragility, and robustness, ...
  • ESD.70J / 1.145J Engineering Economy Module, Fall 2008 

    de Neufville, Richard, 1939-; Cardin, Michel-Alexandre, 1979- (2008-12)
    This intensive micro-subject provides the necessary skills in Excel spreadsheet modeling for ESD.71 – Engineering Systems Analysis for Design. Its purpose is to bring entering students up to speed on some of the advanced ...

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