The Structure of Engineering Revolutions

Fall 2001

Professor David A. Mindell, mindell@mit.edu

Course Meetings:
MW 2-4 (2-105)

Course Syllabus

The First Transistor, 1947


This class provides an integrated approach to engineering practice in the real world. Students research the life cycle of a major engineering project, new technology, or startup company from multiple perspectives: technical, economic, political, and cultural. Research involves interviewing inventors, reading laboratory notebooks, evaluating patents, and looking over the shoulders of engineers as they developed today’s technologies. Subject is for students who recognize that technical proficiency alone is only part of the formula for success in technology.

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