MIT Reports to the President 1998-99


Founded in 1998, the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) is an integrative interdisciplinary unit of MIT's School of Engineering that brings together and builds upon the work of several existing academic programs and research centers. These include the Leaders for Manufacturing and System Design and Management Programs; the Technology and Policy Program; the Center for Innovation in Product Development; the Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development; the Center for Transportation Studies; and the Industrial Performance Center.

ESD's twofold mission is to establish engineering systems as a field of study focusing on complex systems and products, where these systems and products are viewed in their broad social and industrial context, and to use the new knowledge gained to improve engineering education and practice.

ESD is engaged in developing innovative academic programs to educate future leaders in engineering, broadening engineering education in general, and expanding the scope and practice of engineering.

ESD is developing an integrative approach to engineering systems that considers the context in which the systems are initiated, designed, manufactured, marketed, sold, and maintained. Accordingly, the programs and centers within ESD are developing and enhancing integrative education and research programs in collaboration with faculty from the Engineering, Management, and Social Science disciplines. In addition, ESD's educational and research programs are deeply involved with industry, government and engineering practice through internships and collaborative research.

Faculty members of ESD explore the changing roles and relationships between universities, industry, and government in all phases of engineering systems development. A major goal is to educate engineers who can provide the necessary leadership in an era or extraordinary complexity. ESD works with a network of other universities to disseminate new ESD courses and programs. This approach, already used successfully in the Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) Program and System Design and Management (SDM) program, has been shown to have an international impact on universities and industries.


ESD education and research programs involve faculty and students from the MIT School of Engineering, the Sloan School of Management, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planing. Academic programs and research centers include:


In 1999, ESD began the appointment of several joint and dual faculty members. These include:

Daniel Roos

MIT Reports to the President 1998-99