The Engineering Systems Division (ESD) tackles complex, large-scale problems utilizing faculty from most academic departments in the School of Engineering, as well as faculty from all five MIT schools. The mission of ESD is to solve previously intractable engineering systems problems by integrating approaches based on engineering, management, and social sciences, using new framing and modeling methodologies. ESD actively develops innovative relationships with industry and government through collaborative global research projects and long-distance educational programs. ESD focuses primarily on the following domains: extended enterprises, critical infrastructures, energy and sustainability, and health care delivery.
The Engineering Systems Division offers a variety of programs at the master's level and doctoral levels. The Technology and Policy (TPP), Leaders for Global Operations (LGO), System Design and Management (SDM) master's programs are described elsewhere in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs sections and under Engineering Systems Division in Part 2. The Master of Science in Engineering Systems, and the Master of Engineering in Logistics (offered through the Supply Chain Management Program), are described in greater detail under Engineering Systems Division.
The core educational and research activity of ESD is the doctoral program in engineering systems, which prepares students for careers in academia, industry, and government. The division offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Systems, described under Engineering Systems Division in Part 2.