MIT Reports to the President 1997-98


The Technology, Management, and Policy Program (TMP), established in 1992, is a multidisciplinary doctoral program that focuses on research intended to improve methods used in defining and implementing policies for the intelligent use of technology. Currently having 25 doctoral candidates, the Program brings together and coordinates several MIT research centers and educational programs in technology, management, and policy issues linked to large-scale systems.

Together with its master's program, the Technology and Policy Program doctoral program involves over 40 faculty and research staff, US $10 million of annual research funding, and about 200 graduate students. Graduates from this program go on to work for industry or government from Tokyo to Paris to Washington, D.C.

The participants in this Ph.D. Program share a common vision. Each emphasizes dual competency--in a technical area and in management and policy--as the basis for the effective design of large-scale systems. Together they are developing a new paradigm for the planning and design of engineering systems, a paradigm that blends technical expertise with competence in economics, management, and policy to achieve a better adaptation of technology to societal goals. A primary purpose of TMP is to diffuse throughout the education and practice of engineering the expertise in systems technology and policy that has been developed in the individual centers involved in the Program.

The centers and laboratories that constitute the Program have each achieved considerable worldwide recognition in their specialized fields over the past 20 years. By working together they can pursue research on large-scale systems and establish interdisciplinary curricula more easily than they could individually.

The Program's objectives include:


Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development: The very name of the CTPID was selected to underscore the important linkages between technology, policy, and industrial development. The central objective of the Center is to define these linkages and to develop policy alternatives that meet pressing social concerns.

Center for Construction Research and Education: CCRE was established at MIT in 1982 to provide a research environment conducive to the development and application of innovative construction technologies and management principles; to offer graduate programs in construction engineering and management; and to act as a facilitator and catalyst for improving the productivity and competitiveness of the engineering and construction industry and to enhance its contribution to the economy and society in general.

Center for Transportation Studies: CTS was established in 1973 to develop and coordinate a wide range of transportation-related activity at MIT. It provides a focal point for transportation education, facilitates transportation research, conducts an outreach program to the transportation industry, and encourages a sense of common purpose among the many departments, centers, and laboratories involved in transportation at MIT. The interchange of information, ideas, and inspiration among its faculty, students, and research staff makes it one of the most dynamic centers of activity in the transportation field.

The Materials Systems Laboratory: MSL is internationally recognized for its innovative work on the competitive position of materials and products in automotive, aerospace, electronic, and environmental applications. It fosters a unique combination of knowledge of the design and production processes used in industry together with managerial economics.

Program for Environmental Education and Research: PEER explores the relationship between technology and a sustainable environment. This new initiative builds upon MIT's extensive strengths in environmentally oriented education and research activities.

Daniel Roos

MIT Reports to the President 1997-98