Introduction to Engineering Systems

Photo of traffic jam in Bangkok.

This course will provide you with the skills necessary to tackle some of the messiest challenges in the world, including issues in transportation. (Image by Honou on Flickr.)


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Spring 2011



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Students in ESD.00 work on projects to address large, complex and seemingly intractable real-world problems, such as energy supply, environmental issues, health care delivery, and critical infrastructure (e.g., telecommunications, water supply, and transportation). The course introduces interdisciplinary approaches - rooted in engineering, management, and the social sciences - to considering these critical contemporary issues. Small, faculty-led teams select an engineering systems term project to illustrate one or more of these approaches.

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Joseph Sussman, Afreen Siddiqi, and Regina Clewlow. ESD.00 Introduction to Engineering Systems. Spring 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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