Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs In A Complex Technological World

Paperback | September 2, 2016

byOlivier L. De Weck, Daniel Roos, Christopher L. Magee

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Engineering, for much of the twentieth century, was mainly about artifacts and inventions. Now, it's increasingly about complex systems. As the airplane taxis to the gate, you access the Internet and check email with your PDA, linking the communication and transportation systems. At home, you recharge your plug-in hybrid vehicle, linking transportation to the electricity grid. Today's large-scale, highly complex sociotechnical systems converge, interact, and depend on each other in ways engineers of old could barely have imagined. As scale, scope, and complexity increase, engineers consider technical and social issues together in a highly integrated way as they design flexible, adaptable, robust systems that can be easily modified and reconfigured to satisfy changing requirements and new technological opportunities.

Engineering Systems offers a comprehensive examination of such systems and the associated emerging field of study. Through scholarly discussion, concrete examples, and history, the authors consider the engineer's changing role, new ways to model and analyze these systems, the impacts on engineering education, and the future challenges of meeting human needs through the technologically enabled systems of today and tomorrow.

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Engineering, for much of the twentieth century, was mainly about artifacts and inventions. Now, it's increasingly about complex systems. As the airplane taxis to the gate, you access the Internet and check email with your PDA, linking the communication and transportation systems. At home, you recharge your plug-in hybrid vehicle, linki...

Olivier L. de Weck is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT. Daniel Roos, Founding Director of Engineering Systems Division, is Japan Steel Industry Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus, at MIT. Christopher L. Magee is Professor of the Practice of Mechanic...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.44 inPublished:September 2, 2016Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262529947

ISBN - 13:9780262529945

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Not since the work of Eberhardt Rechtin on establishing the field of Systems Architecting have I encountered a book with a broader scope and more potent conceptual approach. Engineering Systems provides a solid framework for expanding the principles of engineering to address the complexities beyond technical science that are necessary to master the Grand Challenges of our age. I believe it will change the way we think about the field of engineering.