Engineering Systems Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World

ISBN-10: 0262016702
ISBN-13: 9780262016704
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/18/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

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 Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems at MIT, where he is also Codirector of the International Design Center of Singapore University of Technology and Design and MIT.

Mark Linder is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at SyracuseUniversity.Charles M. Vest is President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of MIT.

Series Foreword
Foreword
Preface
From Inventions to Systems
What Is an Engineering System?
(Re)Thinking about Systems
Life-Cycle Properties of Engineering Systems: The Ilities
Modeling and Analyzing Engineering Systems
Partially Designed, Partially Evolved
Engineering Systems Research and Education
What the Future Holds
Appendix: Engineering Systems Terms and Definitions
Notes
Index

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