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MIT Engineering Systems Division recognizes that
many of today’s most complex and pressing challenges require
innovative and interdisciplinary approaches. Challenges such as
making healthcare affordable and accessible, managing global manufacturing
and supply chains, rebuilding crumbling infrastructures, and working
toward energy security don’t have purely technical solutions.
They involve technology, processes, and policies. ESD students
and faculty address such challenges using interdisciplinary approaches
rooted in engineering, management, and social sciences.
Issues of critical infrastructure are
among the key domains of ESD research.
More than 70,000 bridges in the U.S.
are rated as deficient. After Boston’s
Longfellow Bridge (above) was found
unsatisfactory in inspections, Red Line
trains were slowed to 10 mph going
over the bridge, trucks were banned,
and traffic was restricted to one lane.