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Engineering Systems FAQs


What is “engineering systems”?

The term “engineering systems” can have two key meanings:

A class of systems characterized by a high degree of technical complexity, social intricacy, and elaborate processes, aimed at fulfilling important functions in society. Such systems include electrical grids, transportation, manufacturing supply chains, and health care delivery.
An emerging field of scholarship that seeks solutions to important, multi-faceted socio-technical problems.

What is the difference between “engineering systems” and “systems engineering”?

“Engineering systems” can refer to a field of scholarship that includes systems engineering, which is an engineering discipline that considers multiple complex factors in an effort to create and implement successful systems. Engineering systems approaches encompass an even broader set of disciplines, focusing on social, environmental, technological, and political contexts.

What are some practical applications of engineering systems research?

Engineering systems research tackles real-life challenges, addressing issues such as rebuilding critical infrastructures, working toward energy security, making health care affordable and available, managing global supply chains, and containing communicable diseases. To read more about the domains and approaches of ESD researchers, click here.

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