Societies and Associations
Engineering Systems FAQs
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.
“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
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.