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About the Series:

This lecture series is named for Charles L. Miller, who joined the Civil Engineering faculty in 1955, and served as head of the department from 1962-1969. Miller conceived a problem-oriented computer language to support surveying and highway design (COGO – Coordinate Geometry). He generalized this new tool into ICES (Integrated Civil Engineering Systems) with applications in structural engineering, highway design, project management and many other fields. Remarkably, this software concept, developed in the 1960s, is still in active use around the world and has been a success as a change agent for both the academic field of civil and environmental engineering and its commercial applications.

Miller’s tenure as department head in CEE is notable for the renewal of that department through strategic faculty appointments, expanded research funding and a host of new ideas. In addition to ICES, Miller founded the Civil Engineering Systems Lab (CESL) which, in many ways, was a precursor to the Engineering Systems Division.

Miller Lectures 2003 – Present:

The Research University in the Digital Age (2013)
by Lawrence S. Bacow
President Emeritus of Tufts University
Former MIT Chancellor

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: The Case for a New Field of Study (2012)
by Joseph Sussman
Interim Director, MIT Engineering Systems Division
JR East Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems

The Evolution of Engineering Systems: A Rich Past, an Exciting Future (2011)
The Charles L. Miller Symposium - Honoring Professor Daniel Roos
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Challenges and Opportunities Facing MIT: A View from the Provost's Office (2010)
by L. Rafael Reif
Provost, MIT

Great Leaps, Persistence, and Innovation: The Evolving Story of Hyundai (2009)
by John Krafcik
President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Motor America
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The Future of Science and Technology in Europe (2008)
by José Mariano Gago
Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
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Geeks and Chiefs: Engineering Education @ MIT (2007)
by Yossi Sheffi
Professor of Engineering Systems
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics
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The World Turned Upside Down: The Impact of the Return of India and China to their Historical Global Weight (2006)
by Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr.
President, Economic Strategy Institute
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In Charlie’s Vision: The Future of Engineering at MIT (2005)
by James Champy, '63, SM '65
Chairman of Consulting, Perot Systems Corporation
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Engineering Systems- Past Perspectives and Future Visions (2004)
by Professor Daniel Roos
Associate Dean for Engineering Systems
Co-Director, MIT Engineering Systems Division

A CEE Department for MIT for the 21st Century (2003)
by Dr. Patrick Jaillet
Professor and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Sloan
MIT School of Science
MIT School of Humanities