Tang Center - Wong Auditorium, MIT
registration for the March 29-31 Engineering Systems Symposium
is closed. There is limited space available for on-site
registration on Monday and Tuesday, March 29th and 30th.
symposium on engineering systems will be held at MIT on
March 29-31, 2004. The first two days of the Symposium will
feature plenary sessions with invited speakers from industry,
government, and academia. The third day will feature accepted
papers on specific topics in engineering systems with an
emphasis on foundational issues.
a preliminary agenda for the third day, please click here.
Symposium will explore the emerging field of engineering
systems. Prominent speakers from industry and government
will describe issues and challenges in engineering systems
based on their real world experiences. Academics from MIT
and other leading universities will discuss advances in
engineering systems research and education. The speakers
will explore engineering systems from several different
perspectives including foundational issues (e.g. complexity,
flexibility, uncertainty, emergence, system architecture),
system domains (e.g. transportation, energy, telecommunications,
aerospace), and contextual considerations (e.g. social,
political, economic and institutional factors).
of the speakers are: Charles Vest, President of MIT; William
Wulf, President of the National Academy of Engineering;
Sheila Widnall, MIT Institute Professor and member of the
Columbia Accident Investigation Board; Travis Engen, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Alcan; Joseph Bordogna, Deputy
Director of the National Science Foundation; Mortimer Downey,
former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation;
Fred Salvucci, architect of the Boston Central Artery Project
(the "Big Dig"); Joel Moses, MIT Institute Professor;
Thomas Hughes, Emeritus Mellon Professor of the History
and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania;
Robert Lucky, Corporate Vice President, Applied Research,
Bellcore; Mary Good, former Undersecretary of Technology,
U.S. Department of Commerce; and Lui Pao Chuen, Chief Defense
The engineering profession today faces a series of unprecedented
challenges as the size, scope, and complexity of engineering
systems increase at an accelerating rate. Engineering system
problems present new and difficult design considerations
because of globalization, emerging technological opportunities,
rising consumer expectations and increasing social requirements.
New frameworks, methodologies and approaches must be developed
to better understand engineering systems behavior and design.
In addition to increasing technical complexity, an engineer
must consider organizational and societal requirements to
insure that engineering systems are developed on time, on
budget and performs to technical expectations.