New consortium expands scope of ESD initiative - SDM Pulse, Spring 2007
MIT ESD’s Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEARI), which works to address complex socio-technical challenges through sponsored systems-engineering research, recently established a new consortium to broaden its reach.
“Our sponsored research program has proven successful in targeting specific problems of a single sponsor,” said Donna H. Rhodes, the director of SEARI. “The new consortium is designed to tackle problems that are both appropriately and more feasibly undertaken as broader, collaborative endeavors for the benefit of the community.”
The consortium membership structure is tiered (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze), offering a variety of benefits and opportunities for engagement commensurate with sponsorship type. Strategic partners of the MIT SDM program and members of the Lean Aerospace Initiative, groups that have been major sponsors and advocates for systems engineering research at MIT, will automatically receive Bronze-level benefits. Naturally, some may also elect to participate in the SEARI consortium at an enhanced sponsorship level.
The consortium will bring academia, industry and government experts together for collaborative learning and joint research on advanced systems engineering topics, such as designing systems for changeability; cost modeling and leading indicators for effectiveness; systems engineering practices for commercial products and services; and enablers for collaborative distributed systems engineering.
Through the new consortium, MIT seeks to engage with many more systems engineering leaders to better understand the way they work and the problems they face so that research programs can deliver practical and effective solutions. By sponsoring the consortium, systems leaders can guide research priorities; gain early access to research findings; and participate in research summits and deep technical exchanges. Since industry and government have limited resources to invest in systems research, the consortium provides a structure for pooling talent and resources in order to address significant problems that affect the broader systems community.
The largest systems problems are unlikely to be solved by the single-sponsor research investment model, Rhodes noted, adding that a consortium is a better model for achieving benefits for the systems community at large. “A key part of our strategy is to offer combined SDM and SEARI events, and to make SEARI one of the key intellectual homes for SDM thesis research,” she said.
For further information on consortium membership, visit web.mit.edu/seari or contact the leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org.