Friday, March 6, 2009

International Symposium on Engineering Systems slated - SDM Pulse, Spring 2009

This June, MIT will host the second International Symposium on Engineering Systems, a three-day event focused on the evolution of engineering systems approaches in research and education. Attendees will gain a broad perspective on the latest advances in research, as well as achievements in industry and future challenges in the field.

Keynote speakers will include Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and former president of MIT, and Norman Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The symposium will take place June 15-17 in Wong Auditorium on the MIT campus.

The first two days of the symposium will include plenary sessions with senior representatives from academia, government, industry, and the National Academies. In a panel discussion on Monday, for example, John Reed, the retired chairman of Citigroup, will discuss the topic “critical issues and grand challenges” with Denis Cortese, the CEO of the Mayo Clinic, and Steven Koonin, chief scientist of BP.

In addition, top academics will discuss innovative new programs in engineering systems in a session on global university initiatives. Panelists will include Paulo Ferrao, director of the MIT Portugal Program; Dinesh Verma, dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises at the Stevens Institute of Technology; Martin Betts, executive dean of the School of Engineering Systems at Queensland University; and Yoshiaki Ohkami, a professor at the Graduate School of System Design and Management at Keio University.

The last of the plenary sessions will introduce key research areas in engineering systems, encompassing such topics as system architecture, enterprise perspectives, network analysis, computational social science, engineering systems design, sustainability, and critical infrastructure.

The third day will consist of concurrent breakout sessions on specific research areas. Emphasis will be on both engineering systems approaches/methodologies (e.g. complexity, flexibility, uncertainty, security, sustainability), and on applications or domains (e.g. transportation, energy, communications, aerospace, health care, manufacturing).

The Engineering Systems Symposium is sponsored by MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and the Council of Engineering Systems Universities. Cosponsors include the International Council on Systems Engineering and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

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