Engineering Systems and Design (ESD) is one of four academic pillars at SUTD. The focus of ESD is the study of large scale complex systems whose performance and function depend both on their technology and on the socio-economic context within which they operate. Examples include supply chains and logistics, financial services, health care delivery systems, transportation systems, security and defense systems, energy production and distribution systems, and many more.
Our Academic Programs
The ESD pillar offers highly innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, with a unique emphasis on design and active learning. In addition to providing for a strong foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics, science, and engineering, the ESD undergraduate curriculum provides students with a significant exposure to the social sciences, including management, economics, and public policy, and an emphasis on the soft skills, including communication, team work, entrepreneurship, and ethics. The ESD curriculum is modular and flexible, with a mix of half and full term courses and a wide range of technical electives, allowing students to gain more depth in one of several application focus tracks.
The ESD pillar is involved in several MS degrees, jointly with MIT, including the MIT-SUTD MS degrees in Supply Chain Management, in System and Management, and in Engineering in Manufacturing. Students spend one year at MIT and one year at SUTD and earn two masters degrees: one from MIT and another from SUTD.
Our flagship PhD program is a selective program that aims to produce the next generation of leading engineering systems researchers and thinkers. The PhD program provides students with a strong technical foundation and emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative research, enhanced by an industry internship experience, an international exchange experience, and a teaching experience. The PhD program is mentoring intensive and with a unique fluid advising structure that allows students to work with multiple faculty members and faculty members to engage with multiple students. As with the undergraduate students, PhD students also benefit from a rich and tailored professional development program with a focus on soft skills, including communication, leadership and entrepreneurship.