The ESD undergraduate curriculum is concerned with the design, analysis, and management of large scale complex engineering systems such as supply chains, financial services, health care delivery systems, transportation systems, security and defense systems, energy production and distribution systems. A distinguishing feature of engineering systems, in addition to their complexity and scale, is that they typically involve multiple stake holders (multiple firms, consumers, governments) and multiple infrastructures (utility, transportation, and telecommunication networks); they are technology-intensive, sensitive to their socio-economic context, and often have broad societal implications (e.g., affect health, mobility, affordability and equity, and environmental stewardship).
The ESD undergraduate curriculum is structured to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be future system architects and leaders. Students learn to analyze, design and manage engineering systems with a global perspective, and benefit from extensive, guided experiences in a range of contexts. Their knowledge and skills are applicable across many types of engineering systems and industries, including manufacturing, service, and the public sector.
In addition to providing for a strong foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics, science, and engineering, the ESD curriculum provides students with significant exposure to the social sciences, including management, economics, and public policy, as well as an emphasis on soft skills, including communication, team work, entrepreneurship, and ethics. An important focus of the curriculum is analytics, the leveraging of big data, efficient algorithms, and cheap computing to support intelligent and data-driven decision making in a variety of domains. The ESD curriculum is modular and flexible, with a mix of half and full term courses and a wide range of electives.