For future engineers to succeed, they will need to be thoroughly versed in the principles and methodologies of engineering systems. Therefore, engineering systems knowledge is of strategic importance for Portugal, since it will be a fundamental requirement for economic and social development in the 21st century. The aim of our work in Engineering Systems program is to benefit Portuguese engineering education and practice, and to serve as a model for Europe. Portugal and MIT are working together to develop engineering systems as a new field of study.

Goals include the following:

  • directly benefit Portuguese engineering education and practice as it contributes to the development of engineering systems as a new field of study, and serve as a model for all of Europe
  • establish a set of fundamental methodologies and systems concepts that apply to the design and operation of engineering systems
  • establish a portfolio of preeminent engineering systems educational programs in Portugal by integrating new systems-based concepts, methodologies and case studies in the educational initiatives
  • pursue flagship research projects that integrate research being undertaken in every area of the Program