Professor of Engineering Systems
Focusing on research and teaching in flexibility as a means to increase the expected value of system design in the inevitable context of uncertainty and risk.
Founding Chairman, MIT Technology and Policy Program
Responsible for its development over its first 25 years, 1975-2000.
I’ve dedicated my career to the development of practical methods to expand the scope of engineering to include a focus on the expected value of projects over time, in the context of the inevitable uncertainty about future demands and requirements.
My efforts over the past decade have culminated in the application of flexibility in design, to allow engineering systems to minimize the impact of undesirable consequences, while exploiting desirable opportunities.
In parallel, I’ve demonstrated the practical application of these concepts, in particular in the field of Airport Systems Planning, Design, and Management. I also collaborate widely with colleagues in many fields of system design.