By Olivier L. de Weck, Daniel Roos, Christopher L. Magee, Charles M. Vest
Engineering, for a lot of the 20th century, used to be usually approximately artifacts and innovations. Now, it really is more and more approximately advanced platforms. because the plane taxis to the gate, you entry the net and fee e-mail along with your PDA, linking the communique and transportation platforms. At domestic, you recharge your plug-in hybrid car, linking transportation to the electrical energy grid. modern large-scale, hugely complicated sociotechnical structures converge, engage, and rely on one another in methods engineers of outdated may well slightly have imagined. As scale, scope, and complexity elevate, engineers ponder technical and social matters jointly in a hugely built-in means as they layout versatile, adaptable, powerful structures that may be simply transformed and reconfigured to fulfill altering standards and new technological opportunities.Engineering platforms bargains a finished exam of such platforms and the linked rising box of analysis. via scholarly dialogue, concrete examples, and heritage, the authors give some thought to the engineer's altering position, new how you can version and study those platforms, the affects on engineering schooling, and the longer term demanding situations of assembly human wishes throughout the technologically enabled platforms of at the present time and day after today.