Research

Engineering systems are socio-technical systems that provide solutions to central economic and societal challenges. Examples include generation and distribution of energy, enabling global communication, creating affordable healthcare, managing global manufacturing and supply chains or building and maintaining critical infrastructure.

Such systems are characterised by challenges such as

  • technical and organisational complexity,
  • social intricacy of human behaviour, and
  • uncertainty of long life cycles.

In addressing these challenges, we employ an interdisciplinary approach in research, education and consulting. Our work focusses on three major research themes:

  • Interdisciplinary Design of Engineering Systems: We investigate how design activities during initial or adaptive design of Engineering Systems can be described, analysed and improved, e.g. through engineering design, systems engineering, and systems ergonomics.
  • Management of Engineering Systems throughout their life cycle: Including analysis of requirements, design activities, deployment or implementation, as well as operation and end-of-life transition activities, e.g. through project-, programme-, and portfolio management.
  • Aligning Business Strategy and Public Policy for Engineering Systems: While business, finance and technology developments define what is feasible, public policy defines priorities and regulatory frameworks. Additionally, when engineering systems are publicly funded or subsidised (e.g. transportation or energy infrastructure, defense systems), communication, contracting and coordination is particularly challenging.



Contact

Anja Maier
Professor, Head of Division
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 60 45