6.933J / STS.420J The Structure of Engineering Revolutions

As taught in: Fall 2001

A scientist squatting in front of a mainframe computer.

Analog computing machine, an early version of the modern computer. (Image is taken from NASA's Web site: http://www.nasa.gov.)




Prof. David Mindell

Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features a selection of student projects, as well as assignments and other materials used by the students in the course.

Course Description

6.933J / STS.420J provides an integrated approach to engineering practice in the real world. Students of 6.933J / STS.420J research the life cycle of a major engineering project, new technology, or startup company from multiple perspectives: technical, economic, political, and cultural. Research involves interviewing inventors, reading laboratory notebooks, evaluating patents, and looking over the shoulders of engineers as they developed today's technologies. This subject is for students who recognize that technical proficiency alone is only part of the formula for success in technology.