By Don Rosenfield
LGO Program Director
In founding the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program in 1988, we wanted to offer students exposure to a breadth of engineering disciplines. At first, three MIT engineering programs were affiliated with LGO. In 2011, we will have seven participating engineering departments.
At LGO, you will focus on one engineering discipline as a prelude to an engineering career or leadership opportunities with manufacturing and operations companies. Five of our engineering programs include technology tracks that let you delve into a defined area in greater depth. The tracks provide more specificity than the general department studies.
While a particular engineering program may give you an edge in entering a certain industry sector, no matter which program (or even track) you choose, you'll receive a broad education that prepares you well for a variety of careers in manufacturing and operations. People always ask which discipline to choose and my advice is always the same: go with your interests and passions and make sure you have the required qualifications. Applying to one discipline over another will not affect the likelihood of being admitted to LGO.
Here's a quick overview of our engineering disciplines. For more detailed information about each discipline, follow the links below to the individual websites.
Engineering systems is an expansive area of study where we have established tracks in three major intellectual areas (choosing one is required):
- Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chains
- Systems Engineering
- Energy and Environmental Sustainability – this track focuses more on energy than sustainability (compared with the similar track in Mechanical Engineering).
ME is another area of expansive study which also includes three tracks (choosing one is required).
- Energy and Environmental Sustainability - this track focuses more on sustainable energy generation than the similar track in Engineering Systems.
ChemE offers one optional track: Chemical Manufacturing Systems. Both the program and the track provide a broad background ideal for a variety of chemical engineering careers.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
CEE is particularly appealing to students interested in public-sector work. It offers two optional tracks:
- Energy and the Environment;
The Energy/Environment track gives students experience with environmental issues such as renewable energy, and water treatment and sustainability, while the transportation track is heavily focused on courses exploring motor, rail or air transportation systems and analysis and planning.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
EECS offers two optional tracks:
- Information and Decision Systems
Semiconductors provides an ideal background for students who are interested in processor technology innovation and leading edge manufacturing processes and who want to work for a company such as Intel. Students with a background in computer science often gravitate toward Information/Decision Systems.
Aeronautics and Astronautics
This program is a good area of study for those students interested in manufacturing areas such as structures and composites or in operational areas such as airlines operations.
This is a focused program addressing how biosystems operate and how to develop biology-based technologies. There are no tracks.
To learn more about students’ backgrounds and their experiences in different disciplines, you may want to read the LGO student blogs.
Click here to learn more about MBA and MS engineering courses available in the LGO program. Or, find out about MBA employment opportunities for LGO graduates.