Why Study Socio-Technical Systems?
Socio-technical systems are complex large-scale technology-intensive systems with a large number of stakeholders, where technological complexity and social complexity need to be tackled in an integrated fashion. Examples include the internet (and its problems of security, privacy and design), urban, regional and global transportation systems, regional and national power grids, telecommunication networks, the global financial system, environmental systems, national healthcare systems, cities and other large-scale projects with significant societal impact.
The Master of Science in Socio-Technical Systems at Stevens provides students with the ability to analyze and model such systems, design policies and strategies for their sustainable management and propose ways for their continuous improvement. This highly interdisciplinary program is primarily a research degree preparing students for Ph.D. programs in socio-technical systems, public policy, strategic management, engineering management, financial engineering and other related disciplines. The program is also suitable for decision-makers, managers and planners of complex large-scale systems. Leveraging insights from systems thinking, complexity science, management, public policy, economics and modeling and simulation, the program allows students to acquire the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to engage some of the most complex issues facing humanity today.
Message from Program Director
The Stevens Master of Science in Socio-Technical Systems prepares students to understand and develop solutions for problems involving systems and enterprises that are socio-technical in nature, i.e. including the human element in understanding the qualitative and quantitative process of evolving the enterprise/system. The qualitative knowledge delivered by the curriculum addresses social and governance phenomena and challenges particular to socio-technical systems. The quantitative aspect complements the program with the skills to technically analyze the evolving and uncertain nature of enterprises. The program provides an interdisciplinary blend of courses in systems engineering, financial engineering and enterprise science.
Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez, Associate Professor & Program Director, Socio-Technical Systems