Sustainable Infrastructure Systems:

Planning and Operations

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START
February 28th, 2022
END
April 26th, 2022
DURATION
8 weeks
COMMITMENT
8-10 hours a week
LANGUAGE
English
FORMAT
Online
PRICE
$2,700 USD
MIT CEU’s
6.4

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems:

Planning and Operations

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START
February 28th, 2022, 2021
END
April 26th, 2022
DURATION
8 weeks
COMMITMENT
8-10 hours a week
LANGUAGE
English
FORMAT
Online
PRICE
$2,700 USD
MIT CEU’s
6.4

Special early enrollment discount of $270 USD when you register before December 21st, 2021

How can we repair and rebuild infrastructure that adapts to the changes of an uncertain future?

In countries around the globe, debilitated infrastructure—or a complete lack thereof—causes outages, puts human safety at risk, and leads to the loss of thousands of working hours and their subsequent economic impact. And as regions around the world deal with the effects of the climate crisis, this new era will require new methods and a new approach to repairing and rebuilding infrastructure in a more sustainable, adaptable way.

$3300

In the US alone, underinvestment in infrastructure will negatively impact GDP, employment, personal income, and global trade, costing each household an average of $3300 per year*.

Source: *American Society of Civil Engineers’ Failure to Act Report

-2.8Gt

Investments in low-carbon, urban transport solutions could reduce 2.8 gigatons* of GHG emissions per year by 2050.

Source: *The New Climate Economy

5x

Investments in renewable energies and infrastructure could create 5 times more jobs* than traditional energy investments in fossil fuels.

Source: *UN Environment Programme

An online course for planning and developing sustainable, adaptable infrastructure

With MIT Professional Education’s online course, Sustainable Infrastructure Systems: Planning and Operations, you will explore systems theory as the basis for analysis, development, and engineering of sustainable, adaptable technological systems. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop modern sustainable infrastructure, from public policy and planning to operations management and data collection.

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Throughout this course you will

1.

Examine systems theory

as a tool throughout the conception, analysis, and design of technological systems operating in modern societies and embedded within the natural environment.

2.

Explore metrics and evaluation methods

for determining sustainability of the different components of systems.

3.

Discover life-cycle assessments (LCAs)

and life-cycle sustainability assessments (LCSAs) to identify and develop new methods for boosting sustainability through multi-industry systems.

4.

Map out interactions between components,

identifying feedback and potential unintended consequences, as well as system lock-in.

5.

Compute life-cycle value

using expected net-present value and other sustainability-based value metrics.

6.

Determine water, energy, and agricultural

sector resource linkages in a particular region and extract insights relevant for local policy and planning.

In addition, you will receive a Certificate of Completion

All participants who successfully complete the online course Sustainable Infrastructure Systems: Planning and Operations will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion. In addition, they will also earn 6.4 Continuing Education Units (MIT CEUs).

In order to obtain CEUs, participants must complete a required CEU accreditation form. CEUs are calculated based on the number of learning hours in each course.

* An MIT CEU is a unit of credit equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program for professionals.

This course is designed for

Professionals and organizations from both the public and private sectors looking to discover a systems theory approach to the sustainable development of infrastructure. This course is designed for professionals from an array of backgrounds and fields, including:

  • C-suite executives and mid-to-senior-level managers
    looking to develop an understanding of the concepts and key definitions of systems theory and its relation to infrastructure development and engineering.
  • Policymakers and development agencies
    interested in gaining insights into sustainable infrastructure improvements and development to support economic growth while working toward targets such as the UN SDGs.
  • Engineers and technical professionals
    committed to understanding the benefits of utilizing technology to develop sustainable infrastructure systems to enhance our global quality of life.
  • Consultants
    seeking to provide their clients with innovative and sustainable infrastructure solutions for business problems while demonstrating credibility and capability through a respected course.
  • Finance leaders and economists
    interested in the balance of macroeconomic principles and environmental, societal, and governance (ESG) criteria and investment.

Meet the Faculty of this program

Olivier de Weck

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT

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de Weck is a leader in systems engineering research. He focuses on how complex, man-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers, and critical infrastructures are designed and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on strategic properties that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value.

Afreen Siddiqi

Research scientist, MIT. Adjunct lecturer of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School

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Siddiqi’s research develops systems-theoretic methods, with data-driven analysis, for novel insights to inform design, decisions, and policy for engineered systems. The methods combine simulation, optimization, and decision analysis. Her recent work has focused on new hydropower, desalination, waste-to-energy, and agriculture systems, and on understanding the systemic interconnections between water, energy, and food security.

Are you ready to plan, design, and operate sustainable infrastructure systems?

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