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Daniel Roos ’60, SM ’63, PhD ’66

Japan Steel Industry Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Engineering Systems

Director, MIT Portugal Program

Japan Steel Industry Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Engineering Systems

Director, MIT Portugal Program

Daniel Roos ’60, SM ’63, PhD ’66
Japan Steel Industry Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Engineering Systems
Director, MIT Portugal Program

Daniel Roos is the Japan Steel Industry professor of engineering systems and civil and environmental engineering, the founding director of MIT's Engineering Systems Division, the former director of MIT's Center for Transportation Studies and its Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development, and current director of the MIT Portugal Program. Professor Roos earned three MIT degrees in civil engineering in the 1960s. He is a coauthor of The Machine That Changed the World, a now-classic study of the automobile industry, published in 11 languages and has sold more than 600,000 copies. He serves as chair of the Engineering Systems University Council, a relatively young organization of universities with diverse engineering systems programs. 

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Changes that have taken place within the Department of Civil Engineering.
  • Thoughts on how to make engineering as a whole more interdisciplinary.
  • Experience transitioning from student to faculty member in the late 1960s.
  • Efforts to strengthen the relationship between industry and MIT.
  • Overview of his collaborative work on the study of automobiles.
  • Views on his participation in the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity.

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