Mechanical, Operations & Systems Engineering Program Area

Within their engineering sciences degree, students may choose a concentration in mechanical, operations, and systems engineering (MOSE). The MOSE Program Area provides structure and guidance for this concentration applying the principles of physics, economics, human behavior, and advanced computing to a wide array of domains—from fluid and thermal systems, climate change, energy and infrastructure, to healthcare, cybersecurity and information systems.

MOSE Program Area Lead: Vikrant Vaze

The Student Experience

As part of the MOSE Program Area, students receive individualized guidance within a stimulating and accessible intellectual community. We strive to help students develop communication skills and abilities as both collaborators and independent researchers and innovators.

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Students are expected to propose a plan of study that supports their interests, potentially including distinctive intellectual paths unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries and enriched by collaborative synergies.

Our graduates are prepared for top positions in either industry or academia, or, with our emphasis on entrepreneurship, to launch a tech startup of their own.

Mechanical, Operations & Systems Engineering Research

MOSE faculty work to address key challenges with human-centered impact and are leaders in their research fields, which include:

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Dartmouth Engineering Helps Plan for Flying Electric Taxis—Coming Sooner Than You Think

Professor Vikrant Vaze and his team use network optimization methods to recommend numbers, locations, and capacities of vertiports toward an accessible, affordable urban aerial mobility system.

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Students in the MOSE Program Area need not limit their academic interests. Many students and faculty move comfortably between traditional disciplines, working at the intersection of MOSE and biomedical, biochemical, electrical and computer, and materials engineering.

Our flexible curriculum allows for a wide range of academic paths which students develop with guidance from their advisor to meet individual needs.

Graduate Degrees

Students interested in obtaining a PhD, MS, or MEng focused on MOSE are encouraged to contact faculty lead Vikrant Vaze or other individual faculty in their areas of interest. Applicants are also invited to visit campus and meet with engineering students and faculty.

Undergraduate Degrees

Students interested in the AB/BE, or Partner School Dual-Degree program with a focus on MOSE are encouraged to contact Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Doug Van Citters. Applicants are also invited to visit campus and meet with engineering students and faculty.