Product development, design experts named faculty co-directors of MIT’s System Design and Management program

Steven D. EppingerPat Hale in 1977.

By Lois Slavin, SDM Communications Director
May 17, 2010

On April 15, 2010, Subra Suresh, Dean, MIT School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering and David C. Schmittlein, John C. Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management announced that Professors Steven D. Eppinger and Warren P. Seering are the new faculty co-directors for MIT’s System Design and Management program.

"We are thrilled that Steve and Warren will be leading SDM," said Pat Hale, director of the SDM Fellows program. "They are each renowned in their fields, both for their cutting-edge research and their expertise in, and commitment to, education. All of us here in SDM look forward to working with them both."

Steven D. Eppinger, General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems, is the new SDM co-director representing MIT Sloan School of Management.

Warren Seering, Weber-Shaughness Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems, is the new SDM co-director representing MIT’s School of Engineering.

Seering, Weber-Shaughness Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Engineering Systems, is now SDM’s faculty co-director from the MIT School of Engineering. His prior positions at MIT have included Head of the Design and Systems Division of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the MIT Center for Innovation in Product Development. Seering has received numerous honors, among them the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the MIT Harold E. Edgerton Award, the Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Design Commendation, a Best Paper Award from the ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference, the Westinghouse Distinguished Lectureship at the University of Michigan, and the MIT Frank E. Perkins Award for excellence in Graduate Advising. Prof. Seering is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Head of the Advisory Board of the International Design Society. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Eppinger, the new SDM co-director from MIT Sloan School of Management, holds the General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Chair at Sloan and a joint appointment in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. He served as Deputy Dean of MIT Sloan from 2004 to 2009, as faculty co-director for SDM and the Leaders for Manufacturing programs from 2001 to 2003 and as co-director of the Center for Innovation in Product Development from 1999 to 2001.

At MIT Sloan, Prof. Eppinger created an interdisciplinary product development course, in which graduate students from engineering, management, and industrial design programs collaborate to develop new products. He has co-authored a textbook entitled Product Design and Development, 4th edition (2008). In 1993, he received both MIT’s Graduate Student Council Teaching Award and the Sloan School’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Management Education. He received the ASME Best Paper Award in Design Theory and Methodology in 1995 and again in 2001. He holds an Sc.D. from the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Pat Hale, Director of the SDM Fellows program said, "With this, SDM is passing another milestone of sorts, as we designate separate faculty co-directors for SDM from MIT Sloan and the School of Engineering and keep the original team for LGO. We all thank Professors Tom Allen and David Simchi-Levi for their hard work and support in evolving SDM and wish them the best as they continue to be the co-directors for LGO and in all of their endeavors. Their support of MIT’s System Design and Management program was much appreciated and we are grateful for their leadership and their service."