Professor Seering named engineering co-director for SDM, LFM

Warren Seering

By Lois Slavin, Communications Director, MIT Engineering Systems Division
May 31, 2007

Professor Warren Seering will become the Engineering Co-Director for the SDM and LFM programs beginning on July 1. He will take over for David Simchi-Levi who will be on a well-deserved sabbatical leave during the coming academic year.

Professor Seering is the Weber-Shaughness Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems. He has been actively involved with the Leaders for Manufacturing program since its inception. In 1988 he was named the Digital Equipment Corporation Leaders for Manufacturing Professor, a position in which he worked closely with Bill Hanson, then VP of manufacturing at DEC.

During the early 1990’s, Professor Seering served as LFM Research Co-director. In 1997, he participated, with a set of industrial collaborators, in designing the Product Development Track for the System Design and Management Program and in initiating programs based on the SDM model at several other universities. Over the years, he has been an active supervisor of thesis projects with students in both the LFM and the SDM programs.

Professor Seering has also served as Co-director of the MIT Center for Innovation in Product Development and as a founding Director of the Nissan Cambridge Basic Research Laboratory, and he is currently on the Board of Management of the International Design Society. He recently received the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising.