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Segal Seminar Series

Steven Eppinger

February 16, 2010, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
ITW (1.350)
2133 Sheridan Rd. Evanston , IL 60208

The Future of Engineering Design


The engineering design profession is undergoing substantial changes at this time. This seminar will present some of my observations of the key changes in three areas:

  • Engineering design processes, which are now entirely digital and are becoming more globally distributed through outsourcing and offshoring business models
  • Engineering design organizations, which are hiring younger engineers who think and work differently, and which must learn to utilize technical talent in more open and collaborative ways
  • Engineering design culture, which changes slowly in established firms and is struggling to adapt to the relatively rapid changes of methods and workforce

These changes have profound impact on the profession, the ways we must develop engineers and designers today, the kinds of jobs that will be available in the near future, and the challenges of engineering leadership.


Steven D. Eppinger is Professor of Management Science at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also holds the General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Chair and has a joint appointment in MIT's Engineering Systems Division. Prof. Eppinger served as Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School from 2004 to 2009.

He has created an interdisciplinary product development course in which graduate students from engineering, management, and industrial design programs collaborate to develop new products. He also teaches MIT's executive programs in the areas of product development and complex project management. Prof. Eppinger has co-authored a leading textbook entitled Product Design and Development published by McGraw-Hill. Currently in its fourth edition, the text is used by hundreds of universities around the world.

Dr. Eppinger's research is applied to improving complex design processes in order to accelerate industrial practices. He is a pioneer in development of the widely used Design Structure Matrix method for managing complex system design. He has authored over seventy articles in refereed academic journals and conferences. He has received MIT's Graduate Student Council Teaching Award, the Sloan School's Award for Innovation and Excellence in Management Education, and twice has received the ASME Best Paper Award in Design Theory and Methodology.

Prof. Eppinger received S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering before joining the MIT faculty in 1988.

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