Eppinger's research efforts are applied to improving product design and development practices, with a focus on organizing complex design processes to accelerate industrial practices. He is a pioneer in the development of the widely used Design Structure Matrix (DSM) method for managing complex system design, which is applied primarily in the automotive, electronics, aerospace, and equipment industries. His current research explores the emerging practices of globally distributed product development processes.
In addition to coauthoring a leading textbook entitled, Product Design and Development (fourth edition, 2008), he has authored more than 50 articles in refereed academic journals and conferences. In 1993, Eppinger received both the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award and the MIT Sloan 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.
Eppinger lectures regularly for international corporations and in executive education programs, and has consulted for or conducted research with more than 100 firms. He serves on the advisory boards of several technology-based small businesses, on the editorial boards for a number of academic journals, on the research advisory council of the Design Management Institute, and on the advisory board of directors of the Society of Concurrent Product Development.
Eppinger earned SB, SM, and ScD degrees from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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Advanced Management Program
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