General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, System Design and Management Program
Steven D. Eppinger has created an interdisciplinary product development course at the MIT Sloan School of Management, in which graduate students from engineering, management, and industrial design programs collaborate to develop new products. He also teaches MIT Executive Education programs in the areas of product development and complex project management. From July 2004 through June 2009, he served as deputy dean of MIT Sloan, and was acting dean from July 2007 to October 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he served as faculty co-director of the Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) and the System Design and Management (SDM) programs. He served as co-director of the Center for Innovation in Product Development from 1999 to 2001. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1988, he worked as a machinist, a manufacturing engineer, a product designer, and a consultant in both prototype and production operations.
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.