Steven Eppinger

General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, System Design and Management Program


Steven Eppinger Steven D. Eppinger is the General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor, a Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems, and the Co-Director of the System Design and Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Eppinger served as deputy dean of MIT Sloan from 2004 to 2009; as faculty co-director of the Leaders for Global Operations (formerly MIT Leaders for Manufacturing) and the System Design and Management programs from 2001 to 2003; and as co-director of the Center for Innovation in Product Development from 1999 to 2001. Prior to joining the MIT faculty in 1988, he worked as a machinist, manufacturing engineer, product designer, and consultant in both prototype and production operations.

His research efforts are applied to improving product design and development practices. Conducted within MIT’s Center for Innovation in Product Development, his work focuses on organizing complex design processes in order to accelerate industrial practices, and has been applied primarily in the automotive, electronics, aerospace, and equipment industries. At MIT Sloan, Eppinger 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 area of product development.

In 1993, he received both MIT’s Graduate Student Council Teaching Award and the MIT Sloan Award for Innovation and Excellence in Management Education. Eppinger has co-authored a widely used textbook entitled, Product Design and Development, Fifth Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2008). The author of more than 40 articles in refereed academic journals and conferences, 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 50 firms. He serves 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 holds SB, SM, and ScD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Faculty Media

  • 10 Agile Ideas Worth Sharing

    MIT Sloan professor Steven Eppinger makes the case that agile applies not just to software development, but to large-scale systems engineering too.

  • [Innovation@Work Webinar] Systematic Innovation by Design

    MIT Sloan Professor Steven Eppinger, author of one of the most widely used texts on product development, explains how the essential elements of "design thinking" can be applied with great success...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] The Design Structure Matrix: Helping to See Complexity in Systems

    Many global business organizations develop and manage complex systems with multiple interacting parts. In an effort to become more effective, efficient, and profitable in the face of growing...

  • New Model for Estimating Risk Proves Effective in Case Studies

    MIT Sloan has presented new research about a new model that estimates risks and extends gate review analysis beyond “go” and “no go” options.

  • The Design Structure Matrix: A Tool for Managing Complexity

    How do you ensure the flow of information among people and teams in a large organization without information overload? This problem is addressed by a technique called the Design Structure Matrix (...

  • Design Structure Matrix Analysis: Better Product Design Through a Simple Square Chart

    Now suppose someone said you could accomplish these assignments by drawing a simple square chart on a piece of graph paper. No need for buggy software systems, labyrinthine flow charts or bloated...

  • Better Product Design Through a Simple Square Chart

    Welcome to the world of Design Structure Matrix (DSM) modeling, a management exercise that forms one branch of MIT’s long-running institutional fascination with the analysis of complex systems.

  • Entrepreneurial Students Dive into Product Design and Development

    At the conclusion of the presentations, the three instructors of the course: MIT Professors Steven Eppinger and Warren Seering, as well as Matthew Kressy, who holds joint appointments at MIT and...

  • UI Labs Opens on Goose Island Amid High Expectations

    Steven Eppinger, a professor of engineering and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, said the design and engineering communities are excited about...

  • Technology Readiness Levels at 40: A Study of State-of-the-Art Use, Challenges, and Opportunities

    The technology readiness level (TRL) scale was introduced by NASA in the 1970s as a tool for assessing the maturity of technologies during complex system development.


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Mastering Design Thinking (online) Feb 3-Apr 21, 2021 | Apr 15-Jul 1, 2021 | Jun 23-Aug 9, 2021

Systematic Innovation by Design: Application to Development of Products and Services
Understand how the essential elements of "design thinking" can be applied to product and service innovation.