DTU Ørsted Lecture with Professor Steven Eppinger on 28 October
Place: Building 303A, Auditorium 42 (main), Auditoriums 43 (live streaming).
Duration: 1 hour lecture (3-4 pm), followed by a reception in Building 303A, in the foyer.
The Architecture of Complex System Development
Addressing many of our critical global challenges and creating today’s technical products and large systems all involve tremendously complex engineering processes. We now have methods to study and improve these development processes based on analysis of the myriad interfaces comprising their architecture. We use a method known as Design Structure Matrix (DSM) which enables graphical mapping of complex architectures and analytical insights leading to improved system engineering and integration. As modern engineering methods become more digital, distributed, and agile, DSM-based analysis has proven to be extremely valuable in managing this complexity. To illustrate the method, we draw upon examples from electronics, energy, aerospace, telecommunication, automobile, and other industries.
Steven Eppinger is Professor of Management Science and Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management where he holds the General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Chair. Prof Eppinger teaches interdisciplinary courses at both the masters and executive levels in product design and innovation, engineering project management, and digital product management. He has co-authored a leading textbook entitled Product Design and Development (McGraw-Hill). Recently released in its seventh edition, the text has been translated into several languages and used by hundreds of universities and hundreds of thousands of students. Dr. Eppinger's research is applied to improving complex technical projects in a wide range of industries and is the basis of the book titled Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications (MIT Press). His research contributes to fields ranging from project management and systems engineering to product development and product management. He is one of the most widely cited scholars in the engineering design and technical management disciplines. Prof. Eppinger is the Co-Director of MIT’s masters degree programs in System Design and Management (SDM) and Integrated Design and Management (IDM). He served as Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management for five years and has held a joint appointment at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division. He received S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering.