Olivier de Weck / Professor of Aeronautics, Astronautics & Engineering Systems

Professor Olivier L. de Weck is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. de Weck is an international leader in Systems Engineering research. He focuses on how complex man-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers, consumer products and critical infrastructures are designed, manufactured and operated and how they evolve over time. His main emphasis is on the strategic properties of these systems that have the potential to maximize lifecycle value. His group has developed quantitative methods and tools that explicitly consider manufacturability, commonality, flexibility, robustness, and sustainability among other characteristics. Significant results include the Adaptive Weighted Sum (AWS) method for resolving tradeoffs amongst competing objectives, the Delta-Design Structure Matrix (DDSM) for technology infusion analysis, Time-Expanded Decision Networks (TDN) and the SpaceNet and HabNet simulation environments. These methods have impacted complex systems in space exploration (NASA, JPL), oil and gas exploration (BP) as well as sophisticated electro-mechanical products (e.g. Xerox, Pratt & Whitney, GM, DARPA). He has authored three books and about 250 peer-reviewed papers to date. His book “Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World” was the bestseller at the MIT Press Bookstore in 2012 and has been translated to Japanese. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. Since January 2013 he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Executive Director of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project. He is currently co-director of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST and MIT.