Skip to main content
About HEC About HEC Faculty & Research Faculty & Research Master’s programs Master’s programs MBA Programs MBA Programs PhD Program PhD Program Executive Education Executive Education Summer School Summer School HEC Online HEC Online About HEC Overview Overview Who We Are Who We Are Egalité des chances Egalité des chances Career Center Career Center International International Campus Life Campus Life Stories Stories The HEC Foundation The HEC Foundation Faculty & Research Overview Overview Faculty Directory Faculty Directory Departments Departments Centers Centers Chairs Chairs Knowledge Knowledge Master’s programs Master in
Management Master in
Management
Dual-Degree
programs Dual-Degree
programs
MSc International
Finance MSc International
Finance
Specialized
Masters Specialized
Masters
Student Life Student Life Certificates Certificates
MBA Programs MBA MBA EMBA EMBA TRIUM EMBA TRIUM EMBA PhD Program Overview Overview HEC Difference HEC Difference Program details Program details Research areas Research areas HEC Community HEC Community Placement Placement Job Market Job Market Admissions Admissions Financing Financing Summer School Youth Leadership Initiative Youth Leadership Initiative Summer programs Summer programs Admissions Admissions FAQ FAQ HEC Online Overview Overview Degree Program Degree Program Executive certificates Executive certificates MOOCs MOOCs

Biography

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.

Scientific articles

Organizing Global Product Development for Complex Engineered Systems

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, August 2011, vol. 58, n° 3, (in coll. with A. TRIPATHY)

The Fundamental Challenge of Product Design

Journal of Product Innovation Management, May 2011, vol. 28, n° 3,

Books

Product Design and Development

McGraw-Hill

Scientific articles

Organizing Global Product Development for Complex Engineered Systems

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, August 2011, vol. 58, n° 3, (in coll. with A. TRIPATHY)

The Fundamental Challenge of Product Design

Journal of Product Innovation Management, May 2011, vol. 28, n° 3,

Books

Product Design and Development

McGraw-Hill

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2009- Visiting Professor HEC Paris

External Academic Responsabilities

  • 2014-2014 Visiting professor HEC Paris
  • 2013-2013 Visiting professor HEC Paris
  • 2009- General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Chair MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
  • 2004-2009 Academic Director MIT, Sloan School of Management
  • 2000-2003 Academic Director MIT, Sloan School of Management
  • 2001- Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
  • 1998-2001 Department Head MIT, Sloan School of Management
  • 1993-2001 Associate Professor MIT, Sloan School of Management
  • 1999- Professor MIT, Sloan School of Management
  • 1988-1993 Assistant Professor MIT, Sloan School of Management

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Corporate Design Foundation Design Management Institute Design Society Institute for Operations Research and Management Science Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Production and Operations Management Society Society of Concurrent Product Development World Economic Forum, Councils on the Global Agenda
  • Member, Industrial Advisory Board, Tufts University, Gordon Institute
  • Member, Advisory Board of Directors, Society of Concurrent Product Development

Editorial activities

  • 2012- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation
  • 2009- Member, Scientific Board, Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research
  • 2007- Member, Advisory Board, Design Society
  • 2007- Member, Advisory Board, International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics
  • 2002- Member, Editorial Board, CoDesign
  • 2002- Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Product Development
  • 1999- Member, Research Advisory Council, Scientific Committee, Design Management Institute
  • 1999- Member, Advisory Board, International Design Structure Matrix Conference
  • 1997- Member, Editorial Board, Design Studies