By Lois Slavin, Communications Director
Matt Kressy, director of Integrated Design & Management (IDM), has announced the appointment of Andrew MacInnis as IDM’s materials and methods instructor, effective July 1, 2015. In this role, MacInnis will teach design and prototyping to the inaugural IDM class as well as oversee operations in the new Integrated Design Lab, which is located in MIT’s International Design Center.
MacInnis comes to MIT with more than 20 years of iterative research and design expertise in the consumer, military, and sports industries. He also brings valuable hands-on experience gained from early career positions that evolved from shop hand to model maker, model shop manager, founder of Monster Prototype, and production manager-process developer. He holds a BFA in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
“Andy is one of the most accomplished creators I have ever met,” Kressy said. “We are thrilled to have him as part of our teaching team and look forward to watching our students marvel at what they are able to accomplish under his guidance.”
Most recently, MacInnis worked as product implementation manager at Revision Military, which designs and delivers protective equipment for soldiers worldwide. He was responsible for designing and establishing best practices in the composite and paint shops of the company’s composite center of excellence. He was a major contributor to the selection and refinement of materials and techniques for structural elements of a cutting-edge anti-ballistic helmet. He also wrote technical instructions and trained and managed staff.
“Our students are blessed to be coming of age in an era where options abound for the creation and development of their ideas. I am excited to guide each of them along their own paths to success,” MacInnis said.