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Join us for an IDM Information Session

Thursday, November 5, 2015,

6:30-9:30pm,

in our Integrated Design Lab.

You will have the opportunity to learn about this groundbreaking program for early-to-mid career design, engineering, and business professionals, network with IDM faculty, students, and staff, and discuss career opportunities.

You can find a recording of the info session here. 

If you are unable to be on campus, join us on YouTube. That’s right, we will be live streaming the presentation and panel discussion.

Matthew S. Kressy

Kressy Named Director of MIT IDM

Matthew S. Kressy named to lead, develop, and teach

By Lois Slavin, SDM Communications Director

Matthew S. Kressy

Matthew S. Kressy
Photo by Dave Schultz

(September 3, 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts) Matthew S. Kressy has been named director of the Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master’s degree track offered by the MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program. Scheduled to admit its first cohort in September 2015, IDM is the first MIT graduate program to offer a master’s degree that combines industrial design, engineering design, and other design disciplines with management. Like SDM, IDM is offered jointly by the MIT School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management and is targeted at early to mid-career professionals. Graduates will receive an MIT master’s degree in engineering and management.

Kressy brings to MIT extensive expertise in globally distributed, interdisciplinary, design-driven product development, from deep user research and concept generation to prototype iteration, risk reduction, and volume manufacturing. An entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured more than 100 products for Fortune 500 clients and others, including Kronos, Massachusetts General Hospital, APC, the US Army and Teradyne Corporation.

Kressy’s experience in academia includes co-teaching SDM’s Product Design and Development courses (15.783 and ESD.40) at MIT since 1999. He has also taught at Harvard Business School, Babson College, Olin School of Engineering, and the Rhode Island School of Design (from which he holds a bachelor of fine arts in industrial design). Companies that have helped to fund projects in his classes include Intel, Nokia, Marriott, and General Mills. In his role as IDM director, Kressy will lead the new track’s development and teach its primary and required courses.

Professor Steven Eppinger, MIT Sloan SDM codirector, said, “Matt is a brilliant industrial designer. Not only is he a hands-on expert in interdisciplinary product development, he has consistently received teaching accolades from students at MIT and the Rhode Island School of Design over the past 15 plus years.”

Warren Seering, MIT School of Engineering SDM codirector, added, “In order to succeed, companies need design professionals with expertise in engineering and management, like those that MIT IDM will produce. Matt brings the perfect combination of industry experience, design expertise, and teaching excellence to IDM.”

About MIT Integrated Design & Management

Formally launched in 2014 as a new track within the MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program, Integrated Design & Management (IDM) integrates industrial design, engineering design, and other design disciplines with management. Offered jointly by the MIT School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, IDM is targeted at early to mid-career professionals and will be taught in an innovative design studio format. Graduates will be awarded a master of science degree in engineering and management.

Potential students and industry partners can learn more about IDM by contacting idm@mit.edu.

Webinar: Integrated Design for Product Success

Matthew S. Kressy

Matthew S. Kressy
Photo by Dave Schultz

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Matthew S. Kressy, Director and Senior Lecturer, Integrated Design & Management, MIT

Date: November 3, 2014

Download the presentation slides

About the Presentation

Excellence in product design is at the heart of success, yet more products fail than succeed. Integrating a balance of design, engineering, and business is critical, but challenging. Getting it right in the midst of uncertainty can be messy, complex, and daunting.

In this webinar, Matthew S. Kressy, director of MIT’s newly established Integrated Design & Management master’s degree track, will discuss why product designs can succeed or fail. He will provide a high-level overview of strengths and weaknesses in currently popular design approaches. Then he will discuss:

  • Characteristics of good design approaches that are interdisciplinary and user-centered, yet also maximize creativity and embrace failure as a stepping stone;
  • Characteristics of weak design approaches, such as siloed thinking and fear of failure;
  • The importance of early integration of all product development disciplines;
  • A new model for educating design, engineering, and management professionals to be “tri-lingual” in these disciplines and work together more effectively;
  • General guidelines and a checklist to help organizations accurately assess their resources; and
  • Next steps to consider.

A Q&A will follow the presentation.

We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Matthew S. Kressy, director of MIT SDM’s newly established Integrated Design & Management (IDM) master’s degree track, currently co-teaches product design and development classes at MIT and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has also co-taught at Harvard, Babson College, and Olin School of Engineering.

Kressy has extensive expertise in globally distributed, interdisciplinary, design-driven product development, from deep user research and concept generation to prototype iteration, risk reduction, and volume manufacturing. An entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured more than 100 products for Fortune 500 clients and others, including Kronos, Massachusetts General Hospital, APC, the US Army, and Teradyne Corporation.

He holds a B.F.A. in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

About MIT Integrated Design & Management

Formally launched in 2014 as a new track within the MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program, Integrated Design & Management (IDM) integrates industrial design, engineering design, and other design disciplines with management. Offered jointly by the MIT School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, IDM is targeted at early to mid-career professionals and will be taught in an innovative design studio format. Graduates will be awarded a master of science degree in engineering and management.

Potential students and industry partners can learn more about IDM by contacting Matthew S. Kressy at mkressy@mit.edu. An IDM website will launch in mid-October at idm.mit.edu.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Virtual Info Session Available On Demand

 

Learn about the MIT Master’s in Engineering and Management and the new track in Integrated Design & Management

 

Download the slides here. 

Please enjoy a virtual Information Session on a new MIT graduate offering, Integrated Design & Management (IDM). Graduates receive a master’s degree in engineering and management.

IDM is designed for early to mid-career professionals with experience in design, engineering, and/or management. It will begin in fall 2015.

For further information, please feel free to email Lesley Perera at lperera@mit.edu or call 617.452.2432.