Matthew S. Kressy

MIT Establishes New Master’s Track Integrating Design and Management

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.