Steven D. Eppinger is a professor of management science at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the faculty codirector of System Design & Management, a program that features master’s degree tracks in integrated product development and in complex system development.
Eppinger teaches courses in product design and innovation, engineering project management, and product management. Notably, he 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 Sloan MBA and executive programs. He is the co-author of a leading textbook, Product Design and Development (McGraw-Hill), which is now in its seventh edition.
A highly recognized scholar in the area of product development and technical project management, Eppinger helped pioneer the widely used Design Structure Matrix (DSM) method for managing complex system projects. He is also the co-author of a book based on DSM research, Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications (MIT Press).
Eppinger received SB, SM, and ScD degrees from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering before joining the MIT faculty in 1988. He has received many awards and honors.