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Headshot of IDM & SDM Faculty Co-director Warren Seering

Warren Seering is the Weber/Shaughness professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and the engineering co-director of the System Design and Management Program and IDM.  His interests are in understanding the ways that design happens when done by individuals and by teams.

Professor Seering’s teaching activities are focused on conveying how the confluence of user needs and design ideas leads through various processes to the delivery of useful products.  He has taught undergraduate and graduate project-based courses in design, manufacturing, and product development.  His teaching is motivated by curiosity about the creative processes that bring products into being.

With his students, Professor Seering studies design professionals and design teams.  The purpose of his research is to understand the implications of use of selected design processes and to find ways to improve product outcomes.  He is particularly interested in the ways that members of design teams collaborate.

Professor Seering earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia and his Ph.D. from the Design Division of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.  He is a member of the editorial boards of several design journals and a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Design Society.