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Position:Professor of Operations ManagementDepartment:Information Systems and Supply Chain MgmtOffice:Tandy Hall 292CRole:FacultyEducation
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • * Ph.D. Technology, Management and Policy (Engineering Management)
  • * S.M. Aeronautics and Astronautics (Systems Engineering)
  • * S.M. Technology and Policy
  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
  • * B.S. Engineering Physics
Areas of Expertise / Research
  • Project management, Program management
  • Product development and systems engineering processes
  • Process modeling, analysis, and improvement, including Lean and Six Sigma
  • Design structure matrix (DSM)
  • Risk management
  • Enterprise engineering
  • Operational excellence
Work Experience
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, TX
  • Lean Aerospace Initiative, Cambridge, MA
  • Honeywell Space Systems, Clearwater, FL
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Courses Taught
  • Managing Operations & Processes (MBA Core)
  • Project Management (MBA Elective)
  • Program Management (MBA Elective)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt for Managers (MBA Elective and Executive Education)
  • Risk Management in Operations and Supply Chains (MBA Elective)
  • Developing Operational Excellence (Executive Education)
  • Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications (Professional Workshop)
  • Product Development Process Modeling (Professional Workshop)
  • And other executive education and professional workshops...
Key Publications
  • “Designing Products for Adaptability: Insights from Four Industrial Cases,” Decision Sciences, 48(5): 875-917, 2017, with Avner Engel and Yoram Reich.
  • “Managing a Portfolio of Product Development Projects under Resource Constraints,” Decision Sciences, 47(2): 333-372, 2016, with Ali A. Yassine.
  • “Reducing Unwelcome Surprises in Project Management,” MIT Sloan Management Review, 56(3): 53-62, with Ranga V. Ramasesh.
  • “A Conceptual Framework for Tackling Knowable Unknown Unknowns in Project Management,” Journal of Operations Management, 32(4): 190-204, 2014, with Ranga V. Ramasesh.
  • "Linking Product Architecture and Quality," Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 15(3): 473-491, 2013, with Manuel E. Sosa and Jürgen Mihm.
  • Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications, MIT Press, 2012, with Steven D. Eppinger.
  • "On the Alignment of the Purposes and Views of Process Models in Project Management," Journal of Operations Management, 28(4): 316-332, 2010.
  • "Reconceptualizing the Effects of Lean on Production Costs with Evidence from the F-22 Program," Journal of Operations Management, 27(1): 23-44, 2009, with Ralph D. Heath.
  • "A Survey of Activity Network-based Process Models for Managing Product Development Projects," Production and Operations Management, 16(2): 217-240, 2007, with Ranga V. Ramasesh.
Awards / Recognition
  • Neeley School of Business 2013 Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar
  • MBA Core Teaching Award, 2007
  • MBA Elective Teaching Award, 2015
  • Voted an MBA class “Favorite Professor,” 2013-2017
International Experience
  • Research projects with colleagues in Europe and Asia
  • Advising Master's and Ph.D. theses at MIT and the Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Dissertation evaluator in Belgium and Germany
  • Travel abroad to 26 countries on 5 continents
  • With organizations including BNSF Railways, BoozAllen Hamilton, General Motors, Husch Blackwell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Seagate, Siemens, Southern California Edison, and the U.S. Navy in areas such as project/program management, process modeling, risk management, and the design structure matrix (DSM)
Hobbies / Interests
  • Traveling, soccer, football, scuba diving, running, theology and philosophy