Paris - Cité Universitaire (France)

De Weck Olivier


Olivier De Weck

Prof. de Weck’s research is in advanced Systems Engineering. He focuses on complex man-made systems and how we can design them to maximize lifecycle value. System lifecycle properties (‘Ilities’) such as flexibility, evolvability and interoperability are of great interest to him. Specific research results include methods such as Time-Expanded Decision Networks (TDN), the Delta-Design Structure Matrix (ΔDSM) and the Technology Infusion Analysis (TIA) process that have been demonstrated on systems of real-world complexity in space exploration (NASA), oil and gas exploration (BP) as well as complex electro-mechanical products (e.g. Xerox, United Technologies Corporation).

He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets and the Journal of Mechanical Design. He won the 2008 and 2010 best paper awards from the journal Systems Engineering and the 2010 Capers and Marion MacDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising. He served as Associate Director of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at MIT from 2008-2011. ESD is a fast-growing academic unit with 60 faculty members and 420 graduate students (

He is the lead author of a new book titled “Engineering Systems: Meeting Human Needs in a Complex Technological World” by MIT Press. He also serves as Secretary and Treasurer for CESUN (Council of Engineering Systems Universities), an organization that connects over 40 universities worldwide with research and teaching programs in Engineering Systems.