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Position:Professor of Operations ManagementDepartment:Information Systems and Supply Chain MgmtOffice:Neeley 3253Role: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
  • “It Worked There, So It Should Work Here: Sustaining Change while Improving Product Development Processes,” Journal of Operations Management, 65(3): 216-241, 2019, with Shawn T. Collins.
  • “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, Asia, and Australia
  • 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, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Motors, Husch Blackwell, Innosight, 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