1987 Bachelor of Science MIT Computer Science and Engineering (6.3)
1989 Master of Science MIT Technology and Policy (TPP)
2012 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) U Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences


I am focused on engineering, science, and design teams as they frame complex challenges, craft solutions, and implement them for real world impact. My research aims to reveal principles of teams and work as the two interact in a sociotechnical system. This research leads to practical methods for teamwork including model-based design of systems, strategy, architectures, projects, and coordination. 

In turn, I am enthusiastic about the improvement of engineering education. Since my return to academia a decade ago, I am amazed how much research has taught us about learning, and I continue to learn to teach. My courses cover systems project management, engineering judgement, sustainability, teamwork, and innovation. My teaching leverages a mix of case studies, experiments, analytics, visualization, and simulation. Working with others to develop and deliver great experiences for learning is a privilege.

In my experience the teamwork of the two characters shown in the MIT seal -- a craftsman and a scholar -- best reveal the conditions for transformative performance.

Great discovery and invention emerge when solving problems by hand, together, with deep reasoning in the field:
mens et manus

An Unexpected Journey

After graduating from MIT, I was lucky to be one of the first foreign engineers at Nissan Motors in Oppama, Japan. At Nissan I applied artificial intelligence to computer-aided design, multi-objective optimization, and robotic control problems. I lived in Japan for 10 years and since have spent a least a few months in Japan each year. For a decade with United Technologies (UTC), I established strategy and operation for UTC collaboration across Asia with industrial partners, universities, and national research programs. In the 1990's I was a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Department of Precision Machinery Engineering. With Professor Fumihiko Kimura I formed a research team on the coordination of complex, global projects.

I remain connected to the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo where I received a doctorate. I now lead multi-disciplinary research on complex sociotechnical systems as a Project Associate Professor and Director of the Global Teamwork Lab (GTL). I split my professional time three ways: in Japan with U Tokyo, in Boston in my roles at MIT, and in the field deploying new methods and tools at the business I founded called Global Project Design (GPD). I also get a chance to teach project design and complex project management, recently with PMI, PMAJ, ISPE, University of Denver, Virginia Tech, and Keio.

At MIT I am the Academic Director of System Design and Management (SDM), a graduate program offered jointly by the Schools of Engineering and Management. I am responsible for the quality of education and research, including my role as lead instructor for an integrated, 9 months, core curriculum that integrates System Architecture, Systems Engineering, and Program Engineering.

Starting with my undergraduate experience at MIT, I believe strongly in engagement of scientists and engineers in public life. I was the first person to be president of the student body at MIT for two years. I serve on the Hugh Hampton Young (HHY) Council, which manages the trust and selects fellows from the MIT community.