Bryan R. Moser

 MIT Office:  E40-331

Academic Director and Sr. Lecturer,  System Design and Management (SDM)
Associate Director,   Strategic Engineering Research Group

Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
Director, Global Teamwork Lab



MIT 6.3 B.S.

Computer Science and Engineering



Technology and Policy


University of Tokyo Ph.D.

Graduate School of Frontier Sciences


Karl Taylor Compton Award (MIT)

Hugh Hampton Young Fellow (MIT)

Alumni Award for Excellence in Technology and Policy (MIT)

United Technologies Outstanding Achievement Award (UTC)

I am focused on the nature of teamwork and performance though the study and design of socio-technical systems. I like to innovate by doing, including observation of teamwork, systems modeling, interactive visualization, behavior-based simulation, and cross-functional workshops for real-world complex missions. With over 26 years of industrial experience, I bring a background of technology development, rollout, and sustainable operations in aerospace, automotive, heavy machinery, transportation, energy, telecom, and global services. Most of the programs I've worked on have been cross-cultural as well as technically complex.

In my experience the teamwork of the two characters shown in the MIT seal -- a craftsman and a scholar -- best shows the conditions for transformative performance.
Great discovery and invention happen when solving problems in the field:
 mens et manus.

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 R& D 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 & 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 technologists in public life. I was 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..