Oli de Weck

Olivier de Weck

(On leave)
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Room 33-410
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 253-0255

Academic Degrees

Dipl. Ingenieur m.A., Industrial Engineering, 1993, ETH Zurich, Switzerland S.M., 1999, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D., 2001, Aerospace Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

Auszeichnung/Honors ETH Zurich, 1993; Carroll L. Wilson Award MIT, 1998; INCOSE 2004 Systems Engineering Best Paper, 2004; NASA Certificate of Appreciation for Exploration Systems Roadmapping, 2005; Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, 2006; AIAA MDO TC Outstanding Service Award, 2007; Systems Engineering journal Outstanding Paper Award, Volume 10 (2007); INCOSE Technical Working Group Collaboration Award (2009); Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising (2010); Systems Engineering journal Best Paper of the Year Award, 2011; Reviewer’s Favorite Choice Award, ICED’11 Conference, 2011; Excellent Paper Award,  ICTC 2012 Conference (IEEE), 2011; Honorable Mention, 2011 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Engineering & Technology, 2012; Election as Fellow (INCOSE), 2012; AIAA 2012 Teaching Award, 2012; 1st Place, Research Poster Competition at 43rd ICES Conference,  July 2013;
Runner-Up (2nd place) NASA RASC-AL RoboOps 2014 Competition June 2014; Best Paper 2014 Small Satellite Conference, Aug 2014.

Society Memberships

Fellow, INCOSE; Associate Fellow, AIAA; AIAA Space Logistics Technical Committee (chair); Member ASEE, ASME, Sigma Xi, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, MIT System Design and Management

Positions Held outside MIT

Swiss Air Force Officer, 1987-2000; ETH Zurich, Research Assistant, 1987-1992; Swiss Aircraft & Systems Co., R&D Staff Engineer, 1992-1997; McDonnell Douglas, Swiss F/A-18 Engineering Program Manager, 1995-1997; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Visiting Scientist, 1998; Co-founder Intelligent Action Inc., 2007, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering

Specialization and Research Interests

Engineering systems, strategic planning and lifecycle design, space exploration and settlement, industrial ecology

Teaching Interests

Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (16.842), Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization (16.888/ESD.77), Space Systems Engineering (16.89), Engineering Design and Rapid Prototyping (16.810), Product Platform and Product Family Design: From Strategy to Implementation (ESD.39s), Unified Engineering (16.010-040), ESD.411/412/413 Foundations of System Design and Management