Olivier de Weck

Olivier de Weck headshot
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, Small Satellite Center
Faculty Co-Director, MIT GEL Program
Faculty Co-Director, MIT UPOP

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

deweck [at] mit.edu
Administrative Assistant
Financial Officer
IAP 2020
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

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; Reviewer’s Favorite Choice Award, ICED’15 Conference, Aug 2015; Best Pape, Annual Simulation Symposium SpringSim’16, April 2016; Best in Theme, 2016 RASC-AL Competition; June 2016; Best Paper Award, 26th INCOSE International Symposium, July 2016; MIT Teaching with Digital Technology Award, June 2017; election as CESAM Fellow, Dec 2017; INCOSE Distinguished Service Award, July 2018

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 at MIT
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, journal Systems Engineering 2013-2018; Senior Vice President for Technology Planning and Roadmapping, Airbus, 2016-2018

Specialization and Research Interests

Aerospace systems, engineering systems, technology roadmapping and development, multidisciplinary design optimization

Teaching Interests

Technology Roadmapping and Development (16.887/EM.427), Satellite Engineering (16.851), Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (16.842), Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization (16.888 / IDS.338), Space Systems Engineering (16.89 / 16.83), Product Platform and Product Family Design: From Strategy to Implementation (MIT Professional Education), Unified Engineering (16.001-004), Project Engineering (6.914)

Advising Philosophy Statement