Olivier L. de Weck

Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Co-director, Small Satellite Center
Faculty Co-director, MIT GEL Program
Faculty Co-director, MIT UPOP
Faculty Director MIT-Switzerland Program
Pronouns He/His
I was nine months old when I watched the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and am excited for humanity to become a multi-planet species before the end of this century.

Contact Info

Office Phone

617.253.0255

Email

Office

Website/Lab

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Social Media:

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Administrative Contact

Julia Finn
617.324.0092

Financial Contact

Ping Lee
617.253.8964

Specialization and Research Interests

Systems Engineering Technology Management Astronautics and Space Logistics Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Remote Sensing and Earth Observation

Teaching Interests

  • 16.851 Satellite Engineering
  • 16.887 Technology Roadmapping and Development
  • 16.888 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • 16.89 Space Mission Design
  • 6.914 Project Engineering

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

Society Memberships

Fellow, INCOSE; 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

Faculty Co-Director, MIT Gordon Engineering Leadership Program
Faculty Co-Director, Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program
Faculty Director, MIT-Switzerland Program

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

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Awards & Honors

2021
Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2021
Best Path to Flight Award, NASA Big Idea Challenge
2020
Best Paper of the Year Award, Systems Engineering Journal
2018
Distinguished Service Award, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
2017
Teaching with Digital Technology Award, MIT
2016
Best Paper Award at the 26th INCOSE International Symposium
2014
Best Paper, Small Satellite Conference
2012
Teaching Award, AIAA
2012
INCOSE Fellow
2011
Honorable Mention, American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Engineering & Technology
2011
Best Paper of the Year Award, Systems Engineering Journal
2010
Capers (1976) and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, MIT

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