Core faculty

Donald B. Rosenfield

Director, LGO Program
Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management

Dr. Rosenfield, who holds a Ph.D. in operations research from Stanford University, has developed courses at MIT in operations strategy, operations management, and international logistics. His research interests include supply chain management, operations strategy, and globalization. He is co-author of Operations Strategy, Competing in the 21st Century and Modern Logistics Management. Dr. Rosenfield has been at MIT since 1980.





Olivier de Weck

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems

Olivier de Weck is a leader in systems engineering research. He focuses on how complex man-made systems such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, printers and critical infrastructures are designed and how they evolve over time. He is executive director of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) initiative and co-director of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT. From 2008-11 he served as associate head of the Engineering Systems Division. His awards include MIT's Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising in 2006, an AIAA Outstanding Service Award in 2007, and best-paper awards from the journal Systems Engineering in 2008 and 2011.

Professor de Weck, a native of Switzerland, holds degrees in industrial engineering from ETH Zurich (1993) and aerospace systems engineering from MIT (2001). Before joining MIT he was a liaison engineer and later engineering program manager on the F/A-18 aircraft program at McDonnell Douglas.

Professor de Weck has advised several LGO internship projects, most recently for projects hosted at ABB, NASA, and United Technologies. One of his classes that's popular with LGO students is 16.888J/ESD.77J (Multidisciplinary System Design Optimization).



David Hardt

Ralph E. and Eloise F. Cross Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Engineering Systems

Professor Hardt's disciplinary focus is system dynamics and control as applied to manufacturing, and his teaching focuses on control, dynamics and manufacturing processes. His research has been on flexible automation, and process control, with an historical emphasis on welding and forming processes, and a current focus on micro- and nano-scale polymer device fabrication and micro-contact printing. This new work focuses on product such as microfluidic devices as well as large-scale surface patterning for flexible electronics and photovoltaic substrates.

Professor Hardt is a graduate of Lafayette College (BSME, 1972) and MIT (SM, PhD, 1978). He has been a member of the mechanical engineering faculty at MIT since 1979. He has taught classes in both mechanical engineering and manufacturing and led the creation of a new MIT graduate degree: Master of Engineering in Manufacturing. This is the first professional degree offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is the culmination of many years of course and curriculum development.

Professor Hardt served as director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing from 1985-1992 and as engineering co-director for the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Program from 1993-1998. Since 1999 he has bee the co-chair of the Singapore MIT Alliance (SMA) Program, "Manufacturing Systems and Technology," a research and teaching collaboration with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He also serves as the graduate officer of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.



Georgia Perakis

LGO Faculty Co-director
WIlliam F. Pounds Professor of Management; Professor of Operations Research and Operations Management
Professor of Operations Research and Operations Management

Professor Perakis teaches courses on optimization, quantitative models for managers, analysis of transportation systems, dynamic pricing, and revenue management. She is particularly interested in how optimization models can be applied to solve complex problems in transportation, pricing, and revenue management. She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University and has been on the MIT Sloan School faculty since 1998. Professor Perakis has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the PECASE award from the Office of the President on Science and Technology.



David Simchi-Levi

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems
LGO Faculty Co-Director

Professor Simchi-Levi is considered one of the premier thought leaders in supply chain management. His research focuses on developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for logistics and manufacturing systems. He has published widely in professional journals on both practical and theoretical aspects of logistics and supply chain management. Professor Simchi-Levi coauthored the books Managing the Supply Chain (McGraw-Hill, 2004), The Logic of Logistics (Springer, 2005), as well as the award-winning Designing and Managing the Supply Chain (McGraw-Hill, 2007). His new book Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations was published by MIT Press in 2010. Professor Simchi-Levi has consulted and collaborated extensively with private and public organizations. He is the founder of LogicTools, which provides software solutions and professional services for supply chain planning. LogicTools is now part of IBM, where Professor Simchi-Levi served as chief scientist. In a March 2011 video cast on Dell's supply chain transformation, he provided insights on the work he has done with Dell over a period of two years. Professor Simchi-Levi, who has been a member of the MIT faculty since 2000, holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University.

At a Glance


David Simchi-Levi talks about the impact of his work with Pepsi that started when he advised Sandeep Khattar '06 on his internship at the company.
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