Prof. Olivier L deWeck

Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics
Professor of Engineering Systems
Faculty Director, MIT-Switzerland Program

Primary DLC

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Room: 33-410


Dr. Shokofeh Khadivi

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Systems Engineering and Systems Architecture
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
System Lifecycle Properties
Product Platforms and Manufacturing
Space Systems and Logistics
Integrated Modeling and Simulation
Manufacturing Process Technology
System Dynamics Application to Project Management

Research Summary

Professor de Weck' leads the Engineering Systems Laboratory (ESL) which is part of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The ESL studies the underlying principles and methods for designing complex socio-technical systems that involve a mix of architecture, technologies, organizations, policy issues, and complex networked operations. Focus is on aerospace and other systems critical to society such as product development, manufacturing, and large scale infrastructures.

Recent Work

  • Video


    October 14, 2021Conference Video Duration: 46:4
    Olivier de Weck
    Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
    Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering
    Executive Director, MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Study
    Co-Director, Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT
    Secretary and Treasurer, Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN)

    2020 Future of Manufacturing - Olivier de Weck

    May 7, 2020Conference Video Duration: 54:25

    MIT Production in the Innovation Economy Study: Lessons Learned in the Epoch of COVID-19

    2020 Future of Manufacturing - Olivier de Weck

    Olivier de Weck - 2019 RD Conference

    November 20, 2019Conference Video Duration: 41:11

    Staircase to Utopia: Advances in Technology Roadmapping

    This presentation will present a new state of the art framework for technology roadmapping based on a similar approach implemented at Airbus from 2016-2018 and demonstrated using the example of stratospheric solar-powered electric aircraft. The framework includes four steps beginning with a quantitative assessment of the current state of technology and competitive analysis and concludes with a risk-optimized R&D portfolio with specific Figure-of-Merit (FOM) based targets. The presentation will summarize the 17 technologies for which roadmaps are being developed in Fall 2019 as part of MIT’s new graduate class 16.887/EM.427 on Technology Roadmapping and Development.
    2019 MIT Research and Development Conference

    Olivier de Weck

    September 12, 2013MIT Faculty Feature Duration: 26:15

    Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Engineering Systems