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Daniel D. Frey

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems
Co-director, Singapore-MIT International Design Center

Frey’s research concerns robust design of engineering systems. Robust design is a set of engineering practices whose aim is to ensure that engineering systems function despite variations due to manufacture, wear, deterioration, and environmental conditions. Frey is also actively involved in design of engineering devices for the developing world.

Professor Frey has worked intensively over the past two years with colleagues, administrators, and the Singapore Ministry of Education to establish a major new research center for engineering design. The Singapore-MIT International Design Center (IDC) is intended to be a source of new design theory, experimental evidence on effectiveness of design methods, improved teaching methods and equipment, and new technologically intensive designs. The IDC is also a nucleus for growth of the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), which will begin teaching undergraduates in April 2012. The IDC will have active research and major facilities both at SUTD and at MIT.

Professor Frey has received numerous awards and honors. These include the Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006, a best paper award from INCOSE in 2005, an NSF CAREER award in 2004; the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Teaching Award in 2000; the Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching at MIT in 1999; and an R&D 100 Award in 1997 (for a virtual machining software he developed) and another R&D 100 Award in 2010 (for a new type of wheelchair he co-invented with a team led by Amos Winter).

Professor Frey is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Selected Publications:

Papers presented at the 2004 Engineering Systems Symposium:
> Co-Author of Monograph Chapter "Uncertainty Management for Engineering Systems Planning and Design"
> Co-Author of Submitted Paper "Evaluating Robust Design Methods Using a Model of Interactions in Complex Systems"

Related News:

Leveraged Freedom Chair, developed by the MIT Mobility Lab, receives R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine – August 11, 2011

Leveraged Freedom Chair wins Spark Gold award – August 2011

Prof. Daniel Frey wins annual MIT charity competition
– April 24, 2009

Hewlett Foundation Board approves the LINC initiative, BLOSSOMS – August 8, 2008

Frey, de Weck receive tenure – June 10, 2008

Engineering an award-winning TV program – May 13, 2008

Prof. Frey Wins ASME Design Theory and Methodology Best Paper Award – September 7, 2007

Daniel Frey Honored with 2006 Joseph A. Martore Excellence in Teaching Award – February 15, 2007

Prof. Daniel Frey Receives Promotion – June 16, 2006

Guest Editorial/Journal of Mechanical Design: Engaging Children in Engineering Design Through Popular Media – May 1, 2006

ESD Professor Dan Frey Honored with Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching – February 26, 2006

Daniel D. Frey

Contact info:

Daniel D. Frey
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 3-449D
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.324.6133
Email to: danfrey "at"


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