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Deborah Nightingale

Professor of the Practice of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems

Professor Deborah Nightingale has broad-based experience with academia, the private sector and the government.  Professor Nightingale joined the MIT faculty in 1997 and holds a dual appointment in the Engineering Systems Division and the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics..  At MIT she serves as the Director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC) as well as the Co-Director of the Lean Advancement Initiative, a joint industry, government, and MIT consortium.  Her research interests are centered on complex enterprise integration, enterprise architecting, and organizational transformation. Her current focus on health systems is exemplified by her role as P.I. on several research projects, including an enterprise systems analysis of the DoD system of care for Post-Traumatic Stress, several systems studies for the Veterans Administration, and multiple projects in the civilian sector. In addition, Prof. Nightingale has led several executive transformation engagements in both industry and government.

Prior to joining MIT, Professor Nightingale headed up Strategic Planning and Global Business Development for AlliedSignal Engines.  While at AlliedSignal she also held a number of executive leadership positions in operations, engineering, and program management, participating in enterprise-wide operations from concept development to customer support.  Prior to joining AlliedSignal, she worked at Wright-Patterson AFB where she served as program manager for computer simulation modeling research, design, and development in support of advanced man-machine design concepts.

Professor Nightingale has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  In addition, she holds MS and BS degrees in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University and University of Dayton, respectively.  She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Past-President and Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation.  She is a co-author of the books Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative and Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation.  Prof. Nightingale serves on a number of boards and national committees, where she interacts extensively with industry, government and academic leaders.

Books Published:

Books Published by Deborah Nightingale

Selected Publications:

Papers presented at the 2004 Engineering Systems Symposium:
> Co-Author of Monograph Chapter "Engineering Systems: An Enterprise Perspective"
> Co-Author of Submitted Paper "Enterprise Systems Architecting: Emerging Art and Science within Engineering Systems"

Related News:

Professor Deborah Nightingale profiled in MIT ILP news article: “Enterprise Transformation: Nightingale Advocates Holistic Approach” (Access with MIT certificate) – MIT Industry Liaison Program (ILP) News – September 7, 2011

Prof. Deborah Nightingale and LAI research associate Jayakanth Srinivasan’s new book, Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Successful and Sustainable Enterprise Transformation, is now available from AMACOM Press. Read about this and several other new LAI publications here.

Deborah Nightingale quoted in New York Times column about improving the drug development process The New York Times – November 15, 2009; also in New York Times Freakonomics blog and The Boston Globe

Prof. Nightgale is lead speaker at Lean symposium in Ireland – March 21, 2007

Rhodes, Frey Honored at INCOSE Symposium ESD plays major role in event – July 22, 2005

LAI Book Receives IAA Award – November 7, 2003

Professor Deborah Nightingale on Real World Learning – June 2001

Deborah Nightingale

Contact info:

Deborah Nightingale
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building E38-670
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.253.7339
Email to: dnight "at"


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