Senior Lecturer in Engineering Systems, Emeritus
Dr. Whitney holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, which he received from MIT in 1968. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Literature and History as well as Mechanical Engineering, all from MIT.
Dr. Whitney's research includes product development, the use of computers in product design, understanding the role of assembly in the design and manufacturing process, supply chain design and resilience, and understanding how companies decide what design and manufacturing skills and facilities are core competencies. Until his retirement he taught Mechanical Assembly in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Product Design and Development in the Sloan School of Management.
He is the author or co-author of several books and over 80 articles in scholarly journals. His recent book is called Mechanical Assemblies: Their Design, Manufacture, and Role in Product Development, published by Oxford University Press in 2004.
He worked at the Draper Laboratory from 1974 until 1993. At both MIT and Draper he conducted research on robotics, mechanical assembly, design for automation, and use of CAD in the product development process. He has also taken part in many product design activities with industrial companies, dealing with assembly problems for both military and commercial products. In retirement he still takes part in research on supply chains and product development with colleagues at universities in the US, Europe, and Japan.
Dr. Whitney has traveled extensively, lived in Japan and Europe, and has written articles about product design methods in other countries. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He currently consults with companies interested in improving their product development and engineering capabilities.
Published by Daniel Whitney
Systems publishes “Using
Shape Grammar to Derive Cellular Automata
Rule Patterns" (.pdf) co-authored
by ESD Ph.D. student Tom
Dan Whitney, Prof.
Ed Crawley – July 11, 2007
elected IEEE Fellow – February