to Robert N. Noyce Career Development
Thomas Magnanti has announced the
appointment of Olivier de Weck, Assistant
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
and Engineering Systems, as the next
holder of the Robert N. Noyce Career
Development Professorship. The three-year
appointment is retroactive to September
de Weck holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace
Systems from MIT for research on a
Methodology for Precision Opto-Mechanical
Systems." His career objective
is to carry out cutting-edge research
and teaching in complex engineering
systems, with emphasis on integrated
modeling and simulation, multidisciplinary
design optimization and system architecture.
His application interests include
space systems and automotive platforms.
He currently teaches Multidisciplinary
System Design Optimization (16.888/ESD.77)
among other subjects.
de Weck earned a masters degree in
Aeronautics and Astronautics from
MIT in 1999. From 1987 to 1993 he
attended the Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology (ETH Zurich) in Switzerland,
where he earned a Diplom Ingenieur
degree (MS equivalent) in Industrial
Engineering. From 1993 to 1997 he
served as liaison engineer and later
as engineering program manager for
the Swiss F/A-18 program at McDonnell
Douglas (now Boeing) in St. Louis,
de Weck is a recipient of the 1998
Carroll L. Wilson award and the 1997
Pellegrini-Medicus Fellowship. He
was a 1996 Swiss-U.S. Fulbright Scholarship
finalist, and a co-valedictorian in
Industrial Engineering (with honors)
from ETH Zurich in 1993.
Noyce chair was established in 1991.
Another Noyce chair, established at
the same time, is awarded by the Sloan
School of Management. The current
holder is Prof. Thomas Roemer.