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Olivier de Weck

Appointed to Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professorship

September 21, 2003

Dean 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 2002.

Prof. de Weck holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems from MIT for research on a "Multivariable Isoperformance 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.

Prof. 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, MO.

Prof. 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.

The 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.

Olivier L. de Weck

Contact info:

Olivier L. de Weck
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 33-410
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617.253.0255
Email to: deweck "at"


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