Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

15.783J / 2.739J / ESD.32J 

Product Design and Development 

Spring 2015

Prof. Steven Eppinger, Prof. Maria Yang, Prof. Matt Kressy, Prof. Jerome Arul

The course web site on Stellar used for handouts, assignments, and detailed class information is restricted to registered students.  The detailed syllabus is on Stellar and shows the class schedule, topics, and project assignments.  The syllabus is publicly available here: syllabus

A photo gallery with many past class projects can be viewed at:

The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.   After the first two weeks, the first half of each class is in lecture/discussion format; the second half is in studio/lab format when all project teams will meet.

The class textbook is: Product Design and Development by Ulrich and Eppinger (5th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2012). Amazon


The Spring 2015 class is full.  It was oversubscribed during Sloan bidding and MIT pre-registration.  Some students who register in late December or January are to be notified before the course begins, de-registered, and encouraged to register for another class or try again next year.  If students drop and there is space in the first week, we take students off the wait lists.

This is a graduate class for MIT students including MBA, LGO, MEngMfg, and other graduate students.  

All students must register for the course for grades; the MIT P/D/F grading option is not allowed for this course.  

To balance the class, a certain number of seats are allocated to MBA, LGO, SDM, Engineering, and RISD students.  

Sloan masters students, 25 seats, (MBA, Sloan Fellows, MSMS) register for 15.783 through Sloan bidding.

LGO students, 20 seats, register for 15.783* through Sloan bidding.

SDM students, 15 seats, register for 15.783* through Sloan bidding.

Engineering students, 30 seats, (MechE, MEngMfg, Media Lab) register for 2.739 through MIT pre-registration.

RISD students, 20 seats, register for MIT Studio through the RISD ID department. 

* LGO and SDM students wishing to register under 2.739J or ESD.32J to get engineering elective credit for the class may change their registration (add/drop) after the course begins.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sloan School of Management

Rhode Island School of Design

Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program

System Design and Management (SDM) Program

Mechanical Engineering Department

Engineering Systems Division