Massachusetts Institute of Technology

15.783J / 2.739J / ESD.32J

Product Design and Development

Spring 2013

Prof. Steven Eppinger, Prof. Warren Seering, Prof. Matt Kressy

The detailed course syllabus shows the class schedule, topics, and project assignments.

The course web site on Stellar used for handouts, assignments, and detailed class information is restricted to registered students.

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.   On most days, 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 2013 class is full.  It was oversubscribed during MIT pre-registration.  Students notified before the course begins are de-registered and encouraged to register for another class or try again next year.

This is a graduate class for MIT students including MBA, LGO, MEngMfg, and other graduate students.  A separate PDD class is offered for SDM students (ESD.40), which may also be open to students in other programs.

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 filled by MBA, LGO, and Engineering students.  

In Spring 2014, all MIT students will be required to register under 15.783J and to participate in the Sloan bidding process.  This will hopefully maintain the target balance and give priority to graduate students in their final year.  Students wishing to register under 2.739J or ESD.32J to get engineering elective credit for the class may change their registration after the course begins.

RISD students register for the course through the RISD ID department.

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