Biographic Information

Christopher L. Magee
Professor of the Practice
Co-Director, International Design Centre, Singapore University of Technology & Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N52-395
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139–4307
Phone 617–252–1077

B.S., 1963, M.S., Ph.D., 1966, Metallurgy & Materials Science
Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA)

M.B.A., 1979, Advanced Management Program, Michigan State University

Specialization and Research Interests

Professor Magee's research now focuses on theories of technological change including use of design and invention models to explain differences in rates of technological performance change. He also studies patents and scientific publications emphasizing the inter-relationship of scientific and technological fields and the interpenetration of patent and scientific paper networks. The prediction of overtaking of one technology by another in the future and prediction of important discontinuities in technological change are central objectives of his current research.

Positions Held Outside MIT

Ford Motor Company, 1966-2001
Executive Director, Ford/MIT Strategic Technical Partnership2000-2001
Executive Director, Program & Advanced Engineering, 1998-1999
Director, Vehicle Systems Engineering, 1993-1998
Director, Advanced Vehicle engineering, 1987-1993
Director, Vehicle Concepts Research lab, 1984-1987
Manager, Advanced engineering and materials departments, 1976-1981
Researcher and research lead, 1966-1976

Honors and Awards

2006 Elsevier prize for Best Paper in Technological Forecasting and Social Change with Heebyung Koh for their paper "A Functional Approach for Studying Technological Progress: Application to Information Technology."
J. Martore award for outstanding contribution to education within the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, 2005
2004 INCOSE Conference best paper award with Olivier de Weck for their paper “An Attempt to Assess Complexity of Engineering Systems”
ASM William Hunt Eisenham Award,2001
Member, National Academy of Engineering, 1997
Ford Technical Fellow, 1996
M. Curie-Sklodowska Scholar, 1980
Business honor society Beta Gamma, 1979
Advanced Management Program, Leadership, 1979
Henry Marion Howe Medal, 1972 with R. G Davies for the best paper during 1971 in Metallurgical Transactions
Alfred Nobel Award, 1972 for the outstanding research contribution by a member of the five “Founding Engineering Societies” (ASCE, AIME, ASME, IEEE, and WSE) during 1972 –for the paper “The Kinetics of Martensite Formation in Small Particles”
Engineering Honor Society1962
Research Honor Society, 1965
Society Memberships

AIME, The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers

SAE, The Society of Automotive Engineers

TMS, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

ASM , ASM International, Fellow, formerly known as the American Society of Metals

ASBE, American Society of Body Engineers

NAE, National Academy of Engineering