Research

 

Prof. Eppinger's research addresses the management of complex engineering projects such as development of automobiles, aircraft, capital equipment, software, mechatronics, and telecommunication systems. This research has used the design structure matrix (DSM) method and has developed several analytical modeling extensions to the DSM approach. Information about the design structure matrix method, research, applications, and tools can be found at the international DSM web site.  Publications are listed and can be downloaded from the publications page.   Our 2012 book on DSM methods and applications is described on the DSM Book page.



Current Research Projects


Integration of Complex Engineered Systems:

This line of research is exploring a new way to apply DSM to complex systems.  We are mapping the system architecture and the system integration challenges using multi-dimensional DSM analysis.  This research is funded by BP and being applied to a complex system project at BP.

Collaborators: Prof. Nitin Joglekar, Boston University; Prof. Alison Olechowski, University of Toronto


Technology Readiness:

In this research, we have investigated the state of the art in use of technology readiness level (TRL) assessments in complex system development.  We have identified several shortcomings of and numerous improvement opportunities for TRL methods.

Collaborators: Prof. Nitin Joglekar, Boston University; Prof. Alison Olechowski, University of Toronto; Katharina Tomaschek, visiting masters student from ETH Zurich; Tushar Garg, MIT masters student


Agile Project Management:

This work investigates the application of agile software development process and the scrum project management approach to non-software projects of many types.