Christopher L. Magee

Christopher L. Magee is Professor, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Co-Director, International Design Centre, Singapore University of Technology & Design.

Prior to joining MIT, he held a number of positions at Ford Motor Company from 1966 to 2001. For example:

  • Senior Research Scientist and then Manager, Materials Science Department
  • Director, Vehicle Systems Engineering
  • Executive Director, Programs and Advanced Engineering, with global responsibility for all major technically deep areas involved in Ford’s Product Development Organization

Recent Areas Of Work

  • Product development
  • Automotive design
  • Value engineering
  • Network analysis
  • Standards and protocols
  • Technological progress dynamics

Early Career Areas

  • Phase transformations
  • Plastic deformation
  • Materials strength
  • Large scale collapse of engineering structures


He has made important contributions to the understanding of the transformation, structure and strength of ferrous materials; to lightweight materials development and implementation; pioneered experimental work on high-rate structural collapse aimed at vehicle crashworthiness; and adapted systems engineering to the modern automotive design process. His recent research has emphasized innovation and technology development in complex systems. He has won 2 best paper awards in his early research career (1971,1972) and two in his recent research (2004 and 2006). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to advanced vehicle development (1997), is a Ford Technical Fellow (1996), and is a fellow of ASM.

He has a B.S. and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science, Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.

Christopher L. Magee