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Christopher L. Magee

Professor of the Practice of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems

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Research Area(s): Innovation and change process in complex systems.

Daniel E. Whitney

Senior Research Scientist

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Research Area(s): Complex systems, product development, mechanical assemblies

Edward B. Acworth

Director of Strategic Development, EDAM MIT-Portugal

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Research Area(s): R&D management, entrepreneurship, design, precision engineering, metrology

Frank R. Field III

Senior Research Associate,Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development

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Research Area(s): Materials systems analysis, analysis of strategy planning in materials markets, environmental implications of materials technologies and applications

Jeremy R. Gregory

Research Scientist,Laboratory for Energy and the Environment

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Research Area(s): Economic and environmental implications of engineering decisions, particularly in the areas of materials selection and end-of-life materials recovery.

Joel P. Clark

Professor of Materials Systems and Engineering Systems

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Research Area(s): Dynamic behavior of supply, demand, and prices in materials markets; process-based cost modeling.

Randolph E. Kirchain

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Systems

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Research Area(s): Development of methods to model the cost of manufacture; sustainability of current and emerging materials systems

Richard Roth

Research Associate, Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development

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Research Area(s): Materials selection, manufacturing economics, productivity benchmarking.

Stanley B. Gershwin

Senior Research Scientist

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Research Area(s): Manufacturing systems, operations research, control theory, applications of stochastic processes

Warren Seering

Weber-Shaughness Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems

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Research Area(s): Machine dynamics, engineering system design, and product development.