Jesse Austin-Breneman is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from MIT. He also holds a S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a B.S. in Ocean Engineering also from MIT. Previous to his academic career, he worked as a development engineer in Peru, working with rural communities on alternative business opportunities and with local doctors’ groups on medical device development. He also spent two years as a high school mathematics teacher in Boston, MA.
Austin-Breneman research focuses on system-level approaches to difficult engineering design problems, such as large-scale complex system designs and product design for emerging markets. His work uses empirical studies, practitioner interviews and simulations to gain insight into issues facing multi-disciplinary design teams working in these fields. He is particularly interested in how teams manage competing objectives throughout the design process and formal strategies for helping them do so.
Austin-Breneman, J., Yu, B. Y., and Yang, M. C., (2015) “Biased Information Passing Between Sub-systems Over Time in Complex System Design,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design 38.1 (2016): 011101.
Austin-Breneman, Jesse; Honda, Tomonori; Yang, Maria C. (2012). “A Study of Student Design Team Behaviors in Complex System Design.” Journal of Mechanical Design 134 (12), p. 124504.