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Mark W. Steiner
Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Core Engineering
Director, O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory


Department Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Ph.D.  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professional Background :

Mark W. Steiner is Director of the O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory and Clinical Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory and optimizing the experience for students working on "real-world" design problems. He graduated from Rensselaer with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1987. He has been a member of the Rensselaer faculty since May 1999. He is a former senior project manager at Rensselaer's Center for Manufacturing Productivity and Technology Transfer.

Dr. Steiner worked at GE Corporate from 1987 to 1991, consulting and introducing world-class productivity practices throughout GE operations. In 1991 he joined GE Appliances and led product line structuring efforts resulting in $18 million annual cost savings to the refrigeration business. Later as a design team leader he led product development efforts and the initial 1995 market introduction of the Built-In Style line of GE Profile refrigerators. His last assignment at GE Appliances was in the Office of Chief Engineer in support of GE's Design for Six Sigma initiative.

Dr. Steiner has taught advanced design methods to hundreds of new and experienced engineers. His research interests include; multidisciplinary design pedagogy, product architecture, mechanical reliability, design for manufacture, and quality.

Contact Information:
Mark W. Steiner
Director, O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory
3334 Jonsson Engineering Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
Phone: (518) 276-6626
Fax: (518) 276-4860
steinm2 at rpi dot edu



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