Biography

Josef OehmenJosef Oehmen, Ph.D., MBA, currently works as an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and is a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on managing large-scale engineering programs, particularly on the application of risk management and lean management techniques, as well as the integration of systems engineering and program management.

He has won numerous awards and scholarships, including regular keynote speaker invitations, teaching award (2014), the Shigeo Shingo Research Award (2013),  an appointment as Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich (2012), DAU Research Competition Winner (2012),  INCOSE working group awards (2011 and 2012), a journal paper of the year award (2011), and the research award of the Department for Management, Technology and Economics at the ETH Zurich (2009).

He co-founded DTU’s Engineering Systems Group and MIT’s Consortium on Engineering Program Excellence (CEPE), co-chairs the INCOSE Lean Systems Engineering Working Group, and chairs the Design Society’s Special Interest Group on Risk Management Processes and Methods.

Before joining MIT, he was the Director for Supply Chain Management at the ETH Center for Enterprise Sciences (BWI) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

He wrote his PhD thesis at ETH Zurich on supply chain risk management with a focus on China. In his research, he investigated and optimized the integration and cooperation between Swiss companies and their Chinese suppliers.

Josef worked as Assistant to the CTO of SIG Holding AG and in parallel pursued an international MBA at the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris. He was intensely involved in corporate-wide technology and innovation management and was responsible for technology projects. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, majoring in Product Development and Production Management. He wrote his master’s thesis at MIT’s LAI on Risk Management in Product Development.

Josef has worked (and keeps working) with a large number of the world’s leading engineering and technology companies as consultant and advisor on topics of product development, innovation management, risk management and supply chain management. Josef also provides advice on business strategy and strategic process development to startup companies.

If you are looking for background information on Josef’s Fukushima-email that he send to his family in Japan and that then later went viral to become one of the most popular sites on the internet, read the articles in New Scientist and the MIT newspaper The Tech.