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Daniel Roos

by Roland Buresund last modified 2010-05-15 20:21

Dr. Daniel Roos is Associate Dean of Engineering for Engineering Systems, Professor of Civil Engineering, Japan Steel Industry Professor, and Director of the Cooperative Mobility Program at MIT. The Center is responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary technology and policy activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Roos is also Co-Director of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), a multi-year, multi-million dollar research program examining the motor vehicle industry from an international perspective. The IMVP focuses on best practice in automotive production and the systemic principles of "lean production" -- a fundamentally different production system than the traditional mass production system. The recently published book The Machine That Changed The World , co-authored by Dr. Roos, describes the principles of lean production.

Dr. Roos received the 1989 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for his "25 year professional career in directing a series of highly innovative research projects of great relevance to the advancement of urban transportation."

Dr. Roos was a member of the Commission on Industrial Productivity established by the President of MIT to assess the causes of apparent weakness in U.S. productivity and the implications for the competitiveness of U.S. industries. The Commission published its findings in the book Made In America.

Dr. Roos has served in several other administrative positions at MIT including Director of the Center for Transportation Studies, Director of the Civil Engineering Systems Laboratory, and Head of the Transportation Systems Division of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Roos is Chairman of a committee of the Transportation Research Board and National Academy of Sciences to Assess Advanced Vehicle and Highway Technologies ("smart highways"), and he is a member of the National Research Council Committee on Fuel Economy of Automobiles and Light Trucks as well as a member of the Executive Committee of IVHS America. He has served as a National Lecturer with the Association of Computing Machinery and as an officer with committees of the Transportation Research Board, Operations Research Society of America, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Council of University Transportation Centers. He is the author of over 50 professional books and papers and is listed in Who's Who in America.

Dr. Roos resides in Lexington, Massachusetts, is married and the father of two children.

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