Dr. Yang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty Academic Director of MIT D-Lab, overseeing the Education program, and co-instructor for D-Lab: Design for Scale.
Her research interest is in the product design process, particularly in the early phases of the design cycle. Dr. Yang earned her S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering Department, Design Division at the Center for Design Research under an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Maria has made significant advances in characterizing the relationship between design process and outcome. Her research analyzes and models how the creation and representation of a design are formally linked to its success.
She is the 2006 recipient an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and 2012 recipient of the 2012 Earll Murman Award for Excellence in Advising.