Matthew S. Kressy

Founding Director, Integrated Design & Management at MIT


Matthew S. Kressy, founding director of the MIT Integrated Design & Management
(IDM) master’s degree program, is an expert in product design and development. As an
entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and
manufactured products for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in
Kressy believes in the use of Human Centered Design as a foundation for thoughtful,
inspired leadership, and as a process to foster compassion throughout organizations
and society.  His courses are interdisciplinary, hands-on and collaborative, and practice
design-driven problem solving derived from deep user research, creative concept
generation, and rapid iteration.
Since 1999, Kressy has co-taught collaborative courses in product design
and development at top design and business schools including the MIT Sloan School of
Management, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard Business
As IDM director, Kressy leads curriculum development and teaches the program’s
primary and required courses. He holds a BFA in industrial design from RISD.


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