Maria Yang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and Faculty Academic Director of MIT D-Lab, where she oversees the Education program and co-instructs D-Lab: Design for Scale. Her research interest is in the product design process, particularly in the early phases of the design cycle. Prior to MIT, she served as Director of Design at Reactivity, Inc.
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. She is the 2006 recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and 2012 recipient of the 2012 Earll Murman Award for Excellence in Advising.