Josef Oehmen

Josef Oehmen

Associate Professor

DTU Management Engineering

Engineering Systems

Technical University of Denmark


Building 424, room 026

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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Keywords Risk Management | Engineering Systems | Product development | Lean Management | Systems Engineering | Program Management

Josef 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 (systems) engineering programs, particularly on the application of risk management and lean management techniques.

He has won numerous awards and scholarships, including regular keynote speaker invitations, teaching awards, the Shingo Prize for his work on Lean Program Management (2013), an appointment as Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich (2012), DAU Research Competition Winner (2012), INCOSE collaboration award (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 in 2009.

He co-founded DTU's Engineering Systems Group as well as 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.

Josef's current research focuses on better designing, building and operating Engineering Systems. He focuses on the integration of systems engineering and program management, particularly through the lenses of risk management and lean thinking.

His “academic home” is with the engineering design and operations management community, but the nature of his research is interdisciplinary. In particular, he works on the three related fields of:

  • the integration of systems engineering and program management in the design of large-scale engineering systems
  • risk management in the design and operation of engineering systems
  • the application of lean management principles as risk mitigation techniques to the design of engineering systems

His current major focus is on cost risk quantification as well as portfolio-level risk management for engineering programs.