Professor of Engineering Practice, Jonathan Page

Jonathan Page

Professor of Engineering Practice, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


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Dr. Jon Page is a native of Canton, Michigan. He has a wife and two children. He joined the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering faculty at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2023. Before he was appointed a Professor of Engineering Practice, Dr. Page served in the United States Navy for 21 years including tours designing, acquiring, building, delivering, maintaining, and operating ships of various classes, including the lead ships of the Zumwalt (DDG 1000) and Lewis B Puller (ESB 3) classes. He earned his B.S. in Systems Engineering from the Naval Academy in 2002, and both an M.S. in Engineering Management and a Naval Engineer’s degree from MIT in 2011. In April 2022, he earned his Ph.D. in Design Engineering from MIT, leveraging his position as the Deputy Ship Design Manager for the next-generation destroyer, DDG(X). The experience allowed him to exercise his research interests, including understanding emergent properties like flexibility, real options analysis, team organization, and decision management with Set-Based Design on a large-scale project.


  • B.S., Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy;
  • M.S., Engineering Management, MIT;
  • Naval Engineer’s Degree, MIT;
  • Ph.D., Design Engineering, MIT

Research Interests

Dr. Page maintains a passion for his original research areas; flexibility in engineering design and real options. He has extended his research and interests into complex system design, and specifically set-based methods, in which he advocates for more action research activities to extend the understanding of the field. He has also developed an interest in design tool and design workforce development initiatives for the naval engineering domain.

Research areas:


  • Marine Power and Energy


  • Page, J. and W. Seering. “Steps Towards Development of a ComprehensiveSet-Based Design Process Model: A Case Study.” Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology (2023):tbd. doi:10.1115/DETC2023-115315.
  • Page, Jonathan. “A Case for Continuous Concept Development in Ship Design.” Naval Engineers Journal 134, no. 3 (2022): 67–73.
  • Page, J. E., C. J. Higgins, and W. P. Seering. “Starting and Scaling a Set-Based Design Method for a Maritime System of Systems: Designing a Modern Warship.” Proceedings of the Design Society (2022): 2503–12. doi:10.1017/pds.2022.253.
  • Page, Jonathan. A Case for Continuous Concept Development in Ship Design. Acquisition Research Program, 2022.
  • Page, J.E., W.P. Seering, and R. de Neufville. “Toward Flexibility in USN Ships: It’s Much More Than a Single Design Parameter.” Marine Technology, January 2022: 24-30.
  • Page, Jonathan. “Flexibility in early stage design of US Navy ships: An analysis of options.” Journal of Ship Production and Design 28, no. 03 (2012): 128-133.
  • Page, J. “Flexibility in Early-Stage Design of U.S. Navy Ships: An Analysis of Options,” Paper and Presentation at the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Annual Meeting and Expo (2011), Houston, TX, November 17-19, 2011.