Anna Thornton

Professor of the Practice (ME)

  • Office 730 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 202D
  • Phone 617-358-1311

Professor of the Practice (ME)

  • Primary Appointment Mechanical Engineering
  • Education Cambridge University, Ph.D.


Dr. Thornton earned her B.S.E. from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She started her career as a faculty member in MIT’s Mechanical Engineering department. During her time at MIT, her research focused on product development, manufacturing, and quality systems. After leaving MIT, she was a senior partner in Analytics Operations Engineering. At Analytics she worked with over 40 large companies to implement, streamline, and improve their product development, manufacturing and quality systems. As the Director of Engineering and Quality at Dragon Innovation she helped over 30 new hardware startups to transform prototype designs into final products. Dr. Thornton is the author of many articles, blogs and a book and is a frequent speaker in multiple university program and industry forums.

Affiliation: Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ME)