The DSM Conference 2009is organized by Clemson University in collaboration with Technische Universität München. For the third time now, the conference is  an event endorsed by the Design Society.

Clemson University, College of Engineering & Science

Formally opened in 1893, Clemson University today is redefining the term "top-tier research university" by combining the best of two models: the scientific and technological horsepower of a major research university and the highly engaged academic and social environment of a small college.
Inspired by Thomas Green Clemson's dream to create a "high seminary of learning to benefit the agricultural and mechanical arts," engineering and sciences have been an integral part of the University's development. Since the first degrees were granted in 1896, Clemson engineers and scientists have made significant contributions to South Carolina, the nation and the world.
The College of Engineering and Science was formed in 1995, joining the engineering disciplines with the chemistry, computer science, geological science, mathematical science, and physics and astronomy departments. Besides classic engineering skills, a strong focus is put on the development of communication skills, teamwork and collaboration. Our students learn to solve real-world problems, often providing valuable solutions for industrial partners while dealing with economic, ethical and environmental issues in the process.

Technische Universität München, Institute for Product Development

Situated in the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering, the Institute for Product Development has been active in of design methodology research for over forty years now. As part of its core activities, the research group "Plegmatum" has been working on models, methods and tools to make complexity management more efficient and achievable. The institute is part of the Technische Universität München, which was recently selected as an "Elite-Research Institute" by the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments.

The Design Society
The design society was founded to contribute to a broad and established understanding of development and design, and to promote the use of results and knowledge from research on engineering design for the good of humanity. The Design Society focuses on the promotion of cooperation between researchers, professionals and instructors, the organization of international and national conferences and workshops, and the establishment and support of "branches" (regional activities) and "special interest groups or SIGs" (international, thematically defined activities), the active support of research, practice, management, and continued education in development and design; the work of the Design Society furthermore is concerned with advocating publications and the promotion of their distribution, with the compilation of a knowledge database, and with the cooperation with other similar organizations.