Prof. Frey has worked intensively with colleagues, administrators, and the Singapore Ministry of Education to establish a major new research center for engineering design. The Singapore-MIT International Design Center (IDC) is intended to be a source of new design theory, experimental evidence on effectiveness of design methods, improved teaching methods and equipment, and new technologically intensive designs. The IDC is also a nucleus for growth of the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), which will begin teaching undergraduates in April 2012. The IDC will have active research and major facilities both at SUTD and at MIT.
Prof. Frey is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).