System Design and Management

The MIT Master's Program in Engineering and Management

SDM Alumni Newsletter July 2014

Message from Pat Hale

SDM Alumni Update September 2014

SDM Continues to Evolve
We have survived our first cohort start compressed from one month to two weeks. Now we can really call it 'Boot Camp'—we hosted a combined SDM/Certificate group of 106 new students in the final two weeks of August. All of the staff worked very hard, but embraced the new challenges enthusiastically.

Alumnae Leads the Charge
SDM '10 alum Rutu Manchiganti flew in from Germany to lead the Design Challenges (2) we put the new students through, with the blessing of her husband, SDM '09 Mario Montoya, now working for Siemens Corporate Research (thanks Mario!). Rutu managed a group of about ½ dozen current students to orchestrate an exhausting but fun 2 weeks of 18 hour days—she is a dynamo who kept us all sane (at least as sane as we ever were) and kept all the activities progressing smoothly—I owe her thanks that can never be repaid, and she is an example of a great alum contribution. DC1 comprised 16 teams, building 'standing' robots using Lego Mindstorm 3 kits. The final competition took most of Saturday at the end of the first week, and was attended by a number of family members and guests.

Next month, more about program changes (like the new logo?).

Pat Hale
Director, SDM Fellows Program

Stay connected!


Upcoming SDM Events

Save the Dates! October 7 & 8 for SDM Conference Activities

Back to the Classroom sessions will be offered during the afternoon of October 7 for SDM alums who want to learn about the latest MIT research in systems thinking. These will be delivered by SDM faculty members Bryan Moser and Qi Van Eikema Hommes. Please register.

Annual SDM Alumni-Student Mixer will be held on Tuesday, October 7 (6-10pm) at Catalyst in Technology Square. Please register.

2014 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Systems Thinking for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders Details and registration

SDM Information Session
Wednesday, October 8, 6-9pm Bush Room, MIT (222 Memorial Drive, building 10 room 105; under the dome)


SDM News

MIT Establishes New Master's Track Integrating Design and Management

SDM Alumna Dr. Sahar Hashmi One of the First Recipients of Sloan's New Healthcare Certificate

Major Josh Eaton Commands Elite US Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School

Please share your news with us!


SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

September 22, 2014 - Migrating to a Global Digital Money Ecosystem, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D.

The series occurs every other Monday at noon EDT. View a complete listing of upcoming webinars and on-demand recordings.

If you are interested in delivering a presentation in 2014, please contact Lois Slavin, communications director.


SDM Alumni Reference Information

SDM Student Program site:

SDM Alumni webpages:

Visit the Virtual Community for alumni information, to find other alumni, update your information, or search for theses.

Increase your network by joining SDM affiliated groups on LinkedIn:

MIT System Design and Management Alumni

MIT System Design and Management Forum

Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium

Keep your profile updated at the MIT Alumni Association Infinite Connection


Pat Hale

Follow Us

Linked In



You Tube

All information is accurate as of the date of posting and subject to change.

  • Sloan School of Management
  • School of Engineering
  • Engineering Systems Division

© 2010 System Design and Management Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building E40-315, Cambridge, MA 02139