SDM Alumni Newsletter April 2014

Message from Pat Hale

SDM Alumni Update April 2014

Spring Business Trip Success
The spring business trip was held the week of March 10th, and was a busy but successful set of events—the highlight was our evening out at the Summer Shack, with over 200 students, alums, staff and family members attending—the food was delicious, and the camaraderie was even better! In addition, we awarded the annual "leadership, innovation and systems thinking" award—nominees were Suzie Livingston, Marianna Novellino and Alex Sanchez, all of whom made significant contributions to the program over the past year, in many ways—both professional and in personifying the spirit of our motto. The winner, as voted by the staff, was Alex Sanchez—congratulations to all three!

Coming Changes in SDM
We have some exciting changes coming in SDM, which will be announced, with details, in about a week. The key changes are in curriculum, duration and distance offerings. The primary change is to consolidate our three core courses into one integrated offering taught over fall, IAP and spring by a team of faculty, led by Professor Oli de Weck. More details will be in the next newsletter when final planning is completed. The new program will be somewhat shorter and simpler, and will include a completely new track, Product Design and Management (PDM), which will be available in fall of 2015.

Get ready for yet another 50 or so alumni to join your ranks in June, and come to celebrate with us if you can!

Stay connected!

Pat Hale
Director, SDM Fellows Program


Upcoming SDM Events

2014 SDM Graduation Celebration to be held on Friday, June 6, 2-5pm at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. The entire SDM community, including alumni, is invited and encouraged to attend. We hope you will join us. No RSVP requested.

SDM Summer Social will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 6-9pm, at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and Park in Brookline (SDM will provide buses from campus). Members of the SDM community, along with their families, are invited to attend. Formal invitations with RSVP instructions will be sent soon.

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

Virtual SDM Information Session (pre-recorded)
Available on demand

SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series—Occurs every other Monday at noon EDT. Alums who will be delivering presentations later this spring and summer include: Daniel Sturtevant and Linda Nguyen; Daniel Adsit; Andrea Ippolito; and Mona Vernon. You will receive details on each upcoming webinar several days beforehand.

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


SDM Alumni Making News

Doug Hague, chief analytics officer at Bank of America Merchant Services Featured in Sloan Management Review

Charles Iheagwara, SDM '10: Cybersecurity Breach at University of Maryland

Hacking Medicine (features Andrea Ippolito)

SDM Alums Use Systems Thinking to Help Power Chilean Observatory

Making the Right Risk Decisions to Strengthen Operations Performance, by Ioannis Kyratzoglou

Please share your news with us!


SDM News

MIT Natural Resources Study Tour: Digging Deep into the Chilean Mining Business

Daniel Adsit, SDM '13: Systems Integration

Alex Sanchez, SDM '13 Honored with SDM Award for Leadership, Innovation, Systems Thinking

Sagini Ramesh, SDM '14: Gaining Engineering and Management Skills to Help Others

George Clernon, SDM '14: Applying Systems Thinking at Analog Devices

Christopher Choo, SDM '14: From the Singapore Grand Prix to MIT

MIT SDM Codirector Professor Steven Eppinger has been honored with Runner Up for the POMS (Production and Operations Management Society) Wickham Skinner Award for Best Paper published in Production and Operations Management during 2013. The winning paper, "Structuring Work Distribution for Global Product Development Organizations," is co-authored with Anshuman Tripathy (whose dissertation work the paper is based upon—Tripathy holds a Sloan PhD in OM and is now at IIM-Bangalore). The award will be presented on May 11th during the POMS 25th Annual Conference held in Atlanta.


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