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SDM Alumnus Runs Kickstarter for Tech Startup

Jack Yao SDM ’15 is running a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring a portable external laptop monitor to market. DUO, a “completely portable dual-screen laptop accessory” produced by Yao’s startup, Mobile Pixels, was completely funded in four hours.

Yao graduated from MIT in June with two master’s degrees—one in mechanical engineering and the other in engineering and management earned through System Design & Management (SDM). Before MIT, he worked in aerospace with GE Aviation. He started Mobile Pixels after interning in 2016 at Amazon, where he found himself in real need of a second monitor.

Yao developed a prototype mobile monitor and then, working with Shruti Banda SDM ’15 and Stephen Ng of Northeastern University, launched Mobile Pixels. The startup’s first product, DUO, is a light and portable monitor that attaches to the lid of a laptop with magnets and serves as a secondary display.

Mobile Pixels has received seed funding from the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund and IDEA Northeastern. While the business has already reached its initial Kickstarter goal of $35,000, the campaign will run until July 24, 2018. Early backers can receive DUO monitors at a discount off the retail price.

For more information, please visit the Mobile Pixels site or the DUO Kickstarter page.

SDM Student Receives Robert B. Guenassia Award

Frederico Calil, SDM ’17

Frederico Calil, SDM ’17, has received a Robert B. Guenassia Award for 2018 from MIT’s Office of Graduate Education. This award grants $1,500 to a graduate student who has attended the École Centrale in France. Calil holds an MBA in project management from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Piracicaba, Brazil, and an MS in engineering from the École Centrale de Lyon in Lyon, France. Calil also has nearly 20 years of work experience in engineering, including 10 years with Whirlpool. SDM congratulates him on this award!

Recording and Slides Now Available: Renewable Energy Integration Opportunities in Chile

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Jorge Moreno and Donny Holaschutz, Cofounders, inodú; SDM Alumni

Jorge Moreno, SDM ’11, and Donny Holaschutz, SDM ’10

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Slides available here.

About the Presentation

Chile was one of fewer than 15 countries worldwide that had solar and wind energy production levels above 10 percent in 2017. Rapidly integrating these renewable sources into the power system has created significant challenges and opportunities for regulators, system operators, and market entities.

This webinar will explain how both public and private entities can take advantage of the transition now under way in Chile’s power system. It will cover:

  • challenges and opportunities created in the operation of the power system;
  • elements driving the need for flexibility to support renewable energy integration in the power system; and
  • key regulatory and policy challenges to incentivize a more flexible power system in the future.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speakers

Donny Holaschutz is a cofounder of the energy and sustainability consultancy inodú with experience in both for- and not-for profit ventures. As an SDM graduate he holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT. He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jorge Moreno is an inodú cofounder with extensive experience in the energy industry in the United States and Latin America. As an SDM graduate, he holds an MS in engineering and management from MIT. He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.

 

Recording and Slides Now Available: Balancing Usability and Cybersecurity in IoT Devices

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Tod Beardsley

Saurabh Dutta, SDM ’15

Saurabh Dutta, Director of Experience Design, Rapid7; SDM Alumnus
Tod Beardsley, Director of Research, Rapid7

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Slides available here.

About the Presentation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing fast, with web-enabled devices now helping people to monitor their health, upgrade their cars, and control home heating—remotely. Yet, these advances come with increasing security risks. The technology research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020, more than 25 percent of identified enterprise attacks will involve IoT.

In this webinar, cybersecurity experts will discuss how to use systems thinking and related methodologies to reduce IoT risk while preserving usability. Attendees will learn:

  • what cybersecurity risks are common to IoT devices;
  • measures that can be taken to minimize those risks; and
  • how to weigh the tradeoffs between usability and security.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speakers

Saurabh Dutta directs the experience design team at Rapid7. He has worked in design and usability domains across physical and virtual products for more than 15 years. He has a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT as an alumnus of System Design & Management. He also has an MS in architecture and design from Mississippi State University and a BArch from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in India.

Tod Beardsley is the director of research at Rapid7. He has more than 20 years of hands-on security experience, stretching from in-band telephony switching to modern IoT implementations. He directs the myriad security research programs and initiatives at Rapid7. He has a bachelor’s degree in information technology management from Western Governors University.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.