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SDM Virtual Information Session, December 13, 2018

Please join us on Youtube for a virtual information session for MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program, which offers a master’s degree in engineering and management. You will have the opportunity to learn more about this flexible graduate program designed for mid-career professionals, discuss career opportunities, and hear from SDM Executive Director Joan Rubin and current fellows in the program.

A link to the Youtube live video will be sent to registrants in advance of the info session. For specific questions, please contact SDM Admissions at sdm@mit.edu.

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SDM’s Alejandro Diaz Receives SHPE National STAR Award

Alejandro Diaz, a first-year student in the SDM program, has received the National Hispanic in Technology STAR Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The SHPE Technical Achievement and Recognition (STAR) award honors outstanding professionals for their dedication and commitment to advancing Hispanics in STEM careers. Alejandro, an Associate Technical Fellow at the Boeing Company, received the award for his outstanding impacts to the EVA/Spacesuit Design & Operations field and leadership of major technical projects at Boeing. We congratulate Alejandro on his recognition! For more information on the STAR awards, please visit the SHPE website.

Portrait of Rodrigo Diez

SDM Alum’s Company Wins Top Prize in MIT $100K Pitch Contest

A startup cofounded by MIT System Design & Management alumnus Rodrigo Diez has won the grand prize in the pitch portion of this year’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

The $100K, MIT’s largest annual entrepreneurship competition, features three main events— Pitch, Accelerate, and Launch. In the Pitch finals, 20 competitors have 90 seconds each to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. This year’s competition took place November 6 in Room 10-250 at MIT.

Diez’s startup, Novo Space, won the $5,000 top prize with a pitch for its high-performance electronics designed for use in space. Jenny Collins, whom Novo Space is bringing onboard as chief operating officer, delivered the winning pitch at the competition.

“The space industry is changing very fast,” Diez said. “In the next few years we’re going to see some amazing new space applications — such as high-resolution video and global Internet provided by low-Earth-orbit satellites — and there are no products for them.”

The company’s goal is to supply backplanes/motherboards, daughterboards (CPUs, signal processors, carriers), and mezzanine cards to new space-focused businesses to help them reduce costs, time to market, and risk, Diez said.

Diez received his master’s degree in engineering and management through the SDM program in September and is now a PhD student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He cofounded Novo Space in January 2017 with Facundo Jorge, a friend and colleague from the time he spent working at Invap S.E., an Argentine supplier of space technologies, prior to his arrival at MIT.

While at SDM, Diez worked as a research assistant at MIT’s Space Telecommunications, Astronomy, and Radiation (STAR) Laboratory. Associate Professor Kerri Cahoy, who heads the STAR Lab, now serves both as Diez’s PhD advisor and as advisor to Novo Space.

Diez said he has put SDM lessons to work in the company, notably working to address a number of “ilities” with its products — such as reliability and usability. “We’re creating a whole ecosystem of high-performance, high-reliability, and modular electronics,” Diez said.

Novo Space has already produced its first prototype, and Diez says the company plans to spend the next year fund-raising and finishing its products with the goal of putting devices into space by 2020.

He said the company has received a wealth of support from MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including assistance from the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and two rounds of funding from MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund.

SDM Alum Appointed to Cabinet of Rwanda

Paula Ingabire, SDM ’16, has been appointed to the cabinet of Rwanda by President Paul Kagame. Paula graduated from the SDM program in June 2018, having completed a thesis on electronic health care systems under the supervision of academic director Bryan Moser. Paula will serve as the Minister for ICT and Innovation. We congratulate Paula on her achievement!

SDM Information Evening, November 14, 2018

Please join us at MIT for an information session on MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program, which offers a master’s degree in engineering and management. You will have the opportunity to learn more about this flexible graduate program designed for mid-career professionals, discuss career opportunities, and network with SDM alumni, faculty, students, and staff.

For specific questions, please contact SDM Admissions at sdm@mit.edu.

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SDM Systems Night, October 25, 2018

SDM is hosting our third Systems Night! At this evening current students, alumni, and faculty will be able to engage with business and technology leaders focused on systems thinking, design and management. A panel of key speakers from a range of industries will give “lightning talks” on how they employ systems thinking and management principles. The evening will also feature time for networking and socializing with alumni, students, and faculty.

Scheduled speakers for this event include:

Aravind Asokan, SDM ’14, Senior UX Designer, Terrafugia
Stephen Boyer, SDM ’07, Founder and CTO, BitSight Technologies
Kate Cantu, SDM ’15a, Materiel Leader, PNVC Integration, U.S. Air Force
Karl Critz, SDM ’10, CTO, REsurety
Vikas Enti, SDM ’15a, Head of International Programs, Amazon Robotics

Speaker biographies are available on the event website. Systems Night is currently scheduled for Thursday, October 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Samberg Conference Center located at 50 Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

This event is free and open to the MIT community. Registration for free tickets is available via Eventbrite.

SDM Virtual Information Session, October 16, 2018

Please join us on Youtube for a virtual information session for MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program, which offers a master’s degree in engineering and management. You will have the opportunity to learn more about this flexible graduate program designed for mid-career professionals, discuss career opportunities, and hear from SDM Executive Director Joan Rubin and current fellows in the program.

A link to the Youtube live video will be sent to registrants in advance of the info session. For specific questions, please contact SDM Admissions at sdm@mit.edu.

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Innovation Conference Includes SDM Alumnus

Karan Sachan SDM ’16 is a speaker at the Product Innovation Summit, scheduled for September 27-28 in Boston, MA. Karan is a Senior Product Manager at Nasdaq and the product lead for Nasdaq’s Data Integrity platform. The summit will provide a deep dive into design thinking models. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the Innovation Enterprise website.

SDM Information Evening, September 20th, 2018

Please join us at MIT for an information session on MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program, which offers a master’s degree in engineering and management. You will have the opportunity to learn more about this flexible graduate program designed for mid-career professionals, discuss career opportunities, and network with SDM alumni, faculty, students, and staff.

For specific questions, please contact SDM Admissions at sdm@mit.edu.

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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.