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Burl Amsbury, SDM í00

Burl Amsbury

Burl Amsbury, SDM í00, earned a combined BS/MS in electrical engineering in 1988 from MIT and an MS in engineering and management from MITís System Design and Management Program. Between masterís degrees, he learned a great deal about discipline and service in the U.S. Navy, serving as an A-6E Intruder pilot, qualifying as a mission commander, and surviving 301 carrier landings. His love for the American West finally brought him to Colorado, where he has been part of the executive team for a series of technology startup companies.

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Christine Bates

Program Coordinator, Finance/Admissions
System Design and Management Program
MIT

Christine Bates has worked at MIT for 13 years in a wide range of areas, including the Technology and Policy Program and the doctoral program of the Engineering Systems Division. She is currently SDMís program coordinator and was recently honored with MITís Infinite Mile Award.

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Eric C. Cahill

Senior Director, Progressive Automotive X PRIZE

Eric Cahill

Eric Cahill joined the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE with over 15 years experience directing complex, technology-intense enterprises in a broad range of industries. He has dedicated his career to the commercialization of cleaner alternatives in the automotive and energy sectors.

At GM Powertrain, Mr. Cahill assessed the market for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. Later, as Program Manager of a government-funded hybrid electric vehicle program, Mr. Cahill led the team responsible for developing the electric drive train technology for the forthcoming Fisker Karma luxury plug-in hybrid.

Prior to joining the X PRIZE Foundation, Mr. Cahill served as COO and founding member of Internet start-up company AbouTime, Inc. and provided project management consulting services to BP Alaskaís North Slope Operations. Mr. Cahill is a veteran of the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps and Intelligence communities and a former project manager at Boeing where he led key IT product development initiatives in the Program Management Office of the $22B Future Combat Systems program.

Mr. Cahill earned an M.S. degree in Engineering & Management from the System Design & Management (SDM), which is co-sponsored by MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT School of Engineering. He also holds an M.S. in Technology & Policy from MITís Engineering Systems Division and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

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William Foley

Academic Officer and Distance Learning Coordinator
System Design and Management Program
MIT

William Foley

William Foley has worked at SDM for more than 10 years. After working in finance and other administrative capacities at MIT, he currently serves as SDMís academic officer and distance learning coordinator.

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John M. Grace

Industry Co-Director
System Design and Management Program
MIT

John M. Grace

John M. Grace is presently SDMís industry co-director. In this role, he is involved with building multidimensional relations among industrial firms and the SDM program, SDM students, and MIT faculty.

Prior to joining SDM, Mr. Grace was vice president of engineering and technology at ArvinMeritor, a tier one automotive supplier. There he was responsible for corporate engineering, the engineering and technical councils, and the technology roadmap process as part of the corporationís strategic planning process. Prior to ArvinMeritorís formation, Mr. Grace was vice president of engineering and systems for Arvin Industries. He focused on product development and technology development for the corporation. In this latter role, he instituted programs for developing product-preceding technologies at various universities, institutes, and partner companies.

Prior to joining Arvin, Mr. Grace spent much of his career at Calspan Corporation (originally known as Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory), a research and development firm in Buffalo, NY. Among his leadership roles, Mr. Grace served as department head of physical sciences at Calspanís headquarters. This department was heavily involved in high Mach number aerodynamic testing and analysis, gas turbine research analysis and testing, rocket plume research, and transportation research (vehicle dynamics, safety, crash testing, tire testing). Prior to his assignment in physical sciences, Mr. Grace led Calspanís Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance Program for the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Mr. Grace earned a B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in applied mathematics from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Dayton. He is presently a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Jon Griffith

Director of Operations and Partner Integration
System Design and Management Program
Leaders for Global Operations Program
MIT

Jon Griffith

Jon Griffith has worked in MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (formerly Leaders for Manufacturing) and SDM programs for more than 10 years. His current responsibilities include overseeing LGO/SDM operations and managing the programs' external partnerships with industry, alumni, and other universities.

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Janice Hall

TTF Design

Janice Hall

Through TTF Design, Janice Hall serves as a graphics consultant for MIT's SDM program. She has also provided graphics assistance to several other MIT programs, Harvard Business School, and the Center for Quality of Management.

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Lisa Hill

Administrative Assistant
System Design and Management Program
MIT

Lisa Hill

Lisa Hill joined SDM in June 2008. She holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Floridaís Warrington School of Business.

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Steve Klosterman, SDM í00

Senior Director, Product Management
Satcon Technology Corporation

Steve Klosterman, SDM í00, is currently the senior director of product management at Satcon Technology Corporation, the leading producer of high power DC to AC inverters for the commercial and utility-scale, solar energy industry in North America. He is responsible for managing the product roadmap, developing product and project management practices, strategies for international expansion, and methods to accelerate time-to-market for Satconís expanding line of power conditioning systems.

Starting his career as an engineer, Mr. Klosterman was a designer and project lead in developing high performance computing systems at Digital Equipment Corporation and with supercomputing startup Stellar Computer before joining Sun Microsystems in 1989. He held leadership, executive, and management roles in product development, engineering, and operations during an 18-year career with Sun, most recently as a product line director for Sunís volume computer family.

Mr. Klosterman holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of MITís SDM program.

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Dawn M. Schaible, SDM í01

Manager, Systems Engineering Office
NASA

Dawn Schaible

Dawn M. Schaible, SDM í01, began her career with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in 1987, serving as a space shuttle orbiter environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS) engineer. In this role, she led the ECLSS ground processing activities for the Orbiter Endeavour. In 1996, Ms. Schaible joined the International Space Station (ISS) Hardware Integration Office, where she served as the lead test engineer for the "Unity" Node and U.S. Laboratory "Destiny" modules. In 2000, she was selected to serve as chief of the Integration Branch for the ISS/Payload Processing Directorate. In this capacity, she was responsible for managing the launch site ground processing mission-integration activities for all space shuttle-launched payloads and U.S. space station elements. Ms. Schaible is currently the manager of the Systems Engineering Office for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center at the Langley Research Center.

Ms. Schaible received a masterís in engineering and management from MITís System Design and Management Program. She also holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Bradley University and an M.S. in space systems operations from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Alyson Scherer, SDM í07

Project Manager
BBN Technologies

Alyson Scherer

Alyson Scherer, SDM í07, works at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, MA, as a project manager within the Sensing and Control Systems Business Unit. Prior to attending SDM, she worked for Northrop Grumman as a mechanical engineer and project manager for the Antenna Group in Norwalk, CT, and the Flight Test Department in Baltimore, MD.

While attending MIT, Ms. Scherer served as chairperson of the SDM Industrial Relations Committee, which focuses on creating and strengthening relationships between SDM and industry. Her thesis research examined the decision-making processes and truth telling behaviors of individuals within project teams of large high-tech organizations.

In addition to an S.M. in engineering and management from MITís System Design and Management Program, Ms. Scherer holds a B.S in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional interests include business development and strategy as well as human behavior and psychology.

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Dave Schultz

Logistics and Special Events
System Design and Management Program
MIT

Dave Schultz

Dave Schultz recently joined the SDM staff, bringing lengthy career experience in graphic arts, business administration, and multimedia production to the job of coordinating logistics and special events. Involved in the daily affairs of the SDM program, he brings a strong focus on the value of individual and team cooperation.

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Yoav Shapira, SDM í06

Vice President, Engineering
HubSpot

Yoav Shapira

Yoav Shapira, SDM í06, is a former consultant at Deloitte & Touche, senior engineer at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, senior architect and No. 1 employee at CarGurus LLC. He is the former vice president and an elected member of the Apache Software Foundation, and he remains an active contributor to numerous open-source projects, including the world-leading Java server, Apache Tomcat.

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Jason Slagle, SDM í05

Manager, Advanced Technology
GE Aviation

Jason Slagle

Jason Slagle, SDM í05, is currently a manager in the advanced technology department at GE Aviation, where he is responsible for delivering technology and driving change in the organization. Previously, he managed the GE90 HT&FSD group responsible for the thermal design and the secondary flow system design of the GE90 product line, the worldís largest and most powerful jet engines.

Mr. Slagle is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA), chair of the Dayton-Cincinnati section and deputy director for the Central Region.

He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University and completed graduate studies in mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins. He has a masterís in engineering and management from MIT.

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Lois Slavin

Communications Director
System Design and Management Program
Leaders for Global Operations Program
MIT

Lois Slavin

Lois Slavin has served as communications director for MIT LGO and SDM for more than 10 years. She previously held positions at the Center for Quality of Management and CSC Index and has taught communications courses at Harvard University, Emerson College, and Boston University.

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Helen Trimble

Director, SDM Career Development
MIT

Helen Trimble

Helen Trimble manages career development for self-funded SDM students, the Graduate Certificate Program in Systems Engineering, and the Organizational Leaders Seminar. Her desire to help adults develop their intellectual and leadership abilities has found expression in corporate, university, and health care settings.

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