MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
Richard de Neufville, Ph.D., Dr. h.c.
Professor of Engineering Systems and of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date: April 22, 2013
About the Presentation
Designed for those concerned with acquiring and implementing new products and systems, such as owners, managers, developers and engineers, this webinar will explain the concept of flexibility in engineering design, using non-technical language and many practical examples.
Professor de Neufville will cover:
- the problems with predetermined forecasts and requirement sets;
- the benefits of flexibility in engineering design and its role in developing products that can adapt to a wide range of uncertainties;
- how flexibility in engineering design delivers value by reducing or eliminating downside risks, increasing access to upside opportunities, and ultimately producing overall win-win solutions and developmental strategies;
- specific ways successful companies apply flexibility in engineering design, and;
- a framework and next steps for applying flexibility in engineering design in your organization.
We invite you to join us!
About the Speaker
Richard de Neufville, Ph.D. and Dr. h.c., is a leader in the field of systems planning and design and author of “Flexibility in Engineering Design,” the first book in the new engineering systems series published by MIT Press. He has also published six other texts and currently teaches several MIT courses in this field that are directed generally to engineering systems, with a focus on product design, real estate, urban development, and airport systems design. Prof. de Neufville is currently involved in developing a wide range of flexibility analysis applications, including design of offshore oil platforms, civil engineering infrastructure, automobile plants and parts, and electrical power systems.
About the Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program 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.