By Lois Slavin, MIT SDM Communications Director
November 14, 2013
In 2014, the MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program will initiate significant academic and operational innovations that will better meet the needs of industry and our students, specifically:
- Beginning in August 2014, all of SDM’s cohort-building on-campus "boot camps" will be held immediately before the start of the fall semester. This operational change from running "boot camps" in January was made to give SDM students the opportunity to matriculate as a cohort in the fall semester when most other new students arrive at MIT. This will enable SDMs to foster relationships with a wider number of their peers across the Institute. SDM’s new admissions calendar for August 2014 is available here.
- SDM’s core curriculum in system architecture, systems engineering, and system and project management will evolve. Beginning in fall 2014, these three courses will be integrated into a single "SDM Core" course offered over the fall and spring semesters and taught by a team of SDM faculty. This effort is being led by Professor Olivier de Weck and a team of key stakeholders, including faculty, alumni, and industry sponsors. The intent is to provide a more integrated approach to systems engineering processes as applied in real time across multiple industry domains.
- Required courses that were formerly taught in the summer will be moved to other terms to accommodate the growing interest in summer internships.
"Successful organizations know that it’s not just short-sighted but dangerous to rest on their laurels. Whether it’s IBM or SDM, no matter what the industry, the key to success is innovation," said SDM Executive Director Pat Hale. "All of us here at SDM are excited about these innovations because they will help the program continue to serve students and industry."