System Design and Management

The MIT Master's Program in Engineering and Management

Planning Team

2010 MIT-SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges


Christine Bates

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

Christine Bates has worked at MIT for 14 years in a wide range of areas, including the Technology and Policy Program and the doctoral program of the Engineering Systems Division. She was honored with MITís Infinite Mile Award in 2009.

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William Foley

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

William Foley

William Foley has worked at SDM for more than 11 years and has served in finance and other administrative capacities at MIT. He currently serves as SDM’s academics and distance learning coordinator.

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John M. Grace

Industry Codirector (Retired), System Design and Management Program, MIT

John M. Grace

John M. Grace recently retired as SDM’s industry codirector. In this role, he worked to build 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 corporation’s strategic planning process. Prior to ArvinMeritor’s 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.

Previously, 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 Calspan’s 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 Calspan’s Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance Program for the US Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Mr. Grace earned a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an MS 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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Pat Hale

Director, MIT System Design and Management Fellows Program
Senior Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division

Pat Hale

Pat Hale joined MIT in 2003, following a 22-year career in the US Navy. Since that time, he has led the MIT-Industry Partner Systems Engineering Certificate Program, a one-year graduate certificate program that is part of the MIT System Design and Management Program (SDM), and he is currently director of the SDM Fellows Program. His professional interests include the application of systems engineering in commercial product development, complex naval system design, and engineering process frameworks and methods.

While in the Navy, Mr. Hale qualified in both Surface Warfare and Submarine Warfare (Engineering Duty) communities, and managed the design and construction of submarines in Groton, CT. Mr. Hale later held executive-level systems engineering positions in defense and commercial system and product development organizations, including as director of systems engineering at both Draper Laboratory and Otis Elevator Company, where he developed and implemented Otis’ first systems engineering process and organization.

Mr. Hale is a past president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); he has been an INCOSE member since 1994 and has served on its board of directors for 11 years. He has published papers in the area of commercial systems engineering in the conference proceedings of both INCOSE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mr. Hale holds a BS in geophysical oceanography from the University of Washington, as well as the degrees of Ocean Engineer and SM in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT.

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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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Kathryn O'Neill

Managing Editor, SDM Pulse

Kathyrn O'Neill

A freelancer with more than 15 years of experience writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, and websites, Kathryn O’Neill serves as managing editor of the SDM Pulse and is a frequent editorial consultant to SDM. The former news manager of the MIT News Office and former assistant Sunday editor of the Boston Herald, she has written for the Boston Herald, Global Traveler magazine, and Soundings, the magazine of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Ireland.

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Dave Schultz

Logistics and Special Events Coordinator, System Design and Management Program, MIT

Dave Schultz

Dave Schultz brings lengthy career experience in graphic arts, business administration, and multimedia production to the job of coordinating logistics and special events for SDM. Involved in the daily affairs of the SDM program, he maintains a strong focus on the value of individual and team cooperation. He recently won the MIT School of Engineering’s Infinite Mile Award.

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Lois Slavin

Communications Director, System Design and Management Program, MIT

Lois Slavin

Lois Slavin has served as SDM’s communications director for more than 11 years. During much of that time, she led communications efforts for MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and Leaders for Global Operations Program as well. Prior to coming to MIT, she held positions at the Center for Quality of Management and CSC Index and taught communications courses at Harvard University, Emerson College, and Boston University.

She holds a BA in English/education and an MS in television and radio production from Syracuse University.

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Helen Trimble

Director, SDM Career Development, MIT

Helen Trimble

Helen Trimble manages career development for self-funded SDM students. She also manages the Graduate Certificate Program in Systems Engineering and the Organizational Leaders Seminars. 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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Alecia Wilkes

Webmaster, SDM

Alecia Wilkes has served as the SDM program's web editor since 2006. She updates the content of the SDM website, including the SDM program blog. She also maintains SDM's presence in various social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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