System Design and Management

The MIT Master's Program in Engineering and Management

Conference Agenda

Day 1—Monday, October 24, 2011
MIT Wong Auditorium

7–8 am: Registration and breakfast

6:45–7:45 am: Women in SDM Breakfast with Engineering Leaders (Note: Women interested in pursuing careers at the intersection of engineering and management are encouraged to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact

8–8:15 am: Pat Hale, Executive Director, MIT System Design and Management Program; Senior Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division
            Welcome and Overview

Morning Session: Leadership, Innovation, Systems Thinking

8:15–9:15 am: KEYNOTE—Edward Crawley, ScD, Ford Professor of Engineering; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Engineering Systems; Codirector, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program; Cofounder, SDM
           Systems Thinking in Creating Value

9:15–10:15 am: KEYNOTE—Thomas L. Magnanti, Institute Professor; Dean of the School of Engineering 1999–2006; Professor of Management Science and Electrical Engineering; President, Singapore University of Technology and Design; Cofounder, SDM
           Systems, Design, and Management and the Educational and Research Mission of Today’s Universities

10:15–10:45 am: Break

10:45 am–11 am: 15 Years of Leadership, Innovation, and Systems Thinking
This will include an interactive audience Q&A moderated by Warren Seering, Weber-Shaughness Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems and Co-director, MIT System Design and Management Program.

11 am–Noon: John Helferich, former Senior Vice President of R&D, Mars Inc.; SDM alumnus and MIT ESD PhD student
           A Systems Approach to Food Safety

Noon–1:30 pm Lunch, MIT Faculty Club

Afternoon Session: Systems Thinking and New Product Development

1:30–2:30 pm: Steven Eppinger, ScD, General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management; MIT Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems; Codirector, System Design and Management Program
           The Future of Engineering Design

2:30–3:30 pm: Malvern Atherton, Chief Design Engineer, Control Systems, Rolls-Royce Corporation, SDM alumnus
           Systems Thinking in Aero Engine Control System Development

3:30–4 pm: Break

4–5 pm: Thomas Pelland, Vice President and General Manager, Air Management Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand, SDM alumnus
           Systems Integration: Business Strategy and Organizational Evolution

5 pm: Pat Hale

6–9 pm: Dinner reception, MIT Faculty Club

Day 2—Tuesday, October 25, 2011
MIT Wong Auditorium

7–8 am: Registration and breakfast

8–8:15 am: Joan S. Rubin, SDM Industry Codirector
            Recap of Day 1 and Overview of Day 2

Morning Session: Systems Thinking and Healthcare

8:15–9:15 am: KEYNOTE—Julian Goldman, MD, Medical Director of Biomedical Engineering for Partners HealthCare System; Principal Anesthesiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital "Operating Room of the Future"; Director of the Program on Medical Device Interoperability at MGH and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT)
           Systems Thinking and Medical Devices

9:15–10:15 am: Devon C. Campbell, Head (Director) of Engineering and Systems, Novartis Molecular Diagnostics (MDx), and Michael C. Little, PhD, Global Head of Diagnostics Development, MDx
           Systems Thinking in Personalized Medicine

10:15–10:45 am: Break

10:45–11:45 am: Richard C. Larson, PhD, Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT Engineering Systems Division, and Director, MIT Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals, and Sahar Hashmi, MD, SDM alumnus and current ESD PhD student
           Samples of Systems Research in Healthcare and Education

11:45 am–1:15 pm: Lunch, MIT Faculty Club

Afternoon Session: IBM’s Watson, Analytics, and the Implications for Industry and Society

1:15–3:30 pm: Irving Wladawsky-Berger, PhD, Vice President Emeritus, IBM; Visiting Lecturer, Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, MIT; Katharine Frase, PhD, Vice President, Industry Solutions and Emerging Business, IBM Research; Doug Hague, PhD, Small Business Analytics Executive, Consumer and Small Business Banking, Bank of America, SDM alumnus; and David Hartzband, ScD, Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division, MIT
           IBM's Watson, Analytics, and the Implications for Industry and Society

3:30 pm: Joan Rubin

Conference Sponsors

MIT's System Design and Management Program wishes to thank the following for their generous support of the 2011 MIT Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges.

  • John Deere
  • Merck
  • Werfen Group
  • Global Product Design
  • WBUR Boston's NPR news station
  • Science Driven Management Consulting
  • The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values

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