System Design and Management

The MIT Master's Program in Engineering and Management

Conference Emcees

Vincent Balgos, SDM Student

Senior Systems Engineer, Instrumentation Laboratory
Conference Emcee, October 24, 2011

Vincent Balgos, SDM ’10, is a company-sponsored student who works at Instrumentation Laboratory (IL) in Bedford, MA, as a senior systems engineer for the Hemostasis and Critical Care In-Vitro Diagnostics system platforms. This opportunity provides experience in balancing the business and technological goals of the company, a core principle of MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program.

Previously, Vincent worked as a research engineer for the IIT Research Institute in Chicago, where he managed pharmaceutical and toxicology research for the National Institutes of Health, US Food and Drug Administration, and Fortune 100 companies. His SDM thesis research examines system safety issues in complex medical product development to adapt to future, uncertain, technological and business dynamics.

In addition to pursuing a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT, Vincent holds dual BS degrees in chemical engineering and medicinal chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His professional interests include systems architecture, flexibility in design, and business development in the biotechnology and healthcare industries.


Christopher Berardi, SDM Student

Captain, US Air Force
Conference Emcee, October 25, 2011

Christopher Berardi, SDM ’11, is a self-sponsored student and a captain in the US Air Force stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA. He works as a program manager for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. Chris’s primary responsibility is to plan and execute a multimillion-dollar portfolio of enterprise-level programs designed to enhance the Air Force’s ability to collect, exploit, and disseminate actionable intelligence.

Prior to joining MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) cohort, Chris was stationed abroad and worked as a military intelligence officer. During that period, he led the Air Force in Europe’s busiest intelligence flight and delivered intelligence support to more than 1,031 missions in 91 countries throughout Europe and Africa.

In addition to pursuing a master of science degree in engineering and management from MIT through the SDM program, Chris holds a BS in business management from the US Air Force Academy. His professional interests include expanding the applicability of network theory innovations and improving visualizations of complex information systems.


Anando A. Chowdhury, SDM Student

Director, Organizational Strategy Management & Operations
Global Science, Technology, and Commercialization, Merck/MSD
Conference Emcee, October 25, 2011

Anando A. Chowdhury, SDM ’09, works at Merck/MSD in Whitehouse Station, NJ, leading the organizational strategy, management, and operations function for Merck's Global Science, Technology, and Commercialization organization. His organization enables Merck to meet its promise to the patient/customer through the development, commercialization, launch, and manufacturing technical support of all pharmaceutical, biologic, vaccine, and consumer products and associated packaging.

Prior to joining Merck, Anando worked in a broad range of areas, including information systems and technologies product development; process engineering; equipment design, installation, and commissioning; fundamental research and development; new business ventures; and applied management sciences. He also served as an operations manager for two new businesses. He has worked at Eastman Kodak Company, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Getinge USA Inc., United Nations Children's Fund, and the Strong Memorial Hospital system. He also has experience in myriad other industries—from textiles to aerospace—through business development partnerships. He has worked in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, and France, in addition to the United States.

At MIT, Anando is keenly interested in making SDM even more robust through the intellectual resources, contacts, and access he has in the healthcare arena. He has been an advocate and player in building stronger ties between SDM and Merck/MSD and views the SDM mindset, methodologies, and tools as vital to the future of the healthcare and wellness business. His thesis focuses on understanding the implementation challenges of large human endeavors.

He holds a BS and MS in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a graduate of Merck's Business Leadership Program through Duke University. His professional interests include biological and pharmaceutical product and process development, complexity theory, sustainability, organizational design and development, individual and mass human behavior, and science and technology policy and regulations.


Neil Gadhok, SDM Student

Former Senior Software Engineer, Bristol Aerospace Limited
Conference Emcee, October 25, 2011

Since 2002, Neil Gadhok, SDM ’11, has been involved with spacecraft development in his native country, Canada. Prior to joining MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program, Neil was project manager at Bristol Aerospace Limited on a multimillion-dollar contract for the Canadian Space Agency's CASSIOPE satellite bus. He was also flight software lead for the Radarsat Constellation Mission Satellite bus.

In addition to pursuing a master of science degree in engineering and management at MIT, Neil holds a BS and MS in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba. He also serves as chair of the SDM Speaker Series, working with students and staff to identify industry executives who embody systems thinking, leadership, and innovation and inviting them to speak with SDM students.


Stephanie Goerges, SDM Student

Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Cummins Inc.
Conference Emcee, October 24, 2011

Stephanie Goerges, SDM ’11, is a Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt for Cummins Inc. In this role Stephanie is using Six Sigma to advance the practice of systems engineering in her organization. She has also led Cummins’ Systems Engineering Functional Excellence worldwide organization, worked as a product planner for the electronics organization, and developed control systems for the Dodge Ram program.

Prior to joining Cummins, Stephanie worked for Hughes Space and Communications Co. developing attitude control systems for communication satellites.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Her professional interests include the relationship between complexity and quality, innovation, and leadership.


Andrea Ippolito, SDM Student

Research Assistant, MIT Lean Advancement Initiative
Conference Emcee, October 25, 2011

Andrea Ippolito, SDM ’11, is both a graduate student in MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program and a research assistant at the Lean Advancement Initiative at MIT. She is part of a team charged with developing innovative recommendations for transforming the military healthcare system to better manage post-traumatic stress and related conditions. In particular, she is focused on assessing the role of telebehavioral health and on extending the use of technology outside the clinic to improve access to care and reduce stigma for service members and their families. Prior to attending SDM, she worked as a research scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific Corporation.

Andrea is the co-director of the upcoming Executive Summary Contest for MIT’s $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and co-chair of the 2012 MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference.

In addition to pursuing a master of science degree in engineering and management from MIT, Andrea holds a master of engineering degree in biomedical engineering and a BS in biological engineering from Cornell University.


Todd Reily, SDM Student

Lead Human Factors Engineer, MITRE Corporation
Conference Emcee, October 24, 2011

Todd Reily, SDM ’10, has over a decade of experience in both the public and private sectors in roles that range from internal support to consulting, as a designer or design lead, in activities ranging from behavioral research of users through user experience design and conceptual animation. He has consulted on design projects for the most prominent organizations in the consumer product, pharmaceutical, financial services, and defense industries.

Todd is currently pursuing a master of science degree in engineering and management on a part-time basis in MIT’s System Design and Management program. He is applying his skills in user experience design and engineering psychology to the principles of system design in an effort to develop innovative methods in product and system development. His thesis work is titled "User Experience Design of Complex Systems."

Todd’s full-time professional role is as a lead human factors engineer at the MITRE Corporation, a federally funded not-for-profit research and development center based in Bedford, MA. His primary responsibility is to support MITRE’s customers by identifying human-based issues and addressing them with design-driven solutions and innovative user experience designs. Prior to MITRE, Todd was a lead usability analyst at Human Factors International, the world’s oldest and largest usability and design consulting firm.

He holds a BS in engineering psychology from Tufts University. He served as the president of the Tufts chapter of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and received the De Florez Prize in Human Engineering.


Hank Roark, SDM Student

Senior Staff Engineer, Advanced Systems Engineering
John Deere
Conference Emcee, October 24, 2011

Hank Roark, SDM ’10, works at John Deere in Champaign, IL, where he is responsible for systems engineering advancement and product concept development. Previous positions at Deere include manager for architecture and product planning at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group in Des Moines, IA, and manager for product development at John Deere Agri Services in Atlanta, GA.

Previously, Hank worked for Red Sky Interactive as director of system development and as a consultant at Perot Systems. He has 16 years of experience building information technology–based products and systems for the agriculture, construction, financial, and telecommunications industries.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Georgia Institute of Technology. His professional interests include systems engineering, flexibility in the management and design of systems, and food systems.


Melissa Rosen, SDM Student

Medical Device Consultant, Helbling Precision Engineering Conference Emcee, October 25, 2011

Melissa Rosen, SDM ’11, is a graduate student in MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) program and a medical device consultant for Helbling Precision Engineering, a Swiss-based engineering consulting group, with expertise in microtechnology and medical device development. Melissa collaborates with global pharmaceutical and device companies to conceive next-generation medical products. Her most recent projects include drug delivery systems for insulin therapy and critical care diagnostic equipment.

Melissa also has a research appointment with the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation. She is working on developing a system for improving outcomes related to drug commercialization. Her focus has been on post-market surveillance processes and benefit-risk data collection. She is also interested in analyzing patient experiences and the potential for the utilization of mobile technology for direct capture of health data.

At SDM, Melissa chairs WiSDM, Women in SDM, a student-led organization whose mission is to empower female leaders and grow the program’s network of women in engineering management. She is also active in the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation as a fitness instructor for the larger MIT community.

Melissa holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and has more than 11 years of experience in product and process design.


Fady Saad, SDM Student

Former Lead Account Manager for Egypt and Italy Public and Corporate Customers, Nokia Siemens Networks
Conference Emcee, October 24, 2011

Fady Saad’s last position was lead account manager for Egypt and Italy Public and Corporate Customers in Nokia Siemens Networks. He led and managed multimillion-euro acquisitions and bids with oil and gas, railway, and real estate customers. He architected and established strategic agreements with global vendors that strengthened his company’s competitive position. He was also the business leader behind the first all-IP telephone exchange in Egypt, which defended and expanded Nokia Siemens Networks’ market share in the country. He has consulted with Minister of Transportation advisors on using GSM-Railway to eliminate locomotive accidents.

During his time as a strategy and business associate at Siemens, Fady, SDM ’11, played a key role in leading the merger between Siemens Com and Nokia Networks in Egypt by designing and implementing a change management initiative for 700+ employees in Egypt, and architecting and mapping the company’s organizational structure according to a global blueprint that earned the company the regional "Winning Together" award.

Fady holds the distinguished "Wood Badge" of Scouting International’s Leadership Program, and he served as an assistant international commissioner for the Egyptian Scouting Federation, representing the Egyptian Scouts in various international events in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Fady currently serves as marketing director for MIT’s chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering. His research is focused on designing future organizations as systems, and on their impact on entrepreneurship in the developing world. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from American University in Cairo.


Tina P. Srivastava, SDM Student

Former Senior Systems Engineer and Program Manager at Raytheon, BMW
Munich, Orbital Sciences, Aurora Flight Sciences, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Conference Emcee, October 24, 2011

A System Design and Management (SDM) student at MIT, Tina P. Srivastava has held senior systems engineering and program manager roles across the aerospace, national security, and commercial sectors. While at Raytheon, Tina received a Raytheon Patent Award for her work as lead inventor on warfighter-centric network technology. Prior to her work leading enterprise campaigns at Raytheon, Tina held positions in strategy management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group and Accenture.

In addition to her work in the private sector, Tina has been actively involved in aerospace engineering through programs at MIT, including the Lean Advancement Initiative and Space Systems Engineering. She served as program manager of a 40-person team to design, build, and flight test a low-Earth-orbit satellite, a project co-sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory. She also led efforts for and tested the satellite in a zero gravity parabolic flight; she was recognized for her work with the Lockheed Martin Prize for Excellence in Systems Engineering.

Tina volunteers as the head referee of the annual BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics competition for middle and high school students. She also has been an invited speaker at Amelia Earhart events encouraging young women to pursue careers in engineering, science, and aviation.

She holds a BS in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from MIT with a minor from the Sloan School of Management. She has been published in the areas of design structure matrices, hybrid vehicle design, and advanced thermal management. She is certified in Six Sigma.


Farrah Tazyeen, SDM Student

Former Technical Consultant, Oracle Solution Services India
Conference Emcee, October 25, 2011

Prior to joining the System Design and Management (SDM) program at MIT, Farrah Tazyeen, SDM ’11, was a technical consultant with Oracle Solution Services India. At Oracle, she worked with Product Development Services, a premier ERP offshore consulting team. Her expertise was in identifying clients’ core competencies, solving their critical problems, and building business-appropriate IT solutions in the areas of manufacturing, supply chain, inventory management, accounting, and taxation. Her most recent engagement, with Korean Airlines, involved building an automated supply chain between disassembly, disposition, and re-assembly of engines during overhaul.

At MIT, Farrah serves on the SDM Leadership Committee, which focuses on enhancing the leadership skills of the cohort, and conducting workshops and information sessions. Her interests include flexibility in architecting business solutions and project management in agile and scrum environments.

In addition to pursuing an SM in engineering and management, Farrah holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (with honors) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani), India.


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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