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Conference Agenda

2012 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking
for Contemporary Challenges

Day 1—Monday, October 22, 2012
MIT Wong Auditorium

7:00–8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

8:00–8:15 am: Pat Hale, Executive Director of MIT System Design and Management Program; Senior Lecturer in MIT Engineering Systems Division
            Welcome and Overview

Morning Session: Energy and Natural Resources

8:15–9:15 am: KEYNOTE—Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated
           Electricity Generation Alternatives

9:15–10:15 am: Jessika Trancik, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT
           Uncovering and Explaining the Rate of Improvement in Energy

10:15–10:45 am: Break

10:45–11:45 am: KEYNOTE—Robert Richards, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moon Express
           The New Race to the Moon: Old World Ideas versus New World Opportunities

11:45–1:15 pm Lunch, MIT Faculty Club

Afternoon Session: Complex Challenges in Diverse Industries

1:15–2:15 pm: KEYNOTE—Gary Mercer, Vice President and Chief Engineer, GE Aviation
           Generating Solutions at GE: A Business-Wide Systems Approach

2:15–3:15 pm: Lisa Cratty, Director of Research and Development, Preclinical Systems, Becton, Dickinson and Company; SDM Alumna
           Cross-industry Applications of the Systems Thinking Approach

3:15–3:45 pm: Break

Back to the Classroom Session

3:45–4:30 pm: Bruce Cameron, Ph.D., Lecturer, Engineering Systems, MIT
           Connecting System Architecture to Engineering Practice

4:30–5:15 pm: Genevieve Flanagan, System Lead for Technology Development Product Verification and Validation for John Deere Power Systems; SDM Alumna
           Connecting System Architecture to Engineering Practice

5:15–5:30 pm: Pat Hale
            Wrap-up

5:30–9:00 pm: Dinner Reception, MIT Faculty Club

Day 2—Tuesday, October 23, 2012
MIT Wong Auditorium

7:00–8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

8:00–8:15 am: Joan Rubin, SDM Industry Co-director
            Recap of Day 1 and Overview of Day 2

Morning Session: Managing Complex Data

8:15–9:15 am: KEYNOTE—Murat Sönmez, Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations, TIBCO Software

9:15–10:15 am: Nitin Joglekar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Operations and Technology Management, and Deanís Research Fellow, Boston University; MIT Visiting Scholar
           Big Data Analytics for Managing Product & Portfolio Systems

10:15–10:45 am: Break

10:45–11:45 am: Phil Sherburne, Vice President Enterprise Smart Solution Engineering, Cisco Systems, Inc.
           A Journey to Solutions

11:45–12:30 pm: Lunch, MIT Faculty Club

12:30–1:15 pm: Luncheon Speaker—Sponsored by WiSDM
Zoe Finch Totten, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Full Yield; Ashoka Fellow
           Reinstating Food in Healthcare Systems Design

1:15–1:45 pm: Break

Afternoon Session: Creating Value in Your Organization Using Systems Engineering
            Sponsored by WiSDM

1:45–2:30 pm: Heidi Grenek, Western Hemisphere Post Sale Supply Chain New Product Launch Manager, Xerox Corporation
           Business Transformation and Optimization through System Dynamics and Systems Thinking

2:30–3:15 pm: Ellen Ferraro, Ph.D., Director of Systems Architecture, Design & Integration Directorate, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
           The Art and Science of Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering

3:15–3:30 pm: Tina Srivastava, SDM Fellow 2011
           Key Themes—Creating Value through Systems Engineering

3:30–3:45 pm: Joan Rubin
           Wrap-up

3:45–5:00 pm: Networking Reception Hosted by WiSDM

Conference Sponsors

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

  • John Deere
  • General Electric
  • Werfen Group
  • Global Product Design
  • WBUR Boston's NPR news station
  • The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values

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