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Please join System Design and Management as we celebrate 25 years of education, innovation, and systems thinking! From our official launch in January of 1997 to the present day, SDM has forged a path at MIT and in engineering and management education more broadly with our unique, systems-centered approach to solving complex socio-technical problems. We welcome the chance to bring our community together for this special event.


Friday, April 1

Alumni-Student Social
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Glass House
450 Kendall St., Cambridge, MA (map)

Join current students, alumni, and the SDM community for an informal gathering in Kendall Square. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, April 2

SDM Anniversary Celebration
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM EDT
Wong Auditorium, Tang Center (MIT Campus Map)
70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Alumni, faculty, and current students will gather to share their memories of SDM, express how the program has affected their careers, and how the systems-centered approach to complex problems will continue to shape the future for our graduates and their fields.


10:00 AM: Introductory remarks
Joan Rubin, Executive Director, System Design and Management

10:10 – 10:45 AM: The founding of SDM
Edward Crawley, Ford Professor of Engineering
Thomas Magnanti, Institute Professor, Professor of Operations Research

10:45 – 11:15 AM: Lisa Cratty SDM ’01, SVP, Head of Product Engineering, Siemens Healthineers Lab Diagnostics

11:15 – 11:30 AM: Technology Roadmapping
Olivier de Weck, Apollo Program Professor, Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Stephen Boyer SDM ’07, Founder, Chief Technology Officer, BitSight

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 1:15 PM: A tribute to Pat Hale, former SDM Director

1:15 – 2:00 PM: Redesigning the Curriculum
Bryan Moser, SDM Academic Director and Senior Lecturer, leads a panel discussion featuring SDM instructors and faculty

2:00 – 2:15 PM: Break

2:15 – 2:45 PM: Pandemic Response and Systems Thinking
Ben Linville-Engler SDM ’16, Director, Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Chief Investment Strategist, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

2:45 – 3:25 PM: The Future of Engineering Management
SDM faculty co-director Steven Eppinger, General Motors LGO Professor of Management leads a panel discussion, featuring:
Warren Seering, Weber-Shaughness Professor of Mechanical Engineering and SDM faculty co-director
Andrea Ippolito, SDM ’11, CEO and Founder, SimpliFed
Arthur Middlebrooks, SDM ’17, Analyst, Operations Research Center and Instructor of Systems Engineering, United States Military Academy at West Point
Geoff Parker, Professor and Director, Management Engineering Program, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Please use this link to join the webinar for the day’s program of talks and panels: https://mit.zoom.us/j/99542540015?pwd=U1dIRGg1UkN0Wk1JNG4xNXcwWWJlZz09 The passcode is SDM.

Gala Dinner
6:30 Cocktail hour
7:30 Dinner
Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park, Boston, MA (map)

A celebration of SDM and its community. Cocktail attire encouraged, black tie welcome. Due to the semi-formal nature of this event we ask that it remain adults only. Pre-registration is required.


All attendees must register ahead of time using Eventbrite. Please RSVP no later than Monday, March 14. Guests for the evening events must also be registered.

Event Information

Travel and Lodging

The celebration events will take place in and around the MIT campus in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. Wong Auditorium and our Friday night mixer are both approximately a five-minute walk from the Kendall/MIT station on the Red Line of the T. For more information about parking in the area, please visit the Department of Facilities website.

Several hotels in the greater Boston area offer discount codes to the MIT community; we have listed those closest to Kendall Square below. If you have questions about hotels not on this list, please contact Melat Hunde at mhunde@mit.edu for more information.

Marriott Cambridge
2 Cambridge Center, Cambridge
Use code MT2 for MIT rates; rates may vary by room type.

Kendall Hotel
250 Main St., Cambridge
Use code MIT for 20% off best available rates.

Residence Inn Cambridge
120 Broadway, Cambridge
Use code MT2 for MIT rates; rates may vary by room type.

Hotel Marlowe
25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge
Use the link above or code 100216750 for 30% off best available rates for Deluxe Rooms.

Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge
Use code MIT for 20% off best available rates.

Le Meridien
20 Sidney St., Cambridge
Use code MT2 for 20% off best available rates.

Fairfield Inn Cambridge
215 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge
Use code MT2 for 20% best available rates for king or two-queen rooms.

Virtual Attendance and Accessibility

Saturday’s speeches and panels will be broadcast live via Zoom. Please register as a virtual attendee on Eventbrite to receive the links and information on how to join the livestream.

Live captioning will be provided for Saturday’s broadcasts. If you require other accommodations to attend, please contact SDM staff at sdmcommunications@mit.edu.

Covid-19 Policies

SDM will follow all Covid-19 policies set by MIT, the city of Cambridge, and the commonwealth of Massachusetts. A complete list of the most recent policies is available on the MIT Now website.

In order to access MIT’s campus and MIT-sponsored events via the Tim Tickets system (MIT’s visitor pass system), invited visitors and event attendees must provide contact information and attest to being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including a booster shot for eligible individuals, or having a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine. Masks are no longer required in most MIT buildings.

All visitors to campus must register in advance in order to be assigned a Tim Ticket for building access and for contact tracing. More information about Tim Tickets is available on the Covid Apps website.

If you have questions about the celebration, please contact Naomi Gutierrez, SDM Communications and Alumni Administrator, at ngg@mit.edu.