Student Contacts

This list of contacts is designed to provide a resource to prospective and accepted fellows in the System Design & Management (SDM) program who are seeking help with questions specific to their own circumstances.

Arthur J. Middlebrooks, SDM ’17
arthurjm@mit.edu
Field: Defense (US Army)
Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Program option: 12 Month On-campus
Tip: Be open to new experiences, but have a plan! SDM, as well as the broader MIT community, provides innumerable options and opportunities for academic, professional, and community involvement. With this wide range, it is easy to become over-extended. As you think about your journey at SDM, identify the skills–regardless of experience level–you’d like to cultivate; if you can think of it, MIT probably does it and does it extremely well. To be sure, those interests may change, but your plan will keep you focused on what’s most important to you.

Javier Gotschlich , SDM ’17
jgotsch@mit.edu
Field: Entrepreneurship, Technology & Venture Capital
Hometown: Chile
Program option: 12 Month On-campus
Tip: Prepare yourself to be challenge and navigate the MIT world. Set specific goals and milestones before arriving to Cambridge in order to make better decisions and take advantage of everything – clubs, resources, activities and opportunities – the university and the program offer.

Austin Page , SDM ’17
Page10@mit.edu
Field: Defense
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Program option: 12 Month On-campus
Tip: The purpose of this experience is to learn and to grow. Continue to push yourself both personally and professionally and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone! SDM is a great way to meet people that come from different countries, backgrounds and fields of study. Learn to leverage their experiences to come up with solutions that are innovative and different than what you would have done individually. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help, you have a network of students and faculty that want you to succeed!

Eric Xu , SDM ’17
ericxu@mit.edu
Field: High-Tech
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Program option: 12 Month On-campus
Tip: Start at MIT by managing your time wisely. Here you find tons of wonderful events and opportunities, many of them you may never imagine but with too many of them you will be distracted. For the precious time invested here, identify what are the most meaningful to you and stay focused to root deeper and grow taller at MIT.

Jean-Michel Prouillet-Leplat, SDM ‘17
jmpl@mit.edu
Field: IT Consulting
Hometown: Paris, France
Program Option: 12 Month On-Campus

Benjamin Linville-Engler, SDM ’16
benle@mit.edu
Field: Healthcare and Medical Device
Hometown: Holcomb, KS
Program Option: 21 Month On-Campus
Tip: Take some time to develop an idea of the topics you are interested in exploring while at MIT and how that maps across academics (courses and research), extracurricular (clubs and startups), or professional development (networking).  This will help you manage your time here and make the most of your experience.

Taylor Hartley Andrews, SDM ’16
sdm@mit.edu
Field: Software
Hometown: Douglas, MA
Program Option: 21 Month Local Commuter

Adrien Andre Moreau, SDM ‘16
amoreau@mit.edu
Field: Environment and Sustainability
Hometown: Noyers, France
Program Option: 21 Month Local Commuter
Tip: Come with a plan and be ready to pivot several times. The MIT eco-system is so rich that you will likely be overwhelmed. MIT is a place full of energy, opportunities, and very interesting people that will likely influence and shape your path. Having a goal will help you maintain a direction while enjoying greatly the journey!

Aditya Yodha, SDM ‘16
yodha@mit.edu
Field: Test & Measurement System
Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Program Option: 21 Month On-Campus
Tip: Do not take SDM if you are looking for an MBA. Be ready to take on challenging (and intellectually rewarding) classes in both engineering and management. Think early about research topics for your thesis. Plan your time and options at MIT well in advance; say for a year ahead, so that you will make the best use of your time here.

Yazeed Zureikat, SDM ‘17
yzurekat@mit.edu
Field: Renewable Energy
Hometown: Jordan/Chicago,IL
Program Option: 21 Month Distance Learner
Tip: MIT will exceed your expectations, there are countless resources available, take full advantage of this once of a lifetime experience. Always do your best and things will work them self out. Be prepared to get challenged and remember to enjoy the ride. Most importantly know what you want to get out of this experience, MIT offers many opportunities and having a plan helps keep you focused.

Martin Jouvenot, SDM ’17
mjouveno@mit.edu
Field:
Software Engineering
Hometown:
Dunkerque, France
Program option:
21 Month Local Commuter
Tip:
Keep your ears and eyes opened! Be prepared to be amazed by the number of opportunities offered by the program and MIT in general. You will find inspiration everywhere, from your courses to research groups, from informal discussions with your fellow classmates to talks by industry leaders. If you are a commuter like me, the most difficult will be to accept that you cannot attend everything. If you continue to work, make sure your management understands what it means for you to pursue a master at MIT. They need to be aware that you will basically have a second job. Be transparent on your schedule: when you are in class, when you will have to meet with your teammates, when you are commuting. And share about what you are studying and what you have learned!