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.

Andrew Cunningham, SDM’18
Field: Defense and Space
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Program option:  21 Month On-Campus
Tip: Take advantage of everything on campus, even beyond SDM! And rake risks!

Avinash Ghorpade SDM’18
Field: Automotive and Electric Mobility Startup
Hometown: Pure, India
Program option:  12 Month On-campus
Tip: Step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and be open to experimentation. You will find yourself in an environment that is more challenging that you would have been before ,so be ready to get challenged. Take a holistic approach to academic program and at the same time do consider pursuing extracurricular to hone your soft skills. It is a safe environment to test your leadership skills. It is easy to get carried away with many events and activities happening around the campus. Allow yourself to focus on what is really important to you and keep an eye on long-term goals. Start your career preparation early.

Arthur J. Middlebrooks, SDM ’17
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
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.

Eric Xu , SDM ’17
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
Field: IT Consulting
Hometown: Paris, France
Program Option: 12 Month On-Campus

Benjamin Linville-Engler, SDM ’16
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
Field: Software
Hometown: Douglas, MA
Program Option: 21 Month Local Commuter

Adrien Andre Moreau, SDM ‘16
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
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
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
Software Engineering
Dunkerque, France
Program option:
21 Month Local Commuter
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!