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Bryan Moser Named SDM Academic Director

Dr. Moser to serve on SDM leadership team and oversee quality of education and research

Bryan Moser

Bryan Moser has been named academic director and senior lecturer for MIT System Design & Management (SDM). Moser has been lead instructor and a member of SDM’s core faculty since 2013, along with Professor Edward F. Crawley, Professor Olivier L. de Weck, and Dr. Bruce G. Cameron. This team of faculty recently won MIT’s 2017 Teaching with Digital Technology Award.

“As a distinguished researcher, a superb educator, and an industry practitioner highly recognized for his contributions to diverse and technically complex projects, Bryan will be invaluable in helping SDM and MIT continue to be at the forefront of interdisciplinary research and education,” says Joan S. Rubin, executive director of SDM. “We are thrilled that he is joining the SDM leadership team.”

Team members receiving the 2017 MIT Teaching with Digital Technology Award included: Olivier de Weck, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems; Bryan Moser, SDM academic director and senior lecturer: and Bruce Cameron, director of the System Architecture Lab and lecturer in engineering systems. (Not shown: Edward Crawley, Ford Professor of Engineering.)

In the past, Moser has taught leadership development in MIT’s Technology and Policy Program (TPP). He currently serves as associate director of MIT’s Strategic Engineering Research Group and is a project associate professor at the University of Tokyo and director of its Global Teamwork Lab.

Moser earned his doctorate at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, where he was mentored by Professors Fumihiko Kimura and Hiroyuki Yamato. He researched the dynamics and coordination of complex, global engineering projects.

Moser has more than 26 years of industry experience around the world in technology development, rollout, and sustainable operations in aerospace, automotive, heavy machinery, transportation, energy, telecom, and global services. His research focuses on developing high-performance teams for technically complex projects through the design of socio-technical systems.

“Because SDM students are already accomplished professionals when they matriculate, SDM faculty are required to have deep, relevant, and recent industry experience as well as cutting-edge research expertise in global leadership, teamwork and complex product development,” says Steven D. Eppinger, SDM industry co-director (management) and General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management. “Bryan brings experience, expertise, and vision that will greatly enhance SDM’s already rich classroom exchanges.”

“Bryan’s track record of innovation in on-campus and distance education, coupled with his research and his commitment to the Institute, will benefit the SDM program’s industrial collaborators as well as our SDM students,” adds Warren Seering, Weber-Shaughness Professor of Mechanical Engineering and SDM co-director (engineering). “We are pleased that he will be an integral part of the SDM leadership team and help us evolve SDM’s pedagogical and research agendas.”

A long record of service to MIT

Beginning with his early academic years at MIT, Moser has had a long record of service to the Institute. He believes strongly in the engagement of scientists and technologists in public life.

As an undergraduate, while a student in Course 6 (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Moser twice served as president of the MIT student body and was subsequently awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize for outstanding achievements in citizenship and devotion to the Institute’s welfare.

As a graduate student he was selected as a Hugh Hampton Young (HHY) fellow. The award not only recognizes academic achievement, but also exceptional personal and character strengths, with heavy emphasis on the perceived overall potential of the candidate to have a positive impact on humanity. Today Moser serves as a trustee of the HHY Council, selecting fellows each year.

When he received his master’s degree from TPP, Moser was also awarded the MIT Alumni Award for Excellence in Technology and Policy.

A career distinguished by innovation and excellence

Moser was one of the first foreign engineers hired by Nissan Motors to work in its Oppama, Japan, factory and Central Research Labs. There he applied artificial intelligence to computer-aided design, multi-objective optimization, and robotic control problems. He later worked at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he established the company’s first technology and research center in Asia. He received UTC’s Outstanding Achievement Award for building the organization as well as UTC’s collaboration with industrial partners, universities, and national R&D programs across Asia.

In 1999, he founded Global Project Design (GPD), a company that brings system thinking, model-based project management, and teamwork design tools to complex engineering projects. GPD is still active today in the United States, Japan, and Germany.

Moser says he has been guided throughout his career by the MIT seal and motto. “The craftsman and the scholar, demonstrating “mens et manus” (mind and hand), are a necessary combination to stimulate discovery, rigor, and practicality which yield important innovations for our increasingly complex world.”

Raised in Northern Kentucky, Moser has lived around the world. He now resides in Winchester, MA, with his spouse, Harunaga Yamakawa Moser.

Webinar (9/26/17): Developing and Launching Products at Google Cloud Platform

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Ari Liberman, Product Manager, Google Compute Engine, Google; SDM Alumnus

Ari Liberman, SDM ’13

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: Noon–1 p.m. ET
Free and open to all

(Note: Preregistration is required.)

About the Presentation

Google is acclaimed worldwide for innovation. In this webinar, MIT SDM alumnus Ari Liberman, a product manager at Google Compute Engine, will provide an inside look at how one of the world’s best companies continues to produce some of history’s most innovative products—while helping customers do the same.

Liberman will provide highlights of decision-making in product design, prototyping, and experimentation at Google. The webinar will reveal:

  • how Google Compute Engine uses data science to prioritize product features and maximize agile program management; and
  • Google’s approach to continuous product excellence and how this deepens user trust.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Ari Liberman is a product manager at Google; he has been working on Google Compute Engine since 2016. Previously, he was product manager for cloud servers at Rackspace. Liberman’s prior engineering experience spans almost a decade at Amazon and Yahoo. He graduated from MIT System Design & Management in 2015, earning a master’s degree in engineering and management. He also holds a BS in electronic systems engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.

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Recording and Slides Now Available: Products and Infrastructure for the New Space Economy

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Eric Ward, CEO, Odyne Space; CEO, Aten Engineering; SDM Alumnus

Eric Ward, SDM ’14

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Slides available here..

About the Presentation

MIT SDM alumnus Eric Ward is a “space-faring” pioneer. Ward uses system design, architecture, and other systems-based methodologies to help “astro-preneurs” create new products and services—as well as supportive infrastructure—for emerging markets in space.

In this webinar, Ward will:

  • describe the underlying drivers of the space market—humanity’s desire to explore, invent, improve, and expand;
  • provide an overview of possibilities envisioned by the traditional space industry, entrepreneurs, government, academia, and other stakeholders;
  • offer examples of current and planned projects.

Attendees will learn:

  • how systems-based methodologies can be used to create a framework for developing new products, services, and profit models;
  • how these same tools can be employed to design the infrastructure needed to make space projects a reality; and
  • what a prosperous society in space might look like and how it could emerge.

About the Speaker

The CEO of Odyne Space and Aten Engineering, Eric Ward is a systems architect who believes that cultivating the private space industry is the next step to expanding humanity’s reach beyond Earth. In addition to publishing several technical documents on system architecture and the space industry, he has been featured in Fast Company and GeekTime. He also co-founded the MIT New Space Age Conference. Ward recently earned a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT through the System Design & Management program. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. His Erdős number is 4.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.