Event: 2009 MIT Global Operations Conference

New Visions for Global Operations:
From product development through delivery and recycling


Date: December 2-3, 2009
Location: Wong Auditorium
Open to: All

The economic downturn, the rapidly evolving global market, and the use of both the physical and internet-enabled worlds have greatly altered traditional concepts of operations and the cycle of product development and distribution. The new generation of products we know and love are designed, distributed and supported in vastly different ways. At the same time businesses are identifying new ways of configuring operations in a global environment.

Thought leaders from MIT and industry will convene to discuss the latest ideas to design, develop, manufacture and distribute on a global basis. Sessions will cover topics from design through delivery and recycling, using a variety of examples from different industries. Speakers include:

  • Jeffrey Clarke, Vice Chairman, Operations & Technology, Dell, Inc. (Keynote)
  • Tom van Laar, Global Head, Technical Operations, Novartis Pharma AG (Keynote)
  • Michael A. Cusumano, Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management and Engineering Systems
  • Olivier L. de Weck, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Associate Director, MIT Engineering Systems Division
  • Charles H. Fine, Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management and Engineering Systems, Co-Director, International Motor Vehicle Program
  • John Kern, Vice President of Product Operations, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Randolph Kirchain, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Systems
  • Richard Locke, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship and Political Science, Deputy Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • David Simchi-Levi, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems, Co-Director, Leaders for Global Operations and System Design and Management Programs
  • Bernhardt L. Trout, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director, Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing
  • David Wallace, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems, Co-Director, MIT CADLab
  • Harry West, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Design Continuum, Inc.

A networking reception will follow the speaker presentations on December 2. This will include a poster session that highlights interdisciplinary research conducted by LGO students during their internships and by both LGO and SDM students for their theses.

Registration is open to all and is complimentary for members of LGO and SDM industry partner companies.

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Sponsored by MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations Program, System Design and Management Program, Forum for Supply Chain Innovation, and Industrial Liaison Program