Joan Rubin Appointed Industry Codirector of MIT’s System Design and Management Program

Joan Rubin By Lois Slavin, SDM Communications Director
January 24, 2011

MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) Program announced today that Joan Rubin has joined SDM as industry codirector. Rubin comes to MIT from Covidien, a leading manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents and pharmaceuticals, where she served as vice president of business development.

Rubin brings to SDM 17 years of business development, marketing, market development and strategic planning experience in the medical device field. She joined Aspect Medical Systems in its start-up phase several years prior to its November 2009 acquisition by Covidien. At Aspect, her roles included vice president of business development, senior director of global partnerships, director of global upstream marketing, and manager/director of market development. Previously she worked as manager of surgical marketing at Haemonetics Corp.

Professor Warren Seering, SDM codirector from MIT School of Engineering noted, "Joan’s deep knowledge of the medical and pharmaceutical industries, strong relationship management skills, and senior level contacts are enormous attributes. We very much look forward to working with her and to continuing to evolve SDM’s research, academic, and conference offerings to meet the needs of a wide range industries."

"Joan brings to SDM a unique blend of current connections with a broad range of global multi-billion dollar companies as well as small, emerging technology companies that will influence industry in the years to come," said Professor Steven Eppinger, SDM codirector from MIT Sloan School of Management. "We welcome the opportunity to build relationships that can lead to their participation in SDM."

Rubin is a graduate of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations Program, where she earned an SM in management from MIT Sloan and an SM in mechanical engineering. She holds an ScB in mechanical engineering from Brown University. Rubin and her husband, Dan, have two children.

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