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Join us online on Monday, February 8, 2021 for a free webinar with Ben Linville-Engler, SDM Industry and Certificate Director. The talk will stream live on YouTube. Please register using the form below to receive the link to the livestream.

About the talk: “How can local and regional manufacturing ecosystems be leveraged during a crisis? As part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (MA M-ERT) was established to mobilize, organize, and operationalize critical path work streams necessary for Massachusetts manufacturers to pivot their operations to produce needed FDA compliant medical devices and supplies at scale.  How else can a systems thinking and systems engineering approach be leveraged during the COVID-19 response?”

The recording of the webinar can be viewed below or on SDM’s YouTube channel.

About the speaker: Ben Linville-Engler is the Industry and Certificate Director for MIT System Design and Management where he first joined as a Fellow in 2016. SDM is jointly offered by the MIT School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management and is focused on tackling complex sociotechnical challenges by taking a systems thinking approach to multidisciplinary problem solving, model-driven engineering, design, and strategic decision making throughout the entire product/system lifecycle. In this role, he establishes strategic industry partnerships, identifies industry trends, and teaches medical device and project-based courses to help partner companies and students develop new technologies, products, and leaders. Prior to MIT, Ben worked for over a decade in medical device product, capability, team, and origination development. This experience included serving in Vice President roles in technology and product development, as well as engineering at Applied Medical, a global, vertically-integrated, company that develops innovative products that improve patient outcomes.

About the series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 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.