Friday, March 7, 2008

LFM/SDM Industry Faculty Research Forum - SDM Pulse, Spring 2008

Fifteen MIT faculty members shared their research with industry leaders at the fall Industry Faculty Research Forum sponsored by MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) and Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) programs.

Managers and executives from 25 companies attended the forum held November 8, 2007, at the MIT Faculty Club. The annual event is intended to match up industry and faculty research interests as well as to develop structured internships for LFM students and thesis projects for SDM students.

Presenters covered a wide range of engineering and management topics, including process variation, safety management, recycling, and revenue management. Professor Warren Seering, codirector of the Leaders for Manufacturing and System Design and Management programs and the Weber-Shaughness professor of mechanical engineering and engineering systems, led off with a talk titled “Lean in Product Development.”

In addition, Debbie Nightingale, professor of the practice of aeronautics and engineering systems, spoke on “Lean Enterprise Transformation: Strategies for Success”; Associate Professor Olivier de Weck of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems gave a talk titled “Strategic Engineering: Designing Evolvable Systems and Product Platforms”; Professor Roy Welsch, professor of statistics and management science and engineering systems and director of the Center for Computational Research in Economics and Management Science, spoke on “Visualizing Data”; and Stephen Graves, the Abraham Siegel professor of management and professor of engineering systems and mechanical engineering, discussed “Capacity Planning in a Supply Chain with Option Contracts.”

The daylong forum also included a working lunch during which attendees broke into groups to discuss strategic sourcing, lean in product development, and the lean enterprise.

For a full list of forum speakers and talk abstracts, visit

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