Saturday, October 11, 2008

SDM 2008 conference explores systems thinking for contemporary challenges - SDM Pulse, Fall 2008

By Lois Slavin, MIT SDM communications director

Systems thinkers from around the globe will convene at MIT on October 23–24, 2008, to hear MIT experts and industry leaders discuss how to apply a systems approach to large-scale, complex projects. The theme of this year’s conference, which is sponsored annually by SDM, is “Systems Thinking for Contemporary
Challenges.” Topics to be covered include sustainability and the environment, product design, entrepreneurship, and software.

According to conference chair Vineet Thuvara, SDM ’06, the conference has been carefully crafted to offer practical information that can be applied across industries. “The intent is for attendees to be able to provide demonstrable business and technical value to their companies when they return to the office,” said Thuvara, a senior manager at Microsoft.

Insights from academia, industry Speakers from MIT will include Peter Senge, founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning, MIT Sloan senior lecturer, and author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization; Yossi Sheffi, professor of engineering systems and civil and environmental engineering, director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division (ESD), director of the MIT
Center for Transportation and Logistics, and director and founder of the Master of Engineering in Logistics
Program; Olivier de Weck, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems and
associate director of ESD; Pat Hale, director, MIT SDM Fellows Program, senior lecturer MIT ESD, and president of the International Council on Systems Engineering; Nancy Leveson, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems; and Annalisa L. Weigel, the Jerome C. Hunsacker assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems.

Industry speakers include Valerie Casey, co-head of software experience practice, IDEO; John deVadoss, senior director for technical strategy, Microsoft Corporation; Paul Murray, director of sustainability, Herman Miller; Girish Kumar Navani, cofounder and CEO, eClinicalWorks; Michael Schulte, head of consulting services, Capgemini; Lee Ng, director of new business creation, Agilent Technologies; and Dharmesh Shah, founder and chief software architect, HubSpot.

Look for coverage of the symposium in the next issue of the SDM Pulse.

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