Friday, March 4, 2011

Keynote speakers announced for systems thinking conference - SDM Pulse, Spring 2011

By Lois Slavin, SDM communications director

Ed Crawley
On October 24-25, 2011, MIT’s annual systems thinking conference will be held at Wong Auditorium on the MIT campus. Sponsored by MIT’s System Design and Management Program (SDM), the conference focuses on using systems thinking to address today’s complex challenges and achieve success.
MIT professors will frame the three-fold nature of systems thinking—technical, managerial, and socio-political—and outline how it can be applied. Industry leaders will describe best practices that demonstrate the challenges they face within and outside their organizations, how they use systems-based approaches, the benefits achieved, and the lessons learned.
MIT SDM is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers. They include:
•    Professor Ed Crawley, SDM cofounder, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems, and Ford professor of engineering (Monday, October 24)
Julian Goldman
•    Julian Goldman, MD, medical director of biomedical engineering at Partners HealthCare Inc.; founding director and principal investigator, Medical Device Interoperability Program at the Center for Integration of Medicine and Technology; attending anesthesiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (Tuesday, October 25)
The event will provide significant opportunities to ask questions of all of our speakers, as well as to network with other systems thinkers attending the conference.
An evening reception will be held October 24 for all who hold full conference admission.
Additional speakers and registration information will be posted in early summer at
For information on corporate sponsorship, contact SDM Industry Codirector Joan S. Rubin at or 617.253.2081.

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