Thursday, June 9, 2011

Conference to highlight systems thinking, honor SDM’s 15th year - SDM Pulse Summer 2011

By Lois Slavin, MIT SDM communications director

Each year, MIT’s System Design and Management Program (SDM) sponsors a two-day conference on systems thinking. This event focuses on the importance of using a systems-based approach to address the complex challenges facing today’s world—such as education, healthcare, energy, sustainability, and new product development.
The premise of the conference is that complex challenges require a new way of thinking, working, and leading that incorporates disciplines formerly seen as separate or, at best, linked. This conference is designed to provide information on applying a holistic, “systems thinking” approach to issues that integrates technology, management, and social sciences.
This year’s event will also mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of SDM. The conference will include presentations from several SDM-affiliated MIT faculty members, senior executives, SDM alumni, and others who will share their experience, success stories, and lessons learned from applying systems thinking to real-world challenges.
Keynote speakers
Edward Crawley, SDM cofounder; Ford professor of engineering; professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems, MIT; and codirector, Bernard M. Gordon–MIT Engineering Leadership Program
Julian Goldman, MD, medical director of bioengineering, Partners HealthCare System, a principal anesthesiologist in Massachusetts General Hospital’s “Operating Room of the Future,” and director of the Program on Medical Device Interoperability at MGH and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology
Confirmed speakers
Devon Campbell, head of engineering and systems, Novartis Molecular Diagnostics
Steven Eppinger, SDM codirector; General Motors Leaders for Global Operations professor of management; professor of management science and engineering systems, MIT
Katharine Frase, PhD, vice president, IBM
Pat Hale, director, SDM Fellows Program; senior lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division
Sahar Hashmi, MD, SDM alumna and current MIT Engineering Systems Division (ESD) PhD candidate
John Helferich, SDM alumnus, former senior vice president of research and development, Mars Inc., and current ESD PhD candidate
Richard Larson, Mitsui professor of engineering systems; director, Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals, MIT
Michael Little, PhD, global head of diagnostics development, Novartis Molecular Diagnostics
Joan S. Rubin, SDM industry codirector
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, PhD, chairman emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology, MIT visiting lecturer of engineering systems
In addition, a special anniversary celebration will be held on the evening of October 24 at the MIT Faculty Club for full registrants. For details, please visit sdm.mit.edu.

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