Friday, May 3, 2013

Jonathan Pratt Named SDM's Director of Career Development and Recruiting

Jonathan Pratt
By Lois Slavin

The MIT System Design and Management (SDM) program is pleased to announce that Jonathan Pratt recently joined SDM as director of career development and recruiting.

"We are fortunate—and delighted—that Jon has joined SDM in this capacity," said Pat Hale, director of the SDM Fellows Program. "His expertise and superb track record in career development and recruiting for the MIT Supply Chain Management (SCM) program; his industry background and knowledge; and his knowledge of MIT and the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) will enable him to make significant contributions to the SDM program and the community it serves."

Pratt spent almost five years in SCM as program manager for career development, recruiting, and alumni relations. His achievements include creating and fostering an SCM-specific career development strategy for individual and collective student needs; working closely with alumni, engaging them in both the career development and recruitment processes; and achieving manifold increases in the number of recruiting companies.

Prior to joining MIT, Pratt was a global recruiting and staffing manager at Stax Inc., a management consulting firm focused on in-depth research and analysis. He has also worked for State Street Corporation as a recruiter, as an account executive, Comcast Media Group as a recruiter, and Robert Half International as an executive recruiting and staffing manager. He holds a BS in sports management/exercise management from Old Dominion University.

"Having worked in ESD's SCM for several years and collaborated with SDM, I've had the opportunity to get to know SDM quite well," said Pratt. "Its master's in engineering and management offers a distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum in leadership, innovation, and systems thinking that is unsurpassed."

"Moreover," he continued, "because SDM Fellows are mid-career technical professionals with significant experience and achievements, they can offer prospective employers a unique and powerful combination of technical and managerial expertise—and the ability to use systems thinking to address today's complex challenges. The career paths and achievements of SDM alumni clearly demonstrate this success in a wide range of organizations, and each graduating class is even stronger. I'm truly honored to be part of the SDM team and look forward to working with SDM Fellows, alumni, industry partners, and prospective employers."

Companies interested in learning about recruiting SDM Fellows may contact Jon Pratt at

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Systems Thinking Webinar Series Marks Significant Milestone

Daniel Sturtevant
On May 6, 2013, at noon, the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series will offer its 50th webinar. "Technical Debt in Large Systems: Understanding the Cost of Software Complexity" will be presented by SDM alum and ESD Ph.D. Daniel Sturtevant. The event is free and open to all.

Founded in November 2010, the series is an MIT SDM distance learning offering that disseminates information on how to employ systems thinking to address the engineering, management, and socio-political components of today's complex challenges. All webinars feature research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners, and are open to all at no charge.

According to Pat Hale, Director of the SDM Fellows Program, webinar topics have included leadership, innovation, software, product development and design, inventory management, safety, organizational transformation, Lean, and more. Because industries represented by the audience vary from defense, automotive, and aerospace to healthcare, energy, new drug development, and others, each presentation is designed to offer attendees a high-level view of how to apply systems thinking to complex challenges in their own domains.

"Literally thousands have attended the live webinars or listened to on-demand recordings," said Hale. "We've received reports that in some companies, teams watch them to learn together. In addition, many folks attend regularly, no matter what the topic."

The series was created by SDM Communications Director Lois Slavin, with the support of SDM Operations Manager Christine Bates. Each webinar is hosted by Lois, with Steven Derocher serving as technical director
Access to previously recorded on-demand webinars can be found on our webinars page.