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ESD Digest - January 28, 2011

ESD News

Yves Boussemart has successfully defended his dissertation: "Predictive Models of Procedural Human Supervisory Control Behavior." (Chair: M.L. Cummings; Committee: N. Roy, D. Frey)

ESD PhD student Jordan Peck has been awarded New England HIMSS Dvora Brodie Chapter Scholarship from the Health Care Information and Management System Society (HIMSS). Read full press release here.

The d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education is providing funding for the development and assessment of ESD's new undergrad subject Introduction to Engineering Systems (ESD.00), to be offered for the first time this spring. ESD.00 introduces basic engineering systems concepts in lectures by Professor Joseph Sussman and Dr. Afreen Siddiqi and then breaks the class up into teams to work on projects that exemplify critical contemporary issues. The projects this semester are:
•  The Stroke Care-Chain – Dr. Stan Finkelstein, Abby Horn, Amparo Canaveras and Ken Gotlieb
•  The Urban Water-Energy Nexus: A Case Study of Masdar City – Dr. Afreen Siddiqi, Vivek Sakhrani
•  An Environmental Analysis of High-Speed Rail and Aviation for Intercity Transportation –  Professor Joseph Sussman, Regina Clewlow
•  The Internet: Governance and the “Digital Divide” – Dr. David Clark, Jesse Sowell
The fund supports selected projects designed to enhance and potentially transform the academic and residential experience of MIT's undergraduate students.

News from the Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI):
LAI Lean Enterprise Value Simulation Is Key Component of Engineering Leadership Education: Read news item
Siemens AG Corporate Technology Joins Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI) at MIT: Read news item

Updated info on new ESD spring subjects is available on the ESD website.

In the Media

Interview with Yossi Sheffi on 2011 outlook in Journal of Commerce: January 10, 2011 (Online access for registered users only, but you can view a PDF on the CTL site.)

Dava Newman and TPP alum Mike Massimino featured on NOVA ScienceNOW - Premiered locally on WGBH on January 19, 2011; watch segment online

Michael Cusumano quoted in recent Apple coverage: The New York Times – January 19, 2011, CNET – January 24, 2011; Also, Cusumano quoted in article on Google's position in the tech world: Detroit Free Press – January 22, 2011, and interviewed in a ComputerWorld article on CIOs and risk management (January 28, 2011).

Ernest Moniz mentioned in MIT News article on new MITEI report on Electrification of the Transportation System (January 24, 2011); also picked up Physorg.com

Sanjoy Mitter and David Mindell mentioned in MIT News article on Norbert Weiner (January 19, 2011)

Article in CNNMoney cites a CTL white paper (December 27, 2010)

Financial Times article about recruiting supply chain professionals mentions MIT and Zaragoza (January 25, 2011)

Visiting faculty Marija Ilic guest editor of the special issue of the Proceedings of IEEE on
Networks Systems Engineering for Reaching Energy and Environment Dream; press release about the issue picked up by numerous major news outlets
(January 19, 2011)

DiscoveryNews column references Seth Lloyd’s New York Times letter to the editor on the quest for dark energy (January 26, 2011)

Events

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Dissertation defense of Karen Tapia-Ahumada
Title: Understanding the Impact of Large-Scale Penetration of Micro Combined Heat & Power Technologies within Energy Systems
Committee: E. Moniz (chair), M. Ilic (CMU), J. Kirtley, I. Perez-Arriaga (Pontificia Comillas)
Time: 10am
Location: E51-325

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Engineering Systems Research - Special Seminar Series
“Harnessing network science to reveal our digital footprints”
Speaker: Jukka-Pekka Onnela (Harvard Medical School)
Location: E40-298
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Innovation in Healthcare Symposium: Systems Thinking from Discovery to Delivery
Kresge Auditorium, MIT
(Co-hosted by CBI, ESD, and the MIT Biological Engineering Department)

Monday, February 7, 2011
Engineering Systems Research - Special Seminar Series
“Resource Allocation for Infectious Disease Control”
Speaker: Sabina Alistar (PhD candidate at Stanford University in the Management Science and Engineering department)
Location: E40-298
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Also, FYI:
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Thomas Friedman – “Because There Is No Planet B”
New York Times columnist and author of Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America. The format of the event is a conversation with President Hockfield, after which questions will be taken from the audience.
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: W16 (Kresge Auditorium)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Advanced Systems Engineering Lecture Series
“The Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering”
Speaker: Professor Art Pyster, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises, Deputy Executive Director, Systems Engineering Research Center, Stevens Institute of Technology  
Location: Draper Laboratory - Conference Room 1409
Time: 10:30-11:30am

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