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ESD Digest - January 6, 2012

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Working Paper

A new working paper has been added to the ESD Working Papers series:

“Market-based valuation of transmission network expansion. A heuristic application in GB”
José M. Chamorro, University of Basque Country
Luis M. Abadie, Basque Centre for Climate Change
Richard de Neufville, MIT Engineering Systems Division
Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University

View this and other working papers here.

In the Media

The Wall Street Journal highlights the Leveraged Freedom Chair as one of 2011’s “most impressive inventions;” Dan Frey is faculty supervisor of the MIT Mobility Lab: “Bright Ideas: Innovation in 2011” – The Wall Street Journal – December 30, 2011

Additional coverage of Twitter study co-authored by Marta González and Jameson Toole (and Meeyoung Cha of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology): “Here’s How Twitter Got Big” – Mashable – December 21, 2011

BLOSSOMS featured in article about recent MIT STEM workshop: “MIT STEM Workshop Demos Free Math and Science Curriculum” – Transforming Education through Technology – January 3, 2012; This article was featured as the lead item in the ASEE newsletter First Bell, emailed daily to all members of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Missy Cummings quoted in article about the security of aerial drones: “Aerial Drones May Be Vulnerable to Sabotage Because of GPS” – The Daily Beast – December 17, 2011

Profile of Ed Crawley, who will become the first president at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology: “Prof Edward Crawley to head Skolkovo technical university” – Telegraph – December 22, 2011

Prof. Charles Fine describes LGO as a model for the curriculum of the new Indian School of Business campus in Mohali, India:
“Charles Fine: Manufacturing sector in India to grow as talent base expands” – – January 5, 2012

Recent AgeLab coverage: “Keeping Boomers Fit for Work” – The Wall Street Journal – December 28, 2011; “What’s it like to be 75 years old? Try this on.” – Slice of MIT – December 28, 2011 (includes video); “MIT suit gives feeling of old age” – Los Angeles Times – January 3, 2012 (Also on Los Angeles Times Technology blog); LA Times story picked up by several other outlets, including: “MIT suit puts a new wrinkle into feeling old” – Boston Herald – January 3, 2012; “Suit lets young folks feel like 75” – Future of Technology – – January 5, 2012; AgeLab’s AGNES video picked up by Mashable, Newser, Huffington Post, Popular Science

MIT Sloan Management Review article co-authored by David Simchi-Levi discusses evaluating manufacturing strategy: “Is It Time to Rethink Your Manufacturing Strategy?” – MIT Sloan Management Review – December 21, 2011


Monday, January 9, 2012
SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
Creative Experimentation: Developing a Skill Critical for Managing Complex Operating Systems
Steven Spear,
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Senior Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division; Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and author, The High Velocity Edge
Register here


January 12, January 19, and February 2, 2012

2012 IAP Leading Technology & Policy Lunch Seminar Series

Thursday, January 12, 2012
“Strengthening national innovation systems through university collaborations: A look at MIT's international partnerships”
Sebastian Pfotenhauer - Post-doctoral Associate, Leading Technology & Policy, MIT Portugal Program, Technology & Policy Program, and Harvard STS
Time: 12-1pm
Location: E40-298

Thursday, January 19, 2012
“The interaction of capital costs and engineering systems: The case of energy-climate scenarios”
Hamed Ghoddusi - Post-doctoral Associate, Leading Technology & Policy and Engineering Systems Division
Time: 12-1:15pm
Location: E40-298

Thursday, February 2, 2012
“Persistent organic pollution: Global transport and implications for policy”
Carey Friedman - Post-doctoral Associate, Leading Technology & Policy and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Time: 12-1pm
Location: E40-370

Lunch is provided at all seminars.  Please contact for more information.


Thursday, January 19, 2012
MIT Supply Chain Student Poster Session and Networking Night
Location: MIT Media Lab (E14), 6th Floor
Time: 4:30-8:00pm
Register for this event

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