MIT System Design and Management’s (SDM) Industrial Relations Committee (IRC) engages SDM’s industrial partners while providing career development opportunities for the SDM cohort.
IRC hosts events designed to introduce industry to the SDM cohort and visa versa. Its focus is on exploring the value SDM grads, grounded in engineering, management, and systems thinking, can add to any organization. IRC also sponsors a speaker series that exposes students to industry leaders. Past luminaries have included Microsoft Senior Director of Technology Jim Miller talking about Cloud computing reliability; National Renewable Energy Laboratory Executive Director Neil Snyder discussing carbon dependency reduction strategies, and Crosscheck Systems founder and CEO Mamoon Yunus delving into the entrepreneurial mindset.
Another IRC goal is to give SDM students opportunities to work on real business problems—a process that benefits partner companies as SDM fellows are often successful executives themselves.
For example, IRC recently brought a company that builds large-scale power conversion products for tying solar power to the electric grid together with a group of students working on a project for SDM’s leadership and management lab. Grid operators are conservative and change—e.g., deploying new technology—is culturally and organizationally difficult.
“I have been working with Charlie on various class project teams as well as on the MIT SDM’s Industrial Relations Committee. Charlie is a highly committed individual, diligent and detail oriented. He is constantly seeking to expand his already wide knowledge boundaries. Charlie is not afraid to take on initiative and carefully follows through. Equally important, Charlie is a good friend, honest and reliable. I believe that Charlie is a valuable asset to any organization that is seeking holistic thinkers.”