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Sloan School of Management

Beating the Corporate System – An Engineer’s Guide
John Carrier
Thu Jan 12, 07-09:00pm, E51-145

Single session event

In this one-hour session, we will examine how a fundamental understanding of systems can help engineering, science, and humanities students overcome the tremendous hurdles they will encounter in their pursuit of a successful rewarding career in the face of large, bureaucratic companies and institutions - organizations that seem to have been set up solely to degrade their professional skills and extract all measures of job satisfaction.

We will specifically touch on the following topics:

• A mathematical demonstration as to the superiority of the engineering field vs. “financial engineering”
• What a study of the Great Pyramids and Crop Circles can teach us about business
• The Secret the Fortune 500 CEO’s don’t want you to know – “90% of our organization is made up of ‘Dark Matter’ ”
• Why you should “Just Say ‘No’” to Innovation.
We will wrap up with a brief discussion with a short discussion of the history of System Dynamics at MIT, with current examples of its application in the manufacturing and processing industries.
Contact: John Carrier, jfcarrie@MIT.EDU

Competitive Presenting
David Engel
Thu Jan 19, 26, 02-04:00pm, E62-446

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 15-Dec-2011
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Strong presentation skills are a valuable asset for engineers and scientists, yet there are few possibilities to practice presenting independent of the subject matter. Competitive presenting, e.g. Science Slams, offers a great way to practice presenting and to try out new ideas or styles.

The first session will consist of an introduction and discussion of how to structure, prepare and deliver a good and interesting presentation. Participants will also be given a topic on which to prepare a presentation. The second session will require the participants to deliver their 5-minute presentations with the rest of the group providing feedback.
Contact: David Engel, NE25-749A, (617) 715-4068, dengel@mit.edu

Coolhunting and Coolfarming through Swarm Creativity
Peter Gloor
Wed Jan 11, Thu Jan 12, Fri Jan 13, 03-06:00pm, NE25-746

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 09-Jan-2012
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Discover what’s going to be cool—before everyone else.
In this course you will find out how to:
- discover cool trends through finding the trendsetters: tap into the collective intelligence of the Web, Blogs, and online social networks (coolhunting)
- develop the new trends through viral marketing and self-organizing teams (coolfarming)
You will also learn how to use our Condor, CoolPeople and CoolTrend software for coolhunting and dynamic social network analysis.
This is a condensed version of a distributed course, which has been taught for the last 7 years at MIT, Helsinki, Cologne, and Savannah. (http://sites.google.com/site/coincourse2011/)
Web: http://www.ickn.org/iap.html
Contact: Peter Gloor, NE25-749, x3-7018, pgloor@mit.edu

Residential Energy Efficiency to the Max: Building a Net-Zero Energy LEED Platinum house
David Miller
Thu Jan 19, 02-03:00pm, E51-376

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Come hear about what went into building the first net-zero energy, platinum LEED single family residence that’s walking distance from Boston’s ‘T’. The design goals for this house were nearly impossible: to be net-zero energy and platinum LEED, to be extremely durable and low maintenance, to fit in and be an attractive addition to an upscale suburban neighborhood, and to have similar features as other new houses while being built at a comparable cost to houses that have conventional energy usage. Hear about the technologies, products and services that made this happen. Also, have the opportunity to sign-up for a tour. RSVPs requested.
Contact: David Miller, E53, (877) 531-9017, dsmiller@MIT.EDU

Tax Issues for Employees and Entrepreneurs
Joseph Weber, Howard Mandelcorn
Wed Jan 18, Thu Jan 19, 01-04:00pm, E51-335

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

This course intends to expose students to a broad range of tax issues students will encounter shortly after graduation as an entrepreneur or an employee. For a new employee, taxes are an important consideration in decisions regarding deductions and retirement savings (through employee and employer contributions such as 401k's IRAs, etc). Taxes also feature prominently in decisions with respect to stock option-based compensation. Also, tax related issues for U.S. taxpayers working overseas will be addressed. For the entrepreneur, taxes also influence a new business venture's choice of entity: Corporation, LLC, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship. Instructor: Howard Mandelcorn is a partner at the Hutchings Barsamian Mandelcorn LLP law firm in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Contact: Jessica Ann Russell, E62-655, (617) 253-6130, russelja@MIT.EDU

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