James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Sloan School of Management

Jay M. Forrester
Lecture titles: "The Common Foundation Underlying Physical and Social Systems" (March 30, 1988) and " Applications of System Dynamics" (April 6, 1988)

Jay Forrester is professor emeritus of Managementin System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

A pioneer in early digital computer development and a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Professor Forrester invented random-access magnetic-core memory during the first wave of modern computers. He also pioneered the growing field of system dynamics. His research focuses on the behavior of economic systems, including the causes of business cycles and the major depressions, a new type of dynamics-based management education, and system dynamics as a unifying theme in pre-college education. A 2009 interview with Professor Forrester is available via MIT News.

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