Open House

Entrepreneurship and Management

The business of America is business. But the business of the world is the kind of creative, entrepreneurial vision and leadership that MIT's Sloan School of Management specializes in. Activities reflected topics relevant to today’s business world—how ideas become companies, inventions become products, and how MIT is transforming industry and the global economy.

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Scheduled Activities

The list below includes descriptions of events that open-house visitors were invited to attend.

What is the Engineering Systems Division (ESD)?

Watch a video about the MIT Engineering Systems Division, talk to students and staff, and take some ESD materials.

There also will be videos about and info tables for the Leaders for Global Operations program and the MIT Portugal program.

Sponsor: Engineering Systems Division

MIT Museum inside out

Free admission all day at the MIT Museum, as it turns itself inside out for the Institute's Under the Dome: Come Explore MIT! (and the first day of the Cambridge Science Festival). Go behind the scenes of the museum and explore unique artifacts from MIT's history, as well as innovations in art, science and technology in Cambridge and beyond.

The day's programs will feature tours, hands-on activities, and a chance for visitors of all ages to see and chat with the people behind the Museum's MIT150 exhibition.

Sponsor: MIT Museum

A showcase of invention as public service at MIT

A window to the work of public service innovators who are tackling barriers to well-being faced by people around the world. Learn about projects and meet teams competing for $150,000 in implementation grants in this year's IDEAS Competition and MIT Global Challenge.

Sponsor: Public Service Center

Leaders for Global Operations: MIT's dual MBA and engineering Master's program

The Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program is a dual-degree MBA and SM in Engineering offered by a partnership of the Sloan School, the School of Engineering, and a group of industrial partner companies. The program, active since 1988 when it was founded as Leaders for Manufacturing, enrolls 48 students a year who receive two degrees in two years while conducting a 6-month internship on site at a partner company site.

The Leaders for Global Operations stand will consist of a video monitor displaying videos that reflect LGO student life, internships, domestic and global plant treks, and the LGO leadership curriculum.

Sponsor: Leaders for Global Operations program

Ascending the wall

Atlas Devices has designed a rope ascending/descending system, for use by the armed services and rescue personnel. They will give live demonstrations of this system in use ascending the wall of MIT's main building.

The company Atlas Devices was founded by graduates of MIT's mechanical engineering department.

Sponsor: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Aircraft carrier deck operations — action planner demo

Orchestrating the movement of aircraft (manned and unmanned), support vehicles, and crew within the confines of a carrier deck is an extremely complex operation. See how our computerized large tabletop display will help supervisors overseeing these critical activities.

Sponsor: Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Painting the Financial Picture of MIT

This “behind the scenes" exhibit will showcase the financial operations and financial history of MIT. The goal is to provide visitors with a look at some of the vital financial offices that have supported the MIT mission for 150 years.

Painting the Financial Picture will include exhibits on the endowment, sponsored research accounting, gifts, budget and much more.

Sponsor: Office of the Vice President for Finance

Celebrating discovery at MIT: an undergraduate research poster session

Since 1969, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, commonly known as “UROP," has been facilitating research collaborations between faculty and students, across all disciplines. Today, UROP is considered MIT’s "signature" program, and more than 85 percent of undergraduates participate.

This poster session will showcase current UROP students conducting research in a diverse and interesting array of areas that potentially include engineering, cancer, energy, linguistics, humanities, social science, robotics, media studies, artificial intelligence, and others.

Sponsor: Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming

MIT Sloan presents: action learning poster show

During their time at MIT Sloan, students tackle real-world challenges through signature action-learning lab courses. These courses pair diverse groups of students with global organizations experiencing transformative change and in need of the expertise of a leading school of management.

Through dynamic, on-site projects in countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, students have the opportunity to learn in and from a rapidly changing global economy. Join our students for an interactive poster session, and learn more about how MIT Sloan is in the world, and for the world.

Sponsor: Sloan School of Management

Startup showcase

Visit the MIT start-up showcase to meet and interact with individuals from local start-ups ranging from the life sciences to clean energy.

Learn firsthand from successful entrepreneurs how MIT research discoveries lead to the creation of new businesses and how these companies impact your everyday life.

Sponsor: Technology Licensing Office

Supply map & source map

Where do our products come from? Learn about how supply chains are built and how products flow throughout the world to your desk!

Sponsor: Center for Transportation and Logistics

MIT OpenCourseWare: unlocking knowledge and empowering minds

Come learn about MIT OpenCourseWare – a website that makes course materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s undergraduate and graduate subjects available, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world. Hear about our milestones as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, and find out about our next decade initiatives.

Sponsor: OpenCourseWare

Meet MIT authors! Book signing with Sandy Pentland, author of "Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World"

Please join us at the MIT Press Bookstore for a series of book signings with celebrated faculty authors. Each of our special guests has recently published a book with the MIT Press, MIT's renowned publishing house. Come and meet the authors, learn about their research, and check out the newly expanded bookstore!

11:30am — Alex (Sandy) Pentland

"Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World"

How understanding the signaling within social networks can change the way we make decisions, work with others, and manage organizations.

Sponsor: MIT Press

Panel discussion: What can a graduate degree do for you?

Are you considering graduate school? Join us at noon for a lively and informative panel discussion about the value of graduate education when pursuing careers in academia, industry, or public service. Bring your questions and comments about trends in graduate education nationally, internationally, and right here at MIT.

Panelists include:

- Dr. Christine Ortiz, MIT Dean for Graduate Education

- Steve Isakowitz, Chief Financial Officer of the US Department of Energy

- Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, Chief Technology Officer for Xerox Corporation.

Moderated by Ulric Ferner, President of the MIT Graduate Student Council.

Sponsor: MIT Sustainability Program – EHS Headquarters Office

System design and management open house

Cosponsored by MIT's School of Engineering and the MIT Sloan School of Management, the System Design and Management (SDM) master's program in engineering and management educates mid-career professionals to lead effectively and creatively by using systems thinking to solve large-scale, complex challenges in product design, development, and innovation.

This session will feature a short presentation from program Fellows, followed by a poster session where attendees will be able to learn about ongoing work and about the program in general.

Sponsor: System Design and Management

Tackling real-world challenges: ESD PhD poster session

Engineering Systems Division PhD students share their research in areas such as energy & sustainability, healthcare delivery, critical infrastructures, and extended enterprises.

Sponsor: Engineering Systems Division

Do-It Tours by the Hobby Shop, Edgerton Center Student Shop, and D-Lab

MIT has a long history of invention and innovation. Please join us for a tour of some spaces that support the vibrant "do-it" culture on campus, where you will be exposed to the learning-by-doing philosophy first hand. You will have a chance to work in the Hobby Shop, Edgerton Center Student Shop, and D-Lab on a project to make bamboo crayons, which we are developing as an income-generating project for our community partners in Ghana and India. Tours will meet in the Student Center Lobby (W20) at 1 pm and 2:30pm and are limited to 15 people. You can also feel free to just stop by the Hobby Shop (W31 basement) and D-Lab (E34 floor 1-2) to see some student projects and technology demonstrations from 1pm-4pm during the Open House.

The Hobby Shop ( is a fully equipped wood and metal shop that teaches students the art of thoughtful design. It has been fostering MIT's spirit of learning by doing for over 70 years by providing tools, training and assistance to all MIT students, faculty, staff and alums interested in turning their ideas into reality.

The Edgerton Center Student Shop ( provides hands-on training in the use of machine tools, access to them, and guidance in project planning, to any current MIT student. The shop has a long history of supporting student groups at MIT including the Solar Electric Vehicle Team, Formula SAE Team and FIRST Robotics Team.

D-Lab ( is a program that fosters the development of appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions within the framework of international development. D-Lab's mission is to improve the quality of life of low-income households through the creation and implementation of low cost technologies. With projects and partnerships in 20+ countries and 12+ classes at MIT falling into the broad categories of Development, Design and Dissemination, D-Lab engages over 300 students a year through experiential learning, using technology to address poverty, and building the local creative capacity for innovation.

Sponsor: Edgerton Center

Meet MIT authors! Book signing with Erik Brynjolfsson, author of "Wired for Innovation: How IT is Reshaping the Economy"

Please join us at the MIT Press Bookstore for a series of book signings with celebrated faculty authors. Each of our special guests has recently published a book with the MIT Press, MIT's renowned publishing house. Come and meet the authors, learn about their research, and check out the newly expanded bookstore!

2:00pm — Erik Brynjolfsson

"Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Reshaping the Economy"

An expert on the information economy explore the true economic value of technology and innovation.

Sponsor: MIT Press

Research and entrepreneurship panel

Claude Canizares, Associate Provost & Vice President for research

Lita Nelsen, director, Technology Licensing Office

Michelle Christy, director, Office of Sponsored Programs

This panel will trace the long history of research at MIT and how it has been impacted by wars, government policies, economic and industrial changes, as well as the shifting role of universities.

The panelists will also discuss the current era with its increased emphasis on technology transfer, entrepreneurship and universities’ impact on economic development.

Sponsor: Technology Licensing Office

Greek Week Keynote

Come join the current undergraduate greek community for the 2011 Greek Week Keynote sponsored by the MIT Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association.

This year's speaker will be Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox. Houston graduated in 2006 from MIT and is is an alumnus of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Sponsor: Fraternities, Sororities and ILGs

Gender, race, and the complexities of science and technology

Join the GCWS for an interactive series of presentations from graduate students from all nine Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies member institutions (Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Simmons College, and UMass Boston) in an exploration of gender and race as it applies to the disciplines of science and technology.

Students from the GCWS course Gender, Race, and the Complexities of Science and Technology: A Problem-based learning approach taught by Sally Haslanger (Professor of Philosophy, MIT) and Peter Taylor (Professor in the Science in a Changing World program at UMass Boston) will present their ongoing research on topics as diverse as race and technology access, anarchism and science, the radical science movement, and more.

Sponsor: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences