The monthly LGO Alumni Newsletter goes out by email to all alumni; archived issues are posted on this page. If you would like to change your contact information, please email Josh Jacobs.
Thomas A. Roemer
It's now been a year since I've joined LGO, and it's time to reflect and also look forward. It was an eventful year at LGO—I've seen students apply and integrate into the LGO family, and I've had the pleasure of being with them on the domestic and international plant treks, in classrooms and committees, and at their internship sites, graduation and "The Universe Within." I saw three new partners and four new staff members join LGO. This very week marks the formal end of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD), the engineering home of many of our alumni. I even witnessed four distinct seasons (a big change after living in San Diego), including a winter for the ages.
Unfortunately, we have more sad news to report as the LGO family recently lost another recent alum, Ashleigh Range ’13. Even for those of you who did not know Ashleigh personally, this is a sorrowful blow. If you would like our help to connect with and support alumni or others in the community, please let us know.
Thomas A. Roemer
Executive Director, MIT Leaders for Global Operations Program
In an op-ed piece, LGO Director Thomas Roemer writes about the factors driving increased use of robotics in manufacturing in China. Read more...
Dan Burseth contributes his LGO know-how in design for manufacturing, supply chain to his award-winning team in MIT’s $100K entrepreneurship competition. Read more...
Several awards and honors were bestowed at year's end on LGO students and faculty. Read more...
LGO alumni are encouraged to attend any of MIT Sloan's upcoming Alumni Sloan on the Road (SOTR) events. Each event begins with a brief admissions presentation and a panel of pre-selected alumni, and LGO alums have a great opportunity to highlight the MBA program and the achievements of their classmates during the networking portion of the event.
MIT Sloan alumni in key markets will be invited to participate in panels. If you're interested in being on a panel, please email Jolene Monson, LGO's Director of Admissions and Marketing, at email@example.com. To see a list of upcoming events and register to attend, visit MIT Sloan's SOTR web page.
LGO admissions staff will attend a number of events with Sloan and on their own throughout the year. Click "LGO Off-campus Events" on our newly revamped "Meet LGO" web page for a list of cities in which they'll be appearing.
The Alumni Newsletter includes periodic first-person accounts by students who have benefited from an LGO Alumni Scholarship.
Born in Silver Spring, MD but raised in Atlanta, Mike Macmillan holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech. Before coming to LGO, Mike worked as a process engineer and operations line leader at Procter and Gamble in Baby Care Product Supply (Manufacturing). Mike is now doing his LGO internship at Inditex (Zara) in La Coruña, Spain.
When I graduated from Georgia Tech and started working, I always had the hope of going back and getting either a master's degree in engineering or an MBA. At that point in time, I believed that I had to choose one path and depending on the choice, I would find myself in two very different careers, one purely technical or one purely management. Thankfully, I discovered the LGO program during my research and that split no longer seemed like it was inevitable.
Discovering the program was only the first step. I didn't know any alumni or program members, and I quickly found the student and alumni profiles to be a huge help in building my understanding of LGO. By viewing the alumni profiles, I was able to imagine myself in post-grad school roles at great companies, which was critical in my understanding of what the program would teach me.
When I received the call from Don Rosenfield, I was definitely surprised–if for no other reason than I was sound asleep and only vaguely remember actually talking to him! The other reason I was surprised was that I only had two years of experience before starting LGO, and I did not expect to get into the program as a younger applicant. My hope had been to apply to schools, get some feedback and reapply for the next class; however, this quickly shifted into excitement at the realization of my impending start at MIT.
Receiving the Alumni Scholarship on top of the LGO fellowship was a great incentive to accept the offer as it made MIT competitive with the other offer I ended up receiving. Likewise, the financial assistance has been extremely helpful, as it supplements some of the savings that I would have accrued had I decided to work a few more years instead of returning to school.
As an LGO student, I have had the pleasure of working with several alumni in preparation for internship matching and International Plant Trek. In every case, the alumni have been extremely understanding and supportive of the students, going out of their way to enhance the educational experience. I look forward to connecting with more alumni as a student and to helping LGO students as a future alumnus.
— Mike Macmillan , LGO '16
To connect LGO partner companies with potential LGO alumni job prospects, this year we’ve started a regular section listing LGO partner opportunities. If you work at a partner company and want to include a posting in this section, please contact Josh Jacobs.
Click on the job titles below for more information. Contact: Patrick Mereur, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Operations Managers – multiple locations
Our Senior Operations Managers are responsible for all budgetary, people development and operations objectives for one functional area of our Fulfillment Center (Inbound or Outbound). Additional responsibilities include managing and leading a team of Operations and Area Managers, coaching and mentoring the team to ensure performance objectives are met, building positive employee relations and building leadership bench strength within the Fulfillment Center.
American Industrial Partners is a $6 billion operationally orientated middle-market private equity firm that invests in North American based industrial businesses with a global footprint. AIP owns 98 U.S. manufacturing sites and seeks leaders with world-class integrated operating company experience who want to transform and run U.S. manufacturing businesses. AIP Portfolio Companies often offer three points of leadership entry for individuals with appropriate manufacturing leadership experience:
Current openings include:
Group Product Manager — A new position situated in a prosperous Southeast city who will build and lead a team of up to ten product managers. The GPM has authority and responsibility to define the product strategy and roadmap for the product management function in conjunction with the Market Segment Strategies. Will act as voice of customers to rest of product team and company. Position requires 10 years industrial manufacturing industry experience, including 6-8 years experience managing commercial, high-volume product lines. Contact Jim Baran, American Industrial Partners Talent Acquisition, at email@example.com.
Strategic Resource Planning Senior Manager – Thousand Oaks, CA
The Senior Manager, Strategic Planning and Operations reports to the Director/Executive Director of Operations Strategic Planning and serves as an area leader supporting a portfolio of cross-functional strategic projects. Operations Strategic Planning (OSP) is the internal management consulting arm of Operations which delivers significant value to a diverse set of internal leaders. This individual will be an integral member of a high-performing team chartered to deliver comprehensive analytics that support unbiased network recommendations to capture value for operations.
Strategic Resource Planning Manager – Thousand Oaks, CA
The Strategic Planning and Operations Manager reports to the Director of Operations Strategic Planning and serves as an analyst supporting a portfolio of cross-functional strategic projects. Responsibilities include:
Contact Leigh Hunnicutt at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about either of these positions.
Project Manager – Hong Kong
This role within the Fung Academy's Sustainability team will have a primary focus on technology, data analytics and information management systems that support the advancement of sustainability internally within the Fung Group’s companies and externally within the group’s supplier networks.
The position will focus on sustainability both internally within the group and externally with key stakeholders such as factories and supply chain partners. Internally, the position would manage projects that embed sustainability within the business or improve sustainability performance within the business, particularly through the use of information systems, technologies or data tools. Externally, the position would manage the use of technology and/or data to improve factory operations and sustainability performance, including energy and resource management, worker management, and social and environmental risk modeling, among others.
The position would be based in Hong Kong with travel to key producer countries in South and Southeast Asia. The Fung Academy accelerates learning and builds capabilities across the Fung Group’s companies and stakeholders, in terms of leadership development, sustainability and innovation. The Fung Group is the principal shareholder of Li & Fung Limited, and three other publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, active in consumer products distribution and retailing, with aggregate revenues of $23B annually.
We are looking for candidates with a engineering, technology or operations background who have an interest in sustainability and the emerging markets. If interested, please email Pamela Mar at email@example.com.
When you click on the Internship page on the LGO website, you’ll find detailed profiles of recent LGO internships to show you examples of LGO projects and the results they achieve.
The internships are organized into seven categories:
Each section includes profiles of two internships with information on the students’ approach, project impact and MIT faculty participation. New profiles will be posted on a regular basis.
This month will feature two projects involving factory selection and optimization. Albert Chan developed a predictive approach for high performance factory selection, in his time with Li and Fung. Ryan Shofnos developed an optimization model to increase capacity and throughput for Pfizer’s cell line development process.
If you have companies or areas of research you are interested in having highlighted in the monthly news, please contact Ted Equi.
The apparel industry is changing rapidly, and supply chains face faster development cycles and greater demands for social and environmental compliance as well as lower prices. In such an environment, the ability to identify factories that can perform to exacting and evolving standards is a competitive advantage. With its network of more than 15,000 factories, Li & Fung is exploring the use of data analytics to support its sustainable sourcing process.
The project has two levels of analysis. First, it evaluates whether current factory performance metrics in product quality, order delivery, and factory compliance are historically correlated with factory longevity and annual spend. Second, the project will explore and identify inherent factory attributes that are predictive of quality, delivery, and compliance performance.
Based on literature review and on interviews at Li & Fung, a list of factory attributes was created, including past product performance (e.g., quality and delivery metrics), human capacity (e.g., leadership experience and specific roles), and factory characteristics (e.g., firm size, compliance scores, and financial strength). The analysis focuses on two business units at Li & Fung, incorporating data on supplier performance as well as new data collected through a qualitative survey distributed to factories in China, Bangladesh, and Turkey. Six years of factory data and 50 survey responses were analyzed. Key observations include:
For Li & Fung, these insights on key drivers of better factory performance are first steps in aggregating the large amounts of data on factories and generating insights to support the development of a robust, sustainable sourcing network.
The development and commercialization of biologic-based human therapies is a significant engineering and financial investment that spans close to 10 years and more than $1B. A critical phase of the development life cycle is cell line development (CLD), which is the creation and selection of a clonal cell line that will ultimately manufacture the biologic drug substance for clinical trials and commercial distribution. Reaching clinical trials quickly enables early assessment of the efficacy of the potential new drug. The CLD group operates as the bridge between molecular discovery and this clinical supply stage. CLD is therefore a critical step towards generating the material needed for clinical studies.
This effort investigated methods to increase capacity and throughput of this process while maintaining current staffing. The primary benefits include the ability to develop more drugs simultaneously with a constant workforce, a timeline reduction between molecular discovery and clinical drug supply, and reduced variation in project timelines and workload. This project includes a model that characterizes each process step and evaluates methods to redesign and automate them at sufficiently low cost. The model incorporates administrative, financial, and operational inputs such as available full-time employees, procedural dependencies, and several automation options. Its outputs include the overall cycle time, utilization, and operating costs, and the strategic benefits and/or risks relative to the current state. The optimum scenario identified by this research has the potential to reduce cycle time by 13 percent and workload by 41 percent while maintaining headcount.
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