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EECS Student Spotlight: Erez Kaminski LGO ’21

The MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department offers an in-depth education in principles built on mathematics, computation, and the physical sciences. LGO students work with EECS faculty to develop their own curriculum that pairs with their MBA coursework. Meet one of our current LGO students, Erez Kaminski, LGO ’21, who is pursuing an MBA and an MS in EECS.

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What is your academic/professional background?

In college I studied physics and math. After school I went to work for a company developing computational mathematics called Wolfram Research. Following my time there I went to work at a partner company, Amgen, in a role centered on software, AI, and applied mathematics.

Why did you decide to pursue an MS in EECS from MIT?

I thought it would be a great way to improve my skills while meeting a great group of people. I love programming and math, and I couldn’t imagine a better place to go learn more about that field.

What has been your favorite class in the department?

There are many more classes to take than time at MIT, but so far I enjoyed our AI class. It gave both skill building experience and great historical context into the field.

Erez Kaminski LGO '21
Kaminski LGO ’21, participates in the LGO Summer Core

What is your favorite part about being a part of the MIT School of Engineering?

The unbelievable breath of classes, the exposure I get to other students, and the amazing faculty. I wish I had 10 more years to take all the classes I would like.

Do you have any tips for EECS applicants?

Persist, and structure your career around your goals. There are many ways to get where you want to go, just think about what that goal is, and plan some different paths backwards from that goal.

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By Erez Kaminski, LGO Class of 2021

August 6, 2020 | More

Bill Hanson, a founder of MIT LGO, dies at 80

Bill Hanson, a founding figure of MIT LGO and a mentor to hundreds of alumni, died on July 15 at the age of 80. An inspirational figure for a generation of LFM/LGOs, Hanson always prompted students to look within themselves and reflect on their opportunity, impact, and legacy in the world.

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August 4, 2020 | More

Racing into the future of autonomous driving

As part of an MS/MBA dual degree program, LGO students are fully integrated into both MIT Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering and have a wide range of extracurricular options and avenues. Many take part in conferences and competitions across campus, drawing on both their business and technical skills to build their experience and network.

MIT Driverless’ is a hub of practical autonomy at MIT that works “to be the place where the brightest minds come to learn about the challenges in deploying software on full scale autonomous vehicles, and to connect them with our industry partners as they look for their future engineering leaders.”

Last year’s team made it to third place at the Formula Student Germany, one of the world’s most competitive automobile design competitions for students. This year’s team is aiming for the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a $1.5 million prize competition that will be held at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dan Reilly, LGO ’21 in Mechanical Engineering, is currently spearheading the sponsor search to fund their entry into this new race.

 

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August 1, 2020 | More

Aero/Astro Student Spotlight: Caitlin Auffinger, LGO ’21

Only at MIT can you do an MBA and specialize in aerospace engineering at the same time. Students who complete the LGO program through MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics are uniquely prepared for a leadership career in the aerospace industries. Meet one of our current LGO students, Caitlin Auffinger, LGO ’21, who is pursuing an MBA and an MS in Aero/Astro.

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What is your academic/professional background:

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, MIT, 2015
  • Boeing Research & Technology, Chemical Technology, 2015 – 2019

Why did you decide to pursue an MS in AA from MIT?

In the long term, I want to be a technology leader in the aerospace industry. I have seen how important it is for leaders of engineers to establish credibility, so I knew I wanted an MS. I was slightly biased since I completed my undergrad at MIT, but for me, LGO was worth the risk of leaving work for two years to study full time, and I knew it would be a fun challenge.

Aero/Astro Student Spotlight: Caitlin Auffinger, LGO '21
Caitlin Auffinger, LGO ’21 pictured in a P-3 cockpit

What has been your favorite class in the department?

1.233J/16.763: Air Transportation Operations Research with Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan and Prof. Peter Belobaba

After taking Intro to Operations Management, this class made it really clear how airlines are following the same operational playbook as anyone else except that they have bizzarely intricate constraints that are difficult to predict and expensive to adapt to, along with customers who want a set schedule. Couple that with unraveling the mystery of revenue management, and it was an eye opening class!

Why is AA a good fit for you?

I can’t get away from new technology, or aerospace tech in particular. I know technology is often incorrectly touted as the savior, while there are other often better ways of impacting businesses (ex. cost structure), but I’ll always be drawn to the aerospace industry and cutting edge research. Since there are good applications for both strategies, I’ll stick with the side that’s most motivating to me.

What is your favorite part about being a part of the MIT School of Engineering?

Sloan is its own tight-knit bubble at MIT, which is great, but there is also the entire rest of MIT that we are often tempted to forget about since Sloan’s pull is so strong. Being part of an engineering department motivates me to get involved in initiatives outside of Sloan and LGO, of which there are many!

Aero/Astro Student Spotlight: Caitlin Auffinger, LGO '21
Caitlin in the air traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport, D.C.

Do you have any tips for AA applicants?

AA admissions are unique from most other LGO engineering disciplines in that, instead of being admitted as part of a general cohort, you are admitted to a lab to study under a specific PI, so the more you can lean into why you’re a good fit for the department, the better. I get frustrated when I see MBA applicants needlessly focusing on stats. Meanwhile, the thing I spent my application time on was a video featuring me pretending to be a flight attendant (safety belt demo and all!) as I discussed learning about how to leverage team member strengths and weaknesses for an airline start-up class project. Prior to submitting, I got feedback on my application that it was a little too sky-high. I kept it as is because in Aero/Astro, there is no such thing! Tell your story about why you fit into the culture of LGO, and be true to yourself in doing so. I hope it will serve you well.

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By Caitlin Auffinger, LGO Class of 2021

July 23, 2020 | More

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 2020

LGO’s often help organize and lead conference across campus in a variety of industries and fields of study. Matt Kilby, LGO MechE ’21, participated in the 14th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference this past March. Matt and fellow LGO ’21 Nikhil Byanna (ORC) were recently selected as part of the leadership team for next year’s 2021 conference: Content Co-Lead and Research Papers Lead, respectively. We caught up with Matt to learn more about his experience.

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What is the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and what was your role this year?

The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is an event that provides a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the global sports industry as well as other sports and business-related topics. It typically draws around 3,500 attendees and is the largest student-run conference in the world. This past year I was a member of the Content Team, which involved developing new panel ideas and discussions, as well as panelist outreach in order to secure high profile speakers.

SSAC20 Agenda
SSAC 2020 Day One Agenda

Why did you want to participate in this event? How did you first hear about it?

I was fortunate to play college baseball at the United States Naval Academy and I have been a sports fan my entire life, so I’ve always wanted to stay involved and connected to the sports world (I’ve always dreamed of becoming the General Manager of a sports organization). The conference was a great way to connect with other sports enthusiasts at Sloan and around the country and stay plugged in to the sports industry and the current trends. The conference leadership team hosted an information session in the Fall semester and I immediately knew I wanted to apply.

What was your favorite part of the conference?

My favorite part of the conference was seeing the day-of event come to life. I spent hours and hours emailing panelists and brainstorming content for the on-stage discussions, and seeing everything come together was an amazing feeling. Also, as a member of the content team, I was able to talk with some of the biggest names in the industry, and learn how they think about solving problems and what they see as the biggest challenges facing the sports industry today. These conversations were so insightful and provided a different aspect than what you see/read on ESPN, or other media outlets.

What was the most challenging component or obstacle you dealt with?

Being on the content team was very demanding, and I really had to lean on my time management skills. When you’re emailing some of these big names, you want to be very considerate and responsive, so I had to make sure it was always a top priority to either respond to emails, or finish a discussion guide for them to review.

What have your learned about your own leadership style or goals in this process?

I’ve always had a “people first” mentality when it comes to leadership, especially coming from the tight-knit submarine force in the Navy. The process of working within the content team and with other industry professionals proved to me that the sports industry is no different—it is very relationship-based. My goal is to never let anything change this approach; if you take care of your people, they will take care of you.

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 2020
Matt Kilby, LGO ’21, stands with A New Arena: Careers After Sports panel featuring Justin Tuck, Shawn Johnson East, Andy Roddick, Michele Steele, and Metta World Peace (left to right)

What have your learned about the MIT and the Sloan community from participating in this event?

The “Sloanies helping Sloanies” mantra really shined throughout this entire process. The conference team was extremely helpful and willing to drop whatever they are doing to help someone else out, whether it was respond to an email if I had a last minute assignment due, or whether I just needed another set of eyes or a new perspective on one of my ideas for a panel topic.

How did LGO impact your approach or your experience of the conference?

The community within LGO was also a great support network, especially those who were in our fantasy football league (which I got last place in and am still upset about). We consistently talk about sports and those informal discussions typically lead to more interesting panel ideas or speaker ideas for the conference.

I’m excited to be a part of the Leadership Team for the 2021 conference and be the Co-Lead for the content team!

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By Matt Kilby, LGO Class of 2021

 

July 17, 2020 | More

LGO 2020 Best Thesis Winners

This year, after the official virtual MIT commencement ceremonies, the LGO program held another virtual celebration for the class of 2020. The LGO programming celebrated each member of the class, shared some special LGO congratulatory remarks and announced the winner of the LGO Best Thesis 2020 prize. This year there were two winners: Audrey Bazerghi and Bidusha Poudyal.

Audrey Bazerghi, Bidusha Poudyal 2020 LGO Best Thesis Award

Audrey Bazerghi developed Inventory Modeling for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Supply Chains at AstraZeneca. One alumni thesis reader described Bazerghi’s project as “a perfect example of the delicate balance of engineering, business, and academia. Copies of this thesis should be handed to potential partner companies for an example of how the LGO toolkit can have immediate positive real benefits.” Bazerghi earned her MBA and SM in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and completed her six-month LGO internship project at AstraZeneca in Manchester, United Kingdom. In her project, Bazerghi demonstrated with a multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) that a fully integrated supply chain would yield significant savings compared to a purely external supply chain. After LGO, Audrey will earn her PhD at Northwestern University.

The other best thesis winner was Bidusha Poudyal who developed a predictive analysis of Installation Quality vs. Process Severity Events. An alumni thesis reader described Poudyal’s project as “a very clearly-written thesis, that outlines a specific challenge, proposed methodology to research, and outlines valuable and actionable insights for the partner company.” Poudyal’s project uncovered fulfillment center installation issues that led to costly problems during the start-up phase after FCs went live, reducing operational efficiency. Her programmatic data-driven method allowed teams to leverage a preset metric for installation quality to compel vendors to improve the pre-handover processes. Poudyal, who earned her MBA and SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has accepted a position at Google. Congratulations to both of these outstanding best thesis winners!

 

 

July 2, 2020 | More

The Playbook: An MIT LGO Podcast #9

Hugh Churchill shares with us his career working with General Motors after MIT, and we dive into his experience helping GM produce ventilators as a part of the Defense Production Act. We also talk about the future of electric vehicles and his current role working with EV experience and industrialization. Hugh lives in the greater Detroit area.

 

The LGO Playbook is a unique set of skills and strategies that have helped generations of LGOs provide leadership in operations. This year we are inviting alumni to share pages from their unique LGO Playbooks through stories of impactful experiences. Join us to learn more about our diverse community while gaining tangible skills for the future.
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June 30, 2020 | More

The Playbook: An MIT LGO Podcast #8

Alex shares his experience going remote during the COVID-19 outbreak and how he and his team have been working stay on top of the rush in people ordering much more online. He works for Wayfair in Boston, Massachusetts and his team handles delivery logistics.

 

 

The LGO Playbook is a unique set of skills and strategies that have helped generations of LGOs provide leadership in operations. This year we are inviting alumni to share pages from their unique LGO Playbooks through stories of impactful experiences. Join us to learn more about our diverse community while gaining tangible skills for the future.

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May 29, 2020 | More

BioEngineering Student Spotlight: Nicole Oliver LGO ’20

Biological Engineering is one of LGO’s smaller departments, but our few BE students always make a lasting impact on their cohort.  With a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, Nicole Oliver has used her time at MIT to move into the biotech space and, post-LGO, has accepted a position at Amgen.

Nicole Oliver, LGO '20

What were you doing before LGO?

“Before MIT, I was working at Accenture as a Technology Consultant. I primarily worked with large pharmaceutical clients, focusing on implementing technologies across their commercial practices.”

Why did you decide on LGO?

“Post-graduate school, I wanted to pivot into biotech, working on the development and production of drugs that help improve people’s lives. The LGO program was uniquely positioned to helping me achieve my professional aspirations because of its focus on the intersection of business and engineering. Last semester, I had a class on the economics of healthcare in the morning and a class on protein engineering in the afternoon. This combination of courses, which is only possible through the LGO program, will prepare me to solve not only scientific challenges but also consider the broader business implications of day-to-day tasks.”

Nicole Oliver, LGO '20

What are you looking forward to doing while at MIT?

“I am now finishing my final semester at MIT. The experience has far surpassed my expectations – which were high to start! I was looking forward to meeting the diverse student population across LGO, Sloan, and the engineering school. I am continuously amazed by this community – my classmates are incredibly intelligent, curious, and passionate. More importantly, they are encouraging and supportive, which enhances the overall experience at MIT.”

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By Nicole Oliver, Class of 2020

May 11, 2020 | More

Women’s History Month 2020: Audrey Bazerghi, LGO ’20

Why LGO?
I have always loved multidisciplinary work, but hadn’t found a way to marry my interest in theory with an appetite for real-world problems until I stumbled upon the world of operations as a consultant. Curious to learn more, I applied to LGO. It was the perfect program (and at MIT of all places!) to learn about the broader business context of supply chain challenges, while geeking out about the technical tools required to tackle them. It also offered a unique opportunity to grow by learning from incredible, down-to-earth classmates.

LGO Women's History Month 2020, Audrey Bazerghi '21

What is the coolest project you’ve been able to work on since coming to MIT and LGO?
Last spring, I represented MIT at the Patagonia Case Competition 2019 at Berkeley Haas with a fellow LGO, two MBA Sloanies, and two PhD students. We pitched our solution for sustainable packaging for Patagonia’s food and apparel products and won first place! It was an incredible experience to work with friends across MIT to come up with a creative solution, and to meet students from nine other universities with the same passion for the environment.

What are your hopes for diversity in LGO and in industry?
A friend and I have been working on a 3-hour leadership session for LGOs focusing on diversity and inclusion with the help from a supportive faculty member. We hope to facilitate an open (virtual!) discussion that will bring us and our classmates to set the right intention for fostering D&I in our respective workplaces after MIT. I would love to see more women in operations! As managers, we’ll have the opportunity to lean into the hard conversations, practice empathy, and even proactively combat systemic issues. I think the LGO community is uniquely positioned to take these opportunities and catalyze change.

March 30, 2020 | More

Women’s History Month 2020: Ana Garcia, LGO ’16

Why LGO?

After 5 years in consulting I had learned a lot about how to work in teams, communicate, and deliver; I didn’t feel like my work had much impact. I wanted to double down on my Industrial Engineering undergrad degree and transition to a career in operations in a way that would accelerate my career and allow me to see that my work was meaningful. LGO was distinctly appealing to me because in addition to the dual degree element, it had a strong focus on leadership development. The tight knit community and continued opportunities to work learn and practice leadership were a big part of the reason I chose to go to LGO, and I’m so glad I did!Women’s History Month 2020: Ana Garcia, LGO '16

What are you doing post-LGO?

I’m currently Vice President of Operations at HelloFresh, and am responsible for our Culinary, Product and Procurement teams. I joined HelloFresh’s Special Operations team in 2016 and have had the opportunity to work up and down the supply chain: leading a fulfillment Center (twice!), scaling our Procurement Operations team, setting up our Supply Chain Analytics team, leading our first ever acquisition and integration of Green Chef, and more. I’ve enjoyed being part of the ops leadership team that took this company public, through several years of massive growth, and delivered a profitable year in 2019!

What has been your biggest takeaway from your time at MIT?

I truly appreciate MIT’s motto “mens et manus” – Mind and Hands. Knowledge is nothing if you don’t have practical experience in applying it. At MIT I experienced how practice cements knowledge, and taking the time to reflect after big decisions or events has helped me learn how to be more effective. LGO provided practice not only in its curriculum, but also through the experiences of my other 49 peers – it would take several lifetimes to gather that practice, yet this tight knit community gives me access to them in a matter of minutes (even 4 years after graduating!)

March 16, 2020 | More

Women’s History Month 2020: Monica Gabriela, LGO ’21

Why LGO?

“In my previous job, I had been observing a ‘gap’ between technical and business teams that created obstacles and elongated the process of reaching a goal. When I decided to pursue my passion in environmental sustainability, I realized that I need to master both sides to ‘close the gap’ and expedite real-life implementation for innovative solutions. I believe that the combination of leadership, business management, and technical knowledge that LGO offers will enable me to amplify my impact on the world. Besides, the tightly-knit LGO family is just the best!”

LGO Women's History Month 2020, Monica

What is the coolest project you’ve been able to work on since coming to MIT and LGO?

“Last semester, my team worked with a startup which is growing and supplying pink algae for cattle feed that can reduce cattle’s methane emission by 80%! This semester, I am doing a project on building a product to help Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients with their thermoregulation, and a simulation of global carbon cycle – understanding how the Earth’s temperature changes will affect our planet’s carbon inventory and atmospheric carbon dioxide level.”

How have you been able to engage with communities of women at MIT and LGO?

“I like to seek out more-experienced female colleagues as “life mentors”. They help me figure things out when I have big life decisions, no matter if it involves academics, personal, or much more. At MIT, we have SWIM (Sloan Woman In Management) and I helped conduct an Ask Me Anything session about “Women In Workplace”, where people create open dialogue. More importantly, in LGO we have Ladies’ Wine and Cheese events! What’s better than aging a friendship over an aging wine ;)”

March 9, 2020 | More