An MIT Sloan team headed to the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, today to participate in the Haas Tech Challenge. The prestigious high-tech case competition will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
MIT Sloan will be represented by three MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) students from the Class of 2013: Michael Joyce, Joshua Przybylko and Sophia Scipio. Prahar Shah, Sloan '12, rounds out the talented team.
The case will focus on a hot topic: "Business Models and Challenges in Cloud Computing." VMware, Amazon Web Services and salesforce.com are sponsoring the event along with the Haas School of Business.
In addition to the competition, participants will have the opportunity to network with others who share an interest in the high-tech industry. "The main reasons we're doing this are to get practical experience in participating in this type of competition and to have a lot of fun," said Przybylko. "I'm sure we'll get a lot out of it and represent MIT well."
Up Against Stiff Competition
MIT Sloan's competition will include students from Haas, Booth, Wharton, Ross, Kellogg, Anderson and Stanford business schools. Teams have received minimal details about the case in advance, other than that it will concern cloud computing in general and platform as a service (PaaS) in particular.
Przybylko and his teammates have spent the past few weeks researching cloud computing while also addressing their usual class loads.
"It's been a massively hectic period," he said. "We've been looking at various companies competing in this space, several of whom are sponsoring the competition. We've also been looking at new developments in cloud computing and reaching out to contacts in the industry for their perspectives."
In their application for the competition, Przybylko, Joyce and Scipio noted that their dual business/engineering background allows them to understand both the "commercial opportunities and challenges of cloud computing business models" and the "engineering and operations challenges." Przybylko feels this distinction will give their team a competitive advantage.
"Many of the challenges these companies are facing in deploying cloud solutions are operational in nature," he said. "For example: What is the correct infrastructure that must be put in place to make cloud computing a reality? How can the technology be viable?"
Meet the Team Members
Here's a quick look at the MIT Sloan team:
Michael Joyce brings five years of experience split between information technology in the pharmaceutical sector and supply chain management of semiconductors. He has a particular interest in the operational challenges of deploying cloud solutions and has participated in past.
Josh Przybylko worked for five years in management consulting and also has experience in the information and communications sector. Prior to starting the LGO program, he was a senior strategy specialist with the corporate strategy team at Telstra, Australia largest communications operator.
Sophia Scipio has five years of experience in the design of cellular phones and mobile Internet devices with Motorola and RIM (Blackberry). She is passionate about the potential of cloud computing to transform the mobile industry and believes her design background will help the team identify new market opportunities for the technology.
Prahar Shah has experience in management consulting and venture capital along with an interest in technology and entrepreneurship. The president of the Sloan Technology Club, he spent the summer as a new business development intern at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
This week the LGO program was privileged to release video statements by Dean David Schmittlein of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Dean Ian Waitz of the MIT School of Engineering, about the value of LGO to MIT, its students and partners, and to the world.
Dean Schmittlein describes the program’s unique collaboration of MIT Sloan and MIT Engineering, the qualities of LGO students, and the partnership with global leaders in industry. The Dean states that "MIT has always been about innovation of products and processes. Graduates of this program are ready to lead innovation." He describes LGO students as "grounded, smart, and practical, and among the nicest people you'll ever meet." "This program's graduates," he says, "are ready to fulfill the mission of MIT: to invent the future. They're ready to invent the future for themselves, for their companies, and for the world."
Dean Waitz discusses how the LGO partnership provides LGO students unique opportunities to engage in hands-on experiences and engage with critical challenges in industry. He says LGO students represent a growing demographic at MIT of students who want to be experts in a wide-ranging, problem- or domain-focused area rather than singling out a specific discipline. Dean Waitz says that "our students need to be able to work and operate and lead change in many different cultures and time zones, and companies. LGO uniquely prepares students for pursuing such a global career path."
LGO is proud to have these two distinguished leaders at MIT convey the passion, the focus, and the commitment to manufacturing and operations that characterize our program.
Want to learn more about the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program? If so, we invite you to join us at two exciting upcoming events: LGO Ambassador Day and LGO Information Evening, both taking place on November 7, 2011. Please see below for a draft agenda. Activities are subject to change, but this schedule should provide you with a better idea of what to expect.
You can view the full agenda here. Ambassador Day Schedule: November 7, 2011, 9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. By sitting in on a class, having lunch with current LGO students and admissions staff, or participating in a student-run panel discussion, you will engage in a LGO experience that is both informative and interactive. 9:15-10:30 a.m. Check in at the LGO office 10:30 a.m.-Noon Tour the MIT campus with current LGO students Noon-1 p.m. Engage in a LGO student panel discussion 1-2:15 p.m. Enjoy lunch and mingling with LGO students and staff members 2:30-4 p.m. Attend a class (Engineering or Business) 4-5:30 p.m. Attend a partner company pro-seminar Information Evening Schedule: November 7, 2011: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Featuring a program presentation by Don Rosenfield, Director of the LGO Program; a student and alumni panel discussion; an audience Q&A session; and an interactive reception, this event will offer prospective students an excellent opportunity to connect with LGO students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. at the MIT Faculty Club. Light appetizers will be served. Please let us know if you would like to attend. We are looking forward to meeting you. Feel free to email LGO ’13 Ashleigh Range with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Leah Schouten
LGO Admissions and Career Development Coordinator
The graduate application season is almost upon us, and the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) admissions team strives to help prospective students throughout the admissions process.
Ambassador Program Co-chair, LGO ’13
We offer applicants a variety of ways to learn about the LGO program and to connect with our students, alumni, faculty and staff. One of the most valuable is the LGO Ambassadors Program.
Participants in this student-run program join LGO students for classes, lunch, a campus tour and more. Essentially, it's an opportunity to experience a "day in the life" of an LGO.
For more information about the Ambassadors Program or to schedule your visit, please email email@example.com.
Meet the Co-chairs
Each year, two first-year LGO students lead the LGO Ambassadors Program. This year's co-chairs are Erick Corona and Brent Yoder from the Class of 2013.
Before coming to MIT, Erick spent six-and-a-half years with The Boeing Company, most recently as a change incorporation operations manager. He holds an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Erick took part in the Ambassadors Program as a prospective student. He credits the experience with solidifying his belief that LGO would be a good fit.
"The most important takeaway from my Ambassador visit was witnessing the camaraderie and commitment to the program that exists among LGOs," he says. "This experience, in addition to the program's curriculum, mission and reputation, made me want to be a part of LGO."
Brent came to LGO after three years as an operations manager at Amazon and four-and-a-half years in manufacturing at General Motors Corporation. He earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Brent Yoder, Ambassador Program Co-chair, LGO ‘13
In researching dual engineering and MBA programs, Brent wanted to find a top-tier school where he felt a connection with students and faculty alike. He found that connection after spending a day with LGO students.
"The Ambassadors Program allows prospective students to experience the LGO program first-hand from the perspective of current students," he notes. "The LGO webpage and information sessions are excellent at highlighting the technical details of the program, but the Ambassadors Program provides an individualized experience to understand the intangible benefits of being a member of the LGO community."
Also Check Out...
Three other ways you can interact with LGO students, alumni, faculty and staff:
Ambassador Day & Information Evening: This annual event will take place Nov. 7, 2011. During this highly interactive day-and-night session, you'll attend classes, tour MIT, listen to student and alumni panels, hear a presentation from the program director and get all your questions answered.
MIT Sloan-on-the-Road Events: The MIT Sloan MBA Program hosts information sessions in cities around the world. Members of the LGO community, including admissions staff, students and alumni, attend many of the domestic events to help you learn more about LGO. To find the schedule and to register for a Sloan-on-the-Road event, visit the MIT Sloan website.
Student Blogs: We're thrilled to introduce a new group of LGO student bloggers from the Class of 2013. Reading first- and second-year bloggers will give you a fun and informal insider's view of what LGO is all about. We encourage you to connect with our student bloggers through the LGO Blogs.
A Refresher on the Application Basics
Submit your application to LGO through either the MIT Sloan School of Management or the MIT School of Engineering by Dec. 15, 2011. The application must include:
Cover letter (if applying through MIT Sloan) or Statement of Objectives (if applying through the MIT School of Engineering)
Three letters of recommendation
Test scores (GMAT or GRE if applying through MIT Sloan; GRE if applying through the MIT School of Engineering)