A New Class of Education Makes the Grade

July 10, 2017
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The education industry is not known for being on the cutting edge of innovation, but last month a milestone was reached in an innovative online program that opens new avenues to professional education. Called MITx MicroMasters , the program is part of a broader movement to redefine the way professional education is structured and delivered in response to the changing demand for talent. The MITx MicroMasters credential was introduced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in October 2015, to open new pathways to online education and professional master’s degrees. MIT chose the top-ranked

MIT’s First MicroMasters Learners Earn Credentials

June 20, 2017
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The first-ever cohort in MIT’s inaugural online MicroMasters program — consisting of more than 1,100 learners who completed all five of the online courses in supply chain management — has received its final MicroMasters certificates and will be honored at an online ceremony today. Of those learners who opted to take the proctored comprehensive final exam, 622 achieved passing grades, automatically earning a chance to apply for a full master’s degree. Combining credit for the completed online coursework plus one semester of on-campus classes, this “hybrid” master’s is available at MIT or any of

MIT AgeLab Continues Collaboration with Toyota to Research New Systems for Autonomous Vehicles

June 01, 2017
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New research focuses on developing systems for automated vehicles to perceive and identify objects in their environment and understand social interactions in traffic. The MIT AgeLab , part of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics will build and analyze new deep learning based perception and motion planning methods for automated vehicles as part of the launch of the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) Next research initiative . This is the next set of projects in a five-year-old ongoing relationship with Toyota. The first phase of projects with Toyota CSRC was led by Brya

Student-Industry Interconnection Transforms the Fabric of Supply Chain

May 23, 2017
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By Yossi Sheffi, Ph.D. More and more companies today are finding innovative ways to collaborate with supply chain research centers. When the projects are well planned and supported, the benefits of such partnerships can be substantial. Supply chain professionals often are surprised by how much value they derive, and the students involved enjoy the unique experience of applying their classroom-based knowledge in the real world. One initiative that has proven to be especially rewarding for both parties is collaboration on graduate program theses or capstone research projects. At the Massachusett

Joseph the Logistician: A Biblical Tale of Our Time

April 26, 2017
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Possibly the most brilliant logistician of the biblical age, Joseph, can teach us a lot about the importance of logistics today. Joseph’s exceptional forecasting and planning abilities put him on a fast track to promotions. He ascended rapidly from the role of prisoner/superintendent in an Egyptian jail, to Pharaoh’s Chief Logistics Officer with “Prince” in his title. At the peak of his career, the man was second only to Pharaoh. Let’s recap Joseph’s rise to capture the full significance of his story in the modern day. After being sold by his brothers to a group of nomad Ishmaelites for “twent

MIT Master’s Program in Supply Chain Management Ranked No. 1 in the World

April 25, 2017
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The MIT master’s program in supply chain management has been ranked as the world's No. 1 graduate business program in supply chain and logistics by Eduniversal, the Paris-based global rating agency for higher education. This is the second time the MIT master’s program has been ranked No. 1 by Eduniversal. The 10-month master's in supply chain management program at MIT has been educating supply chain professionals for almost 20 years, and is the model for graduate programs in centers across MIT’s Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network. The program is currently offered at t

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Visits MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and AgeLab

April 13, 2017
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The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker visited the AgeLab at MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics on Wednesday, April 12, where he signed an Executive Order establishing the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. The Council will develop a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts, to achieve the goal of making the Commonwealth the most age-friendly state for people of all ages. Older adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and they will make up 23% of the Co

Not Your Father’s High Street

March 31, 2017
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What will retailing look like 10 years from now? Will Main Street and suburban shopping still exist? Recent announcements by household names such as Sears, Macy’s and J. C. Penney of mass store closures, and the unrelenting growth of e-commerce, do not augur well for the traditional shopping experience. But the death of bricks-and-mortar retailing has been grossly exaggerated. A decade from now people will still be visiting their favorite outlets – it’s just that the environment in which they shop will look very different than it is today. Ironically, some of the branded outlets they’ll patron

Self-Driving Cars Could Be Boon for Aged, After Initial Hurdles

March 23, 2017
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Single, childless and 68, Steven Gold has begun to think about future mobility and independence. Although in good health, he can foresee a time when he won’t be a confident driver, if he can drive at all. While he hopes to continue to live in his suburban Detroit home, he wonders how he will be able to get to places like his doctor’s office and the supermarket if his driving becomes impaired. For Mr. Gold and other older adults, self-driving cars might be a solution. The number of United States residents age 70 and older is projected to increase to 53.7 million in 2030, from 30.9 million in 20