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Maximizing Your Personal Productivity

September 29-30, 2016

"Since the Great Recession, many professionals have been facing more challenging schedules and more daunting to-do lists. This makes it all the more important for professionals to be able to get their work done quickly and effectively." --Bob Pozen, Faculty Director

Maximizing Your Personal Productivity will show you how to get more done in fewer hours, so you have more time to spend with your family, or any other activity. The program offers many practical suggestions on improving your productivity and provides many opportunities for learning through doing. The course includes digital techniques to help manage your career and your team.

Faculty Director Bob Pozen is the former President of Fidelity Investments and Executive Chairman of MFS Investment Management. Bob was first interviewed about his own productivity when he was full-time chairman of a large asset manager and carrying a full teaching load at a distinguished university. That interview went viral, so he wrote a short book (Extreme Productivity), drawing upon his personal and professional experiences.

Based on the book, this program is designed to increase the personal productivity of professionals through a series of case studies, practical exercises, and background readings. It will encourage self-evaluation through polls and surveys about your work habits, and provides ample opportunities for learning through doing.

Cambridge, MA

Strategic Cost Analysis for Managers

September 29-30, 2016

This program offers a unique opportunity for program and project managers to learn cost accounting-based management practices and strategies for making smart business decisions that justify outcomes and create value. Whereas financial accounting is used primarily to communicate the overall results for an entire organization to external parties, managerial accounting helps you answer the granular, the day-to-day questions: How much does this product cost to make?  How should I price this service?  How do I use the budget process to help me plan better in the first place?  How do I evaluate the performance of my employees? Program material is drawn from our popular and highly rated MBA course on managerial accounting, and topics include product costing, activity based management, flexible budgeting, variance analysis, and performance measurement systems.

The program offers a series of interactive lectures, cases, and small group exercises that will help participants better understand:

  • The language and mechanics of cost accounting that goes on within complex organizations
  • Cost allocation, absorption costing, and transfer pricing, and their effect on reported performance
  • How to identify good results even though the accounting numbers look bad, and bad results when the accounting numbers look good
  • Companies' internal metrics for evaluating management

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One of a Series: Physics Colloquium

Observing the Signature of a Single Prolific R-Process Event in an Ultra-Faint Dwarf Galaxy

September 29, 2016, 4 PM

Anna Frebel

Host: Deepto Chakrabarty

The heaviest chemical elements in the periodic table are synthesized through the r-process but the astrophysical site where r-process nucleosynthesis occurs is still unknown. The best candidate sites are ordinary core-collapse supernovae and mergers of binary neutron stars. Through their stars, 13 billion year old ultra-faint dwarf galaxies preserve a "fossil" record of early chemical enrichment that provides the means to isolate and study clean signatures of individual nucleosynthesis events. Until now, ultra-faint dwarf galaxy stars displayed extremely low abundances of heavy elements (e.g. Sr, Ba). This supported supernovae as the main r-process site. But based on new spectroscopic data from the Magellan Telescope, we have found seven stars in the recently discovered ultra-faint dwarf Reticulum II that show extreme r process overabundances, comparable only to the most extreme ancient r-process enhanced stars of the Milky Way's halo. This r-process enhancement implies that the r-process material in Reticulum II was synthesized in a single prolific event. Our results are clearly incompatible with r-process yields from an ordinary core-collapse supernova but instead consistent with that of a neutron star merger. This first signature of a neutron star merger in the early universe holds the key to finally, after 60 years, identifying the cosmic r-process production site, in addition to being a uniquely stringent constraint on the metal mixing and star formation history of this galaxy from the early universe.

Building E51

On Wide Split Cuts for Mixed-Integer Programming

September 29, 2016, 4:15-5:15 PM

Andrea Lodi

Cambridge, MA

Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive

October 4-5, 2016

In today's market, if you oversee R&D, product innovation, or technological implementation, you also deal with financial issues. As a technical executive, you must be able to use finance to persuade corporate financial officers to fund your projects, and you must be able to use financial tools to address senior management's concerns about risk. Applying basic principles of finance and accounting to your day-to-day and longer-term management activities will transform your ability to achieve your goals.

Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive is designed to take the mystery out of finance. This interactive, hands-on program will teach you how funding decisions are made and how you can influence those decisions by applying financial principles to project evaluation and resource allocation. You will learn to assess projects for their potential economic value and to do discounted cash flow (DCF) valuations.

Using case studies and analytical exercises, MIT Sloan finance faculty teach this program to provide practical solutions to the financial problems you face every day.

Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive covers three basic challenges:

1. Understanding Basic Concepts of Finance. Pivotal information about financial theory and the application of theory to real business decisions.
2. Acquiring New Project Funds. How the company raises external funds, the basics of capital structure, and issues facing corporate finance.
3. Evaluating Projects and Allocating Resources: How to Spend Money Effectively. Key methods of investment evaluation and the practical implications of cost of capital, cash flow, and net present value.

The Participants
Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive has been especially designed for executives who manage project teams and departments, and technical professionals involved with R&D, product and software design, engineering, and other scientific and technical work. Past participants have included key members of technical management such as CIOs, chief technologists, head scientists, R&D and product development directors, engineering and manufacturing vice presidents, corporate strategists, project managers, and systems information managers. No advanced quantitative skills are required, but participants should bring calculators.

Data Science: Data to Insights

Learn what every Data Scientist should know about Analytics. The new MIT Professional Education Data Science: Data to Insights digital course in collaboration with the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) will take you through the analytical techniques you need to go from data to insights in practice.

Data Science: Data to Insights, a new, six-week online course focusing on analytics. Designed for data scientists, business analysts, engineers, and technical managers this focused course provides an introduction to fundamental principles and addresses a broad range of questions

  • What should I know about the latest trends in machine learning?
  • How do I conduct hypothesis testing using my data?
  • How can I extract preferences from customer data?
  • How can I understand interactions networks using graphical models?
  • How do I assess performance of my prediction algorithms?

By engaging in comprehensive lectures from our MIT IDSS faculty members, you?ll acquire the theories, strategies, and tools you need to convert gigabytes of data into meaningful insights.

Over the course of six weeks, you will review a broad spectrum of topics including recommendation engines, regressions, network and graphical modeling, anomaly detection, hypothesis testing, and machine learning.

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One of a Series: Biology Colloquium

The old and new genes

October 4, 2016, 4 PM

Phil Sharp
The Luria Lecture

Introduced by Tyler Jacks

Building E40

Restrained by Design: Cyber Security and the Attenuation of War

October 5, 2016, 12-1:30 PM

Jon Lindsay University of Tronoto, Munk School