An Open Letter to Prospective and Admitted Students:
10 months. 43 weeks. 302 days. 7248 hours. 434880 minutes. 26,092,800 seconds. This is the duration, from inception of orientation to conclusion of graduation. This is an interval in the journey of a mid-career professional. This is an epoch in every MIT SCMer’s grand life plan. This is the span of our MIT SCM journey.
All of the above definitions apply. Distilled, this designation is merely a question of how does one desire to define time. Yet, the less discernible and far more critical question is, “How does one endeavor to define one’s self through this ephemeral moment in one’s life?” Continue reading “What’s Your Objective Function?”→
Every January, MIT has a unique mini semester called “Independent Activity Period (IAP),” where most students get a month off to learn or study whatever they want.
For us, IAP is when all of the MIT Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network come together to meet for the first time. Students from the GCLOG program in Latin America, the ZLOG program in Zaragoza, Spain, and MSCM program in Shah Alam, Malaysia all fly into Boston to network with other SCALE students, learn from industry speakers and MIT professors, and work on team projects. Continue reading “Luck = Preparation + Opportunity”→
I’ve always found complex problems exciting. Your time at MIT will be filled with them. During my time at MIT, I’m often reminded of an undergraduate research project working with a professor to study what factors determine overtime victories in sporting events. Before we dove into the research, my professor and I sat together in his office brainstorming relevant factors and the ways to quantify them. Two factors in particular perplexed us, Inertia and Momentum. While we both agreed they were huge factors in determining victory, neither of us could put the exact cause into words, let alone quantifiable terms. Interestingly enough, I found that those same two factors have driven me along the recruiting process within the SCM program at MIT. Continue reading “Inertia & Momentum”→
In one of our core supply chain classes this past semester, Logistics Systems, our professor, Chris Caplice, briefly discussed bridge theory. While this point was made in relation to loading shipping containers, it made me reflect on the last few months here at SCM. With recruiting in high gear and final exams and papers due over first two weeks of December, we all seem to be at our load bearing maximums. Yet as we turn to register for the next semester, it’s a game to see how many more courses we can take in our limited time remaining. Continue reading “Having It All”→
I still remember how surprised I was when Bruce (Arntzen, executive director of the SCM program) first called us a “family” in his email to the class. Coming from Asia, I thought family meant parents and children. But day after day, I started to like the idea of calling our class a “family” more. It makes me feel that I am not alone in dealing with the stressful school life. Every time I walk into the SCM lab on the weekends to finish my homework, I am happy to see some family members there too. Continue reading “Thanksgiving, SCM Style”→
The following piece contains advice from a fellow traveler through life and time at MIT, three months of which have passed as part of the Supply Chain Management program. Much of this advice has been the result of experiences — some outside MIT, some within. I decided to relay this advice in particular because it seems very relevant to the experience you are likely to undergo here during your stay at MIT, and is also means by which you can make this life more fulfilling and meaningful. Continue reading “Three Pieces of Advice for a Good MIT SCM Experience”→