MIT Professional Education

Short Programs

This summer MIT Professional Education – Short Programs is offering a number of 2-5 day short courses taught by MIT faculty, including a few by members of the Laboratory for Manufacturing & Productivity Department. These courses provide an opportunity to learn crucial knowledge and skills from some of the top experts in their respective fields, in areas of MIT expertise. For complete details on all of the available courses, visit the Short Programs website.

Below is a listing of the courses taught by a member of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing & Productivity:

Advanced Mechanical Design and Manufacturing [2.77s]
July 29- August 2, 2013 | $3,500 | 2.2 CEUs
Lead Instructor: Martin Culpepper

This course features intensive coverage of advanced mechanical design/mechanism theory, modeling, design, manufacturing, and fabrication practices. Emphasis is placed on understanding principles and fundamentals and how they are applied to current, emerging and next generation applications, and prior art. Practical applications from various industries are discussed, for example:

  • Optics (X-rays and micro-scale)
  • Biomedical instruments
  • Consumer products
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Nanopositioners
  • Machine tools
  • Instruments
  • MEMS
  • Biomimetics
  • Robotics

Energy, Sustainability, and Life Cycle Assessment [2.50s]
June 17-19, 2013 | $2,500 | 1.5 CEUs
Lead Instructor: Timothy Gutowski

The purpose of this class is to address the issue of sustainability from an engineering perspective. First we review the concept of sustainability from several points of view including economics, ecology, and engineering. This discussion includes the widely used “Triple Bottom Line” approach of industry. The current state of the “Science of Sustainability” will be reviewed. We then develop a resource accounting perspective in some detail with the emphasis in four areas:

1) energy resources analysis, energy flows, balances, efficiencies, primary energy use, energy return on investment, net energy analysis, renewable energy.

2) material resources analysis (including not only the materials used in the delivery of products and services, but also the effects on major material cycles such as carbon, water, and nitrogen). This approach will be expanded to aggregate both fuels and non-fuel materials by using an exergy analysis approach.

3) life cycle assessment of products and services (including variations on the method such as input-output models, hybrid models, and exergy models and a critique of the utility of LCA).

4) accounting for the role of ecosystem services in supporting industrial activities.

Radical Innovation [PI.33s]
June 10-12, 2013 | $2,500 | 1.4 CEUs
Lead Instructor: Sanjay Sarma

Five years ago, traditional players such as Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, and Motorola dominated the mobile phone industry. The hottest phones today are by Apple and Google. Three elements of modern technology are making new ideas appear at such an extraordinary pace: the sheer rate of technical progress, the abundance of tools that are placing advanced technologies within the reach of new entrants, and the extraordinary opportunities created by convergence. Not all innovation need progress at this rate; however, there are lessons to be learned from these events and every company should be prepared to leverage opportunities from within or to ward off threats from without. The objective of this class is to cover some of the salient features of innovation in the modern world and to lay out the philosophy, tools, procedures, and incentives that an organization can adopt to drive innovation.

The course will cover a range of topics in innovation. We will start by understanding what makes a successful innovative product and business: People, Opportunity, Context, and Technology. We will examine case studies in what we call radical innovation and will identify steps that companies can take towards encouraging innovations from within, ranging from brainstorming sessions to invention awards. We will also examine successful incubator strategies and critical success factors and some of the IP issues around invention. Next, we will explore the role of venture funds inside and outside companies, and discuss spinouts, spin-ins, licensing, and acquisitions. Finally, we will consider the role of communities, standards bodies, and open-source models in innovation. We will have breakout sessions in which smaller groups will engage in innovation exercises.

Applied Cyber Security [6.85s]
June 24-25, 2013 | $1,800 | 1.3 CEUs
Lead Instructors: John R. Williams, Abel Sanchez

In today’s world, organizations must be prepared to defend against threats in cyberspace. Decision-makers must be familiar with the fundamental principles and best practices of cyber security to best protect their enterprises. In this course, experts from academia, the military, and industry share their knowledge to give participants the principles, the state of the practice, and strategies for the future.

Sessions will address information security, ethical and legal practices, and mitigating cyber vulnerabilities. Participants will also learn about the process of incident response and analysis. The content is targeted at ensuring the privacy, reliability, and integrity of information systems.

The majority of the course (about seventy-five percent) is geared toward participants at the decision-making level who need a broad overview, rather than those who are already deeply immersed in the technical aspects of cyber security (software development, digital forensics, etc.), although both groups will find the course valuable.

Modern Manufacturing Systems and Technology [2.30s]
TBD, Summer 2013 | $2,310 | 1.8 CEUs
Lead Instructors: David Hardt

This course focuses on Manufacturing and the entire process of going from customer needs to order fulfillment, with a particular emphasis on the process of creating products on a commercial scale. It will focus on the conversion of material into components and components into products that are delivered into a supply chain. This also encompasses the engineering and business aspects of these industries.

Tribology: Friction, Wear, and Lubrication [2.81s]
June 24-28, 2013 | $3,250 | 2.8 CEUs
Lead Instructor: Nannaji Saka

The study of friction, wear, and lubrication has long been of enormous practical importance, since the functioning of many mechanical, electromechanical and biological systems depends on the appropriate friction and wear values. In recent decades, this field, termed tribology, has received increasing attention as it has become evident that the wastage of resources resulting from high friction and wear is greater than 6% of the Gross National Product. The potential savings offered by improved tribological knowledge, too, are great.

The background of most engineers in this important technological area, however, is seriously deficient. For example, an undergraduate engineering student receives less than an hour of instruction in tribology. Moreover, most reference works of tribology provide little guidance to solving real-world problems.

Accordingly, this program presents current insights into tribology in a pedagogical form, focusing on such fundamental concepts as surface energy, elastic and elastoplastic deformation, microfracture, and surface interactions at the micro- and nano-scale. Additionally, special considerations are given to the application of fundamental knowledge to control friction and wear behavior through lubrication and the selection of materials and coatings in practical situations. Furthermore, modern experimental methods are discussed and several case studies are used to indicate how fundamental tribology knowledge can be applied in the design of tribological components and systems.


Advanced Study Program

For professionals looking to spend a semester or more at MIT, please consider the Advanced Study Program.

The Advanced Study Program provides professionals in industry and government the opportunity to enroll in MIT credit courses to further their knowledge for their organization and to advance their own careers. If you are interested in taking LMP related courses for one or more semesters, on a full or part-time basis, while still working and contributing to your company, the Advanced Study Program provides you the vehicle to do just that! Earn grades, MIT credit, and a certificate of completion.
For more information about the MIT Professional Education Advanced Study Program, visit them here.