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ESD plays host to 200 at housewarming

More than 200 members of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) gathered on Sept. 18 to celebrate their new home in Building E40. The group included students and alumni from ESD's six interdisciplinary graduate-level academic programs as well as faculty, researchers, staff and visitors from partner companies.

By its very nature, "systems" is anchored on the concept of community, said School of Engineering Dean Thomas Magnanti, who noted that ESD's academic programs are now located on the same floor. "Engineering systems is inclusive. By embodying a broad view of engineering and drawing upon technology, management and policy, it requires the collegiality and commitment of community. ESD offers wonderful opportunities for members of our community to work together to define, develop and evolve a systems approach to engineering."

Highlights of ESD's housewarming included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and a cake built in the shape of E40.

Kosher meals available to all

MIT Campus Dining has taken over operation of the kosher kitchen in the Religious Activities Center and contracted with a kosher food provider, so kosher dinners are now available on a walk-in basis to faculty and staff as well as students, who may also sign up for a meal plan. Dinners on Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. are $12, or $14 on Friday at 7 p.m. For more information, see or e-mail

MIT, Spanish city create logistics program

MIT and the government of Aragón, Spain, have signed an agreement to create a major international education and research program in the logistics of moving freight. The MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program is part of an initiative to develop the Aragón region of Spain around its capital city of Zaragoza into a significant logistics center in Europe.

The program will offer graduate and executive education in logistics to students from around the world. The offerings will include a master's degree modeled on MIT's Master of Engineering in Logistics program (MLOG), a doctorate degree, and a set of executive education courses leading to certificates in various logistics-related disciplines. The curricula will be taught by professors in the new center, based on MIT's MLOG program; the first courses will be offered in fall 2004.

"Instead of putting a laboratory in a university, this program puts the university within a large-scale laboratory," said Yossi Sheffi, director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics. "PLA-ZA companies will work with researchers at the ZLC and at MIT to experiment with new logistics processes, concepts and technologies developed at the center."

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A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 2003.

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