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Nightingale named director of Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development

Deborah Nightingale
Deborah Nightingale

Deborah Nightingale has been appointed director of the Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development (CTPID), effective Oct. 1. A Professor of the Practice in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a dual appointment in the Engineering Systems Division, Nightingale succeeds Joel Moses, who has served as the CTPID’s acting director since 2006.

Nightingale has more than three decades of experience with academia, the private sector and government. She currently serves as the engineering director of the Lean Advancement Initiative, a joint industry, government and MIT consortium. Under her leadership, LAI’s portfolio of research has expanded beyond manufacturing and engineering to the services sector, specifically software and healthcare. As a founding member of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation, a co-author of two books on enterprise transformation, and the head of a thriving research group, Nightingale’s interdisciplinary approach effectively extends theory and impacts practice. She has led several executive lean transformation engagements in both industry and government. Her current research focuses on integrating concepts from architecting, engineering and socio-technical systems to transforming complex enterprises.

Prior to joining MIT, Nightingale headed up Strategic Planning and Global Business Development for AlliedSignal Engines, where she also held executive leadership positions in operations, engineering and program management, participating in enterprise-wide operations from concept development to customer support. Nightingale is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She has a PhD from The Ohio State University in industrial and systems engineering and holds MS and BS degrees in computer and information science from The Ohio State University and University of Dayton, respectively. She is a co-author of Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT's Lean Aerospace Initiative; and Beyond the Lean Revolution: Achieving Sustainable Enterprise Transformation.

CTPID focuses on contemporary problems at the nexus of social, natural and technological systems, and the dilemmas that emerge from interactions among these systems.  Founded in 1985, the center brings together more than 45 faculty, researchers, students and staff from the fields of engineering, management and social sciences to approach the complex issues that shape modern economies.

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