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Rubin appointed SDM's industry co-director

MIT graduate brings 17 years of industry experience to System Design and Management Program
Joan S. Rubin, industry co-director of MIT System Design and Management Program
Joan S. Rubin, industry co-director of MIT System Design and Management Program
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Joan Rubin has joined MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) Program as industry co-director, the program announced recently. Rubin comes to MIT from Covidien, a leading manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents and pharmaceuticals, where she served as vice president of business development.

Rubin brings to SDM 17 years of business development, marketing, market development and strategic planning experience in the medical-device field. She joined Aspect Medical Systems in its start-up phase several years prior to its November 2009 acquisition by Covidien. At Aspect, her roles included vice president of business development, senior director of global partnerships, director of global upstream marketing and manager/director of market development. Previously she worked as manager of surgical marketing at Haemonetics Corp.

“With her degrees in engineering and management from MIT and her successful track record in bio-med and bio-pharm, Joan is a prime example of a leader who is technologically-grounded in systems thinking — and therefore a great model for our students," said Professor Steven Eppinger, SDM co-director from the MIT Sloan School of Management. "In addition, she brings to SDM a unique blend of current connections with a broad range of global multi-billion dollar companies as well as small, emerging technology companies that could provide important connections for MIT faculty, students and alums.”

Professor Warren Seering, SDM co-director from the School of Engineering, noted “Joan’s deep knowledge of the medical and pharmaceutical industries, strong relationship management skills and senior level contacts are enormous attributes and are of deep interest to many of us here at MIT. We very much look forward to working with her.”

Rubin is a graduate of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations Program, where she earned an SM in management from MIT Sloan and an SM in mechanical engineering. She holds an ScB in mechanical engineering from Brown University.

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