Hidden risk in supply chains
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 6 hours ago
A new MIT study on supply-chain risk shows no correlation between the total amount a manufacturer spends with a supplier and the profit loss it would incur if that supply were suddenly interrupted. This counterintuitive finding defies a basic business tenet that equates the greatest supply-chain ris...
MIT research in concrete gets funding boost
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 6 hours ago
The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub), a research center devoted to concrete and infrastructure science, engineering, and economics, has received $10 million in funding from its industry partners to support research by interdisciplinary investigators from several MIT departments. The funding e...
MIT Forum for Supply Chain releases annual report on U.S. manufacturing
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, December 11, 2014
The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation announced today that it has released survey results from its 2014 global manufacturing study led by MIT professor David Simchi-Levi and conducted with Supply Chain Digest, and will issue a full report on the results, titled, "Global Forces: The Transformatio...
Small volcanoes make a dent in global warming
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, December 02, 2014
New research shows that relatively small volcanic eruptions can increase aerosol particles in the atmosphere, temporarily mitigating the global warming caused by greenhouse gases. The impact of such smaller eruptions has been underestimated in climate models, the researchers say, and helps to accoun...
Amphibious achiever
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, November 25, 2014
Early one morning last January, MIT undergraduate Theresa Oehmke was eating breakfast at the Kilauea Military Camp on Hawaii's Big Island when a colleague burst into the room, yelling, "Oh my god, the plume, it's moving! We have to go chase it now!" Without asking questions, Oehmke threw together a ...
Simchi-Levi and colleagues win INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, November 19, 2014
MIT Professor David Simchi-Levi and eight colleagues have received the 2014 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice for a project that utilizes Simchi-Levi's Risk Exposure Index (REI) to identify risk and mitigate disruptions in the automotive supply chain. The ...
New way to predict how traffic will flow
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, November 06, 2014
A reliable way of predicting the flow of traffic could be a great convenience for commuters, as well as a significant energy-saver. During an emergency evacuation following a natural disaster, reliable predictions of the best routes could even be a lifesaver. Now a team of researchers from MIT, the ...
Concrete Sustainability Hub names Randolph Kirchain as co-director
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 29, 2014
Randolph Kirchain - an engineer who researches the environmental and economic implications of materials selection in the manufacture and lifespan of products from electronics to pavements - has been named co-director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub). Professor Franz-Josef Ulm, faculty ...
3 Questions: The launch of the MIT Climate Change Conversation
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 20, 2014
On Sept. 19, Maria T. Zuber, MIT's vice president for research, announced the membership of a community committee to plan and implement the MIT Climate Change Conversation. As Zuber noted, "The Committee should seek broad input from the Institute community on how the US and the world can most effect...
Work begins on the Collier Memorial
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 10, 2014
Even when he was young, Sean Collier knew he wanted to be a police officer - and when he joined the MIT Police force, he knew he was in the right place. "Sean fit this community like a hand fits a glove," says John DiFava, MIT's director of facilities operations and security, and also the chief of t...
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