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Letter from the Dean

David Schmittlein, John C Head III DeanDavid Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean

Dear Friends,

At MIT Sloan, we are proud to be MIT’s school of management. Studying and teaching management in our uniquely MIT way means that we work together to solve complex problems. We look beyond traditional boundaries and work across disciplines, forming partnerships across campus and with industry to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

In this issue of MIT Sloan, we showcase two current examples of such creative collaboration. Our “Innovation at Work” article explores the research of an interdisciplinary team of faculty led by Retsef Levi and Yasheng Huang. Their goal? To make the global food supply chain more secure by developing models to better predict and prevent risks to food safety.

Our feature article, “Battling Cybercrime,” looks at how the school’s Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity—dubbed (IC)3—has assembled a cross-Institute team to explore the technical, trade, policy, and managerial implications of cyberattacks. Led by Stuart Madnick, (IC)3 is working with several teams to explore how better information and a more holistic approach to preventing cyberattacks can help businesses and governments both anticipate and recover from data breaches.

These are just two examples of the critical problems that are especially well-suited to being solved at MIT—where some of the world’s brightest minds come together to invent solutions to improve the world.

David Schmittlein

John C Head III Dean