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The MIT Mining, Oil and Gas Club in Chile
By Renato Lima
Innovation, technology transfer in the mining industry plus a vision for the future of cities that are impacted by the exploitation of natural resources.
An interdisciplinary group of researchers, faculty, and students from MIT and Harvard travelled to Chile in December of 2013 to tackle all these topics and challenges in a workshop organized by the MIT Mining and Oil and Gas Club (MOG), the MIT Sloan Latin American Office, and MISTI Chile.
The aim of the group was both to learn more from the experience of Chile and exchange information and practices that can further contribute to the industrial and social developmental of the Andean country.
MIT Professor Nancy Leveson presents, "Engineering in a Safer World" to the Chilean Association of Safety
SYSTEM SAFETY - During the Copper 2013, Nancy Leveson, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT, presented the research that bases her recent book "Engineering a safer world" (MIT Press, 2012). In this work she proposes a model of systemic evaluation that leads to safer system, the Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes, or STAMP.
She also presented the STAMP approach and its advantages over traditional methods during a meeting at the Chilean Association of Security (ACHS, in the original). "We want to bring the best practices to Chile and this talk by Prof. Levinson on system safety was really important to further our mission," said Sebastian Reyes, vice-president of strategy of ACHS.
The association provides safety and insurance solutions to half of the corporate market in Chile, employing about 5,000 people. Levenson was joined by John Helferich, a PhD Candidate in the Material Science.
Dr. Arnoldo Hax launches new book in Santiago, Chile with MIT Sloan alumni at Universidad Diego Portales
Dr. Arnold Hax,Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management Emeritus, Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management launched a Spanish translation of "The Delta Project" and a new Book in Spanish, "La vida es un mar immenso: Conversaciones con Arnoldo".
Attending the event were, Angel Sevil, MSMS, Julie Strong, Director MIT Sloan Latin America Office, Luis Llanos, MBA, Juan Carlos Munoz, Sloan Fellow and Marcos Garcia, MBA.
Professor Jeffrey Harris visits Santiago to launch new research initiatives
MIT Professor of Economics Jeffrey Harris visited Santiago, Chile, for two weeks in July to launch a series of health-related research initiatives. Two of these initiatives focus on the impact of Chile’s recent anti-smoking legislation. Professor Harris and his collaborators, who include faculty members from the Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica, plan to investigate topics such as the effect of smoking prohibition on the incidence of acute heart attacks in Chile, and the influence of cigarette prices on consumption.
Professor Harris also kicked off a project around childhood obesity with researchers from the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), The team is working on a proposal for intervention trials geared toward reversing childhood obesity in Latin America.
Another initiative includes Joaquin Blaya, PhD, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and his startup company, MiDoctor. The company operates a cellphone-based system designed to improve care compliance among patients with diabetes and hypertension. The system is currently used by several community health centers in Chile. Professor Harris and collaborators from eHealthSystems are designing a study that will evaluate the system’s effectiveness among patients.
Encuentros conference inspires innovation in Boston
For three days at the end of June, more than 200 Chilean researchers, students, entrepreneurs, and professionals congregated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Encuentros 2013. Held at the MIT Media Lab, the conference featured panels and workshops organized around the theme of “inspiring innovation.” Speakers from across the globe examined topics such as the origin of ideas, big data, teaching creativity, and life science innovation. Additional conference activities included an innovation tour of Cambridge (with stops at the Harvard Science Center, Technology Square, the Koch Center, and several other sites) as well as the Aji Challenge, a business launch competition for Chilean entrepreneurs in partnership with MIT Sloan’s Latin America Office.
Encuentros is the largest gathering of Chilean students, researchers, professionals, and entrepreneurs abroad. Each year the group comes together to share new ideas around science and entrepreneurship that aim to improve Chile and the world. The Encuentros conference is held in a different city each year. The inaugural 2006 conference was held in Dresden, Germany; subsequent conferences have been held in Paris, Milan, and Berkeley, CA.
Chilean entrepreneurs get jumpstart with Aji Challenge
How do you bridge the gap between the corporate world of venture capitalism and the up-and-coming scientific research being conducted by graduate students? This was the question asked by a group of Chilean graduates from Babson College’s MBA program. Their answer? The Aji Challenge.
The Aji Challenge launched in January with a call for entries for scientific ideas with business potential. The call was issued to graduate students in Chile, and more than 50 proposals were submitted. In partnership with MIT, Aji Challenge hosted a workshop for all the applicants, during which 15 semifinalists were selected. A second workshop was then held for the semifinalists, from which three finalists were chosen to compete in the Aji Challenge competition at MIT in June.
The Aji Challenge competition was held as part of the Encuentros conference, an annual idea exchange and networking event for Chilean students, researchers, professionals, and entrepreneurs living and working across the globe. The three finalists presented their ideas and business plans to a panel of judges that included Jennifer Griffin, an associate licensing officer at the MIT Technology Licensing Office; Cristian Shea, a founding partner of the South American-based investment firm Equitas Capital; and Conrad von Igel, the executive director of Chile’s innovation agency, InnovaChile.
The winning team, Kura Biotech, was led by biology researcher Manuel Roza, who discovered a method for extracting enzymes from agricultural waste that can be used by chemical companies to perform toxicology analysis.
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MIT Sloan Study Tour Sponsorship
As part of the MIT Sloan Study Tour sponsorship, MBA students travelled to Chile and Argentina in March 2013 to study public education…read more