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The top 10 MIT Sloan stories of 2016


Take a look back at the most popular news stories from MIT Sloan in 2016.

1. The school launched a Master of Business Analytics degree designed to prepare students for careers managing in the era of big data.

2. Everybody was talking digital platforms. We rounded up a reading list of expert advice on how to build a platform company.

3. New research from finance professor Antoinette Schoar revealed the early 2000s housing crisis was not a subprime crisis, but rather was driven by defaults among middle-class borrowers with good credit.

4. MIT’s most promising new startups developed a device to reduce infections in chemotherapy patients, online learning videos compressed for the developing world, and an online wardrobe for “boss ladies.” Seventeen presented their work at a demo day in September.

5. The Master of Finance program gained a science, technology, engineering, and math classification from the Department of Homeland Security, meaning graduates working in certain fields can stay in the United States longer after graduation.

6. Three MIT Sloan alumni were named to the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” lists for work in finance, science, and gaming.

7. Building E52 reopened following a two-and-a-half-year renovation. The building houses MIT Sloan academic programs and student services, as well as the MIT Department of Economics and a new event space.

8. Professor Jared Curhan launched Negotiation Analysis, a three-day course. He shared his seven keys to effective negotiation.

9. A new study found that initiative — also described as grit, or hustle — is the most durable skill in terms of earning power in an economy marked by rapid technological growth.

10. The school launched three new undergraduate majors and minors, in management, business analytics, and finance.

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