System Dynamics was recently highlighted in the Gartner “Cool Vendor in Project Portfolio Management Report 2017.” StratTech LLC and their partner Strategy Dynamics Ltd (makers of the Sysdea System Dynamics software) were recently named in this report by tech-research leader, Gartner. Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company. This exclusive report highlights the growing awareness and importance of System Dynamics as a part of executive decision making. To read more, please click here; this has also been posted to the Society’s homepage News section and provides some details about the Gartner announcement. It also contains basic information about System Dynamics and some helpful links for people who are interested in learning more about SD. “I believe that this report will create visibility to System Dynamics within a broad audience of influential managers,” states Warren Farr, VP Marketing and Communications.

News from the Policy Council (May 31, 2017)

The Policy Council recently approved and is pleased to announce that the 36th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, hosted by the Iceland System Dynamics Center, will be held at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. Bob Eberlein, Allyson Beall, and Jürgen Strohhecker were approved as Program Chairs for the conference to be held August 5-9, 2018. A pre-conference summer school is also being planned.

Society Member Presents at Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany (May 30, 2017)

Society member Carmine Bianchi, Professor of Business and Public Management, University of Palermo, giving a talk at the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany. Prof. Bianchi spent a week in residence as a Visiting Scholar at the Center, working on research proposals to link System Dynamics and systems thinking with public management outcome measures.

System Thinking Practice from isee systems (May 16, 2017)

isee systems is now offering an online training course led by leading experts in the field, David Peter Stroh and Society member Michael Goodman. Systems Thinking Practice is a six class training course that builds on the Systems Thinking Concepts course that was offered last fall. The course will enable you to apply Systems Thinking principles and tools in real time to a chronic, complex problem in your own organization or community. In this training session, you will learn to build a foundation for organizational or community change, conduct a systems analysis with the support of a diverse group of stakeholders, enable stakeholders to make an explicit choice between the case for change and the case for the status quo, and identify high-leverage interventions. For additional details including a full course overview, please visit isee systems' website.

Society Member Saras Chung Takes New Position as Foundation Director of Strategy and Innovation (May 16, 2017)

Society member Dr. Saras Chung has accepted a new position as Foundation Director of Strategy and Innovation at a start-up think tank focused on informing funding decisions for investments in education in St. Louis and nationally. In her new role, she will be identifying and developing strategies to ensure young people in low-income communities attain the educational opportunities they deserve to learn and prosper. Saras is an alumnus of the Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School of Social Work’s MSW program and PhD program and has worked with a number of research projects and centers, including the Center for Social Development. Most recently, she worked as a Computational Research Scientist at the Social System Design Lab and was an instructor and teacher for several courses, in addition to leading youth development and K-12 activities including Changing Systems Youth Initiative. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Saras!

Free Webinar from Strategy Dynamics on May 18th (May 10, 2017)

Strategy Dynamics presents “Living Business Models with Kim Warren,” a free webinar on Thursday, May 18th. Kim will share some of the many cases where Living Business Models solved major challenges, or provided rock-solid, adaptable plans for all kinds of enterprise, from start-ups to corporate turn-rounds. He will also show that building these models is easier, faster, and more reliable than spreadsheet-based alternatives that can only produce less-useful results. To accommodate a global audience, two sessions will be offered on May 18th. Additional details, including session choices listed in your local time zone, can be found on the registration page.

Non-Degree System Dynamics Courses (May 4, 2017)

The System Dynamics Society’s website features a growing list of non-degree courses and workshops in System Dynamics offered by various companies and universities. A free, self-paced course from GoldSim was recently added to the list. Find “Non-Degree Courses and Workshops” listed under “Activities and Resources” in the menu bar on the Society’s website. Expand your knowledge—check out the website to learn more about all the courses offered!

Register for the 34th MIT/WPI/Albany PhD Colloquium (May 4, 2017)

The 34th PhD Colloquium was held on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The colloquium is an opportunity for students from New England universities to present their research involving System Dynamics, and to receive feedback from leaders in the System Dynamics community. Presenting work, in any stage of completion, has proved to be a valuable experience for many participants. For additional details and registration information, please see the event web page. Visit the UAlbany-MIT-WPI SD Colloquia web page to find many papers and photos from the meetings of SD students and faculty members, held twice a year since 2000.

Society Member Rod MacDonald Featured in James Madison University News (April 27, 2017)

Society member Rod MacDonald takes the spotlight in the article “Integrating system dynamics and system thinking,” by D. Vieth and S. Roddewig, published on the website of James Madison University (JMU). Rod joined the faculty of JMU’s Department of Integrated Science and Technology in the Fall semester of 2016, bringing with him 25 years of experience in using System Dynamics to analyze public policy. From his Peace Corps work in Botswana, Africa, to earning his master’s in public policy and his PhD in public administration at the State University of New York at Albany, Rod’s experiences have fostered his passion for System Dynamics modeling. It is that passion for integrating science and technology that Rod brings with him to the classroom. This semester he is teaching two classes involving System Dynamics. Rod speaks highly of his students, the program at JMU and what it means to be an educator as a way of “giving back.” Read the full article on the James Madison University News web page. Although we miss seeing Rod around the Home Office here in Albany, we are glad things are going well for him at JMU and wish him continued success in all his adventures!

Systems Thinking in Education Summer Workshops (April 21, 2017)

The Waters Foundation is offering several courses in systems thinking this summer. There is something for everyone, whether you are just starting out or are well on your way to creating positive changes in your classroom, school or organization using the habits and tools of systems thinking. Courses currently offered include:
  • Systems Thinking Level 1: Developing Capacity for Thinking, Learning and Leading: June 6-9, Tucson, Arizona and August 7-9, Mequon, Wisconsin
  • Systems Thinking Level 2: June 12-15, Tucson, Arizona
  • Camp Snowball: July 10-14, Vernon, New Jersey

  • To learn more about these courses, please visit the Waters Foundation website.

    Seminar on System Dynamics- April 20th at MIT (April 17, 2017)

    The System Thinking Club, MIT Sloan School hosted a seminar on System Dynamics, with guest presenter Nabil Raad, Director of Enterprise Risk at Ford Motor Company. The seminar was held Thursday, April 20th. Nabil presented about Ford Motor Company's Global Data, Insight, and Analytics (GDI&A) Department and dynamic modeling application in his group. He also conducted interviews with students interested in joining Ford Analytics.

    System Dynamics Summer School (April 12, 2017)

    The 4th System Dynamics Summer School will be held at MIT, July 11-14, and is followed by the International System Dynamics Conference, which begins July 16 with the annual PhD Colloquium. Visit the Summer School web page for an overview of program details, including topics, distinguished faculty, and course level information.

    This year, there will be a limited number of scholarships sponsored through the generous support of PwC. Scholarships will provide up to US$2,000 to cover the costs of tuition, economy-class travel, and lodging. The application deadline was May 1, 2017.

    Registration for participants must be done through the Web Portal. Details regarding registration fees and the cancellation policy can also be found on the Summer School page. Although summer school participants are not required to attend the conference, they are strongly advised to register for the ISDC too, and to participate in the PhD Colloquium and post-conference workshop day.

    Member Mihir Mathur Becomes Visiting Faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Science, Hyderabad (April 11, 2017)

    Society member Mihir Mathur has accepted a position as a part of the Visiting Faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Hyderabad, India. Mihir, who learned System Dynamics during his post-graduate studies from Sadhana Center for Management and Leadership Development, has applied System Dynamics for his research on environmental sustainability projects. Mihir presented his work at the Asia-Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference, held earlier this year in Singapore. At TISS he teaches a six credit System Dynamics modeling course to Masters students of Natural Resources and Governance. TISS is a pioneering college for social and environmental studies in India. The introduction of System Dynamics in their curriculum is a watershed moment for TISS, providing an opportunity to advance the use of System Dynamics for social and environmental studies in India. Mihir is currently working on multiple sustainability research projects using System Dynamics at the Foundation for Ecological Security and at The Energy and Resources Institute.

    Policy Council News (April 10, 2017)

    It is our great pleasure to announce that Diana Fisher will serve as the newly established Vice President Pre-College Education for the 2017-2019 term. Lees Stuntz will serve the remainder of Diana’s Policy Council term through 2018. The full list of current Officers and Policy Council Members can be seen on the Society’s website, under Govenance in the menu.

    The Policy Council and Nominating Committee of the System Dynamics Society are pleased to present the candidates nominated as Officers and Policy Council Members for 2018. Policy Council members for the 2018-2020 term include: Shayne Gary, Hilde Martinussen, Josephine Kaviti Musango, and Raafat Zaini. Candidates for Officers of the 2018-2020 term include: Krystyna Stave, Vice President Publication; Özge Pala, Vice President Membership; Robert Eberlein, Vice President Electronic Presence; and Martin Schaffernicht for President Elect 2018. The 2018 State of Candidates listing, found on the Governance page of the Society’s website, features a short biography and photograph for each candidate. Congratulations to all the candidates and thank you for your service to the System Dynamics Society!

    The Policy Council recently approved the 2017 Standing Committee appointments of the following members: John Morecroft (Administrative Committee), Jac Vennix and Elke Husemann (Awards Committee), David Lane (Nominating Committee), Brad Morrison (Organization and Bylaws Committee), Allyson Beall King and Stefano Armenia (Society Program Oversight Committee), and Sarah Metcalf (Publications Committee). Elke Husemann will also serve on the Strategy Committee. To see a complete list of Standing Committee members and the duties of each committee, please visit the Society website. We welcome the newly appointed members and thank all committee members for their willingness to serve.

    Warren Farr was recently approved (by the Policy Council) as the Vice President Marketing and Communications of the System Dynamics Society. Warren is the President of Informed Dynamic Systems and the CEO of Refrigeration Sales Corporation (RSC). He states in his bio that "throughout his life, he has been fascinated by designing and operating complex systems" and "that System Dynamics provides a useful and satisfying way of describing and analyzing these systems." Congratulations Warren!

    The Policy Council of the System Dynamics Society met for the Winter Meeting on March 16 at 11:00 AM. President Len Malczynski presided over the meeting. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. As stated in the Bylaws, the Policy Council shall meet as a separate body, electronically or in person, at least twice each year, once at the annual international conference and once during the first fiscal quarter of the year. We welcome the new and returning PC officers and members and thank those who have fulfilled their terms. Please see the e-brochure “Meet the Officers and Members of the Policy Council.” All past Policy Council Meeting minutes are archived on the Society website, and can be found using “Governance” menu item.

    Transdisciplinarians Take an Interest in System Dynamics Archetypes (April 10, 2017)

    The journal GAIA featured System Dynamics archetypes in the 7th of its “Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity” series. The seven how-to guides, found on The System Thinker website, provide an introduction to systems thinking tools, especially for understanding dynamic systems. Please see the webpage and the attached flyer for additional details.

    Model Mysteries-Stella Online Webinar (April 7, 2017)

    On April 12, isee systems hosted a free webinar highlighting Model Mysteries, An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place. Just released in April, this resource is a fun, engaging entry point to modeling. Based on a philosophy that “copying” models is a stepping stone to understanding, each chapter provides a guided path to build and then modify a model, applying one generic structure to a variety of contexts. The webinar will demonstrated how these small models can easily be built using Stella Online, shared with others, and used to foster new insights about how systems work. To learn more visit isee systems’ website!

    Society Member Presents Climate Exercise to Massachusetts State Legislators (April 5, 2017)

    Society member Juliette Rooney-Varga, director of the Climate Change Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, led state legislators through an interactive briefing using C-ROADS and En-ROADS. Juliette’s presentation was featured in the article “As Trump retreats, citizens step up on climate,” published by the Boston Globe on March 30th. Juliette, on sabbatical this year at the MIT System Dynamics Group, is working with Climate Interactive to educate people about climate policy. As stated in the article, “With the national administration shifting to a do-nothing policy on climate change, other actors, from towns to cities to states to companies, must pick up the slack. But to push those efforts along, this country needs more citizens who are educated about the issue and policy possibilities.” Read the full article on the website of the Boston Globe.

    New PhD: Society Member Vasanth Kamath (March 31, 2017)

    On March 25, Society member Vasanth Kamath successfully defended his PhD research work, titled “Knowledge Management & Innovation in Manufacturing using System Dynamics approach,” in the PhD program at Manipal University, India. Vasanth is grateful to his PhD committee: Prof. Dr. Gopalkrishna Prabhu (Chair), Prof. Dr. Manohara Pai (Co-Chair), and Prof. Dr. Sathish Shenoy (Directorate Research – Manipal University) for their support. He would also like to acknowledge valuable comments and feedback received on his doctoral work from Prof. Dr. L. S. Ganesh, DOMS, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. Vasanth extends his deepest gratitude to Professor Dr. Lewlyn L. Raj Rodrigues and Dr. Pradeep V. Desai for their mentorship. Currently, Vasanth is an Assistant Professor in the area of Operations Management at T.A. Pai Management Institute in Manipal, India. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Dr. Kamath!

    Climate Interactive Provides Data on the Impact of Repealing the Climate Policies (March 29, 2017)

    In a blog post on the Climate Interactive website, “What Slashing Climate Rules Means for the U.S. Pledge to Paris,” Ellie Johnston explains the impact of President Trump’s executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan and other climate policies. The data and analysis from the Climate Interactive (C-ROADS simulation and Climate Scoreboard), along with analysis collected from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the EPA, and the NHTSA, were used in The New York Times article, “Trump’s Executive Order Pushes the U.S. Climate Pledge Further Out of Reach,” published on March 28th. Ellie notes, “We explored what policy actions were intended to deliver upon the U.S. pledge to the Paris climate agreement, and which actions are now threatened due to the new administration’s slashing of climate rules.” She also welcomes the use of this data by others; please contact the Climate Interactive for information.

    DynamiQueST: System Dynamics Event for Secondary School Students (March 27, 2017)

    On March 17th, students from local secondary schools visited the campus of WPI to take part in DynamiQueST. The annual event, sponsored by the Creative Learning Exchange (CLE), is designed to enrich students’ understanding of System Dynamics through simulations and discussions, as well as coaching from System Dynamics professors and professionals. Students took part in a World Climate Simulation, followed by a presentation and feedback session. After a debriefing of the earlier simulation, students discussed problem solving approaches, focusing on critical thinking skills. CLE executive director, Lees Stuntz notes, “The world needs more System Dynamics, and we’re grateful to WPI for providing their resources and expertise of faculty to help students learn.” Read more about the DynamiQueST experience in Allison Racicot’s article featured on the website of WPI.

    System Dynamics Infographic (March 24, 2017)

    To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the field of System Dynamics, we are asking your help in creating an “SD Infographic” to be displayed at this year’s conference. The SD Infographic will highlight the most memorable System Dynamics-related event(s) in each year, starting in 1956.

    Leading up to the conference, we ask you to share any memory, photo, or fact (with the date) that might be included in the SD Infographic. Progress on the SD Infographic will be posted on social media, please participate and follow the progress! Please join us on our SD Infographics LinkedIn Showcase. You can share your items either on our Facebook page or via email ( The final product will be printed on a large banner and be available at the 35th International System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts this year.

    Highlighting 2017 Cambridge Conference Sponsors! (March 24, 2017)

    Plans for the upcoming 35th International Conference in Cambridge are gaining tremendous momentum thanks to our incredible Team of Sponsors. Thank you for your generous support!

    A sincere thank you to our Conference Partners: Greenwood Strategic Advisors AG; PA Consulting Group; Edward B. Roberts; and the System Dynamics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Many thanks to our Champion Sponsors: Lundberg Family Farms and Ventana Systems, Inc.

    Much appreciation to our Supporting Sponsors: AnyLogic, North America; BTN; Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University; isee systems; Lexidyne, LLC; Mindseye Computing, LLC; and MITRE Corporation

    We also happily acknowledge the support from the group of Exhibitor Sponsors: Argonne National Laboratory (Systems Science Center, GSS); Allen L. Boorstein; Copernicos Group; Dynamics Operations; EMSD: Erasmus Mundus European Master Programme in System Dynamics; Forio; Informed Dynamics Systems; International Society for Systems Sciences; Social System Design Lab, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis; Society for Organizational Learning, North America; Strategy Dynamics; Tecnológico de Monterrey; ViaSim Solutions; and Whole Systems Partnership

    A special thanks to our Welcome Reception Hosts: System Dynamics Group, University at Albany; System Dynamics Group, University of Bergen; and System Dynamics Group, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

    We would also like to thank our Friends and Donors: Hyatt Regency Cambridge; Krishna Pendyala Family Charitable Fund; and Lane Press of Albany

    Cheers to our Snack Sponsors: Crispy Green, Inc.; Lundberg Family Farms; and Raw Revolution

    As we recognize our conference sponsors individually on social media, please share, like and retweet.

    Join us in this special anniversary year as a Conference Sponsor! Sponsorship packages are available at several different levels with valuable benefits for your company. This sponsorship support also enables us to keep the conference affordable for all. If you are interested in becoming a part of the community of sponsors, please contact the System Dynamics Society office.

    Society Member Granted Tenure from Willamette University (March 21, 2017)

    Society member Kawika Pierson was recently granted tenure from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he teaches accounting, statistics and complex systems for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. In 2011, Kawika graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School with a PhD in management and a focus on System Dynamics and accounting. His thesis, “Profit Cycle Dynamics,” examined the existence and causes of profit cycles in the airline and insurance industries and other sectors of the economy. He has published in various high quality academic journals and presented his work at conferences including the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, the Public Management Research Association Conference, and the Production and Operations Management Society Conference. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Kawika!

    Proposal of a Thailand Chapter of System Dynamics Society (March 21, 2017)

    In February, a group of Society members met with President Elect, Ignacio J. Martinez-Moyano in Bangkok, Thailand following the Asia Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference in Singapore. The members discussed plans to form a new Thailand Chapter, and as a result, a motion will be forthcoming to establish the Thailand Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. The great news of this new chapter proposal was announced at last week’s Policy Council Meeting of the System Dynamics Society. A formal motion to establish the Thailand Chapter will follow in the near future.
    Pictured from left to right: Nij Tontisirin, Sutee Anantasuksomsri, Borwornsom Leerapan, Pard Teekasap, Somsak Chunharas, Ignacio J. Martinez-Moyano (and his daughter Paula), Pimthipa Teekasap, Pawat Tansurat, and Piya Hanvoravongchai.

    Strategy Dynamics Announces New Online Course (March 20, 2017)

    For several years Kim Warren has run online Strategy Dynamics courses, which explain the frameworks of their powerful approach to strategy and implementation. In response to many people wanting to go further and actually build models for their plans and challenges, Strategy Dynamics has launched a new course on Dynamic Business Modeling. The Dynamic Business Modeling course instructs on how to actually build and use quantified simulation models that match those frameworks, using the amazingly easy Sysdea browser-based software. The Strategy Dynamics courses are described at updated courses page. Three immediate options are offered:
    • take a self-taught core course on Dynamic Business Modeling
    • an instructor-led course on Strategy Dynamics and Business Modeling, running over 8 weeks from March 24th
    • and the self-taught course on Strategy Dynamics
    These beneficial courses offer management a rigorous and reliable approach to making sustained improvements in performance, whether by tackling one-off challenges, or by providing the foundation for confident, continuing plans. As a thank you, Strategy Dynamics would like to offer a 10% off coupon on any of their courses. To use this discount, select your course then select “View Basket” and add Coupon "SDSocFriend" in the discount box. All these courses are available to teachers at no charge, and the course content to teach will also be provided. Visit Strategy Dynamics' website to get started!

    Register for the PhD Colloquium! (March 17, 2017)

    This year the PhD Colloquium has a new registration form. The Student Chapter website will no longer be used for registration. Please click here to sign up to attend the PhD Colloquium. For information about the PhD Colloquium and to get in touch with the organizers, please visit the PhD Colloquium Facebook page. See you in Cambridge!

    Dr. Mila Getmansky Sherman Receives Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence (March 15, 2017)

    On March 6th, the CFA Institute announced that Dr. Mila Getmansky Sherman was the winner of the Top Award in the Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence competition. The Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence is a prestigious award given by the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal in recognition of excellence in research and financial writing. The article, titled “Interconnectedness in the CDS Market,” was the work of Mila Getmansky Sherman, Giulio Girardi and Craig Lewis. In the abstract the authors state, “Concentrated risks in the market for credit default swaps (CDSs) are widely considered to have contributed significantly to the 2007–08 financial crisis. We examine the structure of the CDS market using a network-based approach that allows us to capture the interconnectedness between dealers and nondealers of CDS contracts.” Mila received her undergraduate and doctoral training at MIT, where she concentrated on System Dynamics and finance. She is currently Associate Professor at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Additional information about the award is available on the CFA website. To read the full paper visit the SSRN website. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulation to Mila!

    ST course and SD meetings in Brasilia, Brazil (March 11, 2017)

    Society member Karim Chichakly, Co-President of isee systems, taught a week-long course in Systems Thinking at ENAP (Brazilian Public Administration School). The morning classes were held for 92 high-level civil servants. In the afternoons, the Brazil Chapter accompanied Karim in a series of thematic meetings with federal and state government agencies regarding forests/climate, accountability, water resources, and taxation issues. Brazil Chapter member Aldo Zagonal described the second day of events, reporting “The class was well attended on day 2, when activities and exercises helped hone-in key System Thinking concepts. Our meeting at Brazil’s Tribunal de Contas da União (the equivalent of the U.S. GAO) sparked a lively discussion about a number of issues that could become the subject of an interesting and useful System Dynamics project. The paradigm and the method are causing excitement, which we hope will continue throughout the week.”

    Information about the Brazil Chapter, including contact information for Brazil Chapter Representative Paulo Nakamura, can be found on the Society’s website.

    2017 Standing Committee Appointments (March 8, 2017)

    The Policy Council recently approved the 2017 Standing Committee appointments of the following members: John Morecroft (Administrative Committee), Jac Vennix and Elke Husemann (Awards Committee), David Lane (Nominating Committee), Brad Morrison (Organization and Bylaws Committee), Allyson Beall King and Stefano Armenia (Society Program Oversight Committee), and Sarah Metcalf (Publications Committee). Elke Husemann will also serve on the Strategy Committee. To see a complete list of Standing Committee members and the duties of each committee, please visit the Society website. We welcome the newly appointed members and thank all committee members for their willingness to serve.

    Modeling Assistance Workshop at the 2017 ISDC (March 8, 2017)

    Once again, we will be offering the popular Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW) at the annual International System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge. Rod MacDonald and Gary Hirsch will be organizing the MAW activities, which include two workshops and the opportunity to obtain modeling assistance at any time during the conference. All levels of modeling background are welcome! If you think you may be interested in receiving assistance on a modeling question at the conference, please notify us in advance of the conference by writing to Rod MacDonald. If you are interested in coaching, please write to Gary Hirsch.

    Proposal of New ASEAN Chapter (March 7, 2017)

    The proposal of a new ASEAN* Chapter was announced at the 2nd Annual Asia Pacific Region Conference last month in Singapore. The ASEAN Chapter membership will be open to any person living or working in the ASEAN, and will not be restricted to members of the Society. The objectives of the Chapter are to promote the development of the field of System Dynamics and the free interchange of learning and research in all related fields, and to encourage and develop educational programs in systems thinking and System Dynamics modeling. There will be a motion to approve the proposal of the ASEAN Chapter at an upcoming Policy Council meeting.
    Founding members of the ASEAN Chapter gather for a photo at the 2nd Annual Asia Pacific Region Conference.

    * The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization of countries in southeast Asia set up to promote cultural, economic and political development in the region.

    Newly Established: The Asia Pacific Coordinating Council (March 7, 2017)

    It was an exciting moment when nearly 100 delegates to the 2nd Asia Pacific Region Conference of the System Dynamics Society endorsed the creation of the Asia Pacific Coordinating Council (APCC). The APCC will be established as a Standing Committee of the System Dynamics Society. Lakshminarayanan Samavedham (Laksh) has been appointed to serve as the Founding Chair of the APCC. A motion is set to be drafted to ensure that all members of the APCC will be invited to participate fully in all business of the Society so that they are best positioned to take actions to promote System Dynamics in the Asia Pacific Region.
    Pictured from L to R are APCC Members: Mihir Mathur, Atsushi Fukuda, (joined by President-Elect of the System Dynamics Society Ignacio Martinez-Moyano and Executive Director of the System Dynamics Society Roberta Spencer), Ying Qian, Chang Kwon Chung, Carl Smith, and Lakshminarayanan Samavedham, Interim President APCC

    Pictured left to right: John Richardson, Tan Eng Chye, Lakshminarayanan Samavedham
    2nd Annual Asia Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference (March 6, 2017)

    The Asia Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference, held at National University of Singapore, February 19-22, was a huge success, attracting nearly 200 participants from 15 countries. The conference began with a Student Research Colloquium opened by Professor John Richardson and Professor Lakshminarayanan Samavedham. The student colloquium featured eight oral presentations and nine poster presentations.

    The main conference opened with an address by guest of honor, Provost of NUS, Professor Tan Eng Chye. Plenary presentations included the following titles:
    • “Toward a Sustainable Society – Learning from Japan’s Edo Period and Contributing from Asia to the World” by Junko Edahiro
    • “The Asia Pacific Region is the Growing Edge of the System Dynamics Society” by David Anderson, Robert Eberlein & Ignacio Martinez-Moyano
    • “Large Scale Systems of Singapore” by Lui Pao Chuen
    • “Is Humanity Becoming More or Less Reasonable?” by Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP)
    The plenary presentation of Lui Pao Chuen.
    During the course of the two main conference days, there were also thirty-three oral presentations and thirteen poster presentations. On the last day of the conference, these seven workshops were held:
    • Agile modeling with Sysdea by Kim Warren
    • Introduction to Stella by Bob Eberline
    • Lessons That Move Pre-College Mathematics and Science Students Toward Complex System Analysis; and Modeling Dynamics Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course, both by Diana Fisher
    • Multistakeholder Decision Making for Wicked Problems-A System Thinking Lab by Kambiz Maani
    • Introduction to Business Strategy Using Management Games and System Modeling: Fishbanks®
    To view additional photos from the conference, please visit the Facebook page of the Asia Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference.

    Award for Best Papers at the Asia Pacific Region Conference Student Research Colloquium (March 6, 2017)

    On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, we would like to congratulate the winners of the Award for Best Paper submitted to the Student Research Colloquium at the 2nd Annual Asia Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference! The first place award was presented by to student author Kan Jun Gregory Tham and research supervisor Naviyn Prabhu Balakrishnan for the paper “Understanding Income Inequality in Singapore from System Dynamics Perspective.” The second place award was presented to student author Kian Ming Phua and research supervisor Naviyn Prabhu Balakrishnan for the paper “Singapore Public Housing Dynamics: Exploring Plausible Future of Public Housing.” Shown in the photos below, are the student winners along with Provost of NUS, Professor Tan Eng Chye.

    Fields Institute is Now Accepting Proposals for Theumatic and Focus Programs (March 1, 2017)

    This may be of interest to any System Dynamics researchers looking to promote thinking, learning, and research with mathematicians: The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical and Sciences has announced that applications are now being solicited for new thematic and focus programs beginning in 2019. Please visit their website for details.

    News from the Korea Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (March 1, 2017)

    The System Dynamics Society is pleased to announce that Chang-Kwon (Benjamin) Chung is the new president of the Korea Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. Benjamin holds a PhD. in International Business Strategy and is a research fellow at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. He was elected president on February 25, 2017, at the annual winter Korean System Dynamics Conference and general assembly. Almost 40 of the chapter’s 300 members attended this conference, including nine high school students for poster presentation. The Korean Chapter holds monthly seminars (from March to June and from September to November), two annual conferences (summer and winter), and four publications of their own System Dynamics journal every year. Benjamin states “My mission is to vitalize this bequest, make the membership and finance stronger, boom up K-12 SD, and bridge Korean System Dynamics Society with SDS including no doubt Asia-Pacific Society.”

    Society Member David Wheat Promoted to Full Professor of System Dynamics at the University of Bergen in Norway (February 24, 2017)

    For three decades, David was president of Wheat Resources Inc, a management consulting firm serving business and government clients. He received his PhD in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree in political science at Texas Tech University. During the 1970s, he served at the White House as staff assistant to the President of the United States. David teaches the modeling process course and the policy design course and supervises student research in the international master's degree program in System Dynamics. His research focuses on demographic and economic issues, plus policy design research aimed at improving the methodology of System Dynamics modeling. Current research projects involve building dynamic economic modeling capacity at the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine, creating an SD-based macroeconomic model for Lithuania, and developing a macroeconomic forecasting model in collaboration with economists at the Bank of Lithuania. He also collaborates with researchers at the University of North Dakota on public health. David is also visiting professor of economics at ISM University of Management and Economics in Lithuania and adjunct professor of economics at Virginia Western College in the United States. He is past-president of the Economics Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, and has conducted guest lectures in Africa, Europe, and North and South America. Congratulations to David! On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, we wish you the best of luck in your new position.

    Member Andrew Jones Presents “Top 10 Reasons for Hope for Our Climate” (February 21, 2017)

    Andrew Jones, Society member and co-director of Climate Interactive, gave a presentation on global climate change followed by an open question-and-answer session at University of North Carolina Asheville on February 23rd. This event was sponsored by the Student Environmental Center, a student organization at UNC Asheville. For additional details, see the UNC Asheville website.

    Your design could be on the 60th anniversary collector's line of SDC merchandise! (February 17, 2017)

    The System Dynamics Student Chapter invites you to send us your funniest stock and flow diagram (SFD) or causal loop diagram (CLD) designs in a high resolution image. The competition is open to everyone, both students and senior system dynamicists alike. The only requirement for the contest is that the design needs to fit on a t-shirt. Please send your design to phdcolloquium-at or submit through the PhD Colloquium Facebook page as a post or private message. The winner will receive a sampling of free SDC merchandise with their winning design, as well as all the glory and attention that the Student Chapter can bestow, which will guarantee a celebrity status throughout the conference week...and beyond!

    Looking for a Roommate for the Cambridge Conference? (February 15, 2017)

    We have created a Conference Roommate Board on an unlisted LinkedIn page to help participants find roommates. This group is only open to 2017 ISDC Conference or Summer School participants who are seeking a roommate. Please contact our office to request an invitation to join this group. The conference website has a link to the Hyatt Reservation Form with a list of room and cost details. The Hyatt Regency Cambridge has offered a special student rate-get the most affordable option by sharing the student rate with a roommate! The deadline for hotel room reservations is June 22, 2017.

    Ventana Systems Announced the Release of Ventity 1.0 (February 10, 2017)

    Ventana Systems released Ventity 1.0 in February. Ventity makes is easier to represent systems with irregular, changing structure and data, providing clean separation of the model from the data. Some of the software’s features include: modularity and object orientation, strong data-model separation, dynamic creation and deletion of model components and relationships, support for team collaboration and advanced charting. Ventity’s capabilities work to complement Vensim software. The two programs are developed in parallel and are available as a bundle. To learn more about Ventity visit Ventana Systems’ website.

    Software Updates for Stella Architect (February 9, 2017)

    Earlier in February, isee systems announced the release of new updates in Stella Architect 1.2. The improved features of the software include: improved data manager, better functionality of importing external runs, parameter control windows updates, model view improvements and animation, the addition of divide 0 operator, preserving graphs and tables and circularity checking. To learn more about the new features visit isee systems’ website.

    News from the Korea Chapter (February 7, 2017)

    On January 31st, following the celebration of the Lunar New Year's Day, a special open lecture for System Dynamics was held in Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. Attendance exceeded expectations, as more than fifty participants including high school students and executives of companies participated in this event. Professor Dong-Hwan Kim, the former president of Korean System Dynamics Society (2010-2012), gave a two hour high energy lecture. The Korea Chapter has also announced that the 2017 winter conference of Korean System Dynamics will be held in the same place, Ewha Womans University, on February 25th. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, we wish the Korea Chapter continued success!

    Society Member is Partner in SURE-Farm, an SD Research Project (February 3, 2017)

    The University of Bergen website news page features the article “EU funding for climate dynamics project,” written by Sverre Ole Drønen. The article highlights the latest research project of Birgit Kopainsky, a System Dynamics researcher from the Department of Geography at the University of Bergen and Society member. The project focuses on the “sustainability and resilience” in European agriculture systems and is coordinated by Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The project, named SURE-Farm (Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems), has received 4.8 million Euros from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. In the article, Birgit explains, “The SURE-Farm project will assess management tools to improve the economic, environmental and social resilience of European farms. The idea is to find opportunities to create a more sustainable agricultural industry.” The full article is available on the University of Bergen’s website.

    Member Ellis Ballard Appointed Associate Director of the Brown School’s Social System Design Lab (January 23, 2017)

    Society member Ellis Ballard has accepted a new position as the Associate Director of the Brown School’s Social System Design Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. Ellis, who received his Masters of Public Health and Masters of Social Work from the Brown School, has taught Community Based System Dynamics and has designed and led group model building workshops. He has also applied these SD approaches in his research and practice involving health equity and human rights issues in low and middle income countries. Founding Director of the Social System Design Lab, Peter Hovmand notes “During his time in the Social System Design Lab, Ellis has made significant contributions to the lab and overall direction, and developed a management style that students, faculty, staff, and community partners have all come to value and enjoy. Ellis brings with him a terrific spirit of positive energy, passion for advancing group model building practice and system dynamics, exceptional management skills, and commitment to social justice.” On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Ellis!

    Member Andrew Jones of Climate Interactive Interviewed on Public Radio WCQS (January 19, 2017)

    On January 12, member and Climate Interactive co-director, Andrew Jones spoke with Jeremy Loeb on Western North Carolina Public Radio WCQS. In the interview, Andrew talks about climate issues in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. In regards to the public’s concerns about what direction the new administration will take on climate change, Andrew says “this could be the thing that rallies people to be much more engaged in something that has always required citizen action.” Loeb also brought up The New York Times digital story which used data provided by the Climate Interactive. The graphic designers used the climate data in an interesting, interactive way that engages people. The fact that there is a growing concern and conversation on climate gives hope. Andrew talks about getting people interested and involved in a movement, as he phrased it in the interview “I see people who are coming together to demand better by pulling together.” To listen to the full interview, please visit the website of WCQS.

    Blog Article Dedicated to the Memory of Jay W. Forrester (January 13, 2017)

    In a recent blog article on the Supply Chain Management Review website, Larry Lapide dedicated his column, an annual update on oil and the supply chain, to the memory of Jay W. Forrester. Lapide wrote, “Some managers will know who he was and what he accomplished regarding supply chain management. For others, they should think of the educational “beer game” that they have most likely played. It simulates how a lack of downstream and upstream information causes excess and volatile inventories to be held by trading partners all along a supply chain. Second, regarding oil he was the father of System Dynamics that dealt with using simulation to understand big systems, such as the impact of CO2 emissions on the global environment.” Lapide notes that Jay’s books Urban Dynamics and World Dynamics led to the models that “started the field of global modeling and led to the models we read about today simulating climate changes and supporting the need to limit CO2 emissions by reducing the use of carbon-based energy. Hence, Forrester’s relevance to this oil update.” The full article can be read on the Supply Chain Management Website.

    New PhD: SDS Member Raafat Zaini (January 09, 2017)

    Society member Raafat Zaini has successfully defended his dissertation titled "Modeling Manifest and Latent Structures in a University: Understanding Resource and Dissent Dynamics" in the System Dynamics PhD program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Raafat would like to thank his PhD program committee: K. Saeed (chair), M. Elmes, and O. Pavlov, for their support. Raafat’s research interest is in the area of organizational dynamics and innovation sustainability with a focus on R&D organizations and higher education institutions. His current work involves the analysis and dynamic modeling of universities strategies, and investigating the role of dissent in organizational innovation climate. Raafat won the Graduate Innovation Exchange Award for PhD research in social science and business at WPI in 2013 and 2014, and served as the president of WPI System Dynamics club in 2016. While pursuing his PhD, Raafat has worked as a researcher at MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center and consulted for the Advance Management Group. Raafat served as a co-chair of the System Dynamics Society business special interest group 2013-15, and is currently a member of the Society’s Policy Council. On behalf of the Society, congratulations to Dr. Zaini!

    Pictured from left: Alexander Smith, Rajib Mallick, Michael Radzicki and Saeed Langarudi
    New PhD: SDS Member Saeed Langarudi (January 06, 2017)

    Society member Saeed Pourmasoumui Langarudi has successfully defended his dissertation titled "Political Economy of Resource Dependent Nations: A System Dynamics Approach" in the System Dynamics PhD program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Saeed is grateful to his PhD committee: Dr. Michael Radzicki (chair), Dr. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Rajib Mallick, for their support. He would also like to acknowledge valuable comments and feedback he received on his doctoral work from participants of the Collective Learning Meetings at WPI's System Dynamics Club. His deepest gratitude goes to Professors Khalid Saeed and Isa Bar-On for their incredible support, encouragement, and mentorship. He is also thankful to Professors Homa Katouzian and Ali Mashayekhi for their precious comments and advice. Saeed is now a Post Doctoral Research Scientist at the New Mexico State University's Department of Animal & Range Sciences. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Dr. Langarudi!

    The 33rd System Dynamics Colloquium at UAlbany (December 23, 2016)

    The 33rd System Dynamics Colloquium was held in December, 2016 in UAlbany.This student-organized colloquium brings together graduate students from UAlbany SUNY, MIT, and WPI. The one-day colloquium offers non-evaluative peer review and allows students to present System Dynamics related research to faculty, other students, and practitioners for feedback and informational exchange. For more information about the past events, please visit our MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquia page.

    On December 16th, 2016, the WPI SD Club participated in the 33rd System Dynamics Colloquium at the University at Albany. (See photo below.) The Colloquium, with students and faculty from WPI, MIT and UAlbany, provides the attendees with an amazing opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with faculty members, students, and practitioners of System Dynamics.

    The System Dynamics Club at WPI, founded by Professor Oleg Pavlov, hosts lectures, discussions, games and other social events to promote SD to the community of WPI and Worcester College Consortium. Among these events, is the Collective Learning Meeting (CLM). The CLMs are informal meetings to share work in progress, invite guest speakers on specific topics, or dive deep into "classic" texts or videos (e.g. Jay Forrester's MIT series or Meadows lectures on games.) The CLMs are held weekly by the WPI SD Club on site and broadcasted online over Google hangout. All are welcome to join or present.

    The WPI SD Club has recently announced new leadership: Timothy Clancy (President), Christine Tang (VP), Shia Cao (Treasure). The outgoing team includes: Raafat Zaini (President), Saeed Langarudi (VP), Christine Tang (Treasurer). For more information about the WPI SD Club and the CLMs, please visit their website.

    System Thinking Webinar Series Starting in January (December 23, 2016)

    Bridgeway Partners announced a six session webinar series titled Systems Thinking Practice. The courses, sponsored by isee systems, began on January 20, 2017. The courses enabled the participants to apply System Thinking principles and tools in real time to a complex problem in thier organization or community. The core text for the program is David Peter Stroh's book Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide for Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results (Chelsea Green, 2015). For a complete overview of the courses, please visit the isee systems website.

    Student Packs Now Available from isee systems (December 22, 2016)

    isee systems has created a new option for student licenses to help with the increasing demand for student access to the software. Similar to university lab packs, the student packs are owned by the university and come with support, but the licenses can be installed directly on a student's personal computer. Support is included with these licenses and enables the students to download and install the latest versions of the software while they have access to the license. Please visit the isee systems website for details.

    Member Hassan Qudrat-Ullah Appointed Full Professor (December 22, 2016)

    Member Hassan Qudrat-Ullah was appointed a Full Professor of Decision Sciences at the School of Administrative Studies, York University, Canada, in January, 2016. Dr. Hassan has over 18 years of teaching, research, industry, and consulting experience in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Norway, UK, Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Colombia, Switzerland, Spain, and Pakistan. His research interests include dynamic decision making, sustainable energy policies, and System Dynamics modeling. Hassan teaches courses on quantitative methods, operations management, decision analysis, and systems thinking for management in the 21st century. He has received several teaching awards including the "Recognition for Excellence in Teaching" by the School of Administrative Studies for five consecutive years and the 2015 Doctoral Workshop Teaching Award for Excellence by Monarch Business School, Switzerland. Hassan is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Complexity in Applied Science and Technology, Associate Editor, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, appointed member of the Advisory and Editorial Board of Springer Complexity, USA, and director of board of Swiss Federation of Private Business Schools, Switzerland. On behalf of the Society, congratulations to Hassan!

    Dynaplan Wins People Analytics Award of Business Supercharger (December 16, 2016)

    Dynaplan was announced the winner of the Business Supercharger Award at the People Analytics 2016 conference in London on November 22. With more than 300 delegates representing 220 companies from 30 countries, this annual conference is one of the largest HR analytics events in Europe. In a news article on their website, Dynaplan founder Magne Myrtviet states, "We are proud to have received this award; it reconfirms to us, as well as to our customers, that we are on the right track. Our journey started at the strategic level, where the impact of making the right decisions is the greatest. But the other levels of the maturity pyramid also brings value to workforce management. Dynaplan is continuing its innovative journey, expanding our technology and services into the areas of statistics and benchmarking as well." Additional details are available in the full article.

    Software News from Ventana (December 9, 2016)

    The new version of Vensim 6.4E is available for download or purchase in the Vensim store. Some interesting new Vensim 6 features include:
    • Significant upgrades to the Help system, including improved indexing and nearly 100 sample models illustrating the use of almost every built-in function
    • Native Mac support (licenses are portable across platforms)
    • GET DIRECT functions that can access spreadsheets and other delimited data files, like the GET XLS functions without the overhead of launching Excel
    • The option of observing integer constraints in the ALLOCATE AVAILABLE function
    • Great for managing allocation of discrete items like customers or aircraft
    • Enhancements to the document tool and SyntheSim functionality with lookups in large models
    • On-the-fly configuration of subscripts (arrays) with the GET DIRECT SUBSCRIPTS or GET ODBC SUBSCRIPTS functions
    • Great for matching model detail to your data
    • EXCEPT: statements that let you handle exceptions to subscripted equations more easily
    Ventana is also on track to release a beta version of 64-bit Vensim this month, available to Vensim Pro and DSS users current with their maintenance. The Vensim team is developing a major revision/upgrade with new capabilities and dramatic improvements for ease of use. One cool feature in the pipeline is Synthesim for sensitivity simulations, exploiting Vensim's speed to make risk and uncertainty interactive.

    For quick turnaround help, visit the Vensim support forum. The forum now has over 2000 successfully answered queries, and also contains the archive of the SD mailing list. Among the many queries posted, a few recent topics include: setting calibration results into the model, reordering a matrix, and sensitivity simulation setup.

    Creative Learning Exchange Releases New SD Apps (December 6, 2016)

    The Creative Learning Exchange, in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Excellence in System Dynamics and BTN, has developed four new apps that feature simple System Dynamics models. Based on the models created by Society member Jeff Potash and his colleague John Heinbokel, these fun apps were designed as an educational tool for kids and adults alike. With these apps, you can explore models on population, retirement planning, bacterial growth and inflation on your phone, tablet or Chromebook. Visit the CLE website for access to the free System Dynamics apps.

    A Memorial Service for Jay W. Forrester (December 5, 2016)

    Since Jay's passing, several obituaries have been published in various newspapers and local university newsletters. Most recently Jay's obituary was published in The Wall Street Journal, The Bergen Times and The Concord Journal. Please see the web page for Jay to see the full list including links to the obituaries. A memorial service was on December 10, 2016, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, Massachusetts.

    Announcing the Two New SIGs: Asset Dynamics and Transportation (December 2, 2016)

    The System Dynamics Society is pleased to announce the official start of two new Special Interest Groups: the Asset Dynamics SIG and the Transportation SIG. The Asset Dynamics SIG promotes and supports the application of System Dynamics for the management of complex technical systems, complex inter- and intra-organizational collaboration, multi actor/stakeholder involvement and long-term interests. If you are interested in joining, please email the Asset Dynamics representatives Michel Kuijer and Arjen Ros. The Transportation SIG supports and promotes the use of System Dynamics within the transportation sector. If you are interested in joining the Transportation SIG, please email the group's representatives, Simon Shepherd and Enzo Bivona. Websites for each of the new SIGs will be available soon.

    University at Albany Students Participate in World Climate Exercise (November 29, 2016)

    How do we find pathways to limit temperature change and its effects? 45 students, faculty, and community members from the University at Albany, State University of NY enacted the World Climate Exercise climate negotiation role play, learning about the near-term actions to protect our future world. The System Dynamics Group at UAlbany organized the event, with Eliot Rich as facilitator and Babak Bahaddin as the Secretary-General of the UN. Dr. Rich noted: "This World Climate Exercise was different than others I;ve run. The need for determination and activist-driven optimism has never been greater. The WCE provides both."

    Participants surveyed after the session loved the role play and interactions built into the exercise. Through the debrief, attitudes changed from hopelessness to engagement:
    • "I was surprised how much developing countries contributed to global warming."
    • "A moving simulation; Activism and consensus is more important."
    • "I want to work with businesses to help them mitigate climate change; the best part was the learning process at the end."
    • "I will work harder towards my political classes and share this knowledge with friends, family and where I work."
    • "I plan to think more about my daily actions and what I can change."
    Starting next year, the World Climate Exercise will be integrated into the University's MBA programs through its G3 - Going Green Globally capstone course. The exercise will be used to introduce the entire first year class to the systems perspective on sustainability, bathtub dynamics, feedback, and stakeholder dynamics. As part of their course project, students bring these concepts to bear on sustainability strategies and tactics for local businesses and non-profit agencies.

    Climate Conference Yields New Analysis (November 29, 2016)

    At the recent UN climate conference in Morocco, an MIT team including Society member John Sterman worked together with the Climate Interactive to discuss issues concerning the Paris agreement. Through the use of models and educational tools, they are helping political leaders, policymakers and the public to see the urgency of emissions cuts, how plans that move past the Paris agreement make an impact and potential problems. The Climate Interactive has released new analysis on the 2050 climate goals of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The full report is posted on the Climate Interactive website.

    In Memoriam (November 17, 2016)

    It is with great sadness that the System Dynamics Society announces that Jay W. Forrester, Professor of Management Emeritus at MIT, has died at the age of 98 on November 16, 2016.

    Jay founded what became the field of System Dynamics in 1956 and has had a profound and lasting influence on it throughout its 60-year history. A lifelong innovator, Jay was a pioneer in digital computing and helped create the computer age in which we all live today. Trained in electrical engineering, Jay came to MIT in 1939, where he worked on feedback control servomechanisms during World War II. After the war, Jay directed the MIT Digital Computer Laboratory, where he led the design and construction of Whirlwind I, one of the world's first high-speed digital computers. He invented and holds the patent for magnetic core memory, the dominant form of random access memory (RAM) for decades (even travelling to the moon with the Apollo astronauts), until it was eventually replaced by semiconductors. Whirlwind became the basis for many innovations, from numerically controlled machine tools to SAGE, the first integrated continental air defense system.

    Invited to join the faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1956, Jay created the field of System Dynamics to apply engineering concepts of feedback systems and digital simulation to understand what he famously called "the counterintuitive behavior of social systems." His groundbreaking 1961 book, Industrial Dynamics, remains a clear and relevant statement of philosophy and methodology in the field. His later books and his numerous articles broke new ground in our understanding of complex human systems and policy problems. Jay officially retired in 1989, but continued his work unabated, focusing on promoting the use of System Dynamics in K-12 education.

    John Morecroft (London Business School) wrote "My life was changed by Jay Forrester. His influence came in two distinct ways, from personal encounters and from the research environment he created as founder and leader of the System Dynamics Group at MIT-Sloan. I spent a decade at MIT, first as a doctoral student and later as a member of faculty at Sloan. So there is much to remember."

    George Richardson, Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany, said "Jay opened a path that gave many of us voices we did not know we had. What a life of towering achievements, to have been crucial to the development of computing in its infancy, and then to show us how to use its power to help us make progress together on seemingly impossible problems. I am profoundly grateful for his presence and influence in my life."

    Professor John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at MIT and Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group said "Like so many others, I was fortunate to be able to work with and learn from Jay. He constantly challenged us to think deeply, speak plainly, and work on issues that matter, not only to build understanding, but to act. And he always led by example."

    Roberta Spencer, Executive Director of the System Dynamics Society, remembers, "During a conversation Jay said to me "figure out a way to have courage." Jay said this to everyone "I took it to heart and it changed my life."

    Jay was married for sixty-four years to Susan (Swett) Forrester, who died in 2010. Survivors include one daughter, Judith Forrester of Concord, Massachusetts; two sons, Nathan B. Forrester of Boca Grande, Florida, and Ned C. Forrester of Falmouth, Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Matthew S. Forrester of Arcadia, CA, Julia D. Forrester of Bois, ID, Neil T. Forrester of Torrance, CA, and Katherine J. Forrester of Chicago, IL as well as two great grandchildren Everett Chen Forrester and Faraday Chen Forrester, both of Arcadia, CA.

    The Jay W. Forrester Tribute page has been updated to include a link to Obituaries and Notes from around the world. The System Dynamics Society has received a huge response since sharing the news of Jay's passing on November 16. Members of our community have sent countless emails to the System Dynamics Society office and to date have posted over 100 messages in the comments section on Jay's page. These kind and thoughtful words illustrate the consummate importance Jay has had in the field of System Dynamics and the mark he has left on the lives of so many. Jay's legacy will continue into the future as we move forward to promote the field of System Dynamics--this is a collective common thread expressed in the messages and it is an important mission of the Society. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, we thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories and encourage you to continue to do so.

    New Activity in Society's Special Interest Groups (SIG) (November 9, 2016)

    The recent motion to change the name of the Psychology SIG has passed. The name has been changed to Psychology and Human Behavior SIG, reflecting the larger scope covered by this group. As noted by the co-chairs of the SIG, David Lounsbury and Pascal Gambardella, "Our request to change the SIG's name comes from members" observations that psychology, as a primary domain focus, describes only a fraction of what we actually discuss, critique, and support. This is evidenced in the workshops and presentations that the SIG has organized and supported." If you would like to join Psychology and Human Behavior SIG, please contact the SIG representatives Pascal Gambardella and David Lounsbury.

    In other news, the voting process by Policy Council is currently for the creation of two new Special Interest Groups: 1.) Transportation SIG and 2.) Asset Dynamics SIG. More information about these new SIGS, including how to join, will be posted after the voting period.

    5th Annual AnyLogic Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, November 16-17, 2016 (November 8, 2016)

    On November 16th and 17th, AnyLogic hosted a two day conference at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown. The event featured presentations from leading organizations in the industry, workshops and networking opportunities. Attendees had the opportunity to see how AnyLogic is being applied across multiple industries and experience innovative ideas for simulation modeling. For more information visit the AnyLogic website.

    Climate Interactive at the UN with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (November 7, 2016)

    On November 4, 2016, the Paris Climate Agreement came into legal force, and Society member John Sterman presented the work of Climate Interactive at the United Nations Headquarters. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon chaired a session with leaders from different civil society organizations, and Climate Interactive/MIT were selected as one of a few to speak. John Sterman's presentation represented not only the work of Climate Interactive/MIT, but also that of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Climate Central, and the Carbon Tracker. John said "I was happy to do so as they each do great work toward our common goal." Please visit the Climate Interactive webpage to watch the video and see the transcript of his speech, which also includes related links.

    SDS LinkedIn Company Page (November 1, 2016)

    On November 10, 2015, the System Dynamics Society activated a LinkedIn Company Page. In the last year, just shy of 1,000 people signed up to follow this page. Thank you to all who are following! We are proud of the page and the interest shown. As we near our one year anniversary, we expect to reach our goal of 1,000 followers, and keep growing! On the System Dynamics Society Company Page, we post news of current happenings in the field of System Dynamics and welcome comments. The Society also has two "Showcase" pages on LinkedIn: The Case Repository and SD Conference. Stay connected, stay informed: follow us on LinkedIn!

    Member Özge Karanfil Appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow (October 28, 2016)

    Member Özge Karanfil has received the Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and been appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Global Health and Population Department, starting September 2016. She is currently working on projects that involve chronic and cardiovascular disease modeling for Malaysia and South Korea, obesity in the Middle East, and a systematic review of risk factors for dyslipidemias in Southeast Asia. Özge completed her PhD in System Dynamics Research Group at MIT in 2016, and is a previous recipient of the Dana Meadows Award from the System Dynamics Society. Her PhD dissertation is entitled: "Why Clinical Practice Guidelines Shift Over Time: A Dynamic Model with Application to Prostate Cancer Screening." On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations and good luck to Özge!

    The XIV CLADS in São Paulo, Brazil (October 20, 2016)

    October 19th, marked the first day of the XIV CLADS (Congresso Latino Americano de Dinâmica de Sistemas) in São Paulo, Brazil. This three day event, promoted by the Brazil and Latin American Chapters of the System Dynamics Society, was hosted by Centro Universitário FEI. The System Dynamics Society's president, Etiënne Rouwette, opened the first day with his keynote speech, "System Dynamics, Stakeholders, and Marking an Impact." Later in the day, Etiënne delivered a workshop on Group Model Building and Karim Chichakly held an introductory workshop in System Dynamics. Hazhir Rahmandad taught a workshop on Analytical Methods and presented "The Viability of Good Jobs in the Service Sector."Other events on the first day included three plenary and twelve parallel presentations. The presentations explored various topics, such as energy transition, disaster relief and taxation dynamics. On Thursday, Kim Warren gave his keynote address. Thursday's workshops were led by Kim and Hazhir Rahmandad. Eighteen parallel presentations are also on the day's schedule. XIV CLADS concluded on Friday with additional presentations and workshops.

    News from the Australasian Chapter (October 19, 2016)

    The Australasian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society met for lunch in mid-October in Brisbane. Members included system dynamicists from the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University. Discussion items included the idea of hosting the next Asia Pacific Region SD conference in Queensland. The UQ and Griffith SD people plan to have regular meetings to further discuss this idea and other chapter business. Shown in the photo are (from left to right) Carl Smith (current Australasian Chapter president), Russell Richards, Khoi Nguyen, Edoardo Bertone, Emiliya Suprun, Mehdi Hafezi, Rodney Stewart and Oz Sahin. Also present was Sue McAvoy.

    Wikipedia: Jay W. Forrester, the Father of System Dynamics (October 14, 2016)

    On a Wikipedia reference page listing the people who are considered the father or mother of a scientific field, Jay W. Forrester was acknowledged as the father of System Dynamics. The list contains nearly 150 scientific fields, the person or persons considered "father" or "mother" of the field, and the rationale for the choosing that person. Under the rationale column for Professor Forrester, his book Industrial Dynamics (1961) is listed. The Systems Theory section on this page provides a link to the Wikipedia page for System Dynamics and to Jay's bibliography, which includes his publications and other external links.

    Your Assistance is Requested in Creating a Database of K-12 Teachers (October 7, 2016)

    Member Diana Fisher is reaching out to colleagues in the field of System Dynamics for assistance in creating a database of K-12 teachers (globally) who are using systems thinking (BOTGs, causal loops, ladder of inference, iceberg, and/or Behavior of a Systems Thinker cards) and/or are using System Dynamics models or are having students build System Dynamics models in their classes. Once these teachers are identified, they would be invited to participate in the annual international research conference when the conference is relatively close to their location. Diana would also like to determine how best to help network those teachers to share resources. If you know any K-12 (pre-college) teachers who are using ST/SD in your area, Diana requests that you send her their names and contact information (email to fisherd at so she can communicate with them to see if they are willing to be part of the database. Please note that she would like to have the information within the next 2-3 weeks. On behalf of Diana, thank you for any help you can provide!

    Fall 2016 Issue of The Exchange is Now Available Online (October 5, 2016)

    The Fall 2016 issue of the Creative Learning Exchange newsletter, The Exchange, features various articles that engage young students in System Dynamics modeling. The newsletter opens with an overview of the book Model Mysteries: An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies and Other Fantastic Scenarios to the Make the World a Better Place, by Anne LaVigne and Lees Stuntz. Model Mysteries contains six chapters, each presenting a mystery to solve by using SD modeling. In the article "To be or not to be... I am Hamlet," Hae-Hyun Park reports on Professor Chang Kwon Chung's Shakespeare's Hamlet Modeling program. Alan Ticotsky follows a group of Massachusetts high school students as they investigate the crisis of opioid addiction in his article "Students Examine the Opioid Crisis."

    Also in this issue, the Creative Learning Exchange announced DynamiQueST 2017, hosted by WPI in March. More information about DynamiQueST 2017 can be found on the Creative Learning Exchange website.

    Partnership Between Universities Benefits Students of Public Health and System Dynamics (October 5, 2016)

    The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UND SMHS) are partnering with colleagues at the University of Bergen in Norway (UiB) to train students in each of the university's areas of expertise. As System Dynamics is increasingly applied to analyzing public health topics, the need for "cross training" students of public health and students of System Dynamics is evident. The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education under the Partnership Program with North America will fund the project from January 2017 through December 2020. The grant titled "Model-based Public Health Education," was awarded to UND SMHS Assistant Professor Arielle Selya, PhD, and Master of Public Health Founding Director and Professor Raymond Goldsteen DrPH, in collaboration with Associate Professor David Wheat and Professor Pål Davidsen in the Department of Geography at UiB. The grant will allow the exchange of studies for up to five students per year, providing students the opportunity to gain highly marketable skills. Read more about this project in the full article.

    Member Jeroen Struben Appointed Assistant Professor at EM Lyon Business School, France (October 5, 2016)

    Jeroen Struben has been appointed assistant Professor at EM Lyon Business School in Lyon, France. Jeroen will be teaching within the Strategy and Organization Department. Among other classes, he will teach the new master level course "Systems Thinking and Sustainability." Jeroen studies dynamics of market formation and transformation, addressing questions, such as "How do alternative products and practices penetrate in the marketplace - or society at large, rather than falter?" Jeroen analyzes market formation processes, focusing on the over-time interactions across stakeholders working through both social and material adoption challenges. He conceptualizes and studies these efforts as market formation processes because significant uptake of such products involves the joint development of consumer familiarization, complementary infrastructure, and technology improvement. Jeroen tackles these problems using simulation and empirical analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets. His current research program consists of three projects: (I) Market formation for alternative fuel vehicles, (II) Market formation for nutritious food, and (III) Market formation theory. Jeroen's research produces insights for both scholars and practitioners about coordination and collective action across organizations, industries and governments. Congratulations to Jeroen! On behalf of the Society, we wish you the best of luck in your new position.

    Stella Architect Webinar (October 3, 2016)

    In August, isee systems held a live webinar giving an overview of the newly released Stella Architect. The overview provides guidance for navigating the latest features and introduces the new interface design and publishing tools of Stella Architect. The webinar, presented by isee systems lead developer, and Society member Bill Shoenberg, is now available on the isee systems website.

    10th Annual Meeting of the German Chapter, October 6-7, 2016 (September 29, 2016)

    The German Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics e.V. (DGSD) held its annual meeting at Stuttgart University on October 6-7, 2016. This meeting celebrated the 10th anniversary of the DGSD. International guest speakers include: Dr. David Lane, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Reading, UK and Dr. Brad Morrison, Brandeis International Business School, Waltham, USA. The conference program featured the presentation of the Gert von Kortzfleisch Prize for outstanding SD work in Germany, a PhD Colloquium, a Company Colloquium, the presentation of the first DGSD scholar enrolled in the European Master in System Dynamics program, Miriam Spano, and dialogue on the DGSD core values. Conference attendees had the opportunity to participate in the climate change strategy game "World Climate Simulation."

    SD Modeling for Strategy and Performance in Higher Education (September 29, 2016)

    A video presentation by member Kim Warren of Strategy Dynamics, Workshop: Modeling University Strategy and Performance with System Dynamics, is accessible online. Kim's presentation focuses on how to model challenges for higher-education organizations. Your questions and comments are welcomed and can be shared on the forum that follows the video. The presentation was recorded from a session at the EAIR (The European Higher Education Society) Forum held earlier this month at Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK. Additional information on EAIR Forum can be found their website.

    Meet our Volunteer Conference Team for the 2017 ISDC! (September 26, 2016)

    We are pleased to introduce our team of conference organizers for the 2017 Cambridge, Massachusetts, Conference! The Program Chairs are John Sterman and Nelson Repenning from MIT Sloan, and the Workshop Chairs are Jack B. Homer from Homer Consulting and Hazhir Rahmandad from MIT Sloan. Thank you to our conference volunteers for their dedication and service! For more information on the 35th Annual International System Dynamics Conference, a 60th Anniversary Celebration, visit the conference website.

    Stella Simulator (September 22, 2016)

    isee systems announced the release of Stella Simulator. Stella Simulator is a stand-alone, XMILE-compatible simulation engine based on isee systems" STEAM engine. It can be used for sever or High Performance Computing applications, or embedded in desktop applications. Visit isee systems" website for additional details.

    News from the India Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (September 20, 2016)

    On October 5, 2016, the India Chapter hosted a New Delhi/National Capital Territory regional meeting for System Dynamics professionals and those who are interested in the subject. The Governing Council of the SDS India Chapter met on October 7th, at the Symbiosis Institute of Computer Science in Pune, Maharashtra. The focus of this meeting was to develop a strategy for engagement and activities for 2016-2017 in India. The India Chapter welcomes your suggestions, comments, and ideas on how to increase the level of engagement with System Dynamics practitioners in India - please email Karan Khosla at For information about the India Chapter, please visit their web page.

    News from the Russian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (September 19, 2016)

    On behalf of the Russian Chapter, Member Natalia Lychkina invites system dynamicists to participate in the IV International Research Conference, "System Analysis in the Economy - 2016." The SAvE 2016 Conference, hosted by the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, was held in Moscow, November 9-11, 2016. The main purpose of the conference was to create a platform for scientific generalizations and achieved practical results in the social and economic sphere in order to develop the science of the economy and society on the basis of the theory of socio-economic systems. The founder and head of the conference is the corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Georgii Borisovich Kleiner.

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