2017 Industry Night

Industry Night

Northwestern University's Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Program launched an annual Industry Night which recognizes and establishes community among the students, alumni and companies who value the importance of education at the intersection of engineering and business.

Northwestern University founded the first MEM Program over 40 years ago when a visionary professor, Al Rubenstein, created a master’s program in the McCormick School of Engineering to supply future leaders for Chicago’s manufacturing companies. He believed that engineers, whom he saw as the most adept innovators and problem-solvers, should lead organizations but they would first need to supplement their engineering background with basic business knowledge and quantitative decision-making skills.

Industry Night 2019

MEM hosted its 5th Annual Industry Night on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the James L. Allen Center on Northwestern's Evanston Campus. MEM students, alumni, faculty, and industry guests were invited to hear Rob Wolcott, Co-Founder and Chairman, The World Innovation Network (TWIN) and Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management as the keynote speaker.

Keynote: Foresight, proximity and the future of all business

Professor Wolcott discussed where business is going across industries. Digital technologies push the production and provision of value ever closer to the moment of demand, a phenomenon referred to as “proximity.” He shared some insights as to how our organizations—and we personally—can build vision as a capability.

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Past Events

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