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1 Coffee Pot, Many Disciplines: Why Space Matters

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The Allen Curve, a theory developed by MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Tom Allen in the 1970's, asserts that the physical distance between individuals directly affects their levels of collaboration. This belief has begun to revolutionize space planning around the world -- especially the institution where the theory was developed. Whether it is open office space, specially designed labs connecting typically bifurcated groups, or the consolidation and co-location of related but fragmented activities and programs, MIT is taking a revolutionary approach to driving innovation and entrepreneurship through the creation of workspaces that promote and enhance collaboration.


Bill Aulet Managing Dir, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship MIT

Bill has over 25 years of experience in innovation-driven businesses from IBM to small high growth companies (2 of which he co-founded). He has raised over $100 million dollars and created hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value. His companies were widely recognized for their innovation and business excellence. He has spent his past six years teaching at MIT including the foundational classes in entrepreneurship as well as a number of advanced and executive education classes. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and Bill is frequently asked to advise corporate and government entities globally. He has just completed his first book which will be coming out in the Summer of 2013. He has degrees from Harvard and MIT.

Sanjay Sarma Professor of Mechanical Engineering MIT

Sanjay Sarma is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including ESSESS. Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek's Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies. He is currently director of MIT's Collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design.