Independent Activities Period 2016

photo_IAP2016The Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special term at MIT CTL where International students from all four MIT Global SCALE network centers gather at MIT from early January until the end of the month.

IAP provides students a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests.

During IAP, students are encouraged to set their own educational agendas, pursue independent projects, meet with faculty, or pursue many other options not possible during the semester. All MIT Global SCALE network students are encouraged to work in a team on Supply Chain Simulation and Projects.

In addition the IAP offers students the chance to showcase their Thesis Poster Presentations, attend interview sessions with prospective employers, network with MIT SCALE Alumni and learn something new about fellow students, colleagues, and friends.

With IAP, the possibilities are endless.

  • APICS Challenge

    APICS Challenge

    MISI students came in 1st & 2nd place in their APICS team wins at the IAP in Boston USA. Agnes Wambui Maina was in the first place team with Sneha Susan Jacob in the second place team.

    Agnes Wambui Maina
    MSCM Class of 2016
    Sneha Susan Jacob
    MSCM Class of 2016

    “I was in Team 8, which won the 2016 MIT – Boston APICS Students’ Innovation Competition. Our team was composed of Remya Pushpangatha Kurup – MIT, Tyler Cheever Lewis Martin – ZLC, Gaby Milagros Sifuentes Centeno – GCLOG and Myself – MISI”

    “A total of twenty eight [28] teams participated where they were given a ten [10] day task to design an IoT or wearable, five [5] teams qualified for the finals. Overall, my team emerged in first [1st] place and Sneha’s team emerged in second [2nd] place. My team came up with an idea of a jacket that is able to track using secured telecommunication systems while Sneha and her team proposed a baby band that is attached to a 0-3 year old baby’s ankle to detect her emotions and all other conditions”
    Agnes Wambui Maina

    “APICS is a premier professional association for supply chain and operations management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The Boston Chapter of APICS came forward and conducted a Student Innovation competition during our IAP session at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

    “The student innovation competition dealt with how we as students would come up with “Demand planning for a new product launch”. For the innovation challenge, we (as a team) were to work as a Consumer Products company with a focus on technology products. We were to choose a technology product category either along the lines of IoT (Internet of Things) or Wearable Technology.”

    “We were to convince the judges as to what was unique about the new product we created. Create the forecast factors for the Early Adopter phase and the Early Majority phase and determining the type of logistics to be used were among the issues that we had to present to the judges and convince them as to why the product would kick off in the market today.”

    “It was a fun session where a lot of brainstorming went into play. Each one of us became entrepreneurs for those 10 days and we gave our pitch to the judges as if they were Venture Capitalists willing to invest in our product. The event not only brought out our innovative and creative streak it also brought out the budding entrepreneurs in us with the icing being that we were all Supply Chain Management students and had the knowledge of the how’s and the when’s and the what’s into bring the new product into the market.”
    Sneha Susan Jacob

    The kick off presentation for the APICS challenge: download
    The winning team’s presentation: download

    Well Done, Agnes & Sneha

    Agnes & team
    Sneha & team

  • Research Expo

    Tausif A. Bashir

    Network Design: Dynamic Inventory Positioning in Uncertainty

    Sachin Sachin A. Shedge

    Demand Forecasting in Projects and Services

    Mahesh And Vero
    1) Veronica Parhusip
    2) Mahesh Yedluri

    Decision Framework for Localization

    IAP 2015 - Research Expo - MISI Students
    1)Vivek Subramanian
    2) Nursery Alfaridi Nasution

    Vessel Strategy for Greenfield Oil & Gas Project

    Agnes 1) Sneha Susan Jacob
    2) Agnes Wambui Maina

    The Big Hub Theory

    Sadaf And Sekar
    1) Sekar Widyastuti Pratiwi
    2) Sadaf Zaidi

    Improving Traceability for Better Performance

    WeiWei 1) Sara Ahmad Hashmi
    2) Weiwei Zhang

    F&B Supply Chain Performance Measurement

    Loh And Lorraine 1) Loh Tsu Ping
    2) Lorraine Pasqual

    Process Flexibility in a Multi-Machine Lot Scheduling

  • MISI Wins Grand Prize at Research Expo

    MISI Wins Grand Prize at Research Expo

    Sekar Widyastuti Pratiwi
    MSCM Class of 2016
    Sadaf Zaidi
    MSCM Class of 2016


    “The Research Expo Poster Presentation is the grand event of all the IAP activities. For this reason everyone comes up with their best on this big day.”

    “For this year’s event, 64 posters were presented on 20th January, 2016 at the MIT Media Lab. Students from every branch of the MIT Global SCALE network (MIT, ZLC, GCLOG & MISI) participated. They presented to more than 100 personnel and professionals from the industry who came to the Research Expo.”

    “Our poster was titled “Improving Traceablity for Better Performance” which we worked on with a leading lead acid battery supplier in Malaysia. The focus of this project was to:

    • Efficiently manage warranty claims.
    • Provide better visibility of battery lifetime.
    • Manage batch related issues.

    “We explained our project to every single visitor who came to us. Fortunately, we have some initial results that we shared with the visitors and this helped us better explain what the project was about and its significance.”

    “For the scoring, attendees voted for their favourite 5 presenters and the count was used to identify the winner for the grand prize and also for the separate prizes for each center. We are proud to have won the grand prize for MISI.”
    Sadaf Zaidi
    Sekar Widyastuti Pratiwi


    Well Done, Sekar & Sadaf



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