The MIT Sloan faculty is populated with many prominent business leaders, researchers, and teachers. Among Sloan students, there are a handful of professors who are considered a “must,” due to the level of instruction and teaching style of the faculty members.
John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management
Professor Sterman’s System Dynamics II is a popular and engaging course that expands the way students approach complex problems. Using stocks, flows, and feedback loops, students taking System Dynamics learn how to model the interconnectedness of complex systems and begin to map the non-linearity found in so many modern-day problems. The class has a notoriously challenging workload to match the elaborate vocabulary, but Professor Sterman teaches with an enthusiasm and clarity that students enjoy and appreciate. He has won multiple awards for teaching excellence from MIT Sloan students. Professor Sterman’s other claim to fame: He invented the beer game. (If you don’t know what this is just yet, wait. You’ll know soon.)
Andrew Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor Professor of Finance, Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering
Professor Lo teaches multiple classes in the finance department, including Finance Theory, Financial Market Dynamics and Human Behavior, and Financial Management. He has significant publications, and his list of awards would require its own separate guide!
Paul Asquith, Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Finance
Professor Asquith’s Finance II course is considered by many to be among the most engaging and popular courses at Sloan due to both his teaching excellence (he has been awarded the MIT Sloan student award an incredible 13 times) as well as his expertise in areas such as corporate finance and control, mergers, dividend policy, financial distress, and market efficiency.
Kristin Forbes, Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management
Professor Forbes has recently rotated between academia and policy positions in the United States government. She has served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the White House and as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Treasury Department in addition to her academic duties. As such, she possesses an incredible amount of real-world experience in her area of expertise. As one of Sloan’s “rock-star” professors, her new course Global Economic Challenges and Opportunities is certain to be in high demand.
Robert Pindyck, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd. Professor in Finance and Economics
Professor Pindyck works a great deal on irreversible investment decisions, the role of network effects in market structure, and the behavior of commodity prices. His course is known to be demanding, but is also consistently one of the classes with the highest points bid when the time comes to select courses. Professor Pindyck is also the coauthor of one of the most widely used microeconomics textbooks across universities around the world.
Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
A Venezuelan economist, Professor Ribogon’s research focuses on international, monetary, and development economics; he teaches applied macro and international economics. Highly popular with students, he has won both the “Teacher of the Year” award and the “Excellence in Teaching” award at MIT three times since joining the school in 1997.