Gaining Momentum

From National Oilwell Varco and Accenture

Beginning in January 2015, employees from National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a global energy services company, have been coming to the MIT campus to attend part of a year-long custom-designed professional education program called the Advanced Technology Program. Over the course of three terms, NOV employees will attend sessions based on MIT Professional Education’s Short Programs led by MIT faculty. Between terms, NOV employees will work with MIT faculty mentors on real-world projects at their home locations on topics such as innovation, data and modeling for engineering, science, and business.

Since 2004, MIT Professional Education has worked with another global corporation, Accenture, to develop deep technical skills for the company’s software professionals. With more than 11,000 employees from more than 50 countries including Brazil, India, Japan and Mauritius certified in the Accenture Technology Academy (ATA) to date, MIT Professional Education is now working with Accenture to create a new version of the program, ATA 2.0.

MIT Professional Education, in keeping with its strong global outreach mission, will deliver a five-day program in November for middle-level managers from previously disadvantaged communities working in the manufacturing sector in South Africa. The program, based on his short course, Product Platform and Product Family Design, will be led by Professor Olivier de Weck, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.