People Involved in Solve 2015
Driven by the Office of the President of MIT, and produced by MIT Technology Review, Solve is attracting a vibrant community of problem solvers. Here are those who took part in Solve's inaugural conference at MIT in October 2015.
Deepak AatreshRead bio
Deepak is the founder and visionary behind Aditazz, Inc. Deepak’s idea to borrow and learn from integrated circuit and chip design methodologies was the impetus behind the development of a similar approach to the design and construction of healthcare buildings. His vision has led the firm to develop building design automation tools which are linked directly to advanced manufacturing.
Joan AbramsRead bio
Joan Abrams, Ph.D. heads the Biotechnology Program at the Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA), the technical arm of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS). She completed her doctoral work in Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Tufts University in Boston and was employed in the biotech industry for several years. It was through her industry experience with recent college graduates that she first noticed a disconnect between conceptual knowledge and technical skills. She transitioned to education in 2004 with a pedagogical approach focused on developing technical and critical thinking skills through real world, project-centered activities designed to engage and inspire students with diverse interests, experience, and learning styles. The RSTA Biotechnology Program encourages students to challenge mindsets and to broaden perspectives about science while providing opportunities to explore how their interests and talents fit with a range of career paths.
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Noubar AfeyanRead bio
Dr. Noubar Afeyan is founder, Senior Managing Partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures, a leading venture creation and investment firm. Since 2000, he has been a Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he has taught courses on technology-entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. Noubar has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 1987.
During his 28-year career as inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Noubar has
co-founded and helped build over 30 life science and technology startups. He was founder and CEO of PerSeptive Biosystems, which was acquired by Perkin Elmer/Applera Corporation in 1998. He became Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Applera, where he initiated and oversaw the creation of Celera Genomics. He was a founder and investor in several highly successful ventures including Chemgenics Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Millennium Pharmaceuticals), Color Kinetics (acquired by Philips), Affinnova (acquired by AC Nielsen) and Adnexus Therapeutics (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb). Currently, Noubar is lead director/chairman of several private company boards, including Moderna Therapeutics, Seres Therapeutics and Pronutria Biosciences. He also serves as Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Chemicals and Biotechnology of the World Economic Forum as well as a being a member of the Emerging Technologies Council.
Anant AgarwalRead bio
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course, on circuits and electronics, from MIT; it drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having cofounded several companies including Tilera, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.
Anant won the Maurice Wilkes Prize for computer architecture and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson Prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness world record for the largest microphone array and is an author of the textbook Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.
His work on organic computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 “world-changing ideas” in 2011, and he was named in Forbes's list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.
He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a PhD from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras.
Anant's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.
Syed Sultan AhmedSyed Sultan AhmedRead bioSyed Sultan Ahmed
A passionate educator, entrepreneur, recipient of 3 President of India’s National Film Awards, advisor to Government & Private Educational Bodies. He is brilliant speaker, researcher, inspirational trainer, respected event manager, publisher, filmmaker and educational blogger.
A first generation entrepreneur he set up EduMedia an organisation that touches the lives of over 2 million children in South Asia through progressive initiatives using media. He is the promoter & publisher of MENTOR MAGAZINE India’s most respected monthly print and online magazine focused on school leadership. His creation SCHOOL CINEMA is a revolutionary learning module on life skills, taught using short films and thought provoking workbooks. He has been inspirational in creating some of the biggest children’s events of South Asia like Horlicks Wizkids.
A chemical engineer he has done his Entrepreneur Masters Program, Harley rider, qualified NLP practitioner & master trainer from Dale Carnegie USA.
Tenley AlbrightRead bio
Dr Tenley E. Albright is the Founder and Director of MIT Collaborative Initiatives, which brings experts and institutions together to break log jams. Dr. Albright is currently on the Board of Directors of Research!America, and Bloomberg Philanthropies and serves on the Advisory Board of Nanbiosym, Inc. and the Leadership Board at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. She is also a Consultant and Advisor to the U.S. Military Health System. She is a Faculty Member and Lecturer in General Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Albright has served on the Board of Directors at the Whitehead Institute, West Pharmaceutical Services, and State Street Corporation. She was a delegate to the World Health Assembly for four years and formerly chaired the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine at NIH.
Dr. Albright graduated from Harvard Medical School and has received eight honorary degrees. Earlier she was the first woman to win a gold medal in figure skating for the United States. On October 3, 2015, Tenley will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
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Martyn AmosRead bio
Martyn Amos is Professor of Novel Computation and Director of the Informatics Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His Ph.D. (University of Warwick, 1997) was an early contribution to the field of DNA computing. His research interests include synthetic biology, nature-inspired computing, complexity theory and crowd science.
In addition to his research work, he has a strong commitment to encouraging public engagement with science. He is the author of "Genesis Machines: The New Science of Biocomputing" (Atlantic Books, 2006), and co-editor of the "science-into-fiction" short story collection "Beta-Life: Stories from an A-Life Future" (Comma Press, 2014).
Gail AndersonRead bio
Gail currently teaches mathematics at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where she has helped promote STEM education. During her years at Dock, Gail created a robotics program and an independent-study robotics course, started honors mathematics courses, worked with students taking online courses, developed additional AP course offerings, and is currently working to develop a gifted & talented program for the K-12 system of which Dock is the upper school. Gail holds two bachelor’s degrees from M.I.T. (Aeronautical Engineering and Russian Studies) and a Masters of Education in High School Mathematics from Arcadia University. Prior to teaching, and before a 10-year hiatus in her career to raise two beautiful young daughters, Gail worked at The Boeing Company on the 777 commercial airplane. Gail is passionate about service and the impact people serving people has had in the world. As a young adult, Gail enjoyed seeing Cold War relations melt when she served alongside Soviets in earthquake-stricken Armenia and with other Americans in Yugoslavian refugee camps. Gail’s interests in education as a way to solve conflicts and fight poverty extends overseas through her involvement on the board of Sanctuary International, Inc., the American support arm of an orphanage in Ocna-Mures, Romania, which was established in 1992.
Ledia AndrawesRead bio
Ledia is the Programs Director for the non-profit arm of a strategic design consultancy, ThinkPlace. During her time at ThinkPlace, Ledia has worked with many public and private organisations to achieve their desired organisational and community change outcomes. She has led teams through the creation of innovative services and strategies in health, financial services, immigration, public governance, international development, technology and renewable energy spaces, among others. She supports decision-makers in government, businesses and the community to deliver solutions to complex challenges, through systems thinking, co-design and collaboration, research and empathy, prototyping and testing, strategic facilitation and innovation capability building. Most recently, she has worked in Kenya and Ghana with government actors, agricultural value chain actors, health care providers, insurers, banks and NGOs in developing services and strategies for, and with, people in low-resource settings. Ledia believes in the intersection between market-driven innovation and human centred design as critical to progress in this area. She is currently doing her PhD on design and innovation in sub-Saharan Africa.
Some of Ledia’s recent projects have include:
- Kenya: Leading a qualitative HCD study and innovation workshops with the World Bank and NHIF in Kenya that developed more user-centered changes and concepts to increasing national health insurance up-take by the informal sector
- Kenya: Facilitated training workshops with engineers at FabLab at the University of Nairobi clinical staff from Kenyatta National Hospital to introduce human-centered design principles to the 'Maker Hub' – an initiative focused on producing cost-effective and locally produced parts and equipment to fill gaps in health equipment provision in Kenya.
- Ghana: Research, design and prototype mobile tools to address low motivation among community health nurses in rural communities through innovations in clinical decision support, learning, networking and mobile supervision.
- Tanzania: Co-facilitate a workshop that brought together forty innovators, telecommunications companies, NGOs and funders to consider how organisations delivering for the BoP could be more successful at getting innovations to market.
- Kenya: Led the research and design phases for a bank to better understand the financial service needs of small-scale agriculture value chain actors and deliver new solutions tailored for them.
- Australia: Redesign the national renewable energy agency organisational structure to maximise its flexibility, responsiveness and productivity following an allocation of $3 billion in funding.
- Australia: Lead the co-design of a new set of national immigration detention standards for on-shore facilities in Australia with cross-departmental involvement and workshops of up to 80 people to co-write and critique the document.
Ledia has a honed appreciation for solving challenging problems and is an accomplished driver of intelligent and effective initiatives that achieve results. Prior to joining ThinkPlace, Ledia led strategic consulting projects focused on developing organisational capability for various community, government and corporate groups.
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Brian AnthonyRead bio
Dr. Anthony is Co-Director of MIT’s Medical Electronic Device Realization Center, Director of MIT’s Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program, and Deputy Director for the MIT Skoltech Initiative. His work involves systems analysis and design, calling upon mechanical, electrical and optical engineering, along with computer science and optimization, to create solutions. With over 20 years experience in product realization – Dr. Anthony won an Emmy (from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) in broadcast technical innovation – Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. In addition to his academic work, he has extensive experience in market driven technology innovation, product realization, and business entrepreneurship and commercialization at the intersection between information technology and advanced manufacturing.
Gerald AppelsteinRead bio
Jerry has recently retired after 34 years in the oil business, spanning Exxon, brokerage and ultimately oil trading of feedstocks. He serves on the Board of Directors of the MIT Alumni Association and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is currently working on an energy application in conjunction with the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering that could be transformational in the way that consumers of energy manage usage.
Hallie ApplebaumRead bio
Hallie Applebaum is an Open Innovation Specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC. She works with entrepreneurs and government agencies to develop tools and policy that modernize government and enable economic development. She is currently working with the Ministry of ICT in Colombia, the Ministry of Telecommunications in Lebanon, and the Ministry of Science and Technology in Trinidad and Tobago to explore the role of science, technology, art, open innovation, and design thinking in prototyping solutions to improve city services. The objective is to foster economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness in the economy though the creation of a culture of entrepreneurship and the enhancement of the talent pool's skills to meet the global standards of the tech industry.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Hallie managed partnerships for the RE.WORK Cities Summit, an annual event in London that convenes entrepreneurs, academics, technologists, business leaders, and policy makers from around the world to discuss how entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, and science influence the sustainability of cities, and consulted for IBM Smarter Cities in Brazil and London and for Samasource in Kenya and India.
Hallie holds an MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mariana ArcayaRead bio
Mariana Arcaya is the Charles H. (1951) and Ann E. Spaulding Career Development Assistant Professor in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Dr. Arcaya is a social epidemiologist and urban planner whose work explores dynamic relationships between geographic contexts, particularly neighborhoods, and health. She conducts scholarly and policy-relevant research in two main areas: 1) bi-directional relationships between place and health, including how health considerations shape socioeconomic outcomes for individuals and communities, and, 2) applied and translational research on the social determinants of health, particularly health risk factors shaped by urban policy and planning decisions.
Arcaya received her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
Tim ArmourRead bio
Timothy W. Armour
Timothy W. Armour is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, a 501c3 public charity whose mission is to fund research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Armour served for fifteen years as executive director and later executive vice president of the JASON Foundation for Education, a nonprofit organization committed to improving science and math motivation and performance among middle school students. Mr. Armour's earlier career includes start-up and executive roles in business as well as the senior external relations and fundraising official at Harvard Business School, and fundraising and alumni relations at Amherst College.
Mr. Armour earned his BA in Political Science from Amherst College, an MA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Robert C. ArmstrongRead bio
Professor Robert C. Armstrong is the director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was previously head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT and served as co-chair of MIT’s Energy Research Council and as the founding deputy director of the MIT Energy Initiative. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honors in 1970, earning a bachelor of chemical engineering degree. He then received a PhD in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in chemical engineering.
Professor Armstrong has received a number of awards, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Warren K. Lewis Award, the AIChE Professional Progress Award, the Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Distinguished Service Citation, and election to the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. His two-volume book, “Dynamics of Polymer Liquids” has been named a Citation Classic. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Professor Armstrong has published and lectured extensively in the areas of energy, polymer fluid mechanics, and the rheology of complex materials.
Nicholas AshfordRead bio
Nicholas A. Ashford is Professor of Technology & Policy and Director of the Technology & Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics; Law, Technology, and Public Policy; and Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development. Dr. Ashford is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Socio-technical Research in the School of Engineering; the Institute for Work and Employment Research in the Sloan School of Management; and the Environmental Policy Group in the Urban Studies Department. He holds both a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Law Degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received graduate education in Economics. Dr. Ashford is a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and teaches intensive courses in Sustainable Development, and European & International Environmental Law at Cambridge University, UK and at the Cyprus University of Technology.
Dr. Ashford is the co-author of two recent textbooks/readers: Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development: Transforming the Industrial State (2011, Yale University Press; see http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_101711/webinar-ashford-sys...) and Environmental Law, Policy and Economics: Reclaiming the Environmental Agenda (2008, MIT Press; see http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262012386). He also authored a major policy work for the Ford Foundation, Crisis in the Workplace: Occupational Disease and Injury, (1976, MIT Press). He co-authored four additional books: Public Participation in Contaminated Communities, (2001, http://web.mit.edu/ctpid/www/tl/); Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes (second edition 1998, John Wiley Press; http://www.chemicalexposures.com); Technology, Law and the Working Environment (second edition 1996, Island Press) and Monitoring the Worker for Exposure and Disease (1990, John Hopkins University Press). He has published several hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews.
Dr. Ashford was a public member and chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety & Health, served on the EPA Science Advisory Board, and was chairman of the Committee on Technology Innovation & Economics of the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. Dr. Ashford is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former chair of its Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. He served as an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme and is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, the Journal of Environmental Policy & Governance, and Environmental Innovation & Societal Transitions, He has served as co-chair of the US-Greece Council for the Initiative on Technology Cooperation with the Balkans.
Monica AspeMonica AspeRead bioMonica Aspe
Monica Aspe Bernal specializes in the design and implementation of public policies with emphasis on telecommunications, broadcasting and digital inclusion. In April 2015 she was appointed Undersecretary of Communications at the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). She has a degree in Political Science and Master by the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and Columbia University, respectively.
Nancie AtwellRead bio
A middle-school English teacher since 1973, Nancie Atwell is the inaugural recipient of the Global Teacher Prize. She has donated the Varkey Foundation's $1 million award to the Center for Teaching and Learning, the K-8, non-profit demonstration school she founded in Edgecomb, Maine, in 1990. She is the first classroom teacher to receive the major research awards in the field of English, the M.L.A. Mina P. Shaughnessy Price and the N.C.T.E. David H. Russell Award. Nancie is the author of the classic text for teachers In the Middle, now in its third edition; her other titles include Side by Side: Essays on Teaching to Learn; Lessons That Change Writers; Naming the World: A Year of Poems and Lessons; The Reading Zone; and Systems to Transform Your Classroom and School.
Dennis AusielloRead bio
Dennis A. Ausiello, MD is the Jackson Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director, Emeritus of the MD/PhD Program at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chairman of Medicine, Emeritus and Director of the Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). This Center is a partnership among MGH, MIT, and Harvard University whose mission is to develop real-time assessment of human traits in wellness and disease. In partnership with industry, it is creating tools for robust measurements of both traditional and novel phenotypes which include the impact of genetics, environment and behavior.
Dr. Ausiello received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ausiello has made substantial contributions to the knowledge of epithelial biology in the areas of membrane protein trafficking, ion channel regulation and signal transduction. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and textbooks and served as an editor of Cecil's Textbook of Medicine.
A nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, Dr. Ausiello was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 1999 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. His writings have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and elsewhere on topics concerning medical education and biomedical research, including human genetics, clinical trials, the inquisitive physician, and the relationship between academic medicine and the private sector.
Understanding the need for partnerships between the academy and industry, Dr. Ausiello also serves in a variety of advisory roles beyond his academic affiliations, including his service on the Board of Directors of pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc., drug-delivery company, TARIS, and interference RNA company, Alnylam.
Roger AvakianRoger AvakianRead bioRoger Avakian
Roger Avakian, PolyOne Fellow and Vice President of the Scientific Development group at PolyOne. He is responsible for the development of PolyOne’s material “breakthroughs”. His group has contributed to the commercial development PolyOne’s recent bio-materials, namely reSound™ bio-polymer blends and reFlex™ bio-derived plasticizers. Current work areas are in non-halogen flame retardants and high-temperature polymers.
He has been at PolyOne for 15 years since its formation and prior to that was at GE Plastics for 20 years. He has over 65 issued U.S. Patents, and is a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma. He is also a member of the Plastics Pioneers Associate, leads the New Technology Committee and the Non-Halogen Flame Retardant Technologies Special Interest Group in the Society of Plastics Engineers, and is a member of the American Chemical Society.
Roger Avakian earned his B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1973.
Eric BaczukEric BaczukRead bioEric Baczuk
Laurie Dean BairdRead bio
Laurie Dean Baird is Managing Director at Laderium LLC where she provides global strategy, business development and innovation services in the media, health and humanitarian sectors. She also serves as an Executive in Residence at the Georgia Tech – Institute for People and Technology, Research Fellow at the Futures of Entertainment and Managing Director for Midtown Buzz, an experiment in mobile innovation focused on engaging urban communities. She is a board member of the MIT Alumni Association, MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Humanities, Georgia Tech GVU Center and Startup Chicks. She has repeatedly been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable Technology by WICT and CableFax Magazine and named a finalist for Women in Technology Woman of the Year. Baird earned a BS in physics from St. Lawrence University, and a SM (MBA) from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She can be followed on Twitter @LawD.
Omar BakrRead bio
Omar is Chief Scientist of Tarana Wireless and is responsible for directing innovation of the company’s advanced signal processing algorithms and wireless broadband technologies. Prior to Tarana, he completed a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley (2010). During his doctoral studies at Berkeley, as a member of both the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the Technology Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) group, he worked on developing techniques to leverage information and wireless communication technologies to reduce the cost of delivering services to rural and under-served economies. His thesis work focused on low-cost techniques for building high gain antenna arrays for extending the reach and reducing the cost of wireless infrastructure. He has published more than 12 technical papers related to multi-antenna beamforming, wireless spectrum reuse, and delay-tolerant networking.
Omar holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (2001) and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2003) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thomas BallatoreRead bio
Dr. Thomas Ballatore is co-founder and director of the Lake Basin Action Network, a global, nonprofit organization of environmental professionals dedicated to empowering people in developing countries in the use of geospatial technologies for lake conservation. Previously, he was a tenured associate professor at the Japan University of Economics and the lead researcher at the International Lake Environment Committee. Thomas has over 20 years experience working in Asia and Africa and has served as a consultant for organizations such as IUCN, JICA, UNEP, USAID, and the World Bank. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo as well as a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His honors include being awarded the Japanese Monbusho Fellowship and the US Department of Defense Engineering Alliance for Global Education Fellowship. He is also active in education in his local community and has served two terms as the first American PTA President of a Japanese public school.
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Joe BarkaiRead bio
Joe Barkai is a global thought leader with more than 30 years of experience in helping organizations chart their product and market strategy. His background at the union of business and technology with hundreds of organizations across diverse industries, provides a unique ability to “connect the dots” and clearly articulate the always-evolving business value of technology.
Joe’s focus is on researching, forecasting and the strategic application of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology and the union between IoT, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Service Lifecycle Management (SLM), Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), and equipment diagnostics and prognostics methods.
As Vice President of Research at IDC, a leading global market research firm, Joe led global research for over 8 years across a broad spectrum of industries, including automotive, industrial equipment, aerospace, construction, medical devices and high-tech; and working with companies such as Caterpillar, Chrysler, Ford, IBM, John Deere, Oracle, PTC, SAP and Siemens. He appeared on CNN and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and numerous industry publications.
Joe’s ongoing market research and pragmatic approach provide a solid foundation of knowledge and insight for board members and senior executives trying to make sense of the fast changing technology landscape to make strategic technology decisions, drive market adoption and improve organizational decision-making.
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Linda BarringtonRead bio
Linda Barrington is Executive Director, Institute for Compensation Studies, ILR School at Cornell University. She has conducted research on new workforce entrants, business leaders’ perceptions of their top challenges, compensation, the working poor, gender, and poverty. Her work appears in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Economic History, and the Historical Statistics of the U.S., as well as numerous business-research reports. Barrington’s recent book, Employment and Work - Disability: Key Issues and Future Directions, is published in the SAGE Reference Series. Barrington comes to the Institute for Compensation Studies from The Conference Board, a global business membership and research organization. There, she held several positions over the past 10 years, most recently Managing Director of Human Capital. Prior to The Conference Board, Barrington was on faculty at Barnard College of Columbia University. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Carl BassRead bio
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building things—from chairs and tables to boats and most recently an electric go-kart.
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Angela BelcherRead bio
Professor Belcher attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She obtained her BS in creative studies in 1991 and her PhD in chemistry in 1997, unraveling the ways in which proteins can direct the material properties of minerals. Belcher joined the MIT faculty in 2001 as a professor in the Departments of Biological Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering.
Alan M. BergerRead bio
Alan M. Berger is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning where he teaches courses open to the entire student body. He is Co-Director of CAU, MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, and founding director of P-REX lab at MIT.
Karl BerggrenRead bio
Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Director of the Nanostructures Laboratory in the Research Laboratory of Electronics. His current research focuses on methods of nanofabrication, especially applied to superconductive quantum circuits, photodetectors, high-speed superconductive electronics, and energy systems. Prof. Berggren is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing. He serves on the editorial board of the IOP Nanotechnology journal and was program chair of the 2014 Electron, Ion, Photon Beams and Nanofabrication Conference. From 2008 to 2014 he was an elected member of the board of the Applied Superconductivity Conference.
Brian BergsteinBrian BergsteinRead bioBrian Bergstein
I am executive editor of MIT Technology Review. I’ve been a technology journalist for 15 years, reporting on the Web, computing, telecom, and the business of technology from Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston.
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Scott BethRead bio
Scott Beth joined Intuit in March of 2003 and is the Vice President of Finance Operations and Real Estate. In this role, Scott is responsible for global procurement, quote-to-invoice, supply chain, workplace, real estate, and physical security.
Prior to joining Intuit, Scott held leadership positions at Agilent Technologies where he formed the procurement organization for the Hewlett-Packard spin-off as the Vice President of Procurement. Prior to Agilent, Scott held a number of leadership positions in Hewlett-Packard over 23 years spanning engineering, information technology, supply chain management, procurement, manufacturing and finance.
Scott earned his BA in economics from Stanford University and serves on a number of boards and advisory committees including the non-profit governing board of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. He recently published articles in Forbes and FlexJobs.
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Sangeeta BhatiaRead bio
Cancer researcher, MIT professor, and biotech entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia works to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. Trained as both a physician and engineer, Sangeeta’s laboratory leverages ‘tiny technologies’ of miniaturization to yield inventions with new applications in tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation, medical diagnostics, predictive toxicology, and drug delivery. She and her trainees have launched more than ten biotechnology companies to improve human health. Sangeeta has received many honors including the Lemelson-MIT Prize, known as the ‘Oscar for inventors,’ and the Heinz Medal for groundbreaking inventions and advocacy for women in STEM fields. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Science.
Mark BishopMark BishopRead bioMark Bishop
Originally from New Zealand, Mark Bishop has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland and has been designing full time in the field of advanced composite structures since 1994. Mark moved to the US in 2001 to be the onsite engineer for an advanced composite high speed motor yacht and began his own engineering consultancy. He has since designed advanced composite yacht structures for Farr Yacht Design, Volvo Ocean Racing Yachts, Americas Cup teams as well as extreme high speed offshore racing structures and 465' Superyachts. Recent work has also included operational tidal turbines and low cost composite housing.
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Ivan BofarullRead bio
Ivan is a passionate father of a boy, Dante, who was born next to the Pentagon in Arlington, VA in 2011, and tries to be as much a passionate husband with Eva, whom he met a long ago in a foodmarket in London. They enjoy reading Dr.Seuss stories as well as classic literature for kids altogether, like of course, Dante's Divine Comedy. Ivan loves to explore the intersection of the liberal arts with new exponential technologies: it is as much likely to see him in a Singularity University event as seeing him in an Aspen Institute alumni reunion the same week. Ivan is at SOLVE because he believes that Education can save the world, with a combination of entrepreneurship (platforms that solve a global talent mismatch), policy (incentives for leveraging new pools of talent), and institutional change (training educational institutions), and MIT is one of the few that has the capacity to make it happen.
Ivan’s primary affiliation is ESADE Business School, an elite higher ed institution in Barcelona, where he is director of Global Intelligence and Insights. He is also a guest advisor at the McDonough School of Business (Georgetown University) in Washington, DC; a fellow at the Unnivers Institute in Boston, a think tank on higher ed.; and a volunteer at his son school, a child-centered Freinet school and research center. Ivan writes and speaks on the future of higher education, globalization, reputation and business school rankings. He is the author of the MBA City Monitor ranking.
His website is http://ivanbofarull.com
Charles BoiceyRead bio
Charles is the Chief Innovation Officer for Clearsense. In his role he is developing the analytics infrastructure to serve the clinical, operational, quality and research needs of healthcare organizations. His work for the past six years has centered on bringing the “Big Data” technologies that power Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to healthcare. He was a founding member of the team that developed the Health and Human Services award winning application “NowTrending" and at the University of California, Irvine he developed “Saritor” a novel Healthcare Data Platform for advanced healthcare analytics.
Charles holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and is the President of the American Nursing Informatics Association. He is board certified as an Informatics Nurse and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). He is a member of the HIMSS National Innovation Committee, VCS Advisory Council and former member of the HIMSS National Nursing Informatics Committee.
John BolducRead bio
As an environmental planner in the Cambridge Community Development Department, the lead planning agency for the City, my role is in planning and implementing local climate change policy and programs and engaging community stakeholders. Cambridge has been working on climate change directly since 1999, primarily on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions but now also preparing for climate change impacts. While climate change mitigation must happen at the international scale, cities have served as laboratories for new approaches in deploying energy efficiency and renewable energy; converting to sustainable transportation modes; eliminating waste; adapting to climate change; and engaging businesses, institutions, and citizens in taking action. Most recently, I have been managing the City's climate change vulnerability assessment, laying the groundwork for the forthcoming climate change preparedness plan process; and managing the implementation of the Cambridge Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance. I serve on a variety of advisory and steering committees involving sustainability and climate change policy and climate change conferences in addition to working with a number of local advisory committees and stakeholder organizations.
Bathelemy BolivarRead bio
Currently working as an instructor at both University of Manitoba and University of Saint-Boniface, Dr. Bathelemy Bolivar, who also holds an MBA degree, has regularly served as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Technology in Knowledge Sharing and The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning. His main research interests are in Cultural Studies in Education and Learning Environment Research methods. He has also co-authored several peer-reviewed articles in the field of social and academic integration of the immigrant/refugee student population within the French minority settings in Canada. He has founded and directed Haitian School without Borders, a unique initiative to provide a free high-quality online education for all Haitian students. He was invited as a jury member at the Canadian Council for the Arts to deliberate in French poetry contests. For his two decades of innovative teaching practices at both high school and University levels, the unending commitment to quality education for all and other numerous community services, Bolivar was named in March 2015, one of the Manitoba Future “Top 40 Under 40” by CBC and Metro News.
Gary BollesGary BollesRead bioGary Bolles
Co-founder, eParachute.com: Helping everyone find meaningful work. Co-producer, Closing the Gap: Creating an inclusive economy, Dec '15. Co-founder, SoCap, the conference for impact entrepreneurs; DGREE, envisioning the future of higher education; and Silicon Valley Meets the U.N. Consulting conference producer for clients such as Google, Singularity University, Yahoo, L'Oreal, and Viacom.
Mark BonchekRead bio
Mark Bonchek is the founder and CEO of SHIFT Thinking, helping organizations and leaders update their thinking for a digital age. Since receiving Harvard University's first PhD on the topic of social media in 1997, Mark has been a pioneer in helping organizations engage, organize and compete in a networked world.
As an executive, advisor and entrepreneur, Mark has designed engagement strategies and new lines of business for such organizations as Kaiser Permanente, Manpower, Staples, The Economist, McKinsey & Company, IBM and the American Heart Association. Mark is a former Research Associate at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab and currently writes a column for Harvard Business Review.
In 2015 Mark will launch SHIFT Expeditions, a mobile and social learning platform for creating epiphany at scale.
Hossein BorazghiHossein BorazghiRead bioHossein Borazghi
Hossein Borazghi, completed his bachelor of science in structural Engineering and his master’s degree in Offshore Structure. After his studies, has worked in Persian Gulf offshore structures where he realized that a new high performing material was necessary to reduce corrosion effects in structures. That is why he decided to continue his studies in composite materials in Polytechnic of Montreal where he started to work with IMI (Institute of Industrial Material) in National Council of Canada.
In 2001, During his PhD , he developed a new process which consists in Roll Forming of laminated Panels using reinforced thermoplastic material. In 2002, he established his own company that was incubated by IMI until 2006. To be able to respond to the increasing demand, in 2006, Hossein moved his company to its new location in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
During these years, he developed several methods and products that are used in different applications such as construction, transportation, flooring, bridges, etc.. A first all in composite house in South Carolina, thermoplastic bridge decks, are some of his achievements…
Vanu BoseVanu BoseRead bioVanu Bose
Dr. Bose is CEO of Vanu, Inc. Founded in 1998, Vanu, Inc. pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of a software-defined radio in 2004. Vanu, Inc. has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Software-Defined Radio Forum Achievement Award, IEEE Spectrum Magazine’s Wireless Winner, and the GSM Association Technology Award for Most Innovative Infrastructure Product. Dr. Bose has been granted the personal distinctions of being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a ComputerWorld Honors Program Laureate. Dr. Bose is currently serving as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, as a member of the Army Science Board, and as a member of the MIT Corporation. Dr. Bose was a technical expert for the President’s Council of Advisors (PCAST) report: “Realizing the full potential of government-held spectrum to spur economic growth”, and is the founder of the National Spectrum Consortium. Dr. Bose received his B.S, M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
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Ed BoydenRead bio
Ed Boyden is a professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and repairing complex biological systems such as the brain, and applies them systematically to reveal ground truth principles of biological function as well as to repair these systems. These technologies, created often in interdisciplinary collaborations, include expansion microscopy, which enables complex biological systems to be imaged with nanoscale precision, optogenetic tools, which enable the activation and silencing of neural activity with light, and optical, nanofabricated, and robotic interfaces that enable recording and control of neural dynamics. He has launched an award-winning series of classes at MIT that teach principles of neuroengineering, starting with basic principles of how to control and observe neural functions, and culminating with strategies for launching companies in the nascent neurotechnology space. He also co-directs the MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering, which aims to develop new tools to accelerate neuroscience progress.
Amongst other recognitions, he has received the Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences (2015), the Schuetze Prize (2014), the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award (2013), the Lundbeck "Brain" Prize, the largest brain research prize in the world (2013), the NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2013), the NIH Director's Transformative Research Award (twice, 2012 and 2013), and the Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize (2011). He was also named to the World Economic Forum Young Scientist list (2013), the Wired Smart List "50 People Who Will Change the World" (2012), the Technology Review World’s "Top 35 Innovators under Age 35" list (2006), and his work was included in Nature Methods "Method of the Year" in 2010.
His group has hosted hundreds of visitors to learn how to use neurotechnologies, and he also regularly teaches at summer courses and workshops in neuroscience, and delivers lectures to the broader public (e.g., TED (2011); World Economic Forum (2012, 2013)). Ed received his Ph.D. in neurosciences from Stanford University as a Hertz Fellow, where he discovered that the molecular mechanisms used to store a memory are determined by the content to be learned. Before that, he received three degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and physics from MIT. He has contributed to over 300 peer-reviewed papers, current or pending patents, and articles, and has given over 300 invited talks on his group's work.
Amy BrandRead bio
Amy Brand was named Director of the MIT Press in July of 2015. From 2014-2105, she served as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America for Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Brand serves on the Duraspace Board of Directors, was a founding member of the ORCID Board, and regularly advises on key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT.
Miguel BrechnerMiguel BrechnerRead bioMiguel Brechner
Miguel Brechner Frey was born in 1953, and got a degree in Electronics at Kings College London and a Masters degree in Telecommunications at Imperial College, London.
He was a successful executive and businessman in the IT field in Uruguay. In 2005 he resigned to all executive positions in the private sector and redirected his efforts to innovation and technology in the public sector, especially Education.
Between 2005 and 2010 he was president of LATU (Uruguay Technology Agency) and a board member of the Agency of Research and Innovation (ANII).
In 2006 he created Plan Ceibal, inspired in OLPC initiative. He is the President of Centro Ceibal the institution that is changing the landscape of Education in Uruguay.
More than 700.000 students and teachers form public education have their own computers, 99% of them having connectivity in their education facility.
Plan Ceibal is based on a profound equal opportunities vision that emphasizes social inclusion as a means of changing learning, education and the technology infrastructure of the country.
He is married and has three children. His main hobby is to run marathons and triatlons in different parts of the world.
Martha BroadRead bio
Martha Broad is the Executive Director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), linking science, innovation, and policy to transform the world’s energy systems. She has worked in the energy and sustainability field extensively with business, government and nonprofit stakeholders. She began her career on as a Capitol Hill lobbyist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and subsequently launched and ran Rainforest Crunch, a spin-off of Ben and Jerry’s that sold eco-friendly gourmet candy. Previous to joining MITEI a year ago, she served as the Director of Knowledge Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, managing studies and programs that help move research toward commercialization.
Jennifer BroderickJennifer BroderickRead bioJennifer Broderick
Plants and animals use Argonaute proteins to silence genes. My passion is to understand the functional parameters of small RNA-directed gene silencing by Argonaute proteins. I want to apply my expertise to help solve challenges in sustainable agriculture, food security and human health.
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Rodney BrooksRead bio
Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT.
He is a robotics entrepreneur and founder, chairman, and CTO of Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics). He is also a founder, former board member (1990–2011), and former CTO (1990–2008) of iRobot. Dr. Brooks is the former director (1997–2007) of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received degrees in pure mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1981. He held research positions at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, and a faculty position at Stanford, before joining the faculty of MIT in 1984. He has published many papers on computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, and artificial life.
Dr. Brooks served for many years as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Group of National Information and Communication Technology Australia (NICTA) and on the Global Innovation and Technology Advisory Council of John Deere. He is currently an Xconomist at Xconomy and a regular contributor to the Edge. Since June 2014 he has been a member of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Dr. Brooks is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a founding fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (the other AAAS), a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a corresponding member of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), and a foreign fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
He won the Computers and Thought Award at the 1991 IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence). In 2008 he won the IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production. In 2014 he won the Robotics Industry Association's Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership. And he won the 2015 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award.
He has been the Cray lecturer at the University of Minnesota, the Mellon lecturer at Dartmouth College, and the Forsythe lecturer at Stanford University. He was cofounding editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision and is a member of the editorial boards of various journals, including Adaptive Behavior, Artificial Life, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Robots, and New Generation Computing. He starred as himself in the 1997 Errol Morris movie Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, named for one of his scientific papers. A Sony Classics picture, it is available on DVD.
Elizabeth BruceRead bio
Elizabeth is Executive Director at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). Launched in July 2015, IDSS is a new cross-campus institute committed to advancing research and education at the intersection of statistics and data science, information and decision systems, and social science to address societal challenges. Elizabeth works with IDSS leadership on strategic development and planning for the Institute, including new collaborative initiatives and external partnerships.
Elizabeth's expertise is in identifying emerging technologies and building strategic industry-university collaborations to accelerate innovation and bridge the gap between research and commercialization. In 2012, Elizabeth co-founded and served as Executive Director of the MIT Big Data Initiative at CSAIL, an industry-academic collaboration focused on developing enabling technologies needed to solve next generation data challenges, from data management to analytics and data visualization tools.
Elizabeth has over a decade of experience at MIT, working with faculty and researchers to establish initiatives and develop strategic partnerships, covering topics in big data, mobile, health, manufacturing, optical communications and privacy. Prior to joining MIT, Elizabeth held strategic management and consulting positions in industry, including at Analog Devices and the Aberdeen Group, and as a founding partner of Optical Strategies, a technology-consulting firm. As a research scientist early in her career, Elizabeth joined research expeditions in both the Antarctic and north of the Arctic Circle. Trained as an engineer, Elizabeth holds a Masters degree from MIT in Ocean Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
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Markus BuehlerRead bio
Markus J. Buehler is a Professor and Head of the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since his appointment in 2013 he has been leading a major strategic repositioning of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering department around 'big engineering', focusing on systems with large-scale impact on people and society. Connecting science and engineering to address natural and built systems, research and education in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department focuses around ecology, resources, infrastructure, cities and global systems. In his own research, Buehler pursues new modeling, design and manufacturing approaches for advanced materials that offer greater resilience and a wide range of controllable properties from the nano to the macroscale. He has published several hundred scholarly articles on materials design and modeling, and authored several books. His most recent book “Biomateriomics” presents a new paradigm for the analysis of bio-inspired materials and structures to devise sustainable technologies, and using a mathematical categorization approach that connects insights from disparate fields such as materials, structures to music and language.
Buehler has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award for exceptional distinction in teaching and in research or scholarship, the highest honor bestowed on young MIT faculty. Other major awards include the Alfred Noble Prize, the Leonardo da Vinci Award, the Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, and many other recognitions from professional societies. He is also recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the United States Air Force Young Investigator Award, the Navy Young Investigator Award, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, as well as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. He was an invitee at several National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposia and has delivered several plenary lectures at this forum. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
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Marcia BurkeyRead bio
Marcia Burkey is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), responsible for TerraPower’s treasury and fundraising operations, including strategic financial management, shareholder relations, funding and cash management, taxes and commercial support for joint venture activities.
Immediately prior to joining TerraPower, Burkey was the managing director at TeleSoft Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm which funds, incubates and helps build value in companies of various stages. She oversaw investment operations for a family of funds with commitments exceeding $625M including SBIC commitments. TeleSoft’s funds invest in communication, energy, internet and information technology (IT) companies.
Prior to her work at TeleSoft, Burkey was a senior vice president and partner of Bechtel Group, Inc. In her capacity as CFO of Bechtel Enterprises, she was responsible for leading the investment efforts along with financial planning and analysis, control, tax, treasury, and IT efforts. Additionally, Burkey assisted in capital raisings within Bechtel Enterprises and Bechtel Group, and served on the boards of UIC, Alterra and InterGen. She led the development and sale of investments in North America, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Burkey also served as the president of Bechtel’s NASD broker-dealer, Bechtel Financing Services, Inc.
Prior to her work at Bechtel, Burkey spent nine years at SBC Warburg (now UBS) in corporate and project finance positions. She was involved in project financings globally for SBC Warburg in New York, and directed the firm’s Latin America project finance business development efforts. In addition, she was responsible for corporate advisory and financing in multiple industries, including work with U.S. public utilities. While at SBC Warburg, Burkey assisted in raising debt and equity capital for U.S. electric, water and gas utilities in excess of $2.5B.
Burkey holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Arts from Columbia University; she also completed a year of study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
Barbara BurlingameRead bio
Barbara Burlingame is a nutrition scientist with a PhD from Massey University and undergraduate degrees from University of California, Davis (nutrition science and environmental toxicology). For the past 16 years she worked in Rome for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, first as Senior Nutrition Officer and then as Deputy Director of the Nutrition Division. Before joining FAO, Dr Burlingame spent 12 years as Nutrition Programme Leader at the New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. Currently she is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University; Senior Adviser with the Millennium Institute (Washington, DC); a faculty member at the American University of Rome; a member of several scientific advisory boards, foundations and international committees. She is the author of many scientific papers and UN publications, book chapters and reference books; and is/has been editor of several food and nutrition journals during the last 25 years, including 13 years as Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, and current Specialty Chief Editor of the new Frontiers in Nutrition and Environmental Sustainability in the Nature Publishing Group. Her expertise includes sustainable food systems, international food policy and programmes, food composition, nutrient requirements, dietary assessment (including risk and risk/benefit assessments), biodiversity for food and nutrition, and sustainable diets.
Robinne BurrellRead bio
Over the past decade, Robinne Burrell has been at the forefront of technology working with both entrepreneurial and established Silicon backed companies who have helped define the new digital age. As an on-air correspondent at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, she covered the logistical technology used during the ceremonies. Standard and Poor’s identified her as part of the “Society of Industry Leaders” and Hollywood Reporter named her “The Next Generation of Industry Execs”. She has been frequently featured on CNN and NBC as well as a popular speaker at top mobile and tech conferences.
As a member of the global community, Robinne founded non-profit organizations that aim to uplift underrepresented communities worldwide. She was co-founder and original creator of S.T.A.N.D, Socially Together and Naturally Diverse, a global youth coalition across high schools and colleges that focus on bridging the gap between race and gender inequality through educational programs and activism. She is also the Founder of AYA (Arte y Amistad), a volunteer organization based out of Monterrey Mexico that places college students at orphanages throughout the disadvantaged communities of Northern Mexico to implement art, literature and educational programs. She served 2 years as a Rotary Ambassador of Goodwill and Peace in Mexico as a philanthropist and representative of the U.S to improve relations between Mexico and the U.S border relationships. For her commitment to the national community, Robinne was awarded the esteemed Congressional Award for Outstanding Service to the United States. As a Daughter of the American Revolution Scholar, Robinne holds a B.A in Cinema/Television from USC and completed the Leadership Strategy Program at MITs Sloan School of Business. Currently she is an Executive Chair for the Television Academy Emmy Awards Group in Interactive Media where she governs the Interactive Awards for excellent achievement in digital content and is in charge of Product Innovation for multiple early stage start-ups through the LA-based tech firm Redflight Mobile.
Andrea CampbellRead bio
Andrea Louise Campbell is the Department Head and Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research examines the interplay among public opinion, public policy, and political inequality, particularly around issues of social welfare policy, health policy, and tax policy. She is the author of Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle (Chicago, 2014); The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Provision, with Kimberly J. Morgan (Oxford, 2011); and How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Citizen Activism and the American Welfare State (Princeton, 2003). She has served on advisory boards for the National Academy of Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Campbell’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute. She holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.
Stuart CandyRead bio
Stuart Candy is a professional futurist, transmedia storyteller, and design educator. He is currently Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, Toronto, and Director of the OCAD U Situation Lab, whose U.S. counterpart is in the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles.
As a foresight practitioner, strategist and facilitator Dr Candy has worked with organisations around the world including Arup, the Sydney Opera House, IDEO, the TED Conference, the University of Oxford, Institute for the Future, the government of Singapore, Interface, and Wired magazine. He is currently helping design the Museum of Future Government Services in Dubai.
Dr Candy is co-creator of the award-winning card game The Thing From The Future with USC Situation Lab director Jeff Watson. This game for scaffolding individual and group imagination through design and storytelling has been used in settings ranging from Stanford d.School, to FutureFest in London, to the United Nations Development Program's annual strategy meeting in New York.
A Fellow of The Long Now Foundation and INK (India), Dr Candy holds degrees in Law and the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Melbourne, as well as an MA and PhD from the alternative futures program in the Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was a two-time awardee of the East-West Center's Graduate Degree Fellowship.
Claude CanizaresRead bio
Professor Canizares is the Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT since 1971, he has served as Director of the Center for Space Research (1990-2002), Associate Provost (2001-2006), Vice President for Research & Associate Provost (2006-2013), and Vice President (2013-2015). He oversaw MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 2001 to 2014. Professor Canizares is a principal investigator on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. He has also worked on several other space astronomy missions and is author or co-author of more than 230 scientific papers.
Professor Canizares’ service outside MIT has included the Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee and the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Science, Technology and the Law and Committee on Federal Regulations and Reporting Requirements. He served as chair of the NRC’s Space Studies Board and was a member of the NASA Advisory Council and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, among others. He is also a member of the L-3 Communications, Inc. Board of Directors. Professor Canizares is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also received several awards including decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service to the United States Air Force, and two NASA Public Service Medals.
Ellie CarloughRead bio
Ellie Carlough is Associate Director of MIT Collaborative Initiatives (MIT-CI) and has been with the organization since September 2007. In this role, she is actively involved in project management and strategic planning for MIT-CI, which applies a systems-based approach to addressing complex societal issues. Ms. Carlough has a Masters of Science in Non-profit Management and graduated from Mount Holyoke College.
Mary CarmichaelMary CarmichaelRead bioMary Carmichael
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Isaac CastroRead bio
Isaac Castro is passionate about innovation in medical technology.
Siemens Healthcare named him 'Young Innovator 2011' and in 2012, he won the Top Prize at IDEA^2 Madrid competition, a biomedical innovation program developed by MIT, Harvard and the Regional Government of Madrid. Castro was honored to be part of the jury of experts in subsequent editions.
The MIT's Technology Review magazine awarded him the 'Innovators Under 35' prize, being recognized as one of the 10 most innovative young Spaniards of 2013.
In 2014, Castro was chosen as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. The Global Shapers Community is a worldwide network of exceptional young people aged between 20 and 30 who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society.
Castro was also accepted into the Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program in 2015. The program was aimed to empower leaders and accomplished innovators to address humanity’s grand challenges at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, California.
Karen CatorRead bio
Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise and a leading voice for transforming American education through technology, innovation and research. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher, ultimately leading technology planning and implementation. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and recently received the 2014 College of Education Distinguished Alumni award. The American Association of Publishers has awarded Cator with the 2014 Visionary Award. She received her bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College, and she is a member of the Aspen Pahara Fellows. She is a past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on boards including the Software & Information Industry Association-Education.
Maren CattonarRead bio
As the Deshpande Center’s Assistant Director, Maren Cattonar is responsible for managing and executing the Center’s grant programs and providing innovation support to faculty and students. She also manages relationships with catalysts, industry and international programs.
Prior to joining the Deshpande Center, Ms. Cattonar was a Senior Industrial Liaison Officer at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Office where she served as the primary contact at MIT and managed a portfolio of companies in aerospace and defense and insurance.
Previously she was with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems as the manager of technology strategy and portfolio development, and the manager of sector mergers acquisitions and divestitures. Her responsibilities included managing the Sector's internal research and development budget, collaborative technology efforts with Government FFRDCs, strategic relationships with businesses, and developing new business models to foster innovation. Ms. Cattonar was also deputy corporate lead against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a systems engineer on strategic missile defense programs, and a program manager for advanced technology programs in chemical and biological weapons detection, advanced radar and communications programs.
Ms. Cattonar received B.S. degrees in Engineering and Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her M.S. degree from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Juliana CavalcanteJuliana CavalcanteRead bioJuliana Cavalcante
Arup ChakrabortyArup ChakrabortyRead bioArup Chakraborty
Emma Chaloux-PinetteEmma Chaloux-PinetteRead bioEmma Chaloux-Pinette
Emma is an MIT undergraduate class of 2016 studying biology.
James ChampyRead bio
Jim Champy is a business consultant and author. Most recently, Mr. Champy was Chairman Emeritus, Consulting, for Dell Services. Prior to Dell, Mr. Champy was Chairman of Consulting and Head of Strategy for Perot Systems from 1996 to 2009. Perot was acquired by Dell in November of 2009. Before joining Perot, Mr. Champy was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CSC Index, the management consulting arm of Computer Sciences Corporation. He was one of the original founders of Index, a consulting practice that was acquired by CSC in 1988.
Mr. Champy is co-author of Reengineering the Corporation, a best-seller which was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year and sold more than two million copies; it has been translated into 17 languages. Reengineering has been recognized as one of the most influential business books of our times. Mr. Champy has authored 7 additional books, including his most recent book on reengineering health care delivery.
Champy earned his BS in 1963 and his MS in Civil Engineering in 1965 from M.I.T., and a JD degree from Boston College Law School in 1968.
Champy is a life member of the MIT Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Executive Committee, Chairs its Salary- Subcommittee, and Chairs the Visiting Committee for MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Boston College Law School and of the President’s Advisory Council for the Berklee College of Music.
Mr. Champy is a member and lead director of the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Inc., a public company and global leader in high-performance semi conductors for signal processing applications. He also serves on the advisory boards of several privately held companies.
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Tanguy ChauRead bio
Tanguy Chau is an Investment Principal at Formation 8, a $1B+ venture firm in San Francisco, CA.
Prior to Formation 8, Tanguy managed teams and projects for McKinsey & Company’s tech and healthcare practice in Palo Alto. Before that, he led energy investments with the Angeleno Group, a growth equity firm in Los Angeles. Tanguy also founded Sample6 Technologies (formerly Novophage), a synthetic biology company enhancing food safety. He served on the Board of Directors for the Harvard COOP, and was elected to the MIT Board of Trustees in 2012.
Tanguy received his PhD in Chemical Engineering, and MBA in Finance from MIT; and was a University Medal Finalist at UC Berkeley where he completed his undergraduate. He also competed internationally as a member of the Belgian national sailing team, and the Belgian chemistry Olympiad team.
Wenchi ChenWenchi ChenRead bioWenchi Chen
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
VIA Technologies, Inc.
Wenchi Chen has been President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. since 1992, overseeing its transition from leading chipset designer to a pioneer of energy-efficient processor platforms. Mr. Chen's strong technical background propelled VIA to be one of the foremost fabless semiconductor design houses in the world. Mr. Chen took over the chairmanship of VIA in August 2015.
Under Mr. Chen’s leadership, VIA has spearheaded numerous industry technology transitions, and has won accolades for anticipating early the drive for power efficiency and for pioneering small form factors at both the silicon and platform level, with several of its innovative mainboard form factors becoming industry standards. With a comprehensive portfolio of key building block technologies, VIA is driving system innovation in the embedded and intelligent display markets.
Mr. Chen is also on the board of directors of or advisor to numerous companies in the IT industry, including HTC Corporation, the leading supplier of the most advanced and popular smart phones on the market.
Mr. Chen was selected as the top entrepreneur by Business Week in its 2001 “The Stars of Asia: 50 Leaders on the Forefront of Change,” and has received numerous business accolades. A committed Christian, Mr. Chen holds a MSEE degree from National Taiwan University and MSCS from the California Institute of Technology
Liz ChengRead bio
Liz Cheng, WGBH’s General Manager for Television, oversees local channels WGBH 2, WGBX 44, ‘GBH Kids, Create, and Boston Kids & Family as well as WORLD -- a 24/7 national multicast channel offering PBS signature news documentary programming and seven original series. She co-created the award-winning America ReFramed, which features films by diverse and emerging filmmakers and Local, USA, a weekly national feature news magazine. Locally, Cheng recently launch a choral competition series, Sing That Thing!, with high school, college and adult groups singing every musical genre.
Previously, Cheng was WCVB-TV Channel 5 Vice President and Executive in Charge of the award-winning nightly news magazine Chronicle, a decade of A&E simulcasts Pops Goes the Fourth! and Holiday Pops with the Boston Pops, specials for the History Channel, syndicated series A Likely Story, Miller’s Court and Raising the Roof, among many other programs.
Cheng has received more than a dozen national awards, including two National Association of Broadcasters Awards, two National Association of Television Programming Executives honors, a Primetime Emmy Nomination, a national News and Documentary Emmy Nomination, three Gabriel Awards, five Cine Golden Eagle honors, a Gracie statue, an Imagen Award, three Telly Awards, an Action for Children’s Television Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, and many New England Emmys.
Cheng is president of the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, an organization committed to ending homelessness with unique preventative programs in medical centers and public schools that identify and help at-risk families. She is a member of the national Public Media Code of Integrity watchdog group and of the community outreach committee for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has served on the board for Community Preparatory, an inner-city school in Providence, RI, as well as for Rhode Island’s first locally operated public radio station, WRNI.
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John ChisholmRead bio
John Chisholm is president of the MIT Alumni Association and CEO of John Chisholm Ventures, an entrepreneurship advisory and venture investing firm in San Francisco. His book, Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business, will debut at Technology Review’s EmTech conference, Nov. 2-4, at the MIT Media Lab. In 1992 he founded Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys, and later CustomerSat (now part of ConfirmIt), a leader in enterprise feedback management. He is a member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees), trustee of the Santa Fe Institute, and chairman and co-founder of Pyze, Inc., a mobile intelligence firm. He serves on advisory boards for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Gruter Institute for Law and Human Behavior, and the Antigua Forum, and on the Global Partners Council of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Earlier, he served as director of the Computer Resources Group, on the Market Research Council of the Association of Interactive Media, on the visiting committee of the MIT math department, and chaired the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society, one of Stanford’s independent laboratories.
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Marcelo ClaureRead bio
Marcelo Claure is President & CEO of Sprint. In less than a year, he has transformed the company, reversing its trend of losing subscribers by posting its highest sales in history.
Marcelo is injecting his entrepreneurial skills and innovative spirit into Sprint through first-of-its-kind services such as device leasing and Direct 2 You, which takes the in-store experience to customers’ homes or offices. Under his leadership, the Sprint network is garnering high marks for its drastically improved speed, clarity and reliability. In addition, Marcelo is changing the company culture by re-energizing 30,000 employees.
Prior to becoming Sprint’s CEO, Marcelo was CEO of Brightstar Corp., a company he founded in 1997 and grew from a small Miami-based distributor into the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company in the telecommunications industry.
The World Economic Forum named Marcelo a Young Global Leader, recognizing him as a “bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial individual committing both time and talent to make the world a better place.” Marcelo is also a member of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame.
Along with Nicholas Negroponte, Marcelo is a co-founder of One Laptop Per Child (laptop.org). In May 2015, Marcelo joined the Board of Directors of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization that helps to eliminate opportunity gaps for minority males and continues the work of an initiative that President Obama started.
Marcelo serves on the board of directors of CTIA-The Wireless Association and is a member of its 2015 Executive Committee.
Marcelo earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts.
Beth ClevengerBeth ClevengerRead bioBeth Clevenger
Beth Clevenger is acquisitions editor for environmental studies at the MIT Press. The environment list is well known for publishing forward-thinking books that promote sustainability and address its political, economic, technological, and social complexities.
Al CobbRead bio
Al Cobb is an authority on structural insulated panels (SIPs). As the founder and director of SIPschool, Al has developed training and certification programs that are considered the industry benchmark for qualifying SIP builders. In addition, as a licensed builder through his company PanelWrights, he has completed several Passive House projects, Near Zero Energy homes, and super energy-efficient structures.
As a speaker and trainer Al consults with companies exploring SIPs and related panelized construction. Al’s work on the international front involves the coordination, design, and engineering of both SIP manufacturing and panelized in-field construction.
Having recently completed a three year term as President of the Structural Insulated Panel Association, Al is now turning his attention to the testing and implementation of composite skins as an alternative to the ubiquitous wood-skinned building components.
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Judith ColeRead bio
Judith M. Cole, Executive Vice President and CEO of the MIT Alumni Association, came to MIT in August of 2009. Previously, Ms. Cole served as the Associate Vice President of University Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for five years. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, she had served in a wide variety of positions in the alumni association at Yale University in New Haven CT. She earned her master’s of public and private management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and following her graduation Ms. Cole was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cole was an oil and gas banker in Houston Texas before attending graduate school.
James CollinsRead bio
James J. Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science and Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, as well as a Member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Faculty. He is also a Core Founding Faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. His research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a particular focus on using network biology approaches to study antibiotic action, bacterial defense mechanisms, and the emergence of resistance. Professor Collins' patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical devices companies, and he has helped to launch a number of companies, including Sample6 Technologies, Synlogic and EnBiotix. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, as well as several teaching awards. Professor Collins is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, as well as a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Ian CondryRead bio
Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist who uses ethnographic research on media and popular culture in Japan and the US to analyze how cultural movements go global. He is the author of two books, "Hip-Hop Japan" and "The Soul of Anime," both from Duke University Press. He was Head of MIT's Global Studies and Languages dept. 2013-15. He also founded and co-directs the Creative Communities Initiative which explores how connections between online and offline worlds can provide new solutions to old problems. http://ccimit.mit.edu
Elizabeth CookElizabeth CookRead bioElizabeth Cook
Holly CopelandRead bio
Holly Copeland currently serves as the Associate Director of Public Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility at Horizon Pharma, where she is in charge of driving Horizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and managing its Public Affairs. Additionally, Holly is also a board member at GoodCity (a non-profit committed to identifying, starting and growing social entrepreneurs who are making a difference in under-resourced communities in Chicago), an advisory board member at MATTER (a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation) and an advisory board member for the Il Institute of Technology IPRO program, where she has provided guidance, mentoring and advice.
Prior to joining Horizon Pharma, Holly was the Deputy Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology (EIT), housed within the Il Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The management of EIT involved the direct oversight of 20+ staff and a $144 million portfolio that provided technical assistance and financial support for Illinois’ small businesses and innovation ecosystem. While in that position, Holly also made strategic investments that targeted the inclusion of women, girls and communities of color in the innovation space.
Holly has also served as the CEO of a privately held, boutique consulting firm, was President of the Illinois Inaugural Committee, Governor Quinn’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development for a statewide non-profit organization.
Holly has a Master’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis in International Affairs/International Political Economy, a Master’s Degree from UofI in Public Administration and an undergrad from UofI in Business Administration. She was a YWCA Woman of Excellence nominee, is an active volunteer at her local Food Pantry and the proud mother of two curious & creative daughters.
Peter CoyRead bio
Peter Coy is economics editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He writes on a wide range of domestic and international issues. He contributes frequently to the magazine’s Opening Remarks column, news section, and cover stories. He holds a B.A. in history from Cornell University.
Denes CsalaRead bio
Denes currently is a graduate research assistant at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi working on data-driven dynamic systems modeling of sustainable energy transitions and their implications on the water-energy-food nexus. His data analyses and visualizations balance on the fine line between work and hobby. He has participated in, organized and led educational workshops on sustainability and renewable energy in developing regions in Asia and Africa. He also leads the data blog Try something new. Everyday., exploring topics in development through data analysis and visualization.
Hungarian by origin, he was born and raised in Romania and obtained a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2011. Later on, he moved to Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi to pursue an MSc in Engineering Systems & Management and continued for a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering. In 2014 he has spent a research semester at MIT, collaborating with MIT's Climate CoLab. His current research revolves around 3 topics: sustainability, data, and development. He also believes that it is not only the quality of the research that matters but also the quality of the presentation - placing therefore great emphasis on data visualization and story-telling with data.
Martin CulpepperMartin CulpepperRead bioMartin Culpepper
John CurrierJohn CurrierRead bioJohn Currier
John has served as philanthropic advisor and principal gifts officer for MIT since 2008, after serving in that same role for Princeton University from 2004-07. Previously, he managed investment portfolios and the student loan business for National City Bank, Cleveland (now PNC) He serves on three non-profit boards in the areas of medical research, education finance, and culture.
Fiery CushmanFiery CushmanRead bioFiery Cushman
Fiery Cushman is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he directs the Moral Psychology Research Laboratory. His research investigates the cognitive mechanisms responsible for human moral judgment, along with their development, evolutionary history and neural basis. His work often draws from classic philosophical dilemmas, and has focused in particular on the psychology of punishment and the aversion to harmful action. He received his BA and PhD from Harvard University, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship. He served as Assistant Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University from 2011 to 2014.
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Munther DahlehRead bio
Munther A. Dahleh received his Ph.D. degree from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 1987 in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since then, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), MIT, Cambridge, MA, where he is now the William A. Coolidge Professor of EECS. He is currently the Director of the newly formed MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). Previously, he held the positions of Associate Department Head of EECS, Acting Director of the Engineering Systems Division, and Acting Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems.
Maggie DallmanMaggie DallmanRead bioMaggie Dallman
Professor Maggie Dallman is Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships) and Professor of Immunology. In her Associate Provost role, Maggie works closely with the President and Provost on the College's International relations and is the academic lead on Outreach Strategy.
Maggie joined Imperial College in 1994 as a lecturer in the Department of Biology, having held previous positions at Stanford and Oxford Universities. Maggie became Professor of Immunology in 1999 and Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences in 2008. Maggie held the position of Dean for 6 years before taking up her most recent role as Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships) on January 1st 2015.
Maggie has over thirty years of experience in experimental research in university and industrial environments. Her interests have focussed on understanding dysregulated and inappropriate immune responses with the goal of developing novel biomarkers and therapeutic interventions.
Maggie participates in a broad range of external activities. She is currently a Trustee and Director of the Francis Crick Institute and sits on a variety of UK Government funding and Policy committees.
Mark DalyMark DalyRead bioMark Daly
Henrietta DavisHenrietta DavisRead bioHenrietta Davis
Henrietta a Davis is the former mayor of Cambridge, Ma. During more than two decades in public office as a city councillor and mayor, she led efforts on energy iand climate preparedness, children's health, and urban planning. She is currently a policy consultant.
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Richard DeMilloRead bio
Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and directs the Center for 21st Century Universities, a unique institution. The Center is Georgia Tech’s living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. He is responsible for educational innovation at Georgia Tech and is a national leader and spokesman in the online revolution in higher education. Under his leadership, Georgia Tech has developed a pipeline of 50 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that together enroll a million learners. Georgia Tech’s innovation projects include new research in blended learning and a groundbreaking MOOC-based Master’s degree in computer science that offers a Georgia Tech degree for under $7,000. He was named Lumina Foundation Fellow in recognition of his work in higher education.
Previously he was the John P. Imlay Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech where he led the design and implementation of the Threads program which has helped transform undergraduate engineering education in the US and around the world. His influential 2011 book “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities,” which helped spark the national discussion of the future of higher education, was inspired by this experience.
He was Hewlett-Packard’s first Chief Technology Officer, where he had worldwide responsibility for technology. He led HP through technology revolutions in super computing, printing, open source software, information security, and nanotechnology. Prior to joining HP, he was in charge of Research at Bellcore, where he oversaw the development of many internet and web-based innovations. He has also directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation. During his twenty-year academic career, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, The University of Wisconsin and the University of Padua (Italy).
The author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, Rich’s research has spanned computer science and includes fundamental innovation in computer security, software engineering and mathematics. He is a Fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. His book, “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities,” was published by MIT Press in 2011. A sequel entitled “Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators will make College Accessible and Affordable” was published by MIT Press in 2015.
Richard DeVaulRead bio
Rich is an engineering director at X Labs, formerly Google [x]. He is the leader of the Rapid Evaluation Team, the front-end of the innovation pipeline at X. He is co-founder and was the first leader of Project Loon, a Google [x] project to explore delivering the internet to the billions of people who don't have it by means of high-alititude balloon. He is hard at work with his team developing a pipeline of future innovation-driven businesses.
At X Labs, Rich works as an innovation leader and mentor. He invents things, builds stuff, does math, and usually avoids (unintentionally) setting things on fire. In between filing patents and drinking coffee Rich specializes in inspiring others to be audacious, take risks, and to fail productively as quickly as possible.
Prior to joining Google in mid 2011 Rich worked in Technology Advancement at Apple, investigating new technologies, features, and approaches for Apple products.
Rich holds Master of Science ('98) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees ('04) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University (class of '93).
Martina DeckerRead bio
Martina Decker is an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is originally from Munich, Germany where she received her professional architecture degree from the University of Applied Sciences. Ms. Decker has worked on a wide range of award-winning projects that show her penchant for interdisciplinary work. They include art installations, consumer products and buildings. She pursues design innovation through the exploration of emergent materials, working directly with various types of smart materials and nanomaterials. At NJIT, Martina continues her interdisciplinary endeavors in her Material Dynamics Lab.
Anne DeconinckRead bio
Anne E Deconinck is the executive director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT (KI). She spearheads industrial partnerships and external collaborations, outreach efforts, and KI communications. Anne also oversees the Bridge Project, a unique translational research effort between the KI and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.
Born and raised in Belgium, she received her BSc in biochemistry from King’s College London in 1992 and her PhD in biological sciences from the University of Oxford in 1996. After graduating, she received a Fulbright Award to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Stuart Orkin at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. She joined MIT in 2002 and has worked with Tyler Jacks for the past 12 years. She was a key member of the multidisciplinary team that led the launch of the KI in 2007, working closely with the architectural and design teams during the planning and building phase of the facility. In 2011, she expanded her role to support the participation of KI faculty in collaborative programs. She was named Executive Director in 2013.
Jean-Jacques DegroofRead bio
Jean-Jacques Degroof combines experiences in the investment management industry and in academia. He supports the translation of academic research into innovative ventures through investment, teaching, and mentoring. He worked at the MIT Industrial Performance Center where he researched the role of universities on local economic development, specifically how universities spin-off ventures in regions with weak entrepreneurial environment. He has been an active venture investor both in Boston and in Europe since the year 2000. Jean-Jacques holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Anthony DelucaAnthony DelucaRead bioAnthony Deluca
Anthony DeLuca is an artist and fabricator who lives and works in New York, NY. He explores creation and problem solving through cultural history. His consultancy provides hands on and logistical experience to assist a diverse range of clients in the art, architecture, and design fields. Anthony is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Nicholas DembseyRead bio
Nicholas Dembsey is a Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at WPI. His teaching, research and outreach interests are in the area of fire characteristics of materials. His work focuses on the use of new materials and assemblies in architectural applications. His interests involve empirical modeling, practical development of computational design tools, and how regulations and policy effect modern building construction.
Vikram DendiVikram DendiRead bioVikram Dendi
Vikram Dendi has spent his career at the intersection of deep-tech/research-driven innovation and market-making, world-changing, imagination-expanding product building within startups and in the corporate world. He currently heads technical strategy and product management for the Microsoft Research New Experiences and Technologies (NExT) group. He has most recently been intimately involved with delivering real-time speech translation to Skype users worldwide (www.skype.com/translator).
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Leslie DewanRead bio
Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company developing safe and environmentally-friendly power plants that run entirely on nuclear waste. The reactors consume the waste, reducing its radioactive lifetime while generating enormous amounts of electricity. She received her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT in 2013, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. Leslie has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship and an MIT Presidential Fellowship. She was named a TIME Magazine "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," an MIT Technology Review "Innovator Under 35," and a Forbes "30 Under 30" in Energy.
Mark DiVincenzoMark DiVincenzoRead bioMark DiVincenzo
Abha DivineRead bio
Ms. Divine is founder of Techquity Capital Management, an IP investment firm devoted to unlocking value from innovation. The firm invests in IP assets with the aim of broadening their market reach and technical uses. Prior to Techquity, Ms. Divine launched AT&T Knowledge Ventures (KV), overseeing the worldwide IP portfolio for the AT&T family of companies. As President and CEO, she led the organization to deliver measurable EPS impact annually beginning in year two of operation and established KV as one of the leading producers of IP assets and revenue in its industry. In 2005, she and the organization were recognized by the National Taskforce for Knowledge and IP Management as Innovator of the Year. She has been recognized annually as one of IAM’s Leading IP Strategists since the inception of the list. Previously, as SBC’s VP of Corporate Strategy, Ms. Divine was responsible for the creation of SBC’s data networking, managed services, and hosting businesses, as well as the restructuring of its consumer broadband strategy to achieve SBC’s broadband leadership position.
Ms. Divine earned an MBA from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT, where she completed her research at the Media Laboratory. Ms. Divine holds Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Southern Methodist University. She currently serves on the Board for the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at SMU and the Visiting Committee for Research at MIT.
Mark DowleyMark DowleyRead bioMark Dowley
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Emeritus Lifetime Member MIT Corporation
Andrew DrollRead bio
Andrew is passionately interested in the questions at the core of Solve's Fuel and Make pillars, and sees finding globally scalable realistic and actionable solutions to the renewable energy, environmental, and sustainability problems as the current most important obstacle to a prosperous future for humanity. Most of his background is in research mathematics and physics, and he has published peer-reviewed research on topics varying from Li's criterion for the Riemann hypothesis, to graph classification, to Higgs boson physics. He holds a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Queen's University, as well as undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics. Andrew has recently moved to the entrepreneurial industry sphere, and currently works in R&D for Gnowit, Inc., a Canadian technology start-up specializing in news analysis, media monitoring, content classification, recommendation, and machine learning systems for government and corporate clients.
Desiree DudleyRead bio
Desiree has a history of cultivating breakthrough startups and non-profit initiatives in Silicon Valley and the Cambridge-Boston area. Organizations she's worked with in various roles - from pipettor and phone-answerer to ops hustler, grant writer, connection-builder, and program director - include MIT, Emerald Therapeutics, SkyPhrase, ONE-Nano, InvivoKines, SENS Research Foundation, Foresight Nanotech Institute, Stanford University, Innovations Academy, and A-Life Medical. As MIT's Director of Neurotechnology Partnerships, Desiree is currently focused on crafting new strategies and alliances to catalyze the ground-truthing of biology, medicine, and brain technologies with Ed Boyden's Synthetic Neurobiology group.
Desiree gets professional inspiration from precisely leveraging true-value connections between teams of world-class scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, financiers, and promising young students to actualize the full potential in emerging technologies - and learning as much as she can along the way. Desiree has occasionally expounded on the gritty nuances necessary to achieve truly innovative success through mediums and venues such as NewSpace 2012, NASA-Ames, CNBC, AP Wire, TEDx and BIL. In her spare time, she's survived two Tough Mudders, written a crazy-short foreword to Nanotech For Dummies, won a San Diego Mensa No Limit Hold 'Em Poker tourney, and serves as a mentor for The Thiel Foundation.
Matt DunhamRead bio
Matt Dunham is founder and president of Clear Carbon and Components Inc. (ClearCarbon.com) in Bristol, RI. Matt has a strong background of custom fabrication of high end products dating back to the beginning of the 1980’s. Early in his career the focus was principally on fabricating custom yachts and art sculpture.
Starting his own company in the mid-90’s, Matt realized that to grow the company he needed to expand the customer base outside the marine industry. This led to applying high end marine composite fabrication techniques to a wide range of industries. Market sectors where Clear Carbon has pioneered the application of composites include high end classical stringed instruments, transportation components, electronics enclosures, renewable energy and, more recently, the architectural world.
Matt’s talent and Clear Carbon’s strength is in collaborating with clients to translate their ideas and specifications into high end unique composite products and structures.
Esther DysonEsther DysonRead bioEsther Dyson
founder of HICCup and the Way to Wellville Accelerator. @edyson Our goal is to make health *care* less necessary by investing in health upfront instead.
Robin ElkinsRobin ElkinsRead bioRobin Elkins
Glenn EllisonRead bio
Glenn Ellison is the Gregory K. Palm Professor of Economics at MIT. His research includes work in game theory, industrial organization, e-commerce, economic geography, finance, and the economics of education. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Prof. Ellison has spent many years volunteering as a math club/team teacher in (and out of) his children's schools and in his spare time writes math enrichment textbooks for gifted students including "Hard Math for Elementary School".
Kerry EmanuelRead bio
Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981, after spending three years on the faculty of UCLA. Professor Emanuel's research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction. He is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and three books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, published by Oxford University Press and aimed at a general audience, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press. He is a co-director of MIT’s Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to basic, curiosity-driven climate research.
Mark EpsteinRead bio
MIT SB and SM degrees. Stanford PhD. Harvard Fellow. Entrepreneur who helped build Qualcomm from the beginning. Served as US Government R&D executive. MIT Corporation member. Philanthropist.
Sandra EskinRead bio
Sandra Eskin is the Director of Food Safety at The Pew Charitable Trusts. At Pew, she helped direct a coalition that was instrumental to enactment of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Before joining Pew, Eskin was the deputy director of the Produce Safety Project (PSP), a Pew initiative at Georgetown University aimed at improving the safety of fresh produce While at PSP, Eskin was a senior scholar with the O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Eskin has authored numerous reports and articles on food safety topics. Before joining Pew, she spent nearly 20 years as a public-policy consultant to numerous consumer and public-interest Organizations during which time she provided strategic and policy advice on a broad range of consumer protection issues, in particular, food and drug safety, labeling, and advertising. Eskin received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Cynthia Perez EstradaRead bio
Cynthia Perez Estrada passion is to find new ways to regenerate the brain after injury or aging. During her master’s degree at Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, she investigated Alzheimer disease neuronal mechanisms using silencing RNA. Being interested in achieving regeneration after cellular death, in 2006 she won a full stipend for the Regenerative Medicine school program in Rostock University, Germany, where she presented her masters work and learn new regenerative concepts and technologies.
Cynthia then began her PhD at Karolinska Institutet, where she investigated what happens to the regenerative potential of the central nervous system during disease. For this, she optimized models for multiple sclerosis (MS), and studied neural stem cells regenerative potential as well as scaring under the MS neuro-inflammatory micro environment. Her results indicate that neuro-inflammation has the capacity to change neural stem cell fate at the gene and functional level.
Her constant curiosity and strive for innovation lead her to win the Google-Singularity full grant taking place at NASA, where she contributed to develop a project aimed at securing world food availability using satellites.
Currently, Cynthia is at Harvard University pursuing a postdoctoral training, where her aim is to learn new technologies to continue investigating regenerative possibilities in the adult brain after aging or injury, a subject which is her ultimate goal.
An old time environmentalist, Cynthia has engaged in initiatives aiming to protect the rain forest biodiversity. She is interested in deploying new technologies which can impact health care and the usage of self-sustainable strategies, ensuring humanity long term sustainable survival in our planet.
Kevin EsveltRead bio
An inventor of technologies that harness evolution, Kevin studies ways of using molecular tools to sculpt populations and ecosystems.
A Hertz and NSF Fellow, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010 for inventing Phage-Assisted Continuous Evolution (PACE), a synthetic microbial ecosystem for rapidly evolving molecular tools. As a Technology Development Fellow of the Wyss Institute, he helped pioneer the development of a powerful new method of genome engineering based on CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme that can cut DNA at almost any desired sequence.
Kevin recently outlined how Cas9 might be used to alter wild populations of sexually reproducing organisms by building evolutionarily stable "gene drives". Commonly found in nature, gene drives spread through populations over many generations by biasing inheritance in their favor, but could not previously be harnessed to make useful changes. Recognizing the potential implications of a way to alter the traits of entire populations, Kevin and colleagues detailed ways to control, block, or even reverse changes made by gene drives while emphasizing the importance of laboratory safeguards to ensure they do not accidentally escape the laboratory.
There is little precedent for deciding whether, when, and how to use “collective” technologies that could affect everyone but don't require adoption in the marketplace. Kevin hopes to establish a new scientific paradigm by building a transparent and diverse community to guide the development of gene drive technologies, build trust through collaboration, and productively channel mistrust to improve decision-making.
Margaret EvansRead bio
Margaret Evans joins Solve after several decades as a journalist, editor, and storyteller in radio, television, print, and online. Now, as Solve’s Senior Program Editor, she is responsible for developing and creating stories and other content in a variety of media formats.
Margaret's view of the world is shaped by her life and work across the globe -- mainly in Australia and the United States. Originally from Down Under, Margaret was a reporter and producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation before switching to television as a researcher and associate producer for the Australian “60 Minutes.”
In 1986, she moved to Boston and started anew. For several years, she was PR Director for Special Olympics Massachusetts then returned to journalism as Nightside Producer of Monitor Radio's “Early Edition.” In 2001, Margaret joined WBUR/Boston’s NPR News Station where she worked for more than 14 years as Senior Editor of “Morning Edition” and Senior Supervising Producer of “All Things Considered.”
As a freelance journalist, Margaret has been a reporter and producer at “The World” for PRI/WGBH-BBC and, in print, she was a copy editor at the Boston Globe and Christian Science Monitor. In 1998, she went back to Australia as a media relations specialist for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Margaret is also an independent producer of oral histories and commemorative documentaries, and a former professional singer.
Kyle FarmbryRead bio
Kyle Farmbry, J.D., Ph.D. - is Dean of the Graduate School and a Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Farmbry's current research interests are in the areas of ownership, comparative private and independent sector entrepreneurial development, emergency and crisis management, and comparative investment policy (domestic and international). In 2015, Dr. Farmbry was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship examining European Union immigration policies -- with an emphasis on the challenges and management of the North African refugee movement and integration in the nation of Malta (he will be conducting his research in Malta from September-November of 2016). In February of 2009, Dr. Farmbry was selected as one of thirty-five people from around the world to serve as a Fulbright New Century Scholar. In this role, he was engaged in research examining factors of youth entrepreneurial and civic engagement in South Africa. In February of 2009, Dr. Farmbry’s book Administration and The Other: Explorations of Diversity and Marginalization in the Political Administrative State was published by Rowman and Littlefield. In August 2012, his book Crisis, Disaster, and Risk: Institutional Response and Emergence was published by M.E. Sharpe. His book The War on Poverty: A Retrospective was published by Rowman and Littlefield in July 2014. Dr. Farmbry received his BA, MPA, and Ph.D. degrees from The George Washington University. He completed his J.D. degree at the Rutgers University School of Law. In June of 2014, Dr. Farmbry was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University.
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Guoping FengGuoping FengRead bioGuoping Feng
Dr. Feng is the Poitras Chair Professor of Neuroscience in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the Director of Model Systems and Neurobiology at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Feng’s research is devoted to understanding molecular mechanisms regulating neuron-neuron communications in the brain and how defects in neuronal communication contribute to psychiatric disorders. Using genetically engineered animal models, Dr. Feng’s laboratory combines cutting-edge technologies and multidisciplinary approaches to unravel the neurobiological mechanisms of autism, OCD and schizophrenia.
Diana Vieira FernandesRead bio
Diana holds a Law Degree (FDUNL) and a Post Degree Diploma in Securities Law (Instituto de Valores Mobiliários, FDL). At NOVA she attended the “Creating and Managing Entrepreneurial Ventures” Master Course.
Diana received NOVA University’s 2011 award of distinction (Diploma of Merit) in the Field of Entrepreneurship.
Diana served as Head of Finance and Corporate Affairs at NOVA Entrepreneurship Society – Clube de Empreendedores da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She also is a founding member of the same non-profit institution.
Currently, it is at:
- MIT Portugal Energy Club E3 Forum (Finance & Partnerships);
- Royal Society of Arts Fellow;
- Law and Management Master Student – (NOVA School of Business and Economics);
She is pushing - hard - the project: "http://www.impactprofiles.eu/" because believes "Everyone wants to do good, but want to know it matters!
Michael FerrariRead bio
Michael Ferrari, PhD, is the Senior Scientist and Director for Climate Services for Agriculture at aWhere, Inc. and is the founder and principal at Atlas Research Innovations, which provides applied research and bespoke services to clients in the private and public sector, government, and academia. Michael also serves on the American Meteorological Society Board of Societal Impacts of Weather and Climate, and is a judge for the MIT ClimateCoLab agriculture crowdsourcing project. Previously, he was the Director of Agricultural Research & Risk Management for The Coca-Cola Company, the Director of Informatics and a Principal Scientist at NASA for Computer Sciences Corporation, Vice President of Applied Technology WTI, and a Research Scientist at Mars, in addition to holding several engineering roles. He spends much of his time building tools and models with sensors and data, creating algorithms, and directing commercial research activities towards the examination of the global food and climate complex from a systems perspective.
Dr. Ferrari is a frequent speaker at scientific, commodity and data/technology conferences around the world, where his talks focus on the confluence of human-environmental-technology interaction and the broader relationship of these topics to societal issues including climate, food and energy security, and global change. Michael holds a PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Biophysical Modeling from Rutgers; his doctoral work in numerical modeling and biophysics was supported by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Rob FinleyRob FinleyRead bioRob Finley
Lawrence FishRead bio
Life Member of the MIT Corporation and a member of the Executive Committee
Tim FitzgeraldRead bio
Tim directs the Impact Division of EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center--leading its global programs on training, seafood markets, supply chain engagement and fisheries finance. He also serves on the boards of Ecofish LLC and GulfWild®, and is an advisor to the California Fisheries Fund, Fair Trade USA and the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. Tim earned an M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Hawai’i and a B.S. in Biology from Duke University. His gradate research focused on the behavioral ecology and sensory physiology of tropical sharks, appearing on Discovery Channel's Shark Week and National Geographic Explorer. He is a frequent speaker on oceans conservation and public health issues, and has been featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and NPR’s Fresh Air, in addition to invited testimony to the President’s Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
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Charles ForsbergRead bio
Dr. Charles Forsberg leads a research group developing technologies to integrate nuclear, wind and solar for a low-carbon grid while full utilization of generating capacity to minimize total electricity costs to society (price plus subsidies). He joined the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering after retiring as a Corporate Fellow from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and has degrees in chemical and nuclear engineering.
Lucas FosterRead bio
Founder of ProjectHub, a global network for creative entrepreneurs with more than 3,000 members and impact investors such as Google, 3M, BIC World and Lemann Foundation and Executive Director of Creative Brazil Award, the first national award for creative entrepreneurs in Brazil.
Gary FowlieRead bio
Gary Fowlie is the Head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Liaison Office to the United Nations. ITU is the specialized agency of the UN responsible for information and communication technology.
Mr. Fowlie worked as an Account Director for the global technology practice of the consulting firm Hill and Knowlton prior to joining the ITU and was responsible for communications for the UN World Summit on the Information Society. From 2005-2009 he occupied the post of Chief of Media Liaison for the United Nations in New York. He is an Economist and Journalist, having worked for the news service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Economist.
Mr. Fowlie is a graduate of the Universities of Alberta, Alabama and the London School of Economics and is a part-time instructor in the School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Sam FullerRead bio
Dr. Fuller is the Vice President of Research and Development at Analog Devices Inc (ADI). In this position he guides the technology strategy of ADI and directs ADI’s university-based research programs.
Prior to joining ADI in 1998, Dr. Fuller was Vice President of Research and chief scientist at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was responsible for establishing and leading Digital’s research laboratories that led to innovations in RISC computers, network processors, and internet search engines.
In the 1970s, Dr. Fuller was an associate professor of Computer Science and electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was involved in the design and performance evaluation of several experimental multiprocessor computer systems.
Dr. Fuller serves on the board of the CNRI (Corporation for National Research Initiatives) and as a member of the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences Board of the National Research Council.
He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is an IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Mary FullerMary FullerRead bioMary Fuller
I study the written records, material traces, and consequences of exploration, especially 1450-1650. I have been on the faculty at MIT since 1989.
James GadoJames GadoRead bioJames Gado
Michael GaleRead bio
Michael manages GlobalGiving's efforts to grow our network of global do-gooders by helping more world-changing nonprofits join the GlobalGiving community. Before becoming a GlobalGiver, Michael supported grassroots nonprofits in Latin America as a program officer with the Global Fund for Children, and he has also dipped his toes in the fields of immigrant legal services and indigenous South American languages. Michael earned bachelor's degrees in international studies and Spanish studies from American University and his master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
John GallagherJohn GallagherRead bioJohn Gallagher
Levi GarrawayLevi GarrawayRead bioLevi Garraway
Alice GastRead bio
Professor Alice P. Gast became President of Imperial College London on 1 September 2014.
Prior to her appointment at Imperial, Professor Gast was the 13th President of Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA, from August 2006 to August 2014. Other leadership roles include serving as the Vice-President for Research and Associate Provost and Robert T. Haslam Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2001 - 2006.
Professor Gast’s academic interest is in surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behaviour of complex fluids. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications and a classic textbook on colloid and surface phenomena. She was a faculty member at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001, being promoted to full professor in 1995. From 1994 to 2001 she was affiliated with the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.
Professor Gast is a member of a number of international advisory committees and boards including the Board of Trustees for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education; and the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. She is a United States Science Envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia. In 2012, she was appointed to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation.
Professor Gast was educated at the University of Southern California and Princeton University. She is married to Bradley J. Askins, and they have two children, Rebecca and David.
Norman GautRead bio
Ph.D. from Course XII, Member of the Corporation (Life Trustee). Founder and President of Environmental Research and Technology, Chairman, CEO and President of PictureTel. Life Member Emeritus of the MIT Corporation and Chairman of SuperWater Solutions, LLC.
Liz GebhardtLiz GebhardtRead bioLiz Gebhardt
Giambattista De GhettoRead bio
Mr. De Ghetto graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and is Senior Vice President of Eni – an international integrated energy company with HQ in Milano/Italy. Eni is responsible for oil & gas project development and strategic studies. Before taking the position of SVP, Mr. De Ghetto was Head of Research & Development and Health, Safety and Environment. He also teaches “Oil & gas field development and production” at Milano Polytechnic.
Steven GlapaRead bio
Steven leads marketing for Tarana, helping bring the company’s wireless technology achievements into broad commercial service. Steven’s subject matter expertise in wireless and broadband reflects more than 17 years of experience in telecom networking innovation, most recently at Ruckus, where he co-led the novel marketing work key to the company’s 10x revenue growth and successful IPO. Prior experience includes senior management roles at ArrayComm (where he led business development efforts for the iBurst mobile broadband system deployed in 10 developing countries), Zhone (a broadband access supplier to 700 telcos and alternative carriers worldwide), Lucent, and Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
Steven holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University, a BA in Physics from Carleton College, and a BS in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University.
Todd GlickmanTodd GlickmanRead bioTodd Glickman
Juliana Goga-CookeJuliana Goga-CookeRead bioJuliana Goga-Cooke
Dr. Juliana Goga-Cooke is an academic, design thinker and social entrepreneur. She helps organisations innovate and grow. Her passion for learning has affiliated her to Stanford, MIT, LBS, University of Arts. Her latest project involves 100 secondary schools in Albania with the challenge of using creativity and technology to innovate in schools.
Edie GoldenbergRead bio
Life Member of the MIT Corporation. Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Ken GoldmanRead bio
Ken joined the MIT Industrial Liaison Program in 1988, managing a diverse portfolio of mostly European memberships, and concentrating in telecommunications and high technology. Before that, he began his career at MIT at Project Athena, MIT's experiment in distributed educational computing, where he organized and managed the visitor and demonstration facility. Most recently, he was assigned to the MIT-Skoltech team to create a corporate engagement function at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.
Ellen GoodmanEllen GoodmanRead bioEllen Goodman
Ellen tells the story of serving as her mother’s caregiver with honesty and humor, delivering her mission and spreading the value of having “The Conversation” at conferences, lectures and workshops nationwide.
She currently serves as a Prime Mover and an Ashoka fellow, for her work as a social entrepreneur offering innovative approaches to solving long-standing social problems. She’s also had a seat on the board of Encore.org for more than five years, helping people use their passions, skills and decades of experience to make a difference in our communities and the world.
Ellen began her career as a researcher for Newsweek magazine in the days when only men wrote for the newsweekly. She landed a job as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press in 1965 and, in 1967, for The Boston Globe where she began writing her column in 1974 which was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group two years later. She wrote her twice-weekly column until 2010 when she left with a column about the virtues of “letting myself go.”
She’s a seven time author and in 1980, won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. Ellen is also the recipient of many other honors for her work in the field, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award and the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
She was honored with the President’s Award by the National Women’s Political Caucus and was also presented the American Woman Award by the Women’s Research & Education Institute. In 2008, she won the Ernie Pyle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Newspaper columnists.
A 1963 cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College, Goodman returned to Harvard in 1973-74 as a Nieman Fellow, where she studied the dynamics of social change, and again in 2007 as a Shorenstein Fellow.
Ellen has a daughter, stepdaughter, two grandchildren and lives with her husband, Robert Levey in Boston.
Mark GoulthorpeRead bio
Mark Goulthorpe, dECOi / MIT
Mark Goulthorpe is an Associate Professor at MIT Dept of Architecture, teaching in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs, and undergoing research in digital design and fabrication. He is currently Head of the new Design Stream in the SMArchS post-professional research program. Current research centers on robotic fabrication and a variety of composite fabrication methodologies, as well as a new iteration of the dynamically reconfigurable HypoSurface.
He has two published books: ‘Autoplastic to Alloplastic’ by Hyx/Pompidou, which evidences shifts in design methodology occasioned by digital technologies; and ‘The Possibility of (an) Architecture’ by Routledge, which theorizes the broad implications of a digital paradigm for architecture. A forthcoming book is in draft form, ‘Paramorph’, which foregrounds the design and fabrication research that lies behind the evolving projects. There are many published essays and articles by Goulthorpe and on the work of dECOi and HypoSurface in journals.
Goulthorpe is also a practicing architect, creative and technical director of 3 groups of networked inter-disciplinary teams: dECOi Architects, HypoSurface, and Zero+. Current projects include a fully cnc-milled wooden office interior, One Main (Cambridge) evidencing a radical carbon-negative manufacturing potential; a new electromagnetic HypoSurface commission for the National Museum of Energy in Spain (NME) establishing real-time physical interactivity of architectural surfaces; the Paramorph carbon-fiber penthouse as an extension to a towertop adjacent to Tate Modern (London); and a research initiative for Zero+ thermoplastic housing. Each project probes new modes of materializing architecture via digital technologies, pressing to innovating design, fabrication and material logics to attain new formal sophistication and technical efficiencies.
In 2011 Goulthorpe established a large-scale Kuka robotic fabrication facility as part of the IDC collaboration between MIT and SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design), as research into new manufacturing and material potentials. He is recipient of a MISTI award that will run a workshop Compose_It House with Alex Tsamis, PhD in collaboration with the Design Lab at the Adolfo Ibanez University (UIA), Chile.
dECOi was named one of the Architectural League of NY ‘Emerging Voices’ 2006, selected for the ‘Design Vanguard’ by Architecture Record 2005, won the FEIDAD award for digital design in 2004 (Galerie Miran), selected for the ‘New Trends of Architecture’ exhibition of the European City of Culture 2004, and has variously exhibited at the Venice and Beijing Biennales. HypoSurface has received awards from Ars Electronica, NESTA, FEIDAD, and received a Tomorrow Award 2012 for new media. Zero+ was selected as finalist in the Mass Challenge international entrepreneurship competition 2011. The One Main project won an Architizer A+ Award Winner 2015.
Amanda GrahamAmanda GrahamRead bioAmanda Graham
Sheryl GreenbergSheryl GreenbergRead bioSheryl Greenberg
Dennis GrimardDennis GrimardRead bioDennis Grimard
Eric GrimsonRead bio
Eric Grimson is a professor of computer science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds the Bernard Gordon Chair of Medical Engineering. He also holds a joint appointment as a lecturer on radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Professor Grimson has previously served as the education officer for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, as associate department head, and as head of the department from 2005 to 2011. Since 2011, he has held the position of MIT's chancellor. He received a BSc in mathematics and physics from the University of Regina in 1975 and a PhD in mathematics from MIT in 1980. Professor Grimson is a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and his group has pioneered state-of-the-art systems for activity and behavior recognition, object and person recognition, image database indexing, image-guided surgery, site modeling, and many other areas of computer vision. Professor Grimson is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the IEEE. He was awarded the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Engineering at MIT.
John GrossenbacherJohn GrossenbacherRead bioJohn Grossenbacher
Paul HaRead bio
Paul Ha is currently the Director of the List Visual Arts Center, the contemporary art museum at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Known for presenting experimental and timely exhibitions, the List also oversees the active MIT's Percent-for-Art program, which has created one the of the outstanding national collections of public art. The collection includes 50 plus site-specific commissions from artists such as Dan Graham, Cai Guo-Qiang, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt and Sarah Sze. The List also oversees more than 3,500 works in the permanent collection as well as 600 works in an innovative student loan art collection program. In 2014 Ha was chosen to be commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion for the La Biennale di Venezia 56th International Art Exhibition. Ha and co-curator Ute Meta Bauer, proposed artist Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance and time based art.
Previous to the List, Ha was the Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, where he oversaw the construction and opening of the new museum designed by Brad Cloepfil. As the inaugural director, Ha quickly positioned CAM to be one of the leaders in the field of contemporary art, garnering national and international recognition for its exhibitions. During Ha’s tenure at CAM, a number of artists received the first major museum exhibition of their careers. Under Ha’s leadership, CAM produced 92 exhibitions and brought 223 artists to St. Louis.
Prior to joining the Contemporary, Ha was the Deputy Director of Programs and External Affairs at the Yale University Art Gallery and Executive Director of White Columns. With over twenty-five years of professional experience in art, including museum administration, fundraising, and curating. Ha is known for his approachability and ability to build collaborative teams.
Nicholas HaanRead bio
Nicholas Haan is the Faculty Chair of Global Grand Challenges at Singularity University. He oversees the curriculum, faculty coordination, and team project innovation processes for educational programs at SU; and regularly speaks in international forums on solving humanity's grand challenges. He is also the SU Managing Director of Impact Partnerships and forms collaborations with UN, NGO, and other organizations. Previous to SU he was a food security analyst for the United Nations where he created an international standard for classifying disasters/food insecurity. He has also worked in the areas of education, environment, and health. Nick has lived and worked for over 20 years in East and Southern Africa and has worked at community, national, and global levels; and brings a multi-disciplinary systems perspective to complex challenges. He is a NASA Research Fellow and has a Ph.D. in Geography, MA in International Development, MA in Remote Sensing, and a BS in Genetics.
Eric HabbenEric HabbenRead bioEric Habben
Jonathan HaberJonathan HaberRead bioJonathan Haber
Scott HagenRead bio
Founder of Big Energy Project. Worked with the IEC at TED Global to look for solutions to provide power to the 1.8 billion people on this planet who do not have it. Along my way in life I have served on many think tanks and am proud to be part of the inaugural SOLVE at MIT. Dream big. Some used to think of larger sails to travel across the sea faster...Others figured out how to fly over it... I am a Capture All Energy ,and reuse energy developer.
Bradford HagerRead bio
Bradford H. Hager earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978 and then became a professor at Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory. He joined MIT in 1989 where he is now a Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Earth Sciences in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). Hager became the Director of ERL in June of 2012.
Brad’s research interests include the relationship between space-geodetic observations of surface deformation, earthquakes, and dynamical processes in the Earth’s interior. He has expertise on tectonic earthquakes in regional fault systems, as well as deformation and earthquakes induced by reservoir production. Hager is currently co-chair of NASA’s NISAR Science Definition Team, responsible for earthquake, hydrocarbon, and carbon sequestration applications. He is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the Macelwane and Lehmann Medals by the American Geophysical Union, the Woollard Award by the Geological Society of America, and the Augustus Love Medal by the European Geophysical Union.
Jennifer HalfordRead bio
Jennifer is an MIT undergraduate (Class of 2016) studying biology and anthropology. She aspires to become a physician-scientist who collaborates across disciplines to advance medical technologies and health care delivery. Jennifer is also passionate about education and serves as a science and art teacher to students from MIT and the Greater Boston community.
Guy HalfteckGuy HalfteckRead bioGuy Halfteck
John HallinanRead bio
Chief Business Officer at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio). Prior to joining MassBio, was a CFO in the life sciences and software industries with experience across a broad range of strategic and operational disciplines and background encompasses venture financings, corporate development, technology licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.
Steve HaraguchiSteve HaraguchiRead bioSteve Haraguchi
Caleb HarperRead bio
Caleb Harper is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He leads a diverse group of engineers, architects and scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. Caleb’s research focuses in the areas of control environment design, actuated sensing, control automation and data-driven resource, energy and biologic optimization. His group is developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software and data common with the goal of creating a more agile, transparent and collaborative food system.
Caleb is a National Geographic Explorer and a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) New Vision for Agriculture Transformation Leaders Network. His work has been featured by TIME, WIRED, The Economist, IEEE, World Urban Forum (WUF), USAID and TED.
Prior to joining the Media Lab in 2011, Caleb worked professionally as an Architect designing and developing data centers, health care and semi-conductor fabrication facilities. Additionally he has consulted with multiple international development agencies including USAID, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the Delhi Development Authority on high-density urban development projects.
Douglas HartDouglas HartRead bioDouglas Hart
Kathryn HawkesRead bio
Kathy Hawkes is the senior director of development at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT in 2006, Kathy managed human resources at Netezza Corporation, a data warehousing firm that was acquired by IBM. Kathy is on the board of directors of the Family to Family Project in Boston.
Justin HaysRead bio
Justin Hays currently working for Horizon Pharma plc as a Product Manager and has most recently distinguished himself as one of the driving forces behind a successful commercial integration of newly acquired products into Horizon’s Orphan Business Unit. He has proven to be an expert in strategic planning and tactical execution, and has held Marketing roles in Orphan, Oncology, and analytics. Justin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Biblical Studies from Cairn University. Growing up in Europe and having witnessed societies on 5 different continents, Justin has developed a deep-rooted passion for alleviating poverty through education and access.
Colette HealdRead bio
Colette L. Heald is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environment Engineering & Earth and Planetary Sciences at MIT. She received her undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in Canada in 2000, and her PhD in Earth and Planetary Science from Harvard University in 2005. She held the NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Berkeley from 2006-2007. Colette began her faculty career in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in 2008. She moved to MIT in 2012, where she heads a research group in global atmospheric chemistry that addresses issues related to the interactions between the biosphere and atmosphere and the evolution and impacts of atmospheric particles.
John HelferichJohn HelferichRead bioJohn Helferich
I have 28 years experience in the food industry in R&D. I am now at MIT in IDSS working on a PhD in food safety.
Sara HellmoldSara HellmoldRead bioSara Hellmold
Christopher HendersonRead bio
After training in Cambridge (UK) and spending much of his career in France, Chris Henderson moved in 2005 to Columbia University in New York, where he co-founded the Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease, a new initiative in translational neuroscience that created a continuum from research on motor neurons through to clinical research on the motor neuron diseases ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). He was also director of the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, a group of 120 laboratories across the university using stem cells to better understand or treat human disease. While still at Columbia he became director of Target ALS, a privately-funded consortium that has stimulated industry investment in ALS research by supporting cutting-edge translational research and nationwide core facilities in academia. In 2014, Trophos - a French biotech of which he was an academic founder - announced positive clinical trial data in patients with SMA. This provided major motivation to become more actively engaged in the biotech world and in October 2014, Henderson moved to Biogen (Cambridge, MA) to lead the neuroscience research program focused on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and multiple sclerosis.
John HenryJohn HenryRead bioJohn Henry
Tena HerlihyTena HerlihyRead bioTena Herlihy
As General Counsel for edX, Tena is responsible for the legal affairs of edX, providing timely and practical advice in the fast-growing and uncharted field of MOOCs. In addition to handling intellectual property matters, contract negotiations, regulatory issues and general corporate matters, Tena has provided counsel on business operations since the inception of edX in 2012. Prior to joining edX, Tena was a lawyer in MIT’s Office of the General Counsel, where she quickly adopted MIT’s mission of improving the world through higher education. Tena also draws from broad legal experience working both in private practice and as in-house counsel to navigate the emerging legal challenges created as edX aims to educate a billion people. Tena is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Boston College Law School.
Laurent HermoyeRead bio
CEO at Imagilys
After graduating as an electrical engineer, doctor of medical sciences (PhD), and bachelor of business management, I founded Imagilys, a company specializing in advanced brain imaging, biomarkers and neurosurgical planning. Through collaborations with research teams at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Liege University's Coma Science group, I endeavor to bring the most advanced brain imaging techniques from bench to bedside. My efforts have resulted in multiple publications in medical journals and at international conferences, but also in a neuroimaging software suite, BrainMagix, which has been used on thousands of patients. Having served as a university professor for 10 years, I am now the organizer of Imagilys’ Advanced Clinical Neuroimaging Course, teaching advanced neuroimaging techniques to doctors from all around the world. Through continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), I am continually at the leading edge of the newest techniques.
Brian Von HerzenRead bio
Brian Von Herzen obtained his A.B. in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was the recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship (http://www.hertzfoundation.org). While at Princeton, Brian spent four years working closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. At Princeton, his dissertation on global climate models demonstrated how changes in the Earth's orbit affects climate. During his Caltech years Brian worked on models of the overabundance of carbon in Jupiter's atmosphere. Little did he know that a decade later we would have to solve this problem for the Earth's atmosphere. From these experiences he acquired a detailed understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle and has envisioned sustainable approaches to restoring carbon balance in our atmosphere. Nature does a great job of fixing carbon. Primary production on the Earth has been fixing carbon for billions of years. By restoring natural carbon cycles, we can restore food productivity of Earth while concurrently balancing carbon. Once we reduce the carbon intensity of our own lifestyles, natural biogeochemical processes can take our civilization carbon negative using technologies comprising biochar to withdraw gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere for millennia.
Much of Brian’s career has been in Silicon Valley, where he developed innovative technical solutions for companies like Pixar, Dolby, Microsoft, and others. Among other projects, he designed field programmable gate array (FPGA) applications considered to be among the world’s fastest at the time.
Brian leads projects on land and sea with individuals and groups in all parts of the world, including India, Africa, and the USA.
Chris HewittRead bio
An executive with 29 years of experience providing the interface between chemical technology and business initiatives, Chris Hewitt was appointed Science Relations Manager, North America in April 2014.
In this function, Dr. Hewitt has the responsibility for BASF’s relationships with strategic universities in North America.
Prior to this role, Dr. Hewitt was the Global Business Manager for BASF’s Inorganic Intermediates business. Earlier in his career, Hewitt held a number of leadership roles at Sigma-Aldrich, including Director of Business Development for Chemistry and Vice President, Marketing and R&D. At Sigma-Aldrich, he led a successful team to improve external collaborations and the impact on their R&D initiatives.
He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Durham University in United Kingdom and is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
He resides in Michigan.
Emily HiestandEmily HiestandRead bioEmily Hiestand
Emily Hiestand is the Communications Director of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Before coming to MIT in 2008, she served as the Creative Director of Elements Communications for six years; the Literary Editor for Orion Magazine for eight years; and the principal of HD Associates, a design firm focused on educational and cultural projects, for twelve years. Her works include projects for the Boston Foundation, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Children’s Museum, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, and Best American Poetry, among many other publications. She has served on the executive board of PEN New England, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library.
Eve HigginbothamRead bio
Dr. Eve Higginbotham is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania, a position she assumed on August 1, 2013. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Co-Founder and Director of ROI Squared, LLC. Notable prior positions include Visiting Scholar in Health Equity at the AAMC in Washington DC, Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, a position she held for 12 years. A graduate of MIT (Course X, S.B, and S.M.) and Harvard Medical School, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the LSU Eye Center and fellow¬ship training in the subspecialty of glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Higginbotham is a current member of the Defense Health Board of the DOD, the MIT Corporation, Board of Directors of Ascension of which she is Secretary of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee, and the Board of the AΩA Medical Honor Society. She is a Vice Chair of the NEI-supported Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study, a randomized clinical trial, recently funded for a 20-year follow-up study of this unique cohort of patients. She is currently a member of the ARVO, AAO, American Clinical and Climatological Association, NAM, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a former member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University and a former chair of the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel. She is the past president of the following organizations: the Maryland Society Eye Physicians, the BCMS, and the Harvard Medical School Alumni Council. Dr. Higginbotham has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited four ophthalmology textbooks and continues to remain active in health policy and patient care at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Peter HirstRead bio
Peter Hirst leads the team of professionals who partner with clients and faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management to develop, design, and deliver innovative executive education programs for individuals and companies.
Formerly CEO of the commercialization, consulting, and executive education business of the London School of Economics, he has over twenty years of experience in international strategy, technology consulting and organizational development. Peter has also served as a director and board adviser to businesses and non-profit organizations on three continents. He is a past president of the British American Business Council of New England, for which he currently serves as a board director, and a founding member of its Energy and Environment and High Tech Committees. Peter is a trustee and treasurer of the American Foundation of the University of St Andrews in Scotland and cochair of the Education Working Group of the Internet of Things World Forum and a founding member of the Internet of Things Global Talent Consortium. He is also a board director and cochair of the Digital Communications Subcommittee of UNICON, the global association of university-based executive education programs.
Peter earned a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for research in plasma physics and microwave engineering. After a period of academic entrepreneurship in a variety of related fields, including optoelectronics, neural network computing, and the interfaces between technology and terrorism, he was appointed Westminster Fellow in the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where he advised MPs and Peers of all parties on policy issues in the physical sciences, defense, and IT.
In 2012, Peter was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his service to British and American business and academia interests.
Susan HockfieldRead bio
A noted neuroscientist, Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., was the first life scientist and the first woman to serve as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 2004 to 2012. Prior to her service at MIT, she held the positions of Provost and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences while she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology at Yale University. She has received honorary degrees from universities around the world and is a director of the General Electric Company, Qualcomm Incorporated, the World Economic Forum Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, and a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She currently serves on a Department of Energy Commission, has served as Science Envoy at the request of the U.S. State Department and the White House, and she co-chaired President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee.
Todd HoffmanRead bio
As Director of Technology at ECS I've focused on building a Technology Fluency program that provides a continuum of skills from K-8. The framework introduces our youngest students to Computational Thinking through Computer Science inspired activities in various content areas. Technology Fluency is the ability to be a problem seeker and problem solver while applying various technologies as tools to develop solutions. This framework is content and device agnostic and transcends traditional technology education by designing learning experiences rather than software or hardware based activities. Developing Technologically Fluent citizens will spark new innovation from a wider swath of society and encourage collaboration amongst peers and generations across the globe.
Paul HohenbergerPaul HohenbergerRead bioPaul Hohenberger
Bernard HornBernard HornRead bioBernard Horn
Bernard R. Horn, Jr. (Bernie) is 1980 (S.M.) graduate of the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at M.I.T. He is President of Polaris Capital Management, LLC, a company he founded in 1995. Polaris is a leading firm in the management global and international equities for individuals and institutions worldwide. The firm manages over $6 billion and is located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Terry HortonTerry HortonRead bioTerry Horton
University of Oklahoma Doctor of Pharmacy 1973
Owner Medicare Pharmacy l, Marshall, Ark. 1976-2000
President DR Horton, Inc. 1981-2001
Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board 1986-1994
Gerry HouseGerry HouseRead bioGerry House
ShaoLan HsuehRead bio
ShaoLan is an entrepreneur, angel investor, geek, writer, traveler and dreamer. She
is the founder and creator of Chineasy. She launched this project after a well-received
TED Talk in Long Beach, California in 2013. In over two years, she has built Chineasy
into one of the most popular methods of learning Chinese across the Internet with
several hundred thousand fellow learners and over 3M views of her TED talk. Her first
book Chineasy, The New Way to Read Chinese was launched in March 2014 and is
out in over 15 languages. There have been other products launched since the book like
flash cards, postcards, memory game to help in the Chinese learning. She plans to
launch a Chineasy board game in autumn 2015 and her next book Chineasy Everyday
is out in early 2016.
Chineasy was awarded Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2014 Design Award for “Life-Enhancer
of the year” nominated along with Google glass and Singapore Airlines. Chineasy was
awarded ‘Best Designs of the Year 2014’ by the Design Museum (Visitor Vote) in the
UK. Chineasy has won D&AD 2015 awards in Book Design for the Chineasy book and
Branding/Brand Expression in Print. FastCompany has chosen Chineasy as the World’s
Top 10 most Innovative Companies backed by Kickstarter in 2015 and Wired Japan
chose Chineasy as one of the Top 25 Design Projects in the WXD 2015.
ShaoLan is a tech entrepreneur with extensive business experience in both Asia
and Europe. At the age of 22 whilst studying for her MBA she wrote four best-selling
books on software in Taiwan, which were awarded 'book of the year' after their
publication. She co-founded pAsia, one of the major players on Internet in Asia in
1990's, aged 24. After a second masters degree at the University of Cambridge
she began Caravel Capital, which she founded in 2005 to advise young technology
Chineasy represents a return for ShaoLan to her artistic upbringing and in many ways
also an arts project. This project is the culmination of her life's journey through the East
and West. Her aim with Chineasy is to help people to understand China, Chinese
culture, its language and to bridge the gap between East and West.
ShaoLan is active in the arts & design, education, lifetime learning, and technology. She
is a member of several management and advisory boards of non-profit organisations in
the UK, including the Saïd Business School of Oxford University (present), The Victoria
and Albert Museum (present), Asia House (past), and the New School Network (past),
an organisation backed by the British Government promoting educational reform.
Peter HubbardRead bio
Peter Hubbard is a veteran Seattle teacher leader who has been involved in numerous networking projects over the years: Save the Rainforests, Young Inventors, SPS Green Teams Network, Washington Green Schools, E3 Washington, Frontiers of the 21st Century, Creating Young Innovators, Next 50, Make a Difference Teams, the Compassionate Schools Network and others. He is currently pulling together an organizing team to launch a statewide STEAM TEAM Network in conjunction with Washington STEM Schools, Washington School Librarian Association, Washington Education Association, Puget Sound Educational Service District, Washington State PTA, Association of School Principals, the Washington State School Director's Association, and a wide range of community partners. He would love to connect this networking pilot project to the MIT Solve initiative. Perhaps we could build MIT SOLVER'S STEAM TEAM NETWORK, "Globally conscious citizens solving world problems".
Full STEAM ahead!
He has also invented a paper folding design system, Tetragami, which won first prize at the Seattle Maker Movement Faire in 2013 for best workshop for kids. He and his students used this creative design system to do fundraising for village school and development projects in Sierra Leone and the Congo, over the years raising more than $20,000. He remains committed to reorienting education towards real world issues and away from disembodied "learning".
You Tube Tetragami instructional video:
CONGO EDUCATION PARTNERS NEWSLETTER RELEASE:
Students at Lawton Elementary School in Seattle raised $2500 for the Connect Djolu! project -
and thanks to matching funds from an anonymous donor, their contribution was doubled to $5000!
Thanks in part to Mr. Hubbard's fifth grade students in Seattle, Washington, Congo Education Partners (CEP) is more than halfway to our goal of raising $29,000 for a satellite internet connection and solar power at Djolu Technical College of Rural Development (the Institut Superiéur de Développement Rural-Djolu or ISDR-Djolu).
As part of their fundraising effort, Mr. Hubbard's students learned about the Congo Basin rainforest and how important local education is to conserving the region's biodiversity, including unique and endangered species such as bonobos, forest elephants, Congo peacocks, and many other species. They learned that ISDR-Djolu teaches Congolese college students in this remote rainforest region how to balance conservation and sustainable ways of making a living. Lawton students were probably also surprised that a college doesn't have Internet access!
Members of Lawton Elementary School's Make a Difference Club learned how to fold paper models of
African wildlife and used these to inspire family and friends to donate to CEP's Connect Djolu! project.
Tom HudnutTom HudnutRead bioTom Hudnut
Lindley HueyLindley HueyRead bioLindley Huey
Deborah HungDeborah HungRead bioDeborah Hung
Deborah Hung is trained as a physician, chemist, and geneticist, and she joined the Broad Institute as a core member and Harvard Medical School as a faculty member in 2006.
Hung combines chemical and genomic approaches to define host-pathogen interactions and to reveal essential in vivo gene functions of pathogens that may be potential therapeutic targets for antimicrobial development. In addition, by deploying small organic molecules on a genome-wide scale to both perturb and understand bacterial infection, she seeks to identify new therapeutic prospects for a variety of devastating pathogens, including Vibrio cholerae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Hung is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. She also holds positions as an infectious disease physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and an attending critical care physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In recognition of her discovery of a new kind of chemical inhibitor of V. cholerae, she was awarded the 2009 American Society for Microbiology Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award. She is also a recipient of a Pew Scholars Award in the Biomedical Sciences and a Doris Duke Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award. Hung serves on the Scientific Steering Committee of the New England Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
She received her A.B. from Harvard University, Ph.D. from Harvard University, and M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in infectious disease and critical care medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Steve HymanRead bio
Steven E. Hyman, M.D.
Steven E. Hyman, M.D. is Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, a Core Faculty Member of the Broad Institute, and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. From 2001 to 2011, he served as Provost of Harvard University, the University’s chief academic officer. As Provost he had a special focus on development of collaborative initiatives in the sciences and engineering spanning multiple disciplines and institutions. From 1996 to 2001, he served as director of the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where he emphasized investment in neuroscience and emerging genetic technologies. He also initiated a series of large practical clinical trials, including an emphasis on children, a population about which little was known.
Hyman is the editor of the Annual Review of Neuroscience, founding President of the International Neuroethics Society (2008-2014), and President (2015) of the Society for Neuroscience, the leading professional organization for neuroscientists with approximately 40,000 members. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies where he serves on the governing Council, the Board of Health Science Policy, and chairs the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, which brings together industry, government, academia, patient groups, and foundations. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Hyman received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College, a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Cambridge, which he attended as a Mellon fellow, and an M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School.
Eric IngersollRead bio
Eric Ingersoll is an entrepreneur, technology developer, policy expert, and strategic advisor with more than 20 years experience in all aspects of the energy sector, from technology development and venture creation, to investment and acquisition strategy for established firms. Numerous energy companies, foundations, investors, and startup companies have retained Eric as a strategic advisor on clean energy technologies, market entry strategy, financial innovation, and growth through acquisition. He is a founder, and currently the CEO/Director of, the Energy Options Network. Until 2013, he was a founder, and CEO of General Compression, a utility-scale energy storage company, which raised $100M and received investments from Duke Energy and Conoco. Eric is currently a Senior Advisor to several global companies, developing new energy businesses. He is also a Managing Partner of Zenergy Holdings, a clean power project developer; a member of the board of the Clean Air Task Force; and was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House for his work in renewable energy.
Simon IrishSimon IrishRead bioSimon Irish
Joi ItoRead bio
Joichi "Joi" Ito has been recognized for his work as an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and advocate of emergent democracy, privacy, and Internet freedom. As director of the MIT Media Lab, he is currently exploring how radical new approaches to science and technology can transform society in substantial and positive ways. Soon after coming to MIT, Ito introduced mindfulness meditation training to the Media Lab. Together with the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, founding director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, Ito is promoting the contribution that awareness and focus can bring to the creativity process.
Ito has served as both board chair and CEO of Creative Commons and sits on the boards of Sony, the Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York Times Company, and the Mozilla Foundation. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage and helped establish and later became CEO of the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He was an early investor in numerous companies, including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm, littleBits, Formlabs, Kickstarter, and Twitter.
Ito’s honors include being named to Time magazine’s "Cyber-Elite” in 1997 (at age 31) and selection as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum (2001). In 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Web." In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2013, he received an honorary degree from the New School in New York City. In 2014, he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame; also In 2014, he was one of the recipients of the Golden Plate award from the Academy of Achievement.
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Erica JamesRead bio
Erica James is a medical and psychiatric anthropologist who joined MIT Anthropology in 2004. She is also the Director of the MIT Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI), a new venture launched in 2014. At its core is the understanding that the promotion of "health", whether local or global, requires interdisciplinary analysis of its complex determinants. GHMHI combines best practices in global health and the medical humanities to add a distinctive analytical approach to the field of medical education through existing and new courses, extracurricular events, experimental research collaborations, and interdisciplinary teaching opportunities. GHMHI is developing a mixed-methods training program that teaches participants best practices in global health, medical humanities, bioethics, and health technology assessment using a combination of both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
Leila JanahRead bio
Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama Group and an award-winning social entrepreneur.
Prior to Sama Group, Leila was a visiting scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase R&D spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let’s Go in Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo.
Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and in 2014, was the youngest person to win a Heinz Award.
She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco.
Jason JayRead bio
Jason Jay is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. He teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and innovation for sustainable business. He engages students and alumni in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. His research focuses on how people navigate the tensions between personal, business, and social goals in sustainability efforts, particularly in cross-sectoral collaborations and hybrid organizations. Much of his research and practice occur in the technical domain of energy efficiency. Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO's including BP and the World Bank. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Bryan JohnsonRead bio
Bryan Johnson is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of OS Fund and Braintree (PayPal/eBay).
Bryan launched OS Fund in 2014 with $100 million of his personal capital to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. His investments include endeavors to cure age-related diseases and radically extend healthy human life to 100+ (Human Longevity), make biology a predictable programming language (Gingko Bioworks & Synthetic Genomics), replicate the human visual cortex using artificial intelligence (Vicarious), mine an asteroid (Planetary Resources), reinvent transportation using autonomous vehicles (Mattternet) and reimagine food using biology (Hampton Creek), among others.
In 2007, Bryan founded Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider. Under Bryan’s leadership as CEO, Braintree acquired thousands of the most discerning and disruptive companies in the world as customers (including Airbnb, GitHub, OpenTable and Uber) and created the critical infrastructure that powered the industry-wide shift to mobile commerce. Bryan profitably bootstrapped the company for its first five years of operations. The company raised two rounds of venture capital, acquired Venmo, and was bought by eBay in 2013 for $800 million in cash.
Bryan is an outdoor-adventure enthusiast (mountains, volcanoes, arctic dog sledding), a pilot and author of a children's book.
L. Robert JohnsonRead bio
Angel investor, former venture capitalist, entrepreneur, public & private boards, currently active non-profit volunteer focused on education. Life Member of MIT Corporation. MIT & HBS graduate.
Bob JohnstonBob JohnstonRead bioBob Johnston
Ticora JonesTicora JonesRead bioTicora Jones
Click to edit summary"Social" Scientist and social innovator bridging the worlds of policy, international development, strategy, program development and bureaucracy. Positive, highly capable team builder able to connect abstract concepts to concrete action to create new opportunities.
Edward JungRead bio
Edward Jung founded Intellectual Ventures in 2000 after leaving Microsoft Corporation where he was chief architect and advisor to executive staff. At Intellectual Ventures, he also serves as the chief technology officer, setting strategic technology and new business models for the company.
At Microsoft, Mr. Jung managed projects relating to web platforms, semantic web technology, intelligent operating systems, adaptive user interfaces and artificial intelligence. He co-founded many Microsoft teams including Windows NT, Microsoft Research, mobile and consumer products, and web services. Before joining Microsoft in February 1990, Mr. Jung founded the Deep Thought Group, working on neural network chips for learning and parallel computation. His biomedical research work in the 1980s in protein structure and function was published in several journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Biochemistry.
An avid inventor, Mr. Jung holds more than 700 patents worldwide and has over 1,000 patents pending. His inventions are in the areas of biomedicine, computing, networking, energy, and material sciences.
Mr. Jung has served as an advisor to Harvard Medical School, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Institute for Systems Biology and consulted to the Asia Pacific Federation, the Aspen Institute, the China Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization.
Andrew KadakAndrew KadakRead bioAndrew Kadak
Former MIT Professor of the Practice; President & CEO of Yankee Atomic Electric Company
Rohit KarnikRohit KarnikRead bioRohit Karnik
Andy KarsnerAndy KarsnerRead bioAndy Karsner
John KatzmanJohn KatzmanRead bioJohn Katzman
LaCharles KeeseeRead bio
LaCharles Keesee is the Managing Scientist at Garmisch Labs, a firm he founded in January 2015 to provide mathematical research, quantitative analysis and data science expertise. LaCharles has over 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors.. He has been a senior advisor to the Mayor of Denver, Colorado and most recently as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management at a large agricultural bank. Through Garmisch Labs, LaCharles seeks to collaborate with others to solve new and interesting problems in science and technology. LaCharles holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University.
David KeithRead bio
David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for twenty five years. He took first prize in Canada's national physics prize exam, won MIT's prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME magazine's Heroes of the Environment. Best known for work on solar geoengineering, David’s analytical work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. David has built a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA's ER-2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering increase the safety of stored CO2. David is Professor of Applied Physics in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School, he spends about a third of his time in Calgary, where he helps lead Carbon Engineering a company developing technology to capture of CO2 from ambient air.
Matthew KellerRead bio
Matt Keller is Senior Director of the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE. He is leading an effort that challenges teams from all over the world to create innovative technologies that will bring children -- on their own and with each other -- from non-literacy to literacy in 18 months in parts of the world where quality learning environments are difficult to access. Previously, as Vice-President of One Laptop per Child, Keller led OLPC’s ground-breaking literacy project in remote Ethiopia testing the theory that children from non-literate communities could teach themselves to read using tablets filled with off-the-shelf applications.
Keller has also served as a senior program officer with the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy, and as Legislative Director for Common Cause in Washington, DC, where he led the organization’s efforts to enact the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. Mr. Keller has also served as a lawyer working on behalf of migrant farmworkers in the Southwest United States, and as a Jesuit Volunteer in Portland, Maine.
Manolis KellisManolis KellisRead bioManolis Kellis
Manolis Kellis is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT, an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT where he directs the MIT Computational Biology Group (compbio.mit.edu). He has helped direct several large-scale genomics projects, including the NIH Roadmap Epigenomics project, the comparative analysis of 29 mammals, the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project, and the Genotype Tissue-Expression (GTEx) project. He received the US Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He obtained his Ph.D. from MIT, where he received the Sprowls award for the best doctorate thesis in computer science. He lived in Greece and France before moving to the US.
Allie KellyAllie KellyRead bioAllie Kelly
Retired Blackstone Partner, head of Communications Advisory practice. Board member of the Nature Conservancy, the Northwestern University School of Communications and the USC Annenberg School's Innovation Lab
Kathleen KennedyRead bio
In her 14 years at MIT, Kathleen has helped MIT Technology Review to redefine the magazine brand and to achieve success in a rapidly changing market. She has established several new lines of business in the United States as well as in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. She leads events, sales, and international licensing for MIT’s media company as well as the global team of the entrepreneurial support organization MIT Enterprise Forum.
Kathleen started her career in accounting at Deloitte and Touche, but she quickly found her true calling in media. She left the financial world to join a startup that specialized in media research for the film industry. Kathleen worked on a wide range of movies for major studios, including Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox.
She has been a long-time judge for the MITX awards and a distinguished juror for Lemelson-MIT prizes, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Innovators.” She sits on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum and was awarded the 2009 Folio: 40, which recognized the most innovative and influential people in magazines.
She was in the Rising Scholar program at the University of Virginia, and she studied accounting at James Madison University.
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Wolfgang KesslingRead bio
Wolfgang Kessling is physicist and climate engineer based in Munich, Germany. He is principal of Transsolar and frequently lecturing on sustainable design. Wolfgang’s research and development work focuses on high comfort - low energy buildings and design for outdoor comfort in urban settings. In Asia he was involved in the design of the first Zero Energy Office in Malaysia and in the climate and energy concepts for the cooled conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. In 2012 he was invited to give a TED talk on outdoor comfort at the opening ceremony of the first TEDx Summit in Doha, Qatar.
Shireen KhanRead bio
Shireen is an entrepreneurial executive with over 20 years of high-level experience creating innovative solutions and leading strategic initiatives for organizations worldwide, including the UN, WEF, PepsiCo. MBA/MS, Engineer, Humanitarian, Designer, passionate about sustainable development. Shireen partners with teams to build sustainable businesses and initiatives in the greater public interest.
Thulile KhanyileRead bio
Thulile Khanyile is currently persuing her Doctoral studies specialising in Molecular Medicine and Haematology at the University of the Witwatersrand. In her current project she is developing a vaccine against HIV-1. She holds a MSc in Medicine where her project was in the field of biophotonics. She is a recipient of a PhD studentship from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She was recently awarded a MSc TATA scholarship award by the Department of Science and Technology. Her research interests are HIV/AIDS, vaccine development, drug delivery systems, diagnostics and biophotonics.
Philip KhouryPhilip KhouryRead bioPhilip Khoury
ASSOCIATE PROVOST AND FORD INTERNATIONAL PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, MIT
Brad KingRead bio
Brad King is an associate professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, and the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development. He earned his Masters in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a graduate certificate in Human-Computer Interaction from the Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing.
His creative research and academic publishing focuses on digital literacy, online education, transmedia storytelling, books and publishing, and the future of storytelling. His projects have been influenced by his work as an advisory board member with South by Southwest Interactive, one of the largest and longest running creative technology conferences in the world. He’s also the editor of Carnegie Mellon’s ETC Press, a small academic publishing house that uses emerging technologies to experiment with new models for writing, editing, and selling books.
Professionally, King worked for Wired magazine, Wired.com, and MIT’s Technology Review as a reporter, editor, and senior producer. He's the co-author of one book, Dungeons & Dreamers: a story of how computer games became a global culture (ETC Press, 2014), and he’s working two others So Far Appalachia: A memoir of American mythology and The Summer of Run.
Twitter: @BradBSU, @CenterforEMDD
Leila KinneyLeila KinneyRead bioLeila Kinney
Leila W. Kinney is the Executive Director of Arts Initiatives and of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), working with Associate Provost Philip S. Khoury, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), the Creative Arts Council, the Council for the Arts at MIT, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and the MIT Museum, to advance the arts at MIT in the areas of strategic planning, cross-school collaborations, communications and resource development.
David KirkpatrickRead bio
David Kirkpatrick is a journalist, commentator about technology, and founder and CEO of Techonomy Media. Its annual Techonomy conference brings together leaders from tech, business, academia and government to discuss the role of tech in progress, and next takes place Nov. 8-10, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, California. Kirkpatrick's bestselling book “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World” is in 32 languages. He spent 25 years at Fortune, where he founded and hosted the Brainstorm and Brainstorm Tech conferences. Kirkpatrick writes at Techonomy.com as well as for Forbes and Vanity Fair, and is a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Richard KivelRead bio
Richard Kivel has devoted his career to pioneering business ventures and serving on boards that have changed the course of life sciences and healthcare in the global market. His multidimensional career combines expertise in venture investments, governance, organizational design and commercialization of technology.
Investments and activities include:
Ixcela: acting-Chief Operating Officer: 2014-Present: Microbiome Diagnostic firm
ViS Research Inc.: Board Chairman / acting COO, 2013–2015 (company acquired by IMS Health June 2015)
Rhapsody Biologics, Inc.: Board Chairman & co-Founder, 2009–2014: Peptide vaccine platform company
Bridgewater Assoc, LP: Senior Manager, 2011 & 2012: world’s largest hedge fund ($170B AUM)
Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: RNN): Board Member & Nominating Committee Chair, 2010–2013
TheraGenetics: Chief Executive Officer: 2006-2009 Pharmacogenetic Diagnostic firm (acquired 2003)
MolecularWare: Chief Executive Officer: 2001-2004 MIT spin-out Bioinformatics firm (acquired 2003)
Innovation and Entrepreneurial activities include:
Fundación Innovación Bankinter: Board of Trustees, Madrid, Spain, 2009–Present
Convergence Life Sciences Leaders Forum: Advisory Board, 2004–Present
MIT Alumni Association: Board Member, 2008–2011
MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF): Chair & President, 2008–2011
Richard KlausnerRead bio
Dr. Richard Klausner
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Illumina
Richard Klausner joined Illumina as Chief Medical Officer in September 2013. Rick is responsible for Illumina’s strategies for advancing genomics into clinical medicine and public health. He is also part of Illumina’s executive management team, which is responsible for directing all aspects of company strategy, planning and operations.
Prior to joining Illumina, Rick was managing partner of the venture capital firm, The Column Group. Previously, he held roles as Executive Director for Global Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and as the eleventh director of the National Cancer Institute between 1995 and 2001. He has served as chief of the cell biology and metabolism branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as a past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He also has been Chairman of the National Science Education Standards Projects of the National Academy of Sciences.
Rick currently sits on the board of Juno Therapeutics. He is also the Chief Strategy Advisor for USAID. Previously, he was Chairman of Audax Health, as well as chaired the International Advisory Board for Samsung Medical and the Strategic Oversight Council of Sanofi. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rick holds an M.D. from Duke Medical School.
Jessica KleinJessica KleinRead bioJessica Klein
Eric KlopferRead bio
Professor Klopfer's research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations to promote understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He works on mobile and online games designed to build understanding of scientific practices and concepts as well as critical knowledge. In the realm of simulations, Klopfer's work focuses on helping students understand complex systems through scientific practice, critical thinking, and real-world issues. He is a coauthor of the books Adventures in Modeling and The More We Know and the author of Augmented Learning. Klopfer is also a cofounder, past president, and board member of the nonprofit Learning Games Network.
Tony KnoppTony KnoppRead bioTony Knopp
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Joseff KolmanRead bio
I am a junior at MIT double majoring in Political Science and Physics. Thus far in undergrad, I've examined the complex problems that are climate change and water security from several perspectives. Currently, my research interests primarily concern exploring improvements to the American innovation ecosystem.
Paul KominersRead bio
Paul Kominers is a J.D. Student at Harvard Law School. He has previously worked as an Operations Specialist at Democracy Works, an organization devoted to building the tools a modern democracy needs. He has also worked as a research assistant at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, for Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School, and for Sandy Pentland at the Media Lab. He graduated from MIT in 2012 with a degree in Economics and Political Science, and remains active in the alumni community.
Karl KosterRead bio
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program whose activities link corporations with MIT's research and educational assets, global corporate and university networks, and the surrounding innovation eco-system.
Mr. Koster also serves as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), a National Acadeimes founded organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.
Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980.
Bernhard KowatschRead bio
Bernhard Kowatsch (@bkowatsch) is the Head of Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The Innovation Accelerator’s aim is to accelerate high impact innovations to reach a world without hunger. The accelerator supports innovators working on eradicating hunger using design thinking and a lean start-up approach. Previously, Benrhard co-founded the ShareTheMeal app initiative, built up WFP’s Business Innovation team and worked as management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Bernhard holds masters degrees in International Management, International Business Administration and Business Administration from HEC School of Management and the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Charlie KravetzRead bio
Charlie Kravetz is the General Manager of WBUR, one of the leading public radio stations in America. His career spans broadcast and cable television where he was the founder of Chronicle on WCVB in Boston and the originating Station Manager of New England Cable News. Under his leadership, his newsrooms have won virtually every national award for journalism. Kravetz views himself as a creator, entrepreneur and change agent. His Futurecast strategy and Public Radio Business Laboratory at WBUR are designed to lead public radio to a sustainable future in the digital age.
Jake KritzerRead bio
Jake leads a multidisciplinary group of experts dedicated to examining and overcoming the barriers to sustainable fisheries. The team diagnoses and designs scientific and data systems, policy frameworks, harvest management strategies, spatial management plans and other systems founded upon deep understanding of the biological, social and economic drivers of fisheries. Jake also provides regular fishery management expertise to a number of stakeholders and policymakers through service on several technical and advisory committees. He is an expert on spatial ecology and edited the book Marine Metapopulations, which was the first to systematically apply metapopulation theory directly to marine systems. Prior to joining EDF, Jake graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Biology, earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Windsor in Canada.
Bon KuRead bio
Dr. Bon Ku is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Associate Dean for Co-Curricular Programs at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Ku directs the College within a College - Design, a program that teaches medical students to solve healthcare challenges using design thinking methodology. The design program, the first of its kind for a U.S. medical school, empowers future doctors to redesign healthcare systems, services, spaces and medical devices. Ku has conducted research on vascular access and on the applications of point-of-care ultrasound in emergency and trauma settings. He also has an interest in health policy research focusing on understanding and characterizing emergency department super-utilizers and urban homeless populations.
Ku received his B.A in Classical Studies from Penn, M.D. from Penn State College of Medicine, and M.P.P. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He completed an emergency medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital where he was a chief resident and a fellowship in point-of-care ultrasound at Penn.
Ellen KullmanRead bio
Ellen Kullman, has been chair of the board of directors and chief executive officer of DuPont since 2009. She was named CEO on Jan. 1 and board chair on Dec. 31, 2009. She is the 19th executive to lead the company since DuPont was founded in 1802.
A native of Wilmington, Del., Ellen has championed the power of DuPont science and global market knowledge to transform industries. She has decisively positioned the company for its next generation of growth, executing a strong plan that is delivering results today while positioning DuPont for future growth.
Prior to being appointed chair of the board and chief executive officer, Ellen served as president, executive vice president and a member of the company’s office of the chief executive. She has led the company’s focus on growth in emerging international markets, led double-digit growth of the company’s Safety & Protection business portfolio, started-up two successful high-growth businesses known today as DuPont Industrial Biosciences and DuPont Sustainable Solutions and run several industrial businesses. Ellen began her career at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager for the DuPont medical imaging business. Prior to joining DuPont, Ellen worked for Westinghouse and General Electric.
She is a board director of United Technologies Corp. Ellen is past president and a member of the U.S. China Business Council and the U.S. India CEO Forum, and an international advisory council member of the Singapore Economic Development Board. Ellen is executive committee member of the Business Council and board member of Catalyst, Inc. She is a board member of Change the Equation (CTEq), a national coalition of more than 100 CEOs committed to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning (STEM) for U.S. pre-kindergarten to grade 12 students. Ellen is on the board of trustees of Tufts University and the board of overseers for Tufts School of Engineering.
Ellen has been named as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of the 50 "World’s Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In 2011, she received an honorary Doctor of Engineering from Lehigh University followed by Doctors in Science from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Delaware in consecutive years.
Luis Garcia LacuestaLuis Garcia LacuestaRead bioLuis Garcia Lacuesta
25 years collaborating with Ferran Adria & Juli Soler at elBullirestaurant as Service Director and now General Manager at elBullifoundation.
Fuji LaiRead bio
Fuji Lai is passionate about revolutionizing the patient and human experience through augmenting human capabilities, improving healthcare access and enhancing quality of care. Fuji leverages her unique interdisciplinary background in biomedical engineering, robotics, human factors design and healthcare consulting to create new insights, to collaborate across diverse stakeholders, to translate research into commercially-viable results, to transform glimmers of futuristic ideas/moonshots into tangible deployed products embraced by users/market, to impact and solve complex human challenges. Her experience driving innovation spans telemedicine, medical/surgical robotics, mobile health, human-robot teams, human-machine interfaces, simulation, VR and ranges from building startups to strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies. She has been a medical robotics startup leadership member (InTouch Health), developed Remote Presence telepresence robots for acute care telemedicine launching 8 new products in 5 years including RP-VITA (with iRobot)—world’s first FDA-Class II-cleared robot with one-touch, "go there" autonomous navigation enabling new care models and 2014 Medical Design Excellence Award Finalist—and established virtual healthcare delivery networks now saving lives in 1300 hospitals globally from the ICU, OR, ED, clinic to ambulance. She also founded a medical human factors offering designing mission-critical medical devices/healthcare environments that enhance user experience, safety, performance capturing $4M business around the Hospital of the Future and was development team member on the first FDA-cleared surgical robot. Fuji is author of 30+ peer-reviewed publications/presentations, inventor on 15+ patents, been funded by NIH, DoD, NASA, was awarded Google-Singularity grant, and earned SM Biomedical Engineering (Harvard), MS Mechanical Engineering (UC Berkeley), BS Biomedical Engineering (Duke), BS Electrical Engineering (Duke).
Robert LangerRobert LangerRead bioRobert Langer
Jaron LanierJaron LanierRead bioJaron Lanier
Jaron Lanier either coined or popularized the term VR. His primal startup VPL created the first commercial VR products, first avatars, first multi-person virtual world experiences, and initial prototypes of surgical simulation and other major applications. Lanier has helped spawn startups that were acquired by Oracle, Adobe, Google, and Pfizer. He is currently Interdisciplinary Scientist at Microsoft Research.
Both of his books ("Who Owns the Future?" and “You Are Not a Gadget”) have been international bestsellers and prominently hailed as among the most influential books of recent years. Lanier was awarded the 2014 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, one of the highest and most visible cultural honors in Europe. He’s also received honorary PhDs and a lifetime career award from the IEEE.
Lanier is also a musician. He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world. He’s performed with Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, and many others.
Richard LarsonRead bio
Dr. Larson is Mitsui Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is founding director of MIT’s Center for Engineering System Fundamentals. He has focused his research and practice on operations research as applied to services industries, primarily in the fields of technology-enabled education, health, disaster preparedness, urban service systems, queueing, logistics and workforce planning. He is Past-President of INFORMS, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and an INFORMS Founding Fellow, and a recipient of the INFORMS President’s Award, Lanchester Prize and Kimball Medal. He has served and continues to serve on a variety of panels and committees of the NAE and IOM (Institute of Medicine).
From 1995 to mid 2003, Dr. Larson served as Founding Director of MIT's CAES, Center for Advanced Educational Services. Dr. Larson's position at CAES focused on bringing technology-enabled learning to students living on the traditional campus and to those living and working far from the university, perhaps on different continents. Video lectures that he produced formed an early core of MIT’s OpenCourseWare (2002). He is co-founder of MIT LINC (2003), Learning International Networks Consortium. http://linc.mit.edu He is Principal Investigator of MIT BLOSSOMS (2008), Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies http://blossoms.mit.edu, focused on high school STEM education (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEM teacher Professional Development. This is an international collaboration with Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Malaysia, China and Japan. As a part of his devotion to education worldwide, he has traveled to 35 different countries.
His current MIT research includes K-12 STEM education as a complex system; modeling of infectious diseases, especially pandemic influenza and MERS; home energy management; and Ph.D.-level workforce planning for the National Institutes of Health.
Joe LassiterRead bio
Joe teaches about entrepreneurial finance as well as innovation in energy in the Harvard Business School MBA Program and Harvard’s executive education programs. He was Faculty Chair of the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab. His academic and professional work focuses on high-potential ventures in the cleantech and energy sectors. Joe received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT.
Joseph LaukaitisRead bio
J.J. Laukaitis joined the Industrial Liaison Program in 2012 and is a strong believer in the amplifying power that comes from building enduring relationships between industry leaders and MIT researchers and innovators.
J.J. has over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management and commercial sales management across multiple industries including mechanical design and manufacturing, electronics, semiconductor equipment, health care IT and renewable energy.
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Jay LeBoeufRead bio
Jay LeBoeuf is a technology executive, entrepreneur, and educator in the media technology industry. Jay is the Executive Director of Real Industry - a non-profit transforming how students learn about the tech industry and how products go from idea through commercialization. LeBoeuf lectures on media technology and music business at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and is on the Board of Advisors for music startups Chromatik and Humtap.
LeBoeuf led research & development, intellectual property, and technology strategy as Strategic Technology Director at iZotope. Jay founded and was CEO of intelligent audio technology company Imagine Research, which was acquired by iZotope in March 2012. While creating a "Google for Sound", Jay was recognized as a Bloomberg Businessweek Innovator, awarded $1.1M in Small Business Innovation Research grants by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and interviewed on BBC World, Science 360, and other major media outlets. Prior to founding Imagine Research, LeBoeuf was an engineer and researcher in the Advanced Technology Group at Digidesign (Avid Technology) in charge of innovations for the industry-standard Pro Tools platform.
John LeonardRead bio
John J. Leonard is Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean
Engineering and Associate Department Head for Research in the MIT
Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a member of the MIT
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His
research addresses the problems of navigation and mapping for
autonomous mobile robots. He holds the degrees of B.S.E.E. in
Electrical Engineering and Science from the University of Pennsylvania
(1987) and D.Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of
Oxford (1994). Prof. Leonard joined the MIT faculty in 1996, after
five years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Scientist in the MIT
Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Laboratory. He was team
leader for MIT's DARPA Urban Challenge team, which was one of eleven
teams to qualify for the Urban Challenge final event and one of six
teams to complete the race. He is the recipient of an NSF Career
Award (1998) and the King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Transactions on
Robotics Paper Award (2006). He is an IEEE Fellow (2014).
Kevin LeonardiKevin LeonardiRead bioKevin Leonardi
Tom LevensonRead bio
Toms Levenson is Professor of Science Writing at MIT, and has filled institutional roles as Head, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and Director, Graduate Program in Science Writing. Prior to coming to MIT in 2005, Levenson spent more that two decades as a journalist, a science writer and a documentary film producer, director and writer. He is the author of five books, more than ten feature documentaries on science, its history, and its social and cultural context.
Arthur LevineArthur LevineRead bioArthur Levine
Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University, is nationally known for his work on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. He has also written and spoken widely on the undergraduate experience, the changing nature of teaching and learning, access to higher education, and equity in the schools. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times; The Los Angeles Times; The Wall Street Journal; Education Week; Inside Higher Education; and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The most recent of his 12 books is Generation on a Tightrope, A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Diane R. Dean). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he sits on the boards of the Educational Testing Service and Say Yes to Education. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo
Vinicius LicksRead bio
Vinicius Licks is a Professor at Insper (Sao Paulo, Brazil) where he became a founder faculty member of its new school of engineering, a program developed in partnership with the Franklin Olin College of Engineering (Needham, MA). Before coming to Insper, Vinicius served as Vice-Dean at the Pontifical Catholic University’s School of Engineering (Brazil). Prior to that, he founded Syllabus e-learning, a start-up dedicated to the production of content for corporate distance learning systems and DRM Innovation, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to intellectual property and technology transfer. Currently, he advises several Brazilian start-ups and he is a fellow at Casa da Liberdade, a non-profit organization committed to the advocacy of freedom and democracy in Brazil.
Vinicius has earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
John H. LienhardRead bio
John H. Lienhard V is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor and the Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT. During almost three decades on the MIT faculty, Lienhard’s research and educational efforts have focused on heat and fluid flow, water purification and desalination, and experimentation. He has also filled a number of administrative roles at MIT. Lienhard received his bachelors and masters degrees in thermal engineering at UCLA from the Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department. He joined MIT immediately after completing his PhD in the Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science Department at UC San Diego. Lienhard’s research on water purification includes humidification-dehumidification desalination, membrane distillation desalination, osmotic processes, nanofiltration, solar-driven desalination, scale formation, electrodialysis, management of high salinity brines, thermodynamic and energy efficiency analysis of desalination cycles, and energy-water nexus issues. Lienhard has directly supervised more than 70 graduate theses.
Lienhard is a recipient of the 1988 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1992 SAE Teetor Award, a 1997 R&D 100 Award, the 2012 ASME Technical Communities Globalization Medal, the 2015 Heat Transfer Memorial Award, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Lienhard and his students have received six best paper or poster awards in water and desalination over the past four years. He holds more than a dozen US Patents, many of which have been commercialized in the water industry. Lienhard is the co-author of textbooks on heat transfer, on measurement and instrumentation, and on thermal modeling. His heat transfer book has been available online at no charge since 2002, and more than 300,000 copies have been downloaded worldwide (ahtt.mit.edu<http://ahtt.mit.edu/>). His measurements book has sold more than 100,000 copies. He has created new courses on desalination, on thermal modeling, and on compressible fluid mechanics. He has also received several teaching awards at MIT. In addition, Lienhard has directed the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM since it was founded in 2008.
Patrick LinRead bio
Patrick Lin, Ph.D., is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is an associate philosophy professor. He is also affiliated with Stanford Law School, University of Notre Dame, and Australia’s CAPPE. Previously, he held academic appointments at Stanford’s School of Engineering, US Naval Academy, and Dartmouth College. Dr. Lin is well published in the ethics of emerging technologies—including robotics, cybersecurity, AI, human enhancements, nanotechnology, and more—especially their national security implications. He has provided briefings and counsel to the US Dept. of Defense, CIA, United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross, National Research Council, Google, and many other organizations. He earned his BA from UC Berkeley and PhD from UC Santa Barbara.
Jeff LinnellJeff LinnellRead bioJeff Linnell
Andrew LippmanAndrew LippmanRead bioAndrew Lippman
Senior Research Scientist, director of teh Viral Communications Group at the Media Lab.
Suzanne LitnerSuzanne LitnerRead bioSuzanne Litner
Career in university and non-profit administration. Currently supporting higher education in environmental conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Jenny LiuJenny LiuRead bioJenny Liu
Heather LordRead bio
HEATHER LORD has over 20 years of experience in the philanthropic, social enterprise, corporate and academic sectors. She began at a Rockefeller Foundation new media and digital arts startup, then launched the Whitney family’s new center for high-level diplomacy and social justice, and was a consumer behavior analyst and futurist trendspotter for Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve. Heather is the co-founder of V&H Social Impact Strategies, a boutique consulting firm working closely with visionaries on tackling global issues and forging unusual cross-sector partnerships to turn inspiration into social impact.
She is a Humanity In Action Senior Fellow and board member, and also serves on boards for socioecological, cultural, and human rights organizations including TerreformONE at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s NewLab, the DHL and RNR Foundations, IN/Pact, and the Global Philanthropy Committee of the Council on Foundations.
Her research and writing (www.PhilanthroMeme.com) focuses on historically and culturally comparative designs for philanthropic and social investment, and she was educated at the University of Chicago, Reed College, and holds a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Chris LowellChris LowellRead bioChris Lowell
Mike LubinMike LubinRead bioMike Lubin
Mr. Michael Lubin has been Vice President-Corporate Development at ViaSat since 2005. Prior to that he co-founded Global Music Network which was a pioneer in internet music and Pacific Communication Sciences which pioneered IP-addressed smartphones and integrated chipsets for personal communication devices. While at LINKABIT, the predecessor to Qualcomm and ViaSat, his name was associated with pioneering work in Ku-band VSATs.
Mr. Lubin has degrees in Physics from Case Western Reserve University and Yale University and did doctoral work in General Relativity at Wesleyan University.
Julie LucasJulie LucasRead bioJulie Lucas
Edwin LymanEdwin LymanRead bioEdwin Lyman
Edwin Lyman is a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC and a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He earned a doctorate in physics from Cornell in 1992. His research focuses on preventing nuclear proliferation, nuclear and radiological terrorism, and nuclear accidents. He is a co-author (with David Lochbaum and Susan Q. Stranahan) of the book Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (The New Press, 2014).
Holly LynchHolly LynchRead bioHolly Lynch
Holly’s long-standing commitment to social progress, socially responsible business, and effective communications to/for women, permeates everything she does. It’s also the lens through which she views brand strategy and insight mining.
A native of New York City and a Harvard graduate, Holly is an advertising, strategic planning and brand communications veteran. In her 13+ years in strategy, her career has focused on socially progressive innovations and brand strategy efforts for brands such as: Volvo, IBM, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Self-Esteem Fund, British Airways, Levi's, Frito-Lay, and many more. In addition, she has been a consultant for Procter & Gamble on how to innovate and promote healthier, more sustainable product lines for future generations.
Greg LynnRead bio
Greg Lynn is the founder of Greg Lynn FORM where in addition to award winning buildings he has designed industrial objects in production with companies like Swarovski, Alessi and Vitra. He won the Golden Lion and represented the United States at Venice Biennales of Architecture, is a fellow of United States Artists and received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award. Time Magazine named Greg Lynn one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. He is a Studio Professor at UCLA, o. Univ. Professor at Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien and Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. He is a co-Founder and Executive Board member of Piaggio Fast Forward and California Carbon Industries and is Design Advisor for Curbside.
Guy MacdonaldGuy MacdonaldRead bioGuy Macdonald
Allison MacfarlaneRead bio
Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane is currently Professor of Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University and Director of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She recently served as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from July, 2012 until December, 2014. Dr. Macfarlane holds a PhD in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BSc degree in geology from the University of Rochester. She has held fellowships at Radcliffe College, MIT, Stanford, and Harvard Universities. She has been on the faculty at Georgia Tech and George Mason University. From 2010 to 2012 she served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, created by the Obama Administration to develop a national strategy for the nation's high-level nuclear waste. She has served on National Academy of Sciences panels and has chaired the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. In 2006, MIT Press published a book she co-edited, Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste.
Lauren MaddoxLauren MaddoxRead bioLauren Maddox
Conor MadiganRead bio
Conor co-founded Kateeva in 2008. Beyond leading the company’s technology development and commercialization initiatives, Conor has helped grow Kateeva from a co-founding team of 3 to more than 100 global employees, while helping to secure several financing rounds to support the growth. Before Kateeva, Conor was a post-doctoral Research Scientist at MIT and has worked on organic electronic device technology for more than a decade. He has authored numerous publications on the topic and holds patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering. In 2015, Conor was named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California. In 2010, he appeared on the prestigious TR35 list. Published annually by MIT Technology Review Magazine, the list names top technology innovators under the age of 35. Conor earned a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from MIT. Both degrees are in Electrical Engineering.
Chandra MadramootooChandra MadramootooRead bioChandra Madramootoo
Yael MaguireRead bio
Yael Maguire is an Engineering Director for the Facebook Connectivity Lab. He is co-founder of Plum Labs, an early stage mobile innovation lab and co-founder and former CTO of ThingMagic, Inc., a market leader in bringing long-range RFID readers to the global market. In his work at Thingmagic, acquired by Trimble Navigation, he co-developed this new technology to let computers and machines "see" the world in a completely new way, and which now find uses in Ford Trucks and Lexmark printers. Maguire completed his PhD at the MIT Media Laboratory in the area of near-field electromagnetic measurement through his invention of a new type of NMR geometry for molecular detection using NMR. Maguire also holds a master's in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT for his work towards scaling NMR quantum computing to table-top systems, and an undergraduate degree from Queen's University, Canada in Engineering Physics. While still a graduate student, he co-founded Design that Matters (DtM), a course at MIT that was designed to bring together engineering students to work on technical challenges posed by NGOs and governments in order to improve the quality of life for people in underserved communities around the world. The DtM course has been adopted by other educational institutions around the world, and its spirit flourishes in a NPO of the same name. Maguire's contributions have been featured in numerous press including the New York Times, Wired, Science and Nature Magazine. He has won numerous awards, recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2009-2013, a MassHighTech All-Star in 2007, and one of Technology Review's "Top 35 innovators in the world under 35" in 2005."
Joao MaiaJoao MaiaRead bioJoao Maia
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Mélanie MarcelRead bio
Passionate about the intersection of innovation and Global Impact, I support private and public actors in:
- designing and implementing responsible innovation strategies;
- engaging technical teams on responsible products development;
- finding changemakers partners worldwide
- leveraging CSR department and Innovation department potentials in concerted action.
Former engineer and neuroscientist, my work led me to reflect on the impact of science and innovation on society. I decided to use innovation&science to answer societal challenges and created SoScience, a start-up specialized in Responsible Innovation and Research. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a R&D approach including the social and environmental impacts all along the innovation process and making these impacts its first goal.
Today I head up SoScience, advocate for responsible research and I support private and public actors in implementing responsible innovation strategies. I frequently speak and write about the shifting paradigm created at the intersection of science & global impact. I occasionally teach social entrepreneurship and mentor young socent.
Paul MarcusRead bio
Member of the MIT Corporation. Chief Executive Officer, Marcus Partners, Inc.
Anne MarcusRead bio
Co-Founder, Navitome; Co-Founder ExceptionalLives.org
Catherine MarkhamRead bio
Cathie joined Dow Chemical Company in 2009 as Global R&D Director for Electronic Materials with the acquisition of Rohm and Haas. She started her career in the petrochemical industry including managing R&D, global technical service, engineering, new business development and leading organizational improvement activities. In 2004, she joined Rohm and Haas responsible for all CMP product research, development, scale-up and technical service. She was made a Rohm and Haas Vice President in 2008 responsible for R&D for the Electronic Materials business. Cathie earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ripley MartinRead bio
R. Ripley Martin - VP, Head of Strategy & Business Development- Health Systems, Philips
Ripley coordinates Philips' strategy efforts across the professional healthcare domain, including Philips’ healthcare informatics and services, patient monitoring, and imaging systems businesses. During his three years with Philips, he has been instrumental to Philips’ migration toward a common data environment and shift from products to software and services. Prior to Philips, Ripley spent six years with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he was a Principal in the firm's Healthcare, Industrial Goods and Strategy practices. His work at BCG centered on value creation from disruptive technologies and business models, notably in the medical device and automotive sectors. Mr. Martin previously held a series of program management and business development roles in water and dietary supplement quality with NSF International, a public health product certification firm. He earned his MBA with high distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and his BA in Economics from Colby College. He lives in the greater Boston area with his wife and two children.
Mark MartinRead bio
Mark Martin serves as vice president of the Automation, Energy & Sensors Business Unit for Analog Devices, Inc., (ADI). In this role, Mr. Martin is responsible for growing ADI’s market leadership in industrial automation, process control, energy, and industrial sensing. Mr. Martin leads ADI’s isolation and high performance inertial MEMS sensor product franchises and their respective technology advancement, including the exploration of new sensor technologies. In addition, Mr. Martin is responsible for application specific signal processing and power management IC developments targeted at the Industrial markets.
Mr. Martin was previously vice president of ADI’s Sensor Technology Group and responsible for research, product development, and related worldwide marketing and applications activities for the company’s integrated Micro Electrical Mechanical System (iMEMS) accelerometers, gyroscopes, and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) products. Mr. Martin began his career with ADI in 1985 and has held a variety of management positions with the company including product line director of the RF and Wireless Division, and Asia marketing director for the Analog Semiconductor Components Division.
Mr. Martin earned his electrical engineering degree from Cornell University, and his Master’s Degree in engineering management from the Gordon Institute of Tufts University. He has lived in Asia and the U.S.
Richard MartinRead bio
The energy editor of the MIT Technology Review, Richard Martin is the author of SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future and Coal Wars: The Future of Energy & the Fate of the Planet.
Evan MarwellRead bio
Evan is a serial entrepreneur, having started companies over the last 25 years in the telecom, software, hedge fund, and consumer retailing industries including INFONXX (now KGB) and Criterion Capital Management. Collectively, these businesses created thousands of jobs and generated billions of dollars of revenues and investment returns. Evan founded the non-profit EducationSuperHighway in 2012. In its first three years, the organization helped shape President Obama’s ConnectED initiative and served as a catalyst for modernization of the Federal Communications Commission’s $3.9 billion E-rate program, earning Evan the 2015 Visionary of the Year award from the San Francisco Chronicle. Evan is an honors graduate of Harvard College ’87 and Harvard Business School ’92.
Fariborz MaseehRead bio
Member of the MIT Corporation. Founder and Managing Principal, Picoco LLC.
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Antoinette MatthewsRead bio
Antoinette serves as Director of International Business Development for MIT Technology Review. MIT Enterprise Forum is the entrepreneurial community organization of MIT Technology Review, the global, independent media company owned by MIT. Additionally, as Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF), Antoinette Matthews identifies, recruits and manages licensing partnerships for the MITEF globally. Her focus is to provide strategic direction on content conceptualization, programming conferences, designing technology entrepreneurship workshops and events, fundraising, and working with licensing partners to build robust and sustainable MIT Enterprise Forum chapters in their countries so they may foster and grow their local entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems. In 2009, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center awarded her the Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring that honors those who counsel and guide the business pioneers who blaze new pathways in entrepreneurship. Antoinette received her degree in Marketing and Financial Management from the University of Pretoria.
Wojciech MatusikWojciech MatusikRead bioWojciech Matusik
Wojciech Matusik is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where he leads the Computational Fabrication Group and is a member of the Computer Graphics Group. Before coming to MIT, he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Adobe Systems, and Disney Research Zurich. He studied computer graphics at MIT and received his PhD in 2003. He also received a BS in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and MS in EECS from MIT in 2001. His research interests are in direct digital manufacturing and computer graphics. In 2004, he was named one of the world's top 100 young innovators by MIT's Technology Review Magazine. In 2009, he received the Significant New Researcher Award from ACM Siggraph. In 2012, Matusik received the DARPA Young Faculty Award and he was named a Sloan Research Fellow.
Thom MayneRead bio
Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972. Mr. Mayne is co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Distinguished Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Mayne's distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and 25 monographs.
Miho MazereeuwRead bio
Architect and Landscape architect Miho Mazereeuw, is an assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and is the founder of the Urban Risk Lab [UrbanRiskLab.org]. Working on a large, territorial scale with an interest in public spaces and the urban experience, Mazereeuw is known for her work in disaster resilience.
Urban Risk Lab is a cross-disciplinary organization of researchers, designers and decision makers affiliated with MIT – operating at the intersection of risk and disaster, storms and earthquakes, floods and fires, ecology and infrastructure, research and action, addressing the most challenging aspects of contemporary urbanization. The Urban Risk Lab is a place to research and innovate on technologies, techniques, materials, processes, and systems to reduce risk. We develop methods to embed risk reduction and preparedness into the design of the regions, cities and everyday urban spaces to increase the resilience of local communities.
Kiran Mazumdar-ShawRead bio
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chairperson & Managing Director, Biocon Limited.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading bio-pharmaceuticals enterprise. Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, she is recognized as a global thought leader for Biotechnology. Under her stewardship, Biocon has evolved since its inception in 1978 from an industrial enzymes company to a fully-integrated, innovation-led, emerging global biopharmaceutical enterprise committed to reduce therapy costs of chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases.
As a global influencer, she is also listed on the ‘World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’ and Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’. Recently, U.S.-based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business. At home, Ms Shaw has been awarded with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, the most coveted Civilian National Awards of India.
Ms Mazumdar-Shaw is also an Independent Member of the Board of Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Andrew McAfeeRead bio
Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), a principal research scientist at MIT, studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson) was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Financial Times / McKinsey business book of the year award. He writes academic papers, a blog for the Financial Times, and articles for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He's talked about his work on The Charlie Rose Show and 60 Minutes, at TED, Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and in front of many other audiences.
He was educated at Harvard and MIT, where he is the co-founder of the Institute’s Initiative on the Digital Economy.
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John McCauleyRead bio
Father of three wonderful children, the youngest of whom just graduated college. 25 years in FinTech after 6 years in Nuclear Engineering. Passionate about STEM and thrilled to be part of SOLVE's LEARN pillar.
Heather McGowanRead bio
“Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.”
I help people find, shape, and communicate their vision. I synthesis disparate information and connect the dots to show: where things are, where things are going, and what this means to you. Accelerated change from advancing technological capabilities to rapid adoption of these new innovations to expedited company formation and scale to faster business and industry disruption cycles to rising automation, all require a new type of talent. Higher education needs to think differently about preparing graduates for jobs that do not yet exist and to find, frame, and solve problems not yet known. I connect these two corporate and academic realms. As an innovation strategist I have assisted diverse teams in large corporations to focus on the opportunity space and user experience to place the single product/service features and benefits into a more accurate context where new possibilities become not only evident but also obvious. In higher education, I have advised Presidents, Provosts, and Deans in finding and framing the core capabilities against market realities with a clear articulation of their institutional ethos. I have architected new core curriculum and programs that represent emerging fields in the future of work. My expertise is an emerging field that is somewhere between design strategy and management consulting. It is rooted in the powerful use of single frame visuals with application of business strategy. I use these visuals in blogs, articles, publications, and corporate and academic workshops and talks on innovation and leading transformational change.
Terry McGuireTerry McGuireRead bioTerry McGuire
Terry McGuire brings 25+ years of successful early stage investing experience to the healthcare industry. He has invested in more than 48 companies, co-founding MicroCHIPS, Inspire Pharmaceuticals and Advanced Inhalation Research. Mr. McGuire serves on the boards of 480 Biomedical, The Gerngross Companies (Adimab, Arsanis & Alector); Iora Health, MicroCHIPS, Arivale, Pulmatrix (PULM); Quantum Designs, Acceleron (XLRN); and Ironwood (IRWD).
Mr. McGuire chairs the Board of Overseers of the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College; and serves on the boards of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, HBS; and the Scientific Advisory Board at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
He is Chairman of the Global Venture Capital Congress and Chairman Emeritus of the National Venture Capital Association.
Mr. McGuire holds a MBA from HBS, a MS in engineering from The Thayer School, Dartmouth College, and a BS in physics and economics from Hobart.
Dennis McLaughlinRead bio
Professor McLaughlin specializes in a variety of environmentally-related topics, including food and water security, real-time reservoir and irrigation control, and environmental data assimilation. He teaches a course in Water Resource Systems and a reading seminar on Land, Water, Food, and Climate. He has been on the MIT faculty since 1985 and has engineering degrees from Purdue (BSEE) and Princeton (MSEE and PhD).
David MeekerRead bio
David P. Meeker, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Genzyme, a Sanofi Company
David Meeker was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Genzyme
in October 2011. Genzyme is a global biotechnology company committed to
discovering and delivering transformative therapies for patients with rare and
special unmet medical needs. Dr Meeker oversees and provides the vision for the
company’s two business units – Rare Diseases and Multiple Sclerosis – as well as
its long-standing relationships with patient communities and dedicated workforce
of nearly 10,000 employees.
In his career with Genzyme, Dr. Meeker has held key positions of increasing responsibility most recently as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for Genzyme’s commercial organization, overseeing its business units¸ country management organization and global market access functions. As Chief Operating Officer, he played an important role in the integration with Sanofi.
Dr. Meeker joined Genzyme in 1994 as Medical Director to work on the Cystic
Fibrosis Gene Therapy program. Subsequently, as Vice President, Medical
Affairs, he was responsible for the development of rare disease therapies that today represent transformative and life-saving advancements in medicine for patients. ,.
Prior to joining Genzyme, Dr Meeker was the Director of the Pulmonary Critical
Care Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and an assistant professor of medicine at
Ohio State University. He has authored more than 40 articles and multiple book
Dr Meeker received his MD from the University of Vermont Medical School. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2000.
Noah MeeksNoah MeeksRead bioNoah Meeks
Noah D. Meeks is a Research Engineer at Southern Company, one of the country's largest electric utilities and a leader in energy research and demonstration. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2012 and a BS in chemistry in 2005 from Northern Kentucky University.
At Southern Company, his research areas include hydrogen economy, carbon dioxide utilization, and advanced nuclear technologies. He also has extensive research experience on environmental controls for mercury, particulate, and acid gas from coal-fired power plants.
He is also an active leader in American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Chemical Society.
Carolyn MeenanRead bio
Carolyn is the Co-Founder of The Good Ones, a social engineering firm focused on scalable environment curation that optimizes social interaction among strangers. We have served over 2,000 Bostonians over four years, with a planned expansion to London in 2017.
Karl MehtaKarl MehtaRead bioKarl Mehta
Karl Mehta is a serial entrepreneur, author, investor, engineer, and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. He is currently Founder & CEO of EdCast Inc., a next-generation knowledge platform company and former venture partner at Menlo Ventures, a leading VC firm of Silicon Valley with over $4B under management.
Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of PlaySpan Inc., acquired by Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the world’s largest payment network. Karl also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, selected by the Obama Administration during the inaugural 2012-13 term. He was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the Workforce Investment Board of the State of California. In 2010, Karl won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst & Young for Northern California. Karl is on the boards of Simpa Networks and on the advisory board of Intel Capital and Chapman University’s Center of Entrepreneurship.
Karl is founder of several non-profit's including Code For India (http://CodeforINDIA.org) and Grassroots Innovation (http://grassrootsinnovation.org ). He is author of the book, 'Financial Inclusion at he Bottom of the Pyramid”(http://www.openfininc.org)
Jeanne MeisterRead bio
Jeanne is Partner, Future Workplace, a firm dedicated to re-thinking, re-imagining and re-inventing the workplace. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, an award given by Association For Talent to one executive each year honoring their body of work. Jeanne’s latest book is The 2020 Workplace. She is also a Contributor to Forbes Magazine and her column can be found here: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeannemeister/. In 2015, Glassdoor named Jeanne to the top 50 Influencers in Corporate Human Resources and Recruiting. Jeanne’s latest book is, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today (Harper Collins,) Jeanne is working on a new book focusing on future workplace disruptions and this will be published in Fall 2016.
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Lorenzo MendozaRead bio
CEO and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Empresas Polar, the largest private company in Venezuela, as well as, the leading food and beverages group, with an important presence throughout Latin America, with 70,000 employees and exports to 30 countries. He also leads Fundación Empresas Polar, the largest private foundation in Latin America with programs in education, health and community development.
Has an Industrial Engineer degree and a MBA from the Sloan School at MIT.
He was an executive in the merger and acquisitions department of J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co. Ltd in London (1988-90), and worked as and executive in the corporate banking department of Citicorp/Citibank in NYC (1987-88)
He is a Director of: Grupo GEPP; Grupo TELEVISA, the MIT Sloan Board, the Latin American Board Georgetown University, Dean’s Council of Harvard Kennedy School, Group of Fifty (G-50), Latin America Business Council (CEAL), Board of Trustees of the Universidad Metropolitana, , YGL Foundation Board Member, Latin America Conservation Council (LACC). He is an Ashoka fellow, and member of The World Economic Forum, who in 2005 named him a Young Global Leader.
He has being a speaker at different events and conferences around the world. He is a recipient of awards such as Poder CNN 2010 “Leadership and Courage Award”, USA , Latin America Industrialist of the Year 2010 by the World Business Forum, Ecuador and 2010 CEO of the Year by America Economia, Chile and Social Responsibility CEO of the Year by Latin Trade Bravo Business Award, USA. Leads different organizations in the CSR, with focus in the areas of child nutrition (CANIA), community development and social inclusion through sports (Centro de Desarrollo Deportivo Empresas Polar).
He is married to María Alexandra Pulido and they have 6 children, María Alexandra, Lorenzo, Ana Mercedes, Cristóbal, Santiago and Sofía.
He is a big fan of sports and practices tennis and baseball, runs marathons and enjoys all kind of outdoor activities. He is also an avid reader of contemporary Iberoamerican history.
Achim MengesRead bio
Professor Achim Menges, born 1975, is a registered architect and professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design since 2008. He also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design since 2009.
He graduated with honors from the AA School of Architecture in London where he subsequently taught as Studio Master of the Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Program from 2002 to 2009, as visiting professor from 2009 to 2012 and as Unit Master of Diploma Unit 4 from 2003 to 2006. From 2005 to 2008 he was Professor for Form Generation and Materialisation at the HfG Offenbach University for Art and Design in Germany. In addition he has held visiting professorships in Europe and the United States.
Achim Menges practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing that enables a highly articulated, performative built environment. His work is based on an interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with structural engineers, computer scientists, material scientists and biologists. Achim Menges has published several books on this work and related fields of design research, and he is the author/coauthor of numerous articles and scientific papers. His projects and design research has received many international awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide, and form parts of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Achim Menges is a member of several international research evaluation boards and a member of numerous scientific committees of leading peer-reviewed international journals and conferences.
Bob MetcalfeRead bio
MIT '68: SB Electrical Engineering and SB Industrial Management. Life Member Emeritus of the MIT Corporation. Visiting Innovation Fellow, MIT. Professor of Innovation, Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, The University of Texas at Austin.
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David MindellRead bio
David Mindell is professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at MIT. He has twenty-five years of experience as an engineer in undersea robotic exploration, as a veteran of more than thirty oceanographic expeditions, and a pilot and engineer of autonomous aircraft. His latest book, _Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy_ will be published by Viking Penguin on October 13, 2015. He is the award winning author of _Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight_. IN 2015 he co-founded Humatics Corporation, which creates technologies to render autonomy transparent, safe, and trustworthy by transforming how robots and autonomous systems work in human environments.
Nicolas MirzayantzNicolas MirzayantzRead bioNicolas Mirzayantz
Seth MnookinSeth MnookinRead bioSeth Mnookin
Seth Mnookin is Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing and and the Ford Career Development Associate Professor in Comparative Media Studies/Writing. His most recent book, "The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy," won the National Association of Science Writers “Science in Society” Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prize. He is also the author of the 2006 New York Times bestseller "Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top" and 2004’s "Hard News: The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media," which was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. His essays and reporting have appeared in the past two Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies and in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Smithsonian, New York, Wired, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Spin, Slate, and Salon.com.
Saro MohammedRead bio
Saro Mohammed is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator (TLA) where she leads work on understanding if, how, and when blended learning is effective in US public, K-12 school districts.
Prior to joining TLA in October 2014, Saro was the inaugural assistant director of two research units in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. There, she was also director of web-based content and dissemination, associate director of program evaluation, and principal investigator of multiple projects. Saro has experience managing and conducting analyses for several large-scale educational research, technical assistance, dissemination, and external evaluation projects implemented in public, private, and non-profit settings. She has also managed large datasets and co-led organizational and project-specific data management, analysis, and measurement teams.
Saro holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She volunteers at the United Way for Greater Austin, serving on their Target Graduation Strategic Advisory Council and their research working group.
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Larry MonroeRead bio
Dr. Larry S. Monroe is Southern Company’s chief environmental officer and senior vice president of Research and Environmental Affairs. He is responsible for Southern Company’s environmental initiatives, including the assessment of federal environmental policy, compliance strategies and stewardship, and the research and development of new energy technologies.
Monroe joined Southern Company in 1998 as a program manager in the Research and Environmental Affairs organization, responsible for developing and improving technologies to reduce emissions from the company’s generation fleet.
In 2007, he was named senior research consultant for Southern Company – the highest technical position in the company. In 2011, Monroe was named general manager of Environmental Affairs for subsidiary Georgia Power with responsibility for air strategy, as well as the utility’s environmental services laboratory.
Prior to joining Southern Company, Monroe held management positions in environmental and energy research at Southern Research Institute, a not-for-profit research organization based in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 2013, Monroe was recognized by Power Engineering magazine as one of the industry’s 25 most influential people over the past 25 years. He has testified at congressional hearings and before the Georgia
and Mississippi public service commissions, representing the company on mercury and coal technology.
Monroe has held leadership positions in several national utility organizations, including the Coal Utilization Research Council, Utility Air Regulatory Group and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He has received numerous leadership and technology awards from EPRI, and has helped direct research for EPRI’s largest and most critical research and development program.
Monroe serves on the board of directors of Atlanta’s Clean Air Campaign, as well as on Auburn University’s Research Advisory Board and Engineering Alumni Council. He is past president of the Auburn University Chemical Engineering Alumni Council.
A native of Pennsylvania, Monroe received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Artemy MorozovArtemy MorozovRead bioArtemy Morozov
I am currently a director of educational projects at the Skolkovo Foundation, overseeing and supporting establishment of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate research university in Moscow, Russia. Occasionally I participate in consulting projects related to setting up systems of education, research and innovation.
I joined the foundation in 2010, when it was a 10 people organization, still conceptualizing itself and the Skolkovo Innovation Center. Before then I worked on university strategies at the Higher School of Economics, where I prepared my PhD thesis on UK's EU policy. I graduated with a degree in computer science from Lomonosov's Moscow State University in 2004.
I'm interested - from a practical managerial perspective - in how organizations performing complex projects develop, run and change; I have a professional interest in development of universities and innovation systems. Personally I'm interested in science in general and brain science in particular.
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Monique MorrowRead bio
Monique Morrow is the CTO – Evangelist for New Frontiers Development and Engineering at Cisco as of November 2014.
Monique was the first CTO of Cisco Services from June 2013 to November 2014 where she lead the development of Cisco Services Technologies mapped to Services Customer Solution Reference Architecture that is now foundational for Cisco Customer Solutions implementation.
Monique has a track record of co-innovating with customers, that has transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia
Specialties: Networking technology; Grid, cloud computing, Intercloud-Federation, Internet of Things; M2M Security and E-Health; Semantic web; Business Development
Monique’s current focus in on the intersection between research - economics-technology to portfolio execution e.g. Circular and Exponential Economies as examples.
Synopsis of Sustainable Accomplishments
Monique was engaged with Cisco during the start-up days in the mid-1980s and has since returned to Cisco. Her unique 14+ year journey has taken her from Customer Advocacy to Corporate Consulting Engineering, with an emphasis on the Service Provider Segment. Monique has even held a position in the field [Asia-Pacific], where her goal was to not only build a technology team but to also train her successor as she transitioned her duties.
Monique bet on MPLS as a technology service enabler and was proven right. She was one of the leaders in the development of this critical business opportunity for Cisco in the Service Provider segment, Service Provider Next Gen Network (SP NGN).
Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, both as an individual contributor and manager, Monique built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific. Her specific geo-area targets were China and India. Monique’s role in these important regions drove Cisco’s globalization and country strategies and met all of her targeted goals.
Monique has consistently demonstrated the willingness and courage to take risks and explore new market opportunities for Cisco. These innate qualities are part of her DNA and are of great value to the company and all the global organizations in which she is involved.
Monique has been recognized at Top Ten Influential IT Women in Europe 2014:
Monique is one of 6 Global Achievers recognized for the ITU and UN Women 2014 GEM-TECH Award:
Monique is the 2014 IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering Clementina Saduwa Award Recipient.
Monique was an Inspiration Finalist for the 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology:
Monique has been selected to be part of the elite group of women for Connected World magazine’s 2015 Women of M2M/Internet of Things feature—or “WoM2M.”
Monique is also co-WISE Exec Sponsor at Cisco; advocate for Cisco Women in Technology and Cisco Women for Cybersecurity Communities.
Morrow, Monique, and Kateel Vijayananda. Developing IP-based Services: Solutions for Service Providers and Vendors. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann, 2003. Print.
Behringer, Michael H., and Monique Morrow. MPLS VPN Security. Indianapolis, IN: Cisco, 2005. Print.
Morrow, Monique, and Azhar Sayeed. MPLS and Next-generation Networks: Foundations for NGN and Enterprise Virtualization. Indianapolis: Cisco, 2006. Print.
Monique has also been published in IEEE and other journals and speaks frequently in conferences.
Monique currently has 9 patent submissions filed with US Patent Office.
She has 7 patents issued by the US Patent Office.
MBA, City University, Zurich, Switzerland.
M.S. Telecommunications Management, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California.
Graduate Certificate in Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, University of Southern California.
B.A., French, San Jose State University, San Jose, California.
Diplome d’Etudes Superieures de la Civilisation Francaise, L’Universite de Paris- Sorbonne, Paris, France.
Ken MorseRead bio
Between 1968 and 1996, Ken was either the CEO or head of sales & marketing at 6 tech startups: 5 either went public or were successfully merged; 1 was a complete disaster.
Since 1996, Ken has been giving back to the next generation of entrepreneurs, helping them build great companies and become successful globally. A particular focus has been assisting in Québec, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, the Middle East, Pakistan and New Zealand.
Ken and colleagues from MIT provide coaching and training courses specifically geared to experienced entrepreneurs who have already decided to take the plunge, build a team, and pursue a great opportunity.
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Vida MulecRead bio
Vida is the founder of V&H Social Impact, an international creative consultancy focused on social impact, community and economic development. Advisor to various institutions, companies, individuals and foundations. Vida was, from 2010 to 2014, the Executive Director of the 15 Foundation where she worked alongside founder Robin Quivers. In that hands-on position, she built and led an ambitious, highly creative New York City-based non-profit organization that funded sustainable and ultimately transformational education programs aimed at underprivileged youth across America. Among those curated experiences, which Vida led and facilitated as the main driving force, are the conception of cause-marketing programs, social impact campaigns, thoughtful web pieces, editorial statements and targeted social media endeavors. In addition to those experiences, Vida oversaw all fundraising, events and publicity campaigns in addition to initiating cross-sector collaborations among corporations, foundations, high-profile individuals and leading non-profits. Vida started out as a professional tennis player. She earned a BA in Finance from Baylor University and she also holds an MA in International Affairs from the New School in New York. While at the New School, she focused on socio-economic development and completed her studies with a Master Thesis, written as part of research initiated at the International Rescue Committee. The topic was refugee community-based organizations in the U.S. and their collaborations with home countries. After graduation, Vida chose to embark on a four year investment banking career at Deutsche Bank.
Brian MullinsRead bio
Brian Mullins has consistently been on the forefront of technology and is a pioneer in the field of augmented reality. His experience with Human Machine Interface and Computer Vision technologies enabled him to found DAQRI and develop its proprietary 4D technologies for the enterprise.
Prior to founding DAQRI, Brian transitioned to industrial robotics from the field of military command and control systems, after spending three years as a consultant to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.
Earlier in his career, Brian worked as an engineer at the Computer-Aided Operational Research Facility operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, supporting simulation and network technologies and working with some of the pioneers of those fields. Throughout his career, Brian developed and implemented systems that employed some of the earliest vision-based mixed reality technologies.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he studied electrical and mechanical engineering.
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Paul MurphyPaul MurphyRead bioPaul Murphy
Ryan MurphyRead bio
Ryan J. A. Murphy is a Master of Design candidate in OCAD University's Strategic Foresight & Innovation program. He recently (finally) graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a joint Honours in Psychology and Computer Science (Software Engineering). Ryan is a twenty-something obsessed with the intersection of technology, psychology, design, and the application of those disciplines to education and learning, working in leadership development, youth engagement, social design, and communications. On the side, he is a graphic designer, a writer, and a maker of bad music.
Fiona MurrayFiona MurrayRead bioFiona Murray
Rafe NeedlemanRead bio
Rafe Needleman is editor-in-chief of Maker Media. He has been covering technology for over 20 years. He was the first editor of CNET reviews, served as editor-in-chief of the original personal computer magazine Byte, and most recently as the editorial director of Yahoo Tech. During the first dotcom bubble, Rafe was editor of Red Herring Online. where he covered a startup a day in the influential email newsletter, Red Herring's Catch of the Day. Rafe has also worked in the technology industry directly; he worked for Nokia in one of their venture capital arms, and for Evernote as director of developer relations.
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Umbereen NehalRead bio
Umbereen S. Nehal, MD MPH currently serves in a dual role as Associate Medical Director of MassHealth (Medicaid program) and of the Office of Clinical Affairs of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She leads state-wide initiatives in health policy and public health that affect millions of lives including those related to healthcare reform, prevention and screening, and guideline development. Currently, Dr. Nehal is currently leading a state-wide stakeholder workgroup to develop the quality strategy for the 5-year plan of value-based healthcare and delivery system reform for Massachusetts Medicaid.
Dr. Nehal is a practicing pediatrician who is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health and of the Aga Khan University Medical College (Karachi, Pakistan). She is passionate about achieving the Triple Aim of improved health outcomes for populations, reduced costs of care, and improved experience of care.
Dr. Nehal designed and directs two health policy electives for medical students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Nehal has advised the Connecticut Department of Public Health on development of curriculum on medical home for children with special needs and has co-authored national curriculum on the medical home for pediatric residents. Dr. Nehal was invited to moderate a panel discussion with then Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, on the National Prevention Strategy, a multi-agency initiative designed to ensure health in all policies. Dr. Nehal has been an invited stakeholder to meetings at the White House on the Affordable Care Act.
In addition, Dr. Nehal influences the public discourse through her volunteer work and advocacy. Dr. Nehal led a nationwide campaign as chair of the Task Force of American Muslims for Affordable Health Care that was conducted in conjunction with the White House., Dr. Nehal leveraged community resources and grassroots organizing to educate and enroll American Muslims in new health coverage options. In recognition of this work, Dr. Nehal was honored by an invitation by President Barack Obama to a private reception at the White House.
Dr. Nehal is also state co-director for the Massachusetts chapter of Doctors for America (DFA), elected district representative to the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), on the healthcare team of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) and is on the board of a local non-profit. Dr. Nehal has appeared on radio and TV and has published both in print and online. In 2012, Doctors for America presented Dr. Nehal with the Health Advocate of the Year award.
Heidi NepfRead bio
Heidi Nepf is the Donald and Martha Harleman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is internationally known for her work on the impact of vegetation on flow and transport in rivers, wetlands, and coastal zones. Her work is motivated by the need to better manage and restore aquatic vegetated landscape, which provides important ecosystem services, including water quality improvement, storm protection, habitat, and carbon sequestration. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University (’87) and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Stanford University (’92). She started at MIT in 1993.
Craig NewmarkCraig NewmarkRead bioCraig Newmark
I'm an old-school nerd
Elizabeth NgElizabeth NgRead bioElizabeth Ng
Cecilia NicoliniRead bio
Cecilia is Vice President of Opinno, a global network of talent that is present at the main worldwide technological centers. Opinno gets together entrepreneurs, investors, researchers in order to promote the technology growth and development. It also has the exclusive license for the Spanish and Portuguese edition of the MIT Technology Review magazines and it is the organizing company of the EmTech conference in Spain, Colombia and Mexico. It also organizes different editions of the MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 Awards.
Danielle NierenbergRead bio
Danielle Nierenberg is President of Food Tank and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has written extensively on gender and population, the spread of factory farming in the developing world and innovations in sustainable agriculture.
Danielle has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.
Melissa NoblesRead bio
Professor of Political Science and Dean of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Stephen NoletRead bio
Mr. Nolet is principal engineer at TPI Composites in Warren, Rhode Island. He manages technical activities in the development of low cost composite structure for three business units that include military ground transportation vehicles, wind energy and transportation systems.
Mr. Nolet received his B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June of 1982 followed by a Masters of Science from MIT in the same field in January of 1984. His discipline and course of study focused on application of advanced materials in structural design at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Nancy O'BrienNancy O'BrienRead bioNancy O'Brien
Neave O'CleryNeave O'CleryRead bioNeave O'Clery
Originally from Dublin, Neave O'Clery is currently a Fulbright Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School where she is working in the field of complexity/network theory and economic development. Neave received her PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College London, and was previously an MSc student at Lincoln College, Oxford following her undergraduate studies at University College Dublin. Neave is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of ANGLE, a journal based at Imperial College that focuses on the intersection between policy, politics, science and engineering.
Pat O'DohertyRead bio
Patrick (Pat) O’Doherty is vice president of the Emerging Business Group at Analog Devices, Inc. which identifies and incubates new business opportunities through the Company’s entrepreneurial program, analog garage, and also through technology accelerators and venture funds.
Mr. O’Doherty also served as vice president of Healthcare Group at Analog Devices, Inc. In this role, he directed ADI’s product development and marketing strategies for signal processing technologies that enable the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of human conditions.
Mr. O’Doherty is a frequent speaker on technology-related healthcare topics at industry events. Since joining the company in 1981, he has held a number of roles in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and product line management with responsibility for core analog products and ASSPs (application-specific standard products). Mr. O’Doherty earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from University College Cork in Ireland and a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Samantha O'KeefeRead bio
Member of the MIT Corporation. Editor, TechCrunch.
Richard OMearaRichard OMearaRead bioRichard OMeara
Rich OMeara is the owner of Core Composites a distributor of Advanced Composite Materials and Project Management Company for prototype and production of composite parts including composite buildings.
David OberleDavid OberleRead bioDavid Oberle
Esther ObonyoRead bio
Dr. Esther Obonyo is a 2015/ 2017 Jefferson Science Fellow at the Global Development Lab. She is also an Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor at the University of Florida's (UF) Rinker School of Construction Management and also a faculty entrepreneurship Fellow at UF’s Warrington College of Business. She has worked as a Construction Engineer, Project Manager and Innovations Analyst in several Engineering and Construction Companies in Kenya, the UK and the US. She holds a BA in Building Economics from University of Nairobi, MA in Architecture from University of Nottingham and a Doctor of Engineering from Loughborough University. Esther’s research interest cuts across the following themes: climate change and extreme weather events, environmental sustainability, intelligent information and knowledge-based systems for productivity improvement and entrepreneurship. Dr Obonyo has had several NSF awards including an International Research Experiences for Students directed at Developing Global Scientist and Engineers.She is the Vice President for ASCE Global Center for Excellence in Computing and a joint coordinator for CIB TG83 eBusiness in Construction and is also one of the founding members for CIB W120: Disaster and the Built Environment.
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Aude OlivaRead bio
After a French baccalaureate in Physics and Mathematics, Aude Oliva received two M.Sc degrees and a Ph.D in Cognitive Science from the Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble, France. She joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty in 2004 and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in 2012. Her work combines state-of-the-art methods in neuroscience, cognitive science and computer science, to discover and model how perception and cognition are realized in human and artificial minds. Her cross-disciplinary research bridges from theory to experiments to applications. Her work has been featured in high-profile journals and textbooks of various scientific disciplines, the scientific and popular press as well as museums of Art and Science. She is the recipient of the 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER Award in Computational Neuroscience, and was named the 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in Computer Science.
Christine OrtizRead bio
Christine Ortiz is the Dean for Graduate Education and the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Ortiz obtained her B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in the field of materials science and engineering, with a minor in theoretical and applied mechanics. During graduate school, Dr. Ortiz carried out collaborative research each summer at the University of Cambridge, Cavendish (physics) Laboratory in the UK. After graduation, she was granted an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship which she used to carry out research in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. Dr. Ortiz has over 175 scientific publications in more than 20 academic journals, has given more than 130 invited research lectures, and has supervised more than 80 students from 10 different academic disciplines. She has received over 30 national and international honors, including the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Award, National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship; she was a Lady Davis Fellow and visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, where she received the Hadassah Appreciation Medal; the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award; and the National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which was presented to her by President George W. Bush at the White House. She is also a fellow of the Defense Science Study Group. Dr. Ortiz is the founding and current faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) - Israel program. She has served on over 50 departmental and Institute committees and working groups and in her current role as Dean for Graduate Education leads areas which include; fellowships, educational innovation, graduate admissions administration, diversity initiatives, policies and procedures, and Institute-wide data analysis. Dr. Ortiz has given invited presentations on higher education at the Council for Graduate Schools, Association of American Universities, Association of Graduate Schools, American Society of Engineering Education, National Science Foundation, European University Association Council for Doctoral Education Global Strategic Forum (Ireland), Association of Chinese Graduate Schools (China), Vitae Researcher Development International Conference (UK), and the League of European Research Universities (Switzerland, 2012 and the UK, 2014).
Karen OsborneKaren OsborneRead bioKaren Osborne
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Jennifer PalilonisRead bio
Dr. Jennifer George-Palilonis is a full professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, and the co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing. Her research focuses on active reading in digital and mobile environments, multimedia storytelling, multimedia as a teaching and learning tool, blended and online learning, mobile design and development, and information graphics.
In 2012, she was named the Scripps Howard Journalism & Mass Communication National Teacher of the Year; and Ball State presented her with the Outstanding Teaching Award. Prior to becoming the EMDD co-director, she was the coordinator for the nationally recognized journalism graphics sequence and director of the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio. Palilonis is also the author of two books, The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford University Press, 2012) and A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press, 2006). Since 2002, Palilonis has been a media design consultant and has worked on the redesigns of more than 30 print and online publications.
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Imraan Ebrahim PatelRead bio
A public policy and strategy manager with a focus on innovation, inclusive development, sustainability, social and economic development, and public management and governance.
Employed since 2006 at the South African Department of Science and Technology, he currently holds the position of Deputy Director-General: Socio-Economic Partnerships and represents the department on the social and economic clusters of government and the advisory committee for the Green Fund. He is also a member of the board of MINTEK, the Water Research Commission, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and an alternate South African board representative to the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL)
Just prior to joining the DST, he worked for four years at the Centre for Public Service Innovation, an agency of government supporting innovation in the delivery of public services. He also worked at the Department of Public Service and Administration for four years. He began his working life with a five-year stint at the Workplace Information Group (WIG), a non-governmental organisation providing health and safety support to trade unions followed by a three-year employment in the formative years of the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), a think tank to the largest trade union federation in South Africa.
At the DST, he is responsible for strategically driving a portfolio of investments and policies that advances the social and economic development priorities of South Africa through science and technology-based interventions.
Areas of focus include Industrial Development, Information and Communications Technologies, Climate Change and Biodiversity, Environmental Goods and Services with a focus on water and waste, Advanced Manufacturing, Mining and Minerals Beneficiation, Chemicals, Technology Localisation, Innovation for Inclusive Development, and indicators and measurement of systems of innovation.
Parag PathakRead bio
Parag A. Pathak is a Professor of Economics at MIT, founding co-director of the NBER Working Group on Market Design, and founder of MIT's School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII), a laboratory focused on education, human capital, and the income distribution. In 2005, based on work in his PhD thesis, Boston's school committee adopted a new mechanism for student placement, citing the desire to make it easier for participants to navigate and to level the playing field for the city's families. He has also helped to design the Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, New York, and Washington DC school choice systems.
His work on market design and education was recognized with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. In 2012, he was selected to give the Shapley Lecture at GAMES2012 as a distinguished game theorist under age 40. In 2013, he was appointed as Mayor Thomas Menino's chief technical advisor for Boston's student assignment plan. Under his direction, SEII provided a formal analysis of different alternatives, which eventually led to the most significant change in Boston's school choice system since the end of court-ordered busing. The IMF listed him as one of 25 top economists under age 45 in 2014. In addition to generating academic publications that study, develop, and test different student assignment systems, Pathak's research work has directly affected the lives of over one million public school students.
Pathak also studies K-12 education and urban economics. He has authored leading studies on charter schools, high school reform, selective education, and school choice. In urban economics, he has measured the effects of foreclosures on house prices and how the housing market reacted to the end of rent control in Cambridge MA.
Pathak's research has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Boston Foundation, and the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. He has served as an Associate Editor at the American Economic Review and Econometrica.
Pathak is a board member of the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice, a non-profit which provides assistance to districts on school assignment.
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Joel PearsonRead bio
Joel Pearson is a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow and Prof. of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He also leads the Pearson Lab, a multidisciplinary agile Cognitive Neuroscience research group that does both fundamental and clinical research, consults with companies, artists and designers on brain science.
Joel started his career studying art and film making at one of Australia’s top fine arts school, Collage of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. However, he then decided to apply his creative discovery techniques to the scientific mysteries of human consciousness and the complexities of brain. He then completed his science PhD in 2 years, while fitting in several around the world trips and invited conference and university talks, along side several publications.
After receiving his first research fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council he worked in two different psychology and neuroscience labs simultaneously at Vanderbilt University Nashville TN. In 2009 he was honored with the international William James prize for the greatest contribution to our scientific understanding of consciousness.
An internationally recognized leader in human consciousness research, Pearson’s group takes an innovative, agile, from the ground-up approach to developing new methods to measure dimensions of human cognition, mental health and neuroscience, previously thought to be immeasurable. A few examples are the group’s novel methods to measure the human imagination, intuition and hallucinations, using objective, reliable, neuroscientific methods. This work spans from fundamental science to helping individuals in the clinic – translational cognitive neuroscience.
Recognizing that the most exciting and surprising scientific discoveries of the 21st century will likely involve a high number of accidental breakthroughs and large amounts of rapid iterative pilot testing. Pearson is a passionate proponent of high-risk discovery science and has developed a method called Discovery Science, a practical guide to both practicing and reporting scientific discoveries – the ‘Lean Startup’ for the world of science.
Pearson takes a multidisciplinary agile approach to running his lab, bringing in staff and students from art, architecture, mathematics, computer science, psychology, neuroscience and medical imaging. The group studies many different exciting and cutting-edge topics, from new methods to map the human brain, treating mental illness, how to boost the human imagination and decision-making, to cognitive biases in financial risk assessment.
Alex PentlandRead bio
Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.
He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance and the Institute for Data Driven Design. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum.
David PerreaultRead bio
David Perreault received the B.S. degree from Boston University in 1989, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1991 and 1997, respectively. In 2001, he joined the faculty of MIT, where he is presently Professor and Associate Head of the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He leads the MIT Power Electronics Research Group, with research interests including design, manufacturing, and control techniques for power electronic systems and components, and in the use of power electronics to benefit a wide range of applications. Professor Perreault is a Fellow of the IEEE, and the recipient of many awards for his work in power electronics and applications, including seven IEEE Prize papers. In addition to forming the basis for commercial products from existing companies, research from his group has led to founding of three startup companies.
Chris PetersonRead bio
Chris Peterson is Assistant Director for Talented Outreach at MIT Admissions, where he oversees the recruitment and evaluation of makers, entrepreneurs, and academic superstars. He also teaches classes on the social aspects of technical systems as a Lecturer in the Comparative Media Studies program and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition Against Censorship. Before coming to MIT, Chris was a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. He earned his S.M. in Comparative Media at MIT and his B.A. in Critical Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Chris PetittiChris PetittiRead bioChris Petitti
Mike PetrichMike PetrichRead bioMike Petrich
As Director of the Making Collaborative at the Exploratorium, Mike is curious about how
people develop personal and unique understandings of the world for themselves. He has been working at this
for more than 20 years, with audiences as diverse as museum visitors, primary school students, Tibetan
monks, prison inmates, and graduate school researchers.
Ephraim PhalafalaEphraim PhalafalaRead bioEphraim Phalafala
Deirdre PhillipsRead bio
Executive Director, Autism Consortium
Massimiliano PieriRead bio
Massimiliano is eni’s newly appointed Vice President for Cooperation with MIT, responsible for overseeing all the cooperation initiatives between Eni and MIT. Massimiliano has gained extensive global experience, having covered leadership roles in the eni Upstream business in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe. Previously, he had worked in General Electric, Mc Kinsey and Edison, mainly focusing on M&A transactions and business development projects. Massimiliano holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Major in Energy) from Polytechnic of Milan and an M.B.A. (Major in Finance) from Columbia Business School, New York.
Valéria Milani PieriniValéria Milani PieriniRead bioValéria Milani Pierini
Founding partner of Consenso (Family Office)
Worked in Corporate Finance and Private Banking of Banco BBA Creditanstalt S.A., Banco Pactual S.A., and Credibanco S.A.
Graduated in Business Administration from PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Holds a MBA from Ibmec
Gustavo PieriniGustavo PieriniRead bioGustavo Pierini
- Founding Partner and President of Gradus Management Consultants, since October 1996 - Former Officer of GP Investments, second largest private equity group of Latin America - Former McKinsey & Co. (management consultants) partner - Master of Science in Management, MIT, Sloan School, 1987 Fullbright Scholarship, 1986 Henry Ford II Scholar, given annually by the Sloan School on the basis of unusual academic achievements and professional promise, 1986 - Master in Systems Engineering, University of Buenos Aires, 1984. Highest GPA of graduating class - Naval & Mechanical Engineer, University of Buenos Aires, 1981 Fundación Universitaria Río de la Plata Scholarship, given annually to the top 10 Argentinean university students, 1979 Elma award winner given annually to the top graduating student, School of Engineering, 1981
Matthew PittinskyMatthew PittinskyRead bioMatthew Pittinsky
Jason PontinRead bio
Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.
Mr. Pontin was born in London and raised in Northern California. He was educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.
Deborah PorterDeborah PorterRead bioDeborah Porter
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Gerri PowersRead bio
Gerri Powers manages all aspects of program production for Solve, including event logistics and financial operations.
A career operations specialist, Gerri spent more than 20 years in television production in the Boston area before joining MIT in 2008. At WCVB-TV, the Boston area’s ABC affiliate, she managed the field production units and was production manager on several Emmy Award–winning programs, along with scheduling 100 technicians weekly and managing the operations team for the station. She also managed a $2 million yearly budget for the engineering department
Gerri came to MIT to support the Institute’s visiting students and scholars program in the MIT Portugal Program before undertaking the Institute’s initiative to build a world-class technical university in Russia. The MIT Skoltech Initiative was a multimillion-dollar, four-year program that spanned Cambridge and Moscow, designed according to MIT’s philosophy of weaving education, research, and innovation into the curriculum.
Kristala PratherKristala PratherRead bioKristala Prather
Kristala Jones Prather is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and an investigator in the multi-institutional Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) funded by the National Science Foundation (USA). She received an S.B. degree from MIT in 1994 and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1999), and worked 4 years in BioProcess Research and Development at the Merck Research Labs (Rahway, NJ) prior to joining the faculty of MIT. Her research interests are centered on the design and assembly of recombinant microorganisms for the production of small molecules, with additional efforts in novel bioprocess design approaches. Research combines the traditions of metabolic engineering with the practices of biocatalysis to expand and optimize the biosynthetic capacity of microbial systems. A particular focus is the elucidation of design principles for the production of unnatural organic compounds within the framework of the burgeoning field of synthetic biology. Prather is the recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award (2004), an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2005), a Technology Review “TR35” Young Innovator Award (2007), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010), and the Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award (2011). Additional honors include selection as the Van Ness Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012) and a Young Scientist of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions (2012). Prather has been recognized for excellence in teaching with the C. Michael Mohr Outstanding Faculty Award for Undergraduate Teaching in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering (2006), the MIT School of Engineering Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010), and through appointment as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow (2014), the highest honor given for undergraduate teaching at MIT.
David PritchardRead bio
David Pritchard is the Chief Operating Officer for the Technology and Research (TnR) Division at Microsoft. TnR is responsible for driving the company’s overall technical direction, including mid-term and long-term technology strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts.
In his role, Pritchard oversees worldwide business initiatives and strategy, key external partnerships, business operations, financial management, compliance, marketing and communications, staffing and IT and acts as the Chief of Staff for Harry Shum, Executive Vice President of the Technology and Research Organization.
During his 30+ year career at Microsoft, Pritchard has held a wide range of positions across operations, recruiting and staffing, and product development disciplines. In addition, he has extensive international experience globally with a particular focus and interest on China. Previously, he was Senior Director of Worldwide Technical Staffing, where he was responsible for hiring technical, research, marketing, and management staff from around the world to work at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. Moreover, Pritchard was responsible for hiring at several research and development centers in various parts of the world, including China, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, and the UK.
Pritchard is a native of Seattle, and a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. He holds an executive MBA from the University of Michigan, Executive Program in Strategic Human Resources Management. Pritchard serves on the board of the Arts Fund and has previously held board roles at PONCHO (Patrons of the Pacific Northwest in Civic and Culture), KCTS Public Television, and the Bush School.
Caron ProschanCaron ProschanRead bioCaron Proschan
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Iqbal Z. QuadirRead bio
Iqbal Z. Quadir is a long-time champion of the critical role of entrepreneurship and innovations in creating prosperity in low-income countries. He is an accomplished entrepreneur who, more than two decades ago, saw the potential of mobile technology to transform low-income countries.
Quadir realized in the early 1990s that the ensuing digital revolution could facilitate the introduction of telephone access throughout Bangladesh, including its rural areas. To make this vision a reality, he established a New York based company, Gonofone Development Corp (meaning “phones for the masses” in Bengali), and assembled a global consortium of Gonofone, micro-credit pioneer Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, and Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor to create Grameenphone. Grameenphone is now Bangladesh’s leading telecommunications operator providing access to more than 50 million subscribers irrespective of their geographic location or economic standing.
From 2001-2004, Quadir was a Fellow and Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on the democratizing effects of technologies in low-income countries. He co-founded the journal Innovations (MIT Press) and, in 2005, moved to MIT where he founded the Legatum Center in 2007. Quadir founded Emergence BioEnergy to produce decentralized energy, and in 2010 co-founded Money in Motion, a start-up company to provide mobile phone-based banking services. He sits on the Advisory Council of the World Wide Web Foundation.
Quadir’s work and thinking has been cited in 70 books and profiled in publications including The Economist, the Financial Times, Forbes.com, andThe New York Times. His writing has been published in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Nature, Newsweek, Science, and The Wall Street Journal.He received the prestigious Science, Education and Economic Development award in Bangladesh and was listed as one of 125 Influential People and Ideas for the 125-year celebration of the Wharton School in 2006. He is the recipient of the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Swarthmore College (2011), the honorary Doctor of Science from Case Western Reserve University (2011), and the Russell-Whitehead Business Humanitarian Award presented by the Business Humanitarian Forum Association (2012). He holds both an MBA and an MA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BS with honors from Swarthmore College.
Terry RagonRead bio
Since founding InterSystems Corporation in 1978, Mr. Ragon has led the company to worldwide prominence in the database, interoperability, and healthcare application markets.
Prior to starting InterSystems, Mr. Ragon co-founded a healthcare software company that became a leader in the U.S. and is now part of GE Healthcare. He has served as a healthcare IT consultant to academic and government institutions and received a prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in healthcare information technology.
Mr. Ragon is a Trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he also served as Honorary Co-Chair of the MGH Campaign. He is also a member of the MIT Corporation, the governing body of MIT, and chairs the Visiting Committee that reviews the Physics Department.
In 2008, Mr. Ragon helped created the Ragon Institute, a joint research center of MGH, MIT, and Harvard. The vision of the Ragon Institute is to “harness the immune system through science to prevent and cure disease,” and its immediate objective is the creation of a vaccine for HIV.
The son of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Mr. Ragon was born in Arizona. He grew up in a variety of states and graduated from high school in Bogota, Colombia. He obtained an S.B. (B.S) in physics from MIT.
M. V. RamanaRead bio
M.V. Ramana has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston University and is currently with the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, where he has been assessing nuclear power programs around the world. He is the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India (Penguin Books, 2012), and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a Leo Szilard award from the American Physical Society.
Sonny RamaswamyRead bio
Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s extramural science agency, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Through its portfolio of funding, NIFA catalyzes transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges.
Ramaswamy has previously held a number of academic positions, including: dean of Oregon State’s College of Agricultural Sciences; director of Purdue’s Agricultural Research Programs; distinguished professor and head of Kansas State University’s Entomology Department; and professor of entomology at Mississippi State University. As an insect physiologist, he worked on integrative reproductive biology of insects.
Sonny has received grants from many federal agencies, including NIFA, NSF, NIH, EPA, and USAID. He has published over 150 papers, book chapters, and a book. His many awards include: Fellow of AAAS and Entomological Society of America; Frazier Lecturer, American Society for Horticultural Science; and Presidential Award, Soil Science Society of America.
Ramaswamy received his BSc (Agriculture) and MSc (Entomology) from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India; PhD (Entomology) from Rutgers. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s New Academic Chair’s Program and Harvard’s Management Development Program.
Kgabo RamorokaRead bio
Mr Kgabo Ramoroka is PhD Intern in Economic Performance and Development research programme. He is currently enrolling for PhD in innovation studies at Wits Business School. He holds Master of Science in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) degrees both obtained from the University of Limpopo. Before joining the HSRC, he undertook an internship programme as a Junior Agricultural Economist at Limpopo Department of Agriculture in 2010. He also participated in a programme for Agricultural Research for Development organised by Agricultural Research Council in partnership with ICRA and the universities of Limpopo, Venda, and Fort Hare. Kgabo has presented papers at various national and international conferences and workshops. His publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of 1 concept paper, 2 articles in peer reviewed journals, 2 policy briefs, 5 research reports and short publications and briefing notes in policy-oriented magazines. Kgabo have extensive experience in conducting field work and his research expertise includes data management, data collection and analysis. He has experience in applying both quantitative and qualitative research methods. His areas of research interest include Sustainable agriculture and rural development and rural innovation covering sectoral systems of innovation, innovation networks and innovative learning.
Neil RasmussenRead bio
Neil is a entrepreneur, engineer, and technology strategist. He was a 1981 founder of American Power Conversion (APC) where he served as CTO for 27 years. He led the 2008 sale of APC to its new parent company, Schneider Electric, where he recently served as Sr VP for Innovation. Neil holds 38 patents, primarily focused on energy efficient power distribution and conversion.
Neil is currently engaged in facilitating research into the role of the human microbiome in disease, and recently founded the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics at MIT. He is the president of the Neil and Anna Rasmussen Foundation.
Neil holds BS and MS degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and is a member of the MIT Corporation.
Susanne RasmussenRead bio
Susanne Rasmussen is director of the Environmental and Transportation Planning Division in the Cambridge Community Development Department and has more than 20 years of experience in the implementation of environmental policies and programs. She is responsible for climate change mitigation and resiliency including engaging residents and business in this effort. She oversees the development of new transportation policies and implementation of a variety of transportation programs and projects such as large multi-modal roadway projects, traffic calming, and transportation demand management. Prior to joining the City of Cambridge Ms. Rasmussen was a senior manager for a non-profit energy service company and a land use planner in a major metropolitan city. Ms. Rasmussen has a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in Civil Engineering and Planning from the University of Aalborg in Denmark.
Ian ReadRead bio
Ian Read is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, which brings therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives. These include medicines and vaccines along with many of the world’s best-known consumer healthcare products.
Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Pfizer, and Group President of the Worldwide Biopharmaceutical Businesses, which he led from 2006 through December 2010. In that role, he oversaw five global business units — Primary Care, Specialty Care, Oncology, Established Products and Emerging Markets.
Ian began his career with Pfizer in 1978 as an operational auditor. He worked in Latin America through 1995, holding positions in a number of Pfizer’s largest, fastest-growing operations, including Chief Financial Officer, Pfizer Mexico, and Country Manager, Pfizer Brazil. In 1996, Ian was appointed President of Pfizer’s International Pharmaceuticals Group, with responsibility for Latin America and Canada. He became Executive Vice President, Europe, in 2000, was named a Corporate Vice President in 2001, and assumed responsibility for Canada, in addition to Europe, in 2002. Ian later became accountable for operations in both the Africa/Middle East region and Latin America as well.
Ian received his B.Sc. in chemical engineering from London University Imperial College in 1974. He earned his Chartered Accountants certification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1978.
Ian serves on the Boards of PhRMA, Kimberly-Clark and the Partnership for New York City.
Russell ReadRussell ReadRead bioRussell Read
Russell Read was most recently the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Deputy CEO of Gulf Investment Corporation (the development investor for the 6 GCC countries of the Arabian Peninsula). Previously he also served as CIO of CalPERS which is the largest pension fund in North America. He has been a leader in natural resources- and environmental-investing for over a decade and has served as a resource and speaker on these topics with the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Senate, state legislatures, and U.S. and international regulatory agencies. Dr. Read also served as Chairman of the Investors' Committee for the President's Working Group on financial markets under Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. He received his undergraduate Statistics and graduate Finance degrees from the University of Chicago and his graduate Economics and doctoral Political Economy degrees from Stanford University.
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L. Rafael ReifRead bio
Rafael Reif, the 17th president of MIT, has served in this position since July 2012. In his inaugural speech, Dr. Reif outlined the threats and opportunities presented by the sudden rise of credible, low-cost online learning alternatives and challenged MIT to use the campus as a lab to explore the future of higher education. While fostering the rapid growth of MIT’s nonprofit online learning platform edX—which engaged more than 2.2 million learners from 196 countries in its first two years—he also launched an Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education. In September 2014, the group issued its final report.
In keeping with MIT’s role as a wellspring of innovation, Dr. Reif was asked by the White House to cochair the steering committee of the national Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0). In October 2013, to enhance MIT’s own innovation ecosystem and foster education research and policy, he launched the MIT Innovation Initiative; its preliminary report came out in December 2014. In that same spirit, in the spring of 2014 MIT began work on “MIT.nano,” a major new facility at the heart of campus that will accelerate research and innovation in nanotechnology. In May 2014, Dr. Reif also launched an initiative that will focus on environment, climate, and strategies for achieving a sustainable human society. A major component of the initiative will be the new Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Laboratory.
In his previous role as MIT’s provost (2005–2012), Dr. Reif helped create and implement the strategy that allowed MIT to weather the global financial crisis; drove the growth of MIT’s global strategy; promoted a major faculty-led effort to address challenges around race and diversity; helped launch the Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences; and spearheaded the development of the Institute’s online learning initiatives, MITx and edX. For his work in developing MITx, he received the 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award.
A member of the MIT faculty since 1980, Dr. Reif has served as director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories and as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 2004, he was named the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology, a title he held until he was selected as president.
A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Reif is the inventor or co-inventor on 15 patents, has edited or co-edited five books, and has supervised 38 doctoral theses.
He received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Mitchel ResnickRead bio
Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, develops new technologies and activities to engage young people in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group collaborated with the LEGO Company on the Mindstorms and WeDo robotics kits, and it develops the Scratch programming software and online community, used by millions of young people around the world. He also co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Resnick earned a BS in physics from Princeton, and an MS and PhD in computer science from MIT. He was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education in 2011.
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Stever RobbinsRead bio
Serial entrepreneur, co-founder, advisor, and investor in several high-tech ventures. Podcaster, author, and writer on business, productivity, and living an extraordinary life. Executive advisor and coach.
What I bring to the table: I create "a ha" moments that get people thinking outside their normal boundaries. I work from big picture down to details, connect concept to action, and make what's highly complicated simple and persuasive.
Passionately interested in humans, the design of human systems, and how to change them. Co-writer and lyricist for the world's most popular musical on personal productivity, behavior change, and taking over the world with a zombie army.
Co-founder FTP Software. COO of Building Blocks Interactive. Project manager of the initial creation of software and back end industrial design of Intuit's Quicken VISA Card. Co-designer of Harvard Business School's MBA program "Foundations" module. Co-designer and lecturer, Babson College, Building Social Capital for Career Success.
Creator and host of iTunes top-10 business podcast, The Get-it-Done Guy. Author of Get-it-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More and It Takes a Lot More than Attitude to Lead a Stellar Organization.
Graduate of MIT, Harvard Business School, and W. Edward Deming's Quality College. Licensed Master Trainer Elite in neuro-linguistic programming.
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John is an officer in the Office of Corporate Relations' Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) to facilitate the identification of common interest between member companies and researchers at MIT and affiliated institutions and startups. Prior to joining ILP, John worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20+ years after earning his PhD in Organic Chemistry at MIT.
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Dr. Lawrence G. Roberts
Dr. Roberts is perhaps best known as the Founder and Architect of the ARPANET, the first packet network in the world and the foundation of the Internet. After ARPA, Dr. Roberts led the first commercial packet carrier, Telenet, as CEO through an IPO and then a purchase by GTE. He has been an innovative leader in packet networking for 50 years, leading the design and deployment of advanced networking products and services since 1965. Lawrence G. Roberts most recently was Founder and Chairman and of Anagran Inc. Anagran designed and built the first cost effective IP traffic manager, a technology which permitted the Internet to finally support high quality video, voice, data, and mobile devices with high quality on the same network. Prior to this Dr. Roberts was the Founder and CTO of Caspian Networks which developed and sold the first generation of IP flow management equipment. Previously, Dr. Roberts was President of ATM Systems, an AMP company. Before that he was CEO of NetExpress, building facsimile store and forward equipment and an associated international network. Dr. Roberts has BS, MS, and Ph.D. Degrees from MIT.
Dr. Roberts has received numerous awards for his work, including the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Harry Goode Memorial Award from the American Federation of Information Processing, the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award, the Interface Conference Award, in 1982, the L.M. Ericsson prize for research in data communications, in 1992 the IEEE Computer Society’s highest award in the communications field, the W. Wallace McDowell Award, in 1998 the ACM SIGCOMM Award for lifetime achievement in communications, in 2000 the IEEE Internet Award, in 2001 the National Academy of Engineering Draper Award, in 2002 Spain’s highest award, the Principe de Asturias Award, in 2005 the NEC Computer and Communication Award and in 2012 the Internet Hall of Fame.
Renee RobinsRead bio
Renee J. Robins is the Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT. Renee works closely with faculty director John Lienhard to develop and manage the lab’s activities, priorities, and strategy, including new funding opportunities and international collaborations.
Since 1998, Renee has worked on the conception, launch, and development of a number of large interdisciplinary, international, and partnership-based research and education collaborations at MIT and elsewhere. MIT programs she has worked on include the Cambridge MIT Institute (Associate Director for Graduate Programs), the MIT Portugal Program (Director for Program Integration), the Mexico City Program (Program Coordinator), and the Program on Emerging Technologies (Program Manager). From 2000-2011, she also served as Director of Special Projects for the Technology and Policy Program, where she was responsible for the development of a number of academic initiatives and major events.
Outside of MIT, Renee’s experience includes serving on the Board of Trustees for the International Honors Program (IHP) – a comparative multi-site study abroad program – and independent consulting work for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and program design and strategy consulting for Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique (UM6P), a new university in Morocco. Renee’s holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT (Biology and Humanities/Anthropology), and a masters degree in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University
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Graham RongRead bio
As a Senior Industrial Liaison Officer, Dr Rong promotes and manages the interactions and relationships between companies worldwide and the research faculty of MIT to help companies stay abreast of the latest developments in technology and business practices.
Previously, Dr. Rong was the founder and president of IKA, LLC. He has led corporate development and product innovation, and has provided strategic advices to many companies in corporate strategy, IT leadership, web applications and customer relationship management. He has held senior roles with Vignette Corporation and Harte-Hanks. He held an EU research fellowship in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he started global collaborative research.
He is on the board of multiple organizations, including the MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston, and he is the chair of MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.
Dr. Rong holds an M.B.A. in global and innovation leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and Ph.D. in numerical computing from University of Guelph in Canada.
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Paul RothmanRead bio
Paul B. Rothman is the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty, vice president for medicine of The Johns Hopkins University, and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. As dean/CEO, Rothman oversees both the School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System, which together encompass six hospitals, hundreds of faculty and community physicians and a self-funded health plan.
Rothman was born in New York City in 1958 and grew up in Bayside, Queens. He began his research career as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied E. coli DNA repair under Dr. Graham C. Walker. He was also captain of the varsity crew team. He completed his B.S. in biology in 1980 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then entered medical school at Yale University. While attending Yale, Rothman had the opportunity to study T cell subsets in the lab of Dr. Leonard Chess at Columbia University. He received his medical degree in 1984, earning a place in the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
He went on to a medical residency and rheumatology fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City before joining the medical faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1986. There, he also completed a postdoctoral biochemistry fellowship with Dr. Frederick W. Alt, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, studying immunoglobulin class-switch recombination. At Columbia, Rothman rose to become the Richard J. Stock Professor of Medicine (Immunology) and Microbiology and chief of the pulmonary, allergy and critical care division.
A molecular immunologist, Rothman's research focused on immune system molecules known as cytokines. Specifically, he investigated the role these molecules play in the normal development of blood cells, as well as the abnormal blood-cell development that leads to leukemia. He also studied the function of cytokines in immune system responses to asthma and allergies. His work was consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health.
In 2004, Rothman accepted a position as head of internal medicine at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. In 2008, he was named dean of the Carver College of Medicine and leader of its clinical practice plan, a role in which he served for four years. In July 2012, he became the 14th dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and just the second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Rothman’s honors include a James S. McDonnell Foundation Career Development Award, a Pfizer Scholars Award, a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Award, a Leukemia Society of America Scholar Award and the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation International Award. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and as a member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He is serving as President of the Association of American Physicians for 2014–15.
Rothman is married to Dr. Frances Meyer, a gastroenterologist. They live in Baltimore County and have three children: Alissa, Daniel and Eric.
Ray RothrockRead bio
Ray is a venture capitalist, retired from Venrock after 25 years in 2013, continues to make investments in support of his themes -- energy and security. He has been a leader in cybersecurity investments beginning in the early days of the Internet with Check Point Software, on whose board he remains, and in energy. At Venrock he lead their investment in Tri Alpha, and independently he invested in Transatomic and is chairman of that board.
Listed on the Forbes Midas List 2x, he also served as chair of the National Venture Capital Association in 2012-13. He is active in energy matters as a co-exec producer of Pandora's Promise, testimony to the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Futures, and a leader in the last two years making the case for regulatory changes in nuclear regulation and opening up the national labs to entrepreneurs. This passion he has shared with many others.
For the last 18 months, he has lead RedSeal, Inc. as CEO. RedSeal is a cyber security company in the Sillicon Valley.
He remains active serving on several private boards including Roku and GenBand among others. He is also a Trustee of MIT.
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Israel RuizRead bio
As the executive vice president (EVP) and treasurer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Israel Ruiz is the Institute’s chief financial officer. He is responsible for leading all administrative and financial functions at MIT and working with the president, the Corporation, and members of MIT’s senior leadership team to ensure that MIT’s financial, capital, and operational resources are optimally deployed in a manner that supports the Institute’s academic mission of education and research.
The EVP is the chief steward of over $14.1 billion of MIT's financial assets and $3.2 billion in operating revenues (2013), and he is responsible for administering the Institute's $1.2 billion capital plan. The EVP is responsible for financial strategy development, operations and capital budget planning, debt issuance, and the integrity of financial information. Other administrative areas of responsibility include human resources, information systems, campus security and safety, sustainability, medical services, and facilities and operations.
As treasurer of the MIT Corporation, the EVP and treasurer is the corporate officer responsible for the management and stewardship of the Corporation’s resources. The EVP serves as an ex officio member of the MIT Executive Committee (MIT’s board), the development committee, and the board of the MIT Investment Management Corporation.
Prior to becoming EVP and treasurer, Mr. Ruiz was MIT's vice president for finance. In that post, he served a leadership role in the financial aspects of institutional planning and analysis, and he was responsible for preparing the financial reporting and materials presented to MIT’s senior leadership.
Mr. Ruiz joined MIT in 2002 as manager of financial planning and analysis. He became associate director of the Office of Budget and Financial Planning in 2003 and was named director of finance in 2005, vice president for finance in 2007, and EVP and treasurer in 2011.
Born in Barcelona, Mr. Ruiz holds a master’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a degree in industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Before joining MIT, he worked as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard and at Nissan Automotive. Mr. Ruiz serves on the board of directors of edX (an MIT and Harvard online learning initiative), Aura Biosciences (a biotech startup), MIT Endicott House, and MIT Technology Review.
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Daniela RusRead bio
Daniela Rus is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. Prior to her appointment as director, she served as associate director of CSAIL from 2008 to 2011 and as the co-director of CSAIL’s Center for Robotics from 2005 to 2012. She also leads CSAIL’s Distributed Robotics Laboratory. Rus is the first woman to serve as director of CSAIL and its predecessors, the AI Lab and the Lab for Computer Science.
Rus’s research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing, and programmable matter. At CSAIL she has led numerous groundbreaking research projects in the areas of transportation, security, environmental modeling and monitoring, underwater exploration, and agriculture.
Her research group, the Distributed Robotics Lab, has developed modular and self-reconfiguring robots, systems of self-organizing robots, networks of robots and sensors for first responders, mobile sensor networks, techniques for cooperative underwater robotics, and new technology for desktop robotics. She and her colleagues have built robots that can tend a garden, bake cookies from scratch, cut a birthday cake, fly in swarms without human aid to perform surveillance functions, and dance with humans. Rus is also a champion of youth outreach, spearheading several programs that encourage students to pursue careers in computer science.
Rus is the recipient of the NSF Career Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. She is a Class of 2002 MacArthur fellow and a fellow of AAAI and IEEE. She serves on the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute, on the editorial board of the Journal of Autonomous Robots, and on the long-term planning board of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
Rus earned her PhD in computer science from Cornell University. Before coming to MIT, she was an assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.
Jeffrey SachsRead bio
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), andThe Price of Civilization (2011). His most recent books are To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).
Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.
Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.
Arthur SambergRead bio
Life Member of the MIT Corporation.
Peter SandsRead bio
Peter Sands was Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank from November 2006 to June 2015. He joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC as Group Finance Director in May 2002, responsible for Finance, Strategy, Risk and Technology and Operations. Prior to this, Peter was Director and Senior Partner at worldwide consultants McKinsey & Co. Before joining McKinsey, Peter worked for the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Peter is the lead non-executive board member of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom and is a senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also the lead commissioner at the Institute of Medicine. Peter holds a number of board memberships including the World Economic Forum and Lingnan University and is Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Peter graduated from Oxford University and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow. Peter, who grew up in Asia, is married with four children.
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Bish SanyalRead bio
Bish Sanyal is Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS)/ Humphrey Fellows Program at MIT. He is currently also director of the Comprehensive Initiative for Technology Evaluation (CITE) – a major project to evaluate technologies for the poor sponsored by USAID.
Professor Sanyal joined MIT in 1984, served as the Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1994 to 2002 and was the Chair of the Faculty at MIT from 2007 to 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he served as head of the International Development Group within the department. Professor Sanyal’s research, publication and leadership experience reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of the field of Urban Planning. With degrees in Architecture and City Planning, and a strong interest in the interconnection between the developing world and the United States, Sanyal has long held an interest in planning theory and international planning education. He was nominated as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT in 2011. He has written on both procedural and substantive planning theories with empirical work on urban housing, informal employment, non-governmental organizations. He is one of the founders of the Global Planning Educators Interest Group within the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
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Sanjay SarmaRead bio
Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and newly appointed director of digital learning at MIT. Sarma was one of the founders of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which, along with a number of partner companies and its spin-off EPCglobal, developed the technical concepts and standards of modern RFID. He also chaired the Auto-ID Research Council, consisting of six labs worldwide, which he helped to establish. Today, the standards developed by the Auto-ID Center, commonly referred to as the EPC, are used by over a thousand companies on five continents. Between 2004 and 2006, Sarma took a leave of absence from MIT to found the software company OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2008. He is a consultant and board member at several companies, including EPC Global, and also serves as a permanent guest of the board of GS1 and a member of the board of governors of GS1US. Sarma also serves on the City of Boston's Complete Streets Advisory Group.
Sarma received his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's from Carnegie Mellon University, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. In between degrees, he worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, U.K. Sarma's master's thesis was in the area of operations research, and his PhD was in the area of automation.
David SchenkeinDavid SchenkeinRead bioDavid Schenkein
Dr. Schenkein joined Agios in August 2009 as the chief executive officer and a member of our board of directors and has been a hematologist and medical oncologist for more than 20 years. He currently serves as an adjunct attending physician in hematology at Tufts Medical Center. Prior to joining Agios, from March 2006 to July 2009, Dr. Schenkein was the senior vice president, clinical hematology/oncology at Genentech, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for numerous successful oncology drug approvals and leading the medical and scientific strategies for their BioOncology portfolio. While at Genentech, he served as an adjunct clinical professor of medical oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Genentech, he served as the senior vice president of clinical research at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited), overseeing the clinical development and worldwide approval of Velcade®, a first-in-class cancer therapy now approved to treat multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He currently serves on the board of directors of Foundation Medicine, Inc., bluebird bio, Inc., and Blueprint Medicines, Inc. Dr. Schenkein holds a B.A. in chemistry from Wesleyan University and an M.D. from the State University of New York Upstate Medical School.
Klaus SchleicherRead bio
Klaus Schleicher is an Associate Director in the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) at MIT. He joined OCR in 2013. He has a Global Operations and Technology background that has delivered rapid profitable growth in the imaging systems, speech recognition, IT security and consulting, digital printing & media industries. He has executive experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Strategy and Business Development and has held senior positions at Universal Wilde, Presstek Inc., Consul Risk Management B.V. (IBM), Lernout & Hauspie (Nuance), Agfa (Bayer Corp.) and Honeywell Inc.
Philipp SchmidtRead bio
Learning entrepreneur, scholar, activist. P2PU co-founder. Ashoka and Shuttleworth fellow. Media Lab Director's Fellow.
Eric SchmidtRead bio
Eric Schmidt joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
Martin A. SchmidtRead bio
Martin A. Schmidt received his BS from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and his SM and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He joined the MIT faculty in 1988 in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. From 1999 to 2006, he served as the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at MIT. MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that provides shared research infrastructure for all campus activities in micro- and nanotechnology and supports the research of approximately 500 students and staff members.
Beginning in 2008, he served as associate provost of MIT, managing the Institute’s space and the renovation/renewal budgets, and he was appointed provost in February 2014. Since January 2012, he has also assumed responsibility for “all things industry” as the senior administrative officer responsible for MIT’s industrial interactions: the Technology Licensing Office and Office of Corporate Relations report to him. Beyond his regular responsibilities, he also co-led the Institute’s Task Force on the Budget in response to the 2008 financial crisis. He has played an active role as MIT’s faculty lead in support of the MIT president’s role as cochair of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together the federal government, industry, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States. Lastly, he served as one of the 20 faculty members on the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) study, a two-year study focused on understanding the critical linkage of production to the innovation process. The PIE work resulted in two books published by the MIT Press.
His teaching and research focus on micro- and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators, and electronic devices; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); design of micromechanical sensors and actuators; and micro/nanofabrication technology. He is the coauthor of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He is also an inventor on more than 30 issued U.S. patents. More than 25 students have completed their PhDs under his supervision.
He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and has an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark. He was elected as a fellow of the IEEE in 2004 for contributions to design and fabrication of microelectromechanical systems. He has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award and the Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Award at MIT.
In addition to his academic pursuits, he is active in consulting with industry in the commercialization of technology. His research group has introduced a number of new technologies to industry, transferring new machining methods for pressure-sensor manufacturing to two leading automotive suppliers. He was the lead consultant to Input/Output (now ION Geophysical) in the creation of the world’s first MEMS accelerometer to be used in 3-D seismic exploration systems. Millions of these sensors have been deployed for oil and gas exploration and are marketed under the VectorSeis trade name by Inova. He has also cofounded or has been the co-inventor of the core technology of six companies that are commercializing MEMS-enabled products. Four of these companies have either had successful exits or are still in operation:
BioScale, a company that utilizes MEMS resonators for biomolecule detection
Living Microsystems (renamed Verinata Health and recently sold to Illumina), which focuses on pre-natal diagnostics
Kateeva, a company that is developing tools for OLED display manufacturing
Lilliputian Systems, a company that is currently marketing a hand-held mobile device recharger based on solid-oxide fuel-cell technology and microreactors that were invented at MIT.
He and his wife, Lyn, who have been married for 27 years and are the parents of four sons, live in Reading, Massachusetts.
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Peter SchwartzRead bio
Peter Schwartz is an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist, specializing in scenario planning and working with corporations, governments, and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing & uncertain world. As SVP of Strategic Planning for Salesforce, he manages the organization’s ongoing strategic conversation. Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter was co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network and a partner of the Monitor Group, a family of professional services firms devoted to enhancing client competitiveness. He is the author of many works, with his first book, The Art of the Long View, considered a seminal publication on scenario planning. Peter publishes and lectures widely, and has served as a script consultant on the films "The Minority Report," "Deep Impact," "Sneakers," and "War Games." Peter received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Lisa Marks SchwarzRead bio
Lisa Schwarz is the Managing Director of Development at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Prior to joining MIT in August 2013, Lisa raised philanthropic support for numerous institutions, including Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston University, and Johns Hopkins University. She holds a BA in art history and communications from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, and an MPA from New York University.
Sean SenechalRead bio
Sean teaches at CSUMB in the Psychology and Human Development departments: Human Biology & Behavior, Behavior Disorders, BioPsychology. Special interests include: Biological Basis of Gender/Sexual Diversity. Regenerative Medicine, BioPsych. I'm interested in how to address/change national aggression and revenge by finding new, alternative-effective solutions. Directed software QA in Silicon Valley for multiple startups. Attended UCBerkeley (focus physics/math and sociology of knowledge, UCDavis (focus physiology, cognition), SFState (bio/behavior), Florida Institute Technology applied (behavior analysis). His private practice in Santa Cruz, as a Behavior Therapist/Analyst, focuses on the new wave of GenderQueer and sexually diverse youth.
Richard SergayRichard SergayRead bioRichard Sergay
RICHARD SERGAY is an award winning veteran network television journalist who spent much of his career at ABC News. He reported on major domestic and international stories for World News, Nightline and Good Morning America. After a six-year assignment as Bureau Chief and Correspondent based in South Africa covering the end of Apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the ensuing peace negotiations, Richard began a new beat for the network focused on the digital revolution unfolding in the US. After leaving ABC News, he joined Discovery Communications as the Chief Curator of “The Curiosity Project,” whose aim was to answer “The Questions of Life” by interviewing on camera 250 leading luminary’s across all disciplines – from art through zoology. Richard then transitioned to work directly for Discovery Founder John Hendricks at his private investment firm architecting the launch of the Curiosity Retreat and a new SVOD web venture called CuriosityStream, the world’s first ad free factual content site devoted to exploring Science, Technology, Civilization and Human Spirit. Also, he has served as SVP of Media Strategy and Development for Sharecare, a new health engagement website founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and the entrepreneur who created WebMD, Jeff Arnold. Richard graduated with Highest Honors from the University of California with a BA in Politics, undertook postgraduate work in International Relations at Georgetown University, and was John S Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
Sgouris SgouridisRead bio
Dr. Sgouridis is Associate Professor at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI). His research interests focus on understanding sustainable energy transitions using socio-technical systems modeling. He has worked on sustainable transportation systems and sustainable energy systems management. Dr. Sgouridis is involved in projects and writes about the energy currency concept, electric vehicle adoption, sustainable aviation, and local and global sustainable energy transitions. Previously, he initiated the development of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium and was head of Institute Center for Smart and Sustainable Systems (2013-2014). He has participated in the Zayed Future Energy Prize as a member and previous chair of the review committee for years 2010-2015. Prior to his role at MI, Dr. Sgouridis supported governmental and private organizations including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of Thessaloniki, and the Hellenic Army. He holds a PhD in Engineering Systems (MIT-2007), MSc in Technology and Policy and MSc in Transportation (MIT-2005) and a BS (Hons.) in Civil & Env. Engineering (1999-Aristotle University).
David ShaneDavid ShaneRead bioDavid Shane
Phillip A. SharpRead bio
Phillip A. Sharp is Institute Professor (MIT’s highest academic rank) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Department of Biology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He joined the Center for Cancer Research (now the Koch Institute) in 1974 and served as its director for six years, from 1985 to 1991, before taking over as head of the Department of Biology, a position he held for the next eight years. More recently, he was founding director of the McGovern Institute, a position he held from 2000 to 2004. His research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. His landmark work in 1977 provided the first indications of “discontinuous genes” in mammalian cells. The discovery fundamentally changed scientists’ understanding of gene structure and earned Dr. Sharp the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Sharp has authored over 400 papers. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Royal Society, U.K. Among his many awards are the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, and the National Medal of Science. His long list of service includes posts as president of the AAAS (2013) and chair of the scientific advisory committee for the American Association for Cancer Research’s Stand Up to Cancer project. A native of Kentucky, Dr. Sharp earned a BA from Union College in Barbourville, KY, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Sharp is a cofounder of Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.
William ShawRead bio
William Shaw is the Executive Director of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. In his role there, his efforts focus on the business of academic research with a particular emphasis on the innovation process, technology transfer and academic/industry interactions. Over his career, Bill has facilitated the creation of numerous academic/industry research relationships providing him with a unique insight into the variety of interactions that academia and industry enter into to facilitate biomedical research. Bill frequently speaks on these topics for the Harvard Catalyst Medical Device Development Course and Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology programs and also serves as a grant reviewer for the NSF’s SBIR/STTR program. Bill is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO. Bill earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from WPI and a J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center at UNH School of Law.
Pavel ShchedrovitskiyPavel ShchedrovitskiyRead bioPavel Shchedrovitskiy
Josette SheeranJosette SheeranRead bioJosette Sheeran
Chris ShipleyRead bio
A technology journalist and analyst for more than 30 years, Chris is passionate about entrepreneurship as the driver of innovation, economic growth, sustainability, and social impact. She has built a career identifying innovative startups that create markets and drive positive change. As the executive producer of the DEMO conference from 1996 to 2009, Chris helped more than 1,500 companies make their market debut. If those companies were a portfolio, they would have a combined market value of more than $60 billion. At MIT, Chris is responsible for delivering programs that bring technology, philanthropic, and policy leaders together to identify and solve tough global challenges by leveraging the power of new technologies.
Donald ShobrysRead bio
Don Shobrys is Co-Director of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service after a career in supply chain management. He has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, a MS in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, and a PhD in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins. He received the Bronze Beaver and Henry B. Kane '24 Awards. Don chaired the record setting Class of 1975 25th Reunion Gift Committee that received a Presidential Citation. He is a past chair of the Annual Fund and serves on the Corporate Development Committee. He now serves as the 120th President of the MIT Alumni Association. He and his wife Carol live in Concord, MA.
Harry ShumRead bio
Harry Shum is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Technology and Research group. He is responsible for driving the company’s overall technical directions, including mid-term and long-term technology strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts. He oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations and its integration with the engineering teams across the company.
Previously, Dr. Shum served as the corporate vice president responsible for Bing search product development from 2007 to 2013. Prior to his engineering leadership role at Bing and online services, he oversaw the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab’s collaborations with universities in the Asia Pacific region, and was responsible for the Internet Services Research Center, an applied research organization dedicated to advanced technology investment in search and advertising at Microsoft.
Dr. Shum joined Microsoft Research in 1996 as a researcher based in Redmond, Wash. In 1998 he moved to Beijing as one of the founding members of Microsoft Research China (later renamed Microsoft Research Asia). There he began a nine-year tenure as a researcher, subsequently moving on to become research manager, assistant managing director, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia and a Distinguished Engineer.
Dr. Shum is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Susan SilbeyRead bio
Silbey is interested in the governance, regulatory and audit processes in complex organizations. Her current research focuses on the creation of management systems for containing risks, including ethical lapses, as well as environment, health and safety hazards.
Previous books include The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life (1998); In Litigation: Do the 'Haves' Still Come Out Ahead (2003); Law and Science (I): Epistemological, Evidentiary, and Relational Engagements, and Law and Science (II): Regulation of Property, Practices, and Products (2008), "The Sociological Citizen: Pragmatic and Relational Regulation in Law and Organizations" Regulation & Governance (2011); "Organizational Challenges to Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance: A New Common Sense About Regulation," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2013).
Tom SimoniteTom SimoniteRead bioTom Simonite
Anthony SinskeyAnthony SinskeyRead bioAnthony Sinskey
Michael SipserMichael SipserRead bioMichael Sipser
Michael Sipser received his PhD in 1980 from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the MIT faculty that year and is now the Barton L. Weller Professor of Mathematics. He has held permanent positions at IBM Research and in the EECS Department at Berkeley. He was a Lady Davis Fellow at Hebrew University. He was Head of MIT's Department of Mathematics from 2004 to 2014 and has been Dean of Science at MIT since 2014.
Sipser's research interests are in algorithms and complexity theory. His published papers are in efficient error correcting codes, interactive proof systems, randomness, quantum computation, and establishing the inherent computational difficulty of problems. He is the author of the widely used textbook, Introduction to the Theory of Computation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Tom SkalakTom SkalakRead bioTom Skalak
Harry SleeperHarry SleeperRead bioHarry Sleeper
Focused on open source health services to increase access to care, improve the quality of care, while driving toward better care prices.
Daniel SmithDaniel SmithRead bioDaniel Smith
Structural engineering company with composite panel experience.
Clint SmithRead bio
Clint Smith is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship with research interests that include critical pedagogy, mass incarceration, race, and inequality. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has spoken at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the U.S. Department of Education, the IB Conference of the Americas, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and has been featured on TED.com, Upworthy, and TVOne's Verses and Flow. Additionally, he has been profiled in The Washington Post, Vox, The Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News and the book, "American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom" (Welcome Books, 2013). His TED Talk, The Danger of Silence, has been viewed more the 2 million times and was named one of the top 20 TED Talks of 2014. His new TED Talk, How to Raise a Black Son in America, was released in April 2015.
As a poet, he is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, a Callaloo Fellow, and has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Kinfolks, American Literary Review, Still: The Journal, Winter Tangerine Review, Lime Hawk, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere.
Clint earned a BA in English from Davidson College and is an alumnus of the New Orleans Public School System.
Ira SockowitzIra SockowitzRead bioIra Sockowitz
Shira SolomonShira SolomonRead bioShira Solomon
Paul SondereggerPaul SondereggerRead bioPaul Sonderegger
Eliza SpangEliza SpangRead bioEliza Spang
Sandy SpeicherRead bio
Sandy Speicher is an Associate Partner and Managing Director of the Education practice at the global design firm IDEO. Her teams look to people’s unmet needs to inspire new solutions for a wide variety of challenges –- from the ways people learn to the ways systems operate. Working with organizations across the public, private, and social sectors, Sandy has helped create an affordable school system in Peru, strategies to improve schools for the poor in India, and online learning platforms that engage today’s students. Recently, she helped Carnegie Corporation launch 100kin10, which President Clinton referred to as a new model for social change. Sandy holds an MA in Education from Stanford and a BFA from Washington University.
Avery SpencerRead bio
AT&T Labs, Ecosystem & Innovation (Plano, Tx) Foundry Innovation Coach and Product Engineer, University of Texas at Dallas Biomedical Device Research Assistant with the following advanced degrees: MBA in Project Management from Texas A&M, MS in Technology Management & Management of Information Systems from Texas A&M, and MS (current) in Applied Cognition & Neuroscience & Human-Computer-Interaction from University of Texas at Dallas.
Bryan SpielmanRead bio
Bryan C. Spielman
Executive Vice President
Bryan is responsible for driving Medidata's corporate strategy and global business development activities. These include building impactful relationships with clients, prospects, investors and other key industry influencers; as well as leading the company's efforts around strategic partnerships, joint ventures, investments and other related transactions.
Bryan joined the company in 2011 as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development. Prior to joining Medidata, he was a founding partner of the Technology Investment Banking Group at Centerview Partners. He’s also held leadership roles in investment banking at UBS Investment Bank and Bear Stearns.
Bryan holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Partnership Fund for NYC's Healthcare Advisory Board and actively mentors technology start-ups.
Marlene SpoerriRead bio
Marlene Spoerri, PhD is the author of "Engineering Revolution: The Paradox of Democracy Promotion of Serbia" and UN officer at Independent Diplomat (ID), a nonprofit diplomatic advisory group that helps marginalized state and non-state actors achieve their foreign policy goals in key diplomatic arenas. At ID, Marlene focuses on the Middle East, where she works with the Syrian National Coalition - Syria's main moderate opposition group dedicated to achieving a sustainable resolution to the Syrian crisis and alleviating humanitarian suffering, including by stopping the indiscriminate aerial bombardment of residential areas across Syria, which is now a leading cause of civilian deaths in Syria.
Prior to joining Independent Diplomat, Marlene received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, where her research focused on foreign aid to revolutionary, democratic movements in the run-up to and aftermath of the fall of Serbian tyrant Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000. She has worked as the host of the Ethics Matter interview series for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and spent several years working from the Balkans, including for Serbia's leading transitional justice center, the Humanitarian Law Center, and the US Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia. In recognition of her research, she has received fellowships, awards and stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University’s Kokkalis Program, and the Columbia University’s Association for the Study of Nationalities.
Elizabeth StahlElizabeth StahlRead bioElizabeth Stahl
Kimberly StegmaierRead bio
Kimberly Stegmaier, MD
The Stegmaier laboratory develops and integrates “omic” approaches to identify new protein targets and small-molecule modulators of malignancy with an eye toward clinical translation. The laboratory has focused on pediatric malignancies notable for the aberrancy of differentiation and/or oncogenic activation of transcription factors: the acute leukemias, neuroblastoma, and Ewing sarcoma.
Dr. Stegmaier is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a Principal Investigator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), and an Institute Member of the Broad Institute. She is the Co-director of the Pediatric Hematologic Malignancy Program and an attending physician providing clinical care in Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. She has won numerous awards, including recently the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School, the SPR Young Investigator Award, the Sir William Osler Young Investigator Award from the Interurban Clinical Club and a SU2C Innovative Research Grant.
Dr. Stegmaier received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Beth StevensRead bio
Beth Stevens is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in the FM Kirby Neurobiology Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and an institute member of the Broad Institute.
Her research seeks to understand the mechanisms that regulate the development and elimination of synapses by focusing on how immune-related molecules mediate this process.
Beth received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2003 at the University of Maryland, College Park. She performed her dissertation research at the National Institutes of Health (NICHD) in the area of neuron-glia interactions. In her postdoctoral work with Ben Barres at Stanford University, she discovered that the classical complement cascade, part of the innate immune system, helps to mediate developmental CNS synapse elimination. Their findings have raised many questions about how the complement cascade normally works to eliminate synapses and especially whether it becomes abnormally reactivated in brain diseases such as AD that impair synaptic connectivity. In 2008, Dr. Stevens established her independent laboratory in the FM Kirby Neurobiology Center at Children’s Hospital where she is currently using a combination of molecular, physiological and high resolution imaging techniques to dissect the mechanisms by which microglial cells and immune –related molecules (ie.complement, cytokines) regulate synapse function during health and disease. She is investigating the molecular mechanisms that drive synapse loss and dysfunction in AD, Huntington’s disease, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia. Beth is a recipient of several young investigator awards, including the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging, and John Merck Scholar (2011), as well as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2012.
Stevens is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Dana Foundation Award (Brain and Immunoimaging), and an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award. She is also a member of the John Merck Scholar Program.
Stevens received her BS at Northeastern University. She carried out her graduate research at the National Institutes of Health and received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her postdoctoral research at Stanford University.
Howard StevensonHoward StevensonRead bioHoward Stevenson
Theresa StoneRead bio
Member of the MIT Corporation. Retired Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert StonerRobert StonerRead bioRobert Stoner
Deputy Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Founding Director, Tata Center for Technology Design at MIT
CEO Clinton Hunter Development Initiative
Group VP, Zygo Corporation
CEO Cooper Mountain Corporation
Yogesh SurendranathRead bio
Surendranath is an expert in the areas of energy storage and catalysis. He received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from MIT under the direction of Prof. Daniel Nocera, where he uncovered the mechanisms of water splitting catalysis to generate renewable fuels from sunlight. He then undertook postdoctoral studies as a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley, under the direction of Prof. Paul Alivisatos, where he investigated how molecules can be used to tune the properties of emerging nanocrystal-based optoelectronic devices. In 2013, he assumed his current position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at MIT. His research group aims to use electricity to rearrange chemical bonds by controlling interfacial reactivity at the molecular level. Surendranath has authored over 35 publications and is the recipient of numerous awards including an NSF CAREER award, a DOE Young Investigator Award, an Air Force Young Investigator Award, and a Toyota Young Investigator Award from The Electrochemical Society.
Praveen SuthrumRead bio
Praveen Suthrum is the President and co-founder of NextServices, a healthcare technology and management company. In his role, Praveen is responsible for product development and operations. Under his leadership, the company built a certified mobile/cloud electronic health record platform called enki. Earlier in his career, he worked with Satyam Computer Services as a business manager for Microsoft Corporation.
Praveen contributed to two bestselling management books, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (by C.K. Prahalad) and The New Age of Innovation (by C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan). His writing has also been published by Forbes, The Economic Times, Becker’s ASC, and National Geographic Traveller India.
He has an engineering degree from Manipal Institute of Technology and MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business where he serves on the Alumni Board of Governors. He also attended Singularity University and New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He’s an avid trekker and finds himself in the Himalayan ranges nearly every year.
Praveen's twitter handle is @suthrum.
Timothy SwagerRead bio
John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry at MIT, Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, and Inventor. Research interests include electronic materials, energy conversion technologies, and chemical sensors. Founder of 4 companies, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Author of >400 peer reviewed research publications, and >70 issued or pending patents.
Dennis SwinfordRead bio
Dennis J. Swinford, ASLA, is the Director of the Office of Campus Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to this position Dennis was the Director of Campus Planning at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Principal Project Planner at Harvard University's Allston Development Group. Before joining the institutions he was in private practice for 24 years, providing planning and design expertise to over 35 different national and international institutions.
Peter SzolovitsRead bio
Peter Szolovits is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and an Associate faculty member in the MIT Institute of Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and its Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. He is also head of the Clinical Decision-Making Group within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research centers on the application of AI methods to problems of medical decision making, natural language processing to extract meaningful data from clinical narratives to support translational medicine, and the design of information systems for health care institutions and patients.
Maria TagliaferroMaria TagliaferroRead bioMaria Tagliaferro
Haya TaitelHaya TaitelRead bioHaya Taitel
David TalbotDavid TalbotRead bioDavid Talbot
Enki TanEnki TanRead bioEnki Tan
Chuan TangChuan TangRead bioChuan Tang
Ratan TataRead bio
Ratan N. Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, from 1991 till his retirement on December 28, 2012. Effective December 29, 2012, Mr. Tata has been conferred the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Tata Industries, Tata Motors, Tata Steel and Tata Chemicals.
Mr. Tata was the Chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices and during his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totaling over $ 100 billion in 2011-12.
Mr. Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa and Mondelez. He is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Mr. Tata is the Chairman of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. He is the Chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California.
The Government of India honored Mr. Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.
Christine Taylor-ButlerRead bio
A graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Christine holds dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Art & Design. Prior to becoming a full-time children’s author, she worked for Harvard University’s Development Office, and as a Manager of Process Controls at Hallmark Cards. Christine has written more than 70 books for children as well as 20 short stories for magazines such as Read and Rise (Scholastic) and GO! (National Governors Association). She has been a featured speaker at hundreds of schools and libraries to talk about the importance of fostering the love of independent reading in children in order to create lifelong learners. Most recently she served as Chair of MIT's Regional Educational Council in the Kansas City area. In 2009, she received MIT's George B. Morgan '20 Award for excellence.
Norbert Francois TchouaffeNorbert Francois TchouaffeRead bioNorbert Francois Tchouaffe
I am an Agricultural/civil engineer holding a Certificate in advanced studies (CAS) in integrated water resources management from Bern University of Applied sciences, a Master of advanced studies (MAS) in technology and sustainable development and a specialized postgraduate certificate in Technology and sustainable development from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) India and EPFL. Before that, I had a postgraduate certificate in Agricultural Hydraulic from EIER Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering. My area of specialisation in MSc was to study the evolution of erosion and run off on tropical iron soil at Saria, Burkina Faso. In addition to Agricultural Engineering, I have obtained a diploma in Business development service at the International training centre of ILO, Italy as well which has enhanced my customer relationship and business development skills to a great extent. My technical and business qualification and experience support my claims made above that I can not only work in a range of areas which are directly related to agricultural and environmental engineering but I can be effective in climate change as well. Currently, I am a research scholar at the MIT-DUSP and I was assistant lecturer (Distance learning) at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE), Ouagadougou from 2007-2012.
Randy TestaRandy TestaRead bioRandy Testa
John ThainJohn ThainRead bioJohn Thain
Skylar TibbitsSkylar TibbitsRead bioSkylar Tibbits
Alexandros TsamisAlexandros TsamisRead bioAlexandros Tsamis
Alexandros Tsamis is the director of graduate studies at Adolfo Ibanez University, School of Design.
he holds a phd and a master of science from MIT Architecture. Before Chile, Tsamis was appointed lecturer at MIT School of Architecture from 2004 - 2007 and visiting faculty at The Ohio State University 2008-2010
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Saku TuominenRead bio
Saku Tuominen has been working with innovation and creativity over 25 years. He has founded various companies, written 8 books, teached disruptive thinking at Aalto University and consulted over 100 companies on this theme. At the moment he is running SCOOL, an innovation company concentrating on K12 education with a mission to help schools change.
Natalie UnterstellNatalie UnterstellRead bioNatalie Unterstell
Claudia UrreaClaudia UrreaRead bioClaudia Urrea
Claudia Urrea has over 20 years of experience in the field of Education and Technology. After completing her graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, Urrea worked for 1 year at the Interamerican Development Bank as a consultant in the Education Sector, and 5 years at One Laptop Per Child organization as Director of Learning. At OLPC, she was in charge of designing, developing, and implementing a learning vision for the organization. Claudia Urrea is currently working at the MIT Office of Digital Learning doing research on residential learning experience with online educational materials and blended learning models from theoretical, empirical, and policy perspectives. Claudia Urrea is a senior consultant and project manager, with expertise in a wide range of education and technology areas. Her areas of interest include online learning and assessment, curriculum design, k-12 and higher education, education for developing countries, teacher professional development, educational programming and robotics, and maker education.
Claudia Urrea was born in Colombia, where she received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from EAFIT University. In the mid 90s, she moved to the US, where she received her Master's degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University, and her doctorate degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. Her PhD thesis studied the implications of one to one learning in a rural setting in Latin America. She has helped multiple governments and non-government agencies to empower and support schools and communities of learners to evolve from traditional teaching methods into progressive learning environments.
Dr. Urrea also holds a visiting research position with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. She has taught several classes at the Harvard Summer Program and Early Childhood Development program at Tufts University. She has consulted with international and multi-sectoral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development-SEED.
Chintan VaishnavRead bio
Chintan Vaishnav is a Senior Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management and the Academic Director of MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. He is a socio-technologist, an engineer trained to understand human as well as technological complexity in large systems. Vaishnav is interested in creating socio-technical systems for improving lives in underserved communities, and in analyzing the implications of promoting and managing such technologies for policymakers, managers, and society at large.
Aynne ValenciaRead bio
Aynne Valencia-Brooks is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Interaction Design at California College of Art.
Her background features a blend of creative management, design research, business strategy, visual design, branding, advertising, marketing, and service design. She has crafted breakthrough, award-winning cross-platform experiences. Her design pedigree includes designing products for Microsoft, digital advertising at AKQA as Digital Product Design Director, Design lead for the Cisco Flip Camera, Service Design Lead at Fjord, and Associate Creative Director of R/GA San Francisco. Most recently, Aynne founded her own boutique design consultancy focused on product design and strategy for next generation products, partnering with agencies and clients to craft future vision and develop new ideas.
Sophie VandebroekRead bio
Dr Sophie Vandebroek is the chief technology officer of Xerox Corporation and president of the Xerox Innovation Group since 2006. Vandebroek is responsible for Xerox’s global research labs with a mission to create high-impact innovations that drive profitable revenue growth. The labs are located in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S., and include the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC Inc.) that provides custom R&D services. Previously she held several other research and technology functions at Xerox and also worked at IBM Research and IMEC in Belgium. Vandebroek is also a member of the board of directors of IDEXX Laboratories and of Analogic Corporation. She also serves on the advisory council of the dean of Engineering at MIT.
Vandebroek is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. She holds 14 U.S. patents. Vandebroek has received awards from Xerox, IBM, HP, Monsanto, the Belgium National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation and Cornell University. Recently she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected into the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences. Vandebroek was born in Belgium where she earned a master's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from KU Leuven. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Yossi VardiRead bio
One of Israel’s early entrepreneurs, Yossi Vardi co-founded, led, funded and helped build more than 80 high-tech, energy, natural resources, and clean-tech companies. Many of them went public, including Tekem , Alon Energy, Granite Hacarmel, answers.com, scopus, International Lasers Technologies, epals , tocows, brightcove, other were acquired : Gteko (by Microsoft),Tivella (by cisco, ) Airlink (by sierra wireless), Foxytunes (by yahoo),starnet (by IAC),Gift project (by ebay).
As the founding investor ofMirabilis Ltd, -the creator of iCQ - Vardi co-pioneered instant messaging. ICQ was one of the internet’s earliest successes, later sold to AOL.
Vardi was chairman of the board of trustees of Jerusalem Foundation, serves on the board of trustees of the technion and served on those of Weitzman Institute. Hebrew university, open university .he was advisor to the World Bank, United Nations Development Program , CEO’s of Amazon, AOL, Siemens Albis, and Allied–signal. member of the World Economic Forum, and Co-chairman of the EU-Israel business dialogue.
Vardi hadan extensive government and public career, hewas the director general of Ministry of Development and Ministry of Energy. was chairman of Israel National Oil Company, and Israel Chemicals. participated in the peace talks with Egypt, Palestinians, Jordan and Syria.
He received Honorary Doctorates from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and the Ben Gurion university , the Prime Minister Hi-Tech Award for life achievements (twice); Best Internet Personality by TechCrunch Europe; Entrepreneur of the Year by Tel Aviv University , Europe’s 25 top techs by Wall Street Journal; and one of the 200 Greatest Israelis of all times by Ynet. was elected by Israel 21c to the top 10 icons of Israeli high tech - the pioneers, by The Algemeiner for the "jewish 100 - the top 100 people positively influenced jewish life " and by wired magazine (uk) as number 9 of the wired 2014 top 100 influential people in Europe
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David VerrillRead bio
David is the Executive Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy at the MIT Sloan School of Management. David’s professional career began as a research scientist at the Center for Blood Research in Boston focusing on the MHC of genetically engineered mice. After receiving his master's degree from MIT, he spent a decade at MIT helping industry connect with the Institute. In 1996 he joined Xerox as Manager of International Sales and Business Development for the Adaptive Products Division before it was sold. In 1998 David joined third party marketing firm Winchester International Group as Managing Director. In 2000 Winchester helped found the Hub Angels, an early stage investment group in Boston. David sits on the board of several early stage companies in the Boston area, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association. David was educated at Bowdoin College and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Rick De VilliersRick De VilliersRead bioRick De Villiers
Founder and CEO of Electronic Imagination - Established 2000. The company specialises in Business Automation and People Management systems.
Currently researching Big Data algorithms for pattern and behavioural profiling.
Passionate about embedded electronics and the Maker Movement.
Committed to evolving technology which addresses humanities growing resource deficit.
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Julie VultaggioRead bio
Julie Vultaggio has worked in college admissions and university administration for over a decade. She began her career as an admissions ambassador for her undergraduate alma mater, Cornell University, and later served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Tufts University. Her time at Tufts inspired a deeper exploration of admissions policy and practice—particularly affirmative action initiatives—which she examined during her masters work at Harvard and doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her PhD, Julie returned to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) to help launch the Doctor of Education Leadership program. She now serves as the Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs at HGSE, working with students, faculty, and staff to promote innovation at scale that upholds equity and excellence for all learners – with a personal focus on higher education access.
Emily WadeRead bio
A class of 1945 graduate in Chemistry. Married Jeptha H. Wade, '45 in 1945. He was in Course 15 and then went to Harvard Law School and practiced in Boston. He died in 2008. We have four children and 8 grandchildren. I have been involved over the years with Mass. Audubon, Zoo New England, Manomet Center for Conservation Science and MITS (Museum Institute for Teaching Science). I have been on the MIT corporation since 1980 and am now emeritus.
Ian WaitzRead bio
Ian A. Waitz is Dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. He served as Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2008 until his appointment as Dean in 2011. He also served from 2004 to 2014 as the Director of the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER), an FAA, NASA, DOD, EPA and Transport Canada-sponsored Center of Excellence with participants from a dozen universities and 50 industry and government organizations. Waitz has made advances in gas turbine engines, fluid mechanics, combustion, and acoustics. The principal focus of his current work is on the modeling and evaluation of the climate, air-quality and noise impacts of aviation, and the assessment of technological, operational, and policy options for mitigating these impacts. In addition to scholarly publications, Waitz has contributed to several influential policy documents and scientific assessments including a report to the U.S. Congress on aviation and the environment. He holds three patents, and has consulted for many organizations. In 2003, Waitz received a NASA Turning Goals Into Reality Award for Noise Reduction, and in 2007 he was awarded the FAA Excellence in Aviation Research Award. Waitz has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and propulsion, and has received several teaching awards including appointment as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow for undergraduate teaching at MIT from 2003 to 2013. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a Fellow of the AIAA, and an ASME and ASEE member.
Anna Waldman-BrownRead bio
Anna Waldman-Brown works with Autodesk, the Fab Lab network, and grassroots innovators across 50+ countries to foster creative problem-solving and sustainable development. She advises policy-makers on supporting local hardware ecosystems through the Maker Movement— including government representatives from the United States, India, Taiwan, Iceland, Ghana, Colombia, and Germany. She co-organized the public Fab Fest for the annual fab lab conferences in Barcelona and Boston, as well as the first Maker Fest in India. She is a Fulbright fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Writing from MIT. When not consulting abroad, she is building an eco-village of DIY houses in a Northern California parking lot.
Bruce WalkerRead bio
Dr. Bruce Walker is the Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. In addition to his clinical duties as a board certified Infectious Disease specialist, his research focuses on cellular immune responses in chronic viral infections, with a particular focus on HIV. He leads an international translational clinical and basic science research effort to understand how some rare people who are infected with HIV, but have never been treated, can fight the virus with their immune system. Dr. Walker is also an Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa. There he collaborates with the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and serves as a Principal Investigator in the HIV Pathogenesis Program, an initiative to study the evolution of the HIV and the immune responses effective in controlling this virus, as well as to contribute to training African scientists. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH), a 10-year initiative funded by HHMI to build a state of the art TB-HIV research facility at the heart of these dual epidemics in South Africa. Dr. Walker is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.
Diana Chapman WalshRead bio
Member of the MIT Corporation. President Emerita, Wellesley College.
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MIT faculty 1972-1987 (course 5 & 7). HMS faculty 1987-2014. Member MIT Chem visiting committee (current); member SAB Stanley Center at The Broad Institute
Kenneth WangRead bio
High School - Friends Seminary, NYC, Class of '67
College - MIT, Class of '71
Work 1972-74 - Fairfield Maxwell Ltd., NYC (shipping industry)
Graduate School - Harvard Business School, Class of '76
Work 1976-80 - Bank of America (Ass't. VP)
Work 1980-85 - Oceanic Petroleum Corp. (oil refining) (family company)
Work 1983- present - U.S. Summit Co. (pharmaceutical marketing)
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Audra WatsonAudra WatsonRead bioAudra Watson
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Karen WilkinsonRead bio
Karen Wilkinson directs the Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Her worldview was shaped growing up surrounded by artists and scientists who overlooked those disciplinary distinctions. A maker and tinkerer at her core, she believes deeply in studio pedagogy and is continually inspired by the beauty and complexity found in mundane materials and phenomena. She and her partner, Mike Petrich, wrote a book called The Art of Tinkering, highlighting the playful intersection of art, science and technology. In the museum field for more than 20 years, her recent roles as author and MOOC producer have been some of the most rewarding of her career. Passionate about constructionism as a powerful way of learning, Karen sees herself as an advocate for this approach. Tinkering and making is a way of reconnecting people to their own learning and inherent capabilities – something she sees as a vital 21st century skill.
Susan Windham-BannisterRead bio
Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is the immediate past President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a state-funded investment organization charged with administering the 10-year $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative that was proposed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature in June 2008. The MLSC is the hub for all sectors of the Commonwealth’s life sciences community – biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics and bioinformatics – and Dr. Windham-Bannister is a nationally and internationally recognized expert. Under Dr. Windham-Bannister’s leadership, the MLSC invested nearly $600 million of public funds, leveraged another $1.8 billion in matching investment capital, established Massachusetts as the global leader in life sciences, and made the life sciences the fastest job-producing sectors of the Massachusetts economy.
Before assuming her role at the MLSC, Dr. Windham-Bannister was co-founder and Managing Partner of Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions (ABS), a boutique consulting firm serving life sciences companies. Dr. Windham-Bannister has been recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech” in 2013; by Boston Magazine as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Boston" in 2011; and as one of the Harvard Club’s “12 Women to Watch in 2012.”
Dr. Windham-Bannister has co-authored two books: Competitive Strategy for Health Care Organizations, and Medicaid and Other Experiments in State Health Policy. She also has written numerous articles on competition in today’s health care marketplace. Dr. Windham-Bannister received a B.A. from Wellesley College, a Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Doctor of Science fr