Dean’s Advisory Council

Council Mission and Guidelines

The MIT School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council is a group of alumni and friends of the Institute who are committed to the ongoing educational and research excellence of the School of Engineering. The mission of the council is to review and discuss the School’s current initiatives and future directions, and to provide the dean with input and insight on those activities. Particular focus will be given to new initiatives and activities that span department boundaries within the School.

Meeting Information

This year's meeting will be held on October 5th, 2016.

  • 2015 Dean’s Advisory Council (agenda).
  • 2014 Dean’s Advisory Council (agenda).


Noubar AfeyanNoubar 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. He lectures widely in the United States and internationally on diverse topics ranging from entrepreneurship, innovation and venture capital to biological engineering, drug discovery, medical technologies and renewable energy. 

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.

Haejin BaekHaejin Baek is a principal of Eightfold Real Estate Capital. She has more than 26 years of experience in capital markets specializing in mortgage-backed securities, both residential and commercial. Prior to joining Eightfold, Ms. Baek served for 8 years as a Managing Director at Barclays Capital, where she ran the Real Estate Capital Markets Group. Her group was responsible for originating, structuring, distributing, and securitizing commercial real estate backed loans. During her tenure at Barclays, some of the notable deals closed included the financing of the tallest office building in Latin America; the first inclusion of a non-U.S. loan in a REMIC transaction; the financing of a Manhattan trophy office building with a total capitalization over $1.8 billion structured as a first mortgage, mezzanine debt, and subordinate mezzanine debt, which was the largest single property financing at that time; and a securitization of land loans.

Prior to joining Barclays, Baek ran the CMBS trading desks at Deutsche Bank, Nomura Securities, Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns.

Baek received her MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Vanu BoseDr. Vanu Bose is CEO of Vanu, Inc., a provider of innovative wireless infrastructure solutions. 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, a member of the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program Industry Advisory 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”. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the National Spectrum Consortium. Dr. Bose received his B.S, M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.”

Dedric A. CarterDedric A. Carter, PhD, MBA is Associate Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Carter serves as the executive officer for innovation and entrepreneurship, has oversight for the Office of Technology Management, the Center for Research Innovation, and the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and he is responsible for the campus interactions and programming with the Cortex innovation district. Carter teaches courses in systems applications to technical, business, and policy issues.

Having started a venture-backed company, Carter enjoys working with students, researchers, and entrepreneurs on ideation and new-venture creation. Prior to joining WUSTL in 2013, he served as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Director at the US National Science Foundation, in addition to serving as the executive secretary to the US National Science Board executive committee in Arlington, VA. Carter launched and oversaw the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to impact the speed of basic research commercialization. He is a former Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering at MIT and a principal consultant in IT strategy and management.

Jim Champy Jim Champy is the former chairman of Perot Systems’ consulting practice and is recognized throughout the world for his work on leadership and management, organizational change, and business reengineering. His first book, Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution, sold more than 3 million copies and spent more than a year on The New York Times best-seller list. His latest writing is a series of books for the Financial Times Press. The first volume, Outsmart!, was published in April 2008, and shows how to achieve breakthrough growth by consistently outsmarting your competition. The second volume in the series, Inspire! Why Customers Come Back, was published in April 2009.

Champy earned his SB in 1963 and his SM in Civil Engineering in 1965 from MIT, and a JD from Boston College Law School in 1968. He is a life member of the MIT Corporation and Board of Trustees, and he serves on the Board of Overseers of the Boston College Law School. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Inc.

Arunas ChesonisArunas Chesonis is currently Chairman and CEO of Sweetwater Energy, a biochemical and biofuels technology firm based in Rochester, New York.

Chesonis also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN) for $2.3 billion. Mr. Chesonis founded PAETEC in 1998. He previously served as President of ACC Corp. until it was purchased by AT&T in 1998.

Chesonis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Herbert W. Van Brul Entrepreneurial Award by the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.

Chesonis has a long history in renewable energy. His private philanthropic organization, the Chesonis Family Foundation, supports many environmental and renewable energy research projects, and has also given almost $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to support breakthrough technology research to address climate change and sustainability.

He holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rochester. Mr. Chesonis is also a member of the MIT Corporation and is a trustee at the University of Rochester.

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks.

Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata.

Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.

Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the set up of three other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, EforAll (formerly known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox) in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.

Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada.

Deshpande was the co-chair of the National Council to support President Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.

Peter Farrell Peter Farrell is founder and chairman of ResMed and has been chairman and a director since its inception in June 1989. He holds a BE with honors in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney, an SM in chemical engineering from MIT, a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Washington, and a DSc from the University of New South Wales for research contributions regarding treatment with the artificial kidney. Farrell was Foundation Director of the UNSW Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering (1978-1989) before joining Baxter Healthcare Japan as Vice President of R&D. He is a director of NuVasive, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company involved with the surgical treatment of spine disorders.

Farrell is a fellow or honorary fellow of several professional bodies and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was named 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001, and US National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences in 2005. Farrell joined the Executive Council of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1998, served as vice chairman from 2000 to 2010 when he became chairman (2010-13).

David FialkowDavid Fialkow is a co-founder (with Joel Cutler) and a managing director of General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with offices in Cambridge, New York City and Palo Alto, California. Prior to General Catalyst, David and Joel co-founded and operated numerous businesses together focused on building applied technology-based platforms and tools for the travel, financial services, specialty retail, and payment processing industries. These businesses included: National Leisure Group; Alliance Development Group; Retail Growth ATM Systems; and Starboard Cruise Services, the operator of more than 300 duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships. David is a former associate of Thomas H. Lee Company and U.S. Venture Partners.

David also serves on the boards of Facing History and Ourselves, Debate Mate and is the chairman of the board of The Pan-Mass Challenge. David and his wife, Nina (former producer of PBS television series, This Old House, The Victory Garden and The New Yankee Workshop), have produced numerous documentary films together.

He is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School.

Dr. Arthur Gelb Dr. Arthur Gelb is president of Four Sigma Corporation, which is engaged in the development and use of quantitative trading methods for financial markets. He previously served as president and CEO of The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), which he co-founded in 1966. TASC’s activities included advanced navigation, guidance, and communication systems for national defense; intelligence data collection system design, evaluation, and operation; civilian weather data collection, enhancement, and distribution; and power utility software. Gelb is a Life Member Emeritus of the MIT Corporation, a guest of the visiting committees for Aeronautics and Astronautics (past chair), Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Engineering Systems Division (past chair) and Media Arts and Sciences, a member of the Lincoln Laboratory Advisory Board, a Member Emeritus of the Draper Laboratory, and an Overseer Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is a Distinguished Trustee of Dana Farber Cancer Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education. Gelb received a BEE degree at the City College of New York in 1958, an SM degree in Applied Physics at Harvard University in 1959 (NSF Fellow), and an ScD degree in Systems Engineering at MIT in 1961. He is a Fellow of IEEE, AIAA, and AAAS, and is a Member of the NAE. He holds a patent in the area of medical instrumentation and is the editor and co-author of Applied Optimal Estimation (MIT Press, 22nd edition 2012).

Sanjay KirloskarSanjay Kirloskar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL), the 126 year old parent and flagship company of the $2.1 billion Kirloskar Group. Under Kirloskar’s leadership, KBL has become one of the leading pump companies in the world. It operates across 4 continents and has 12 manufacturing facilities with over 4000 employees.

Considered an industrial pioneer in India, KBL has recently commissioned one of the world’s largest 3D printers for pumps. It is the only company in its industry with a production facility that is fully operated by women. In 1989, Kirloskar instituted an award for the conservation of energy in the Kirloskar Group to promote “Green Industrialization”, which has culminated in a drive for sustainability in products and processes across the group.

KBL has undertaken irrigation initiatives around the world to ensure food sufficiency in countries such as Laos and Senegal, thus saving them foreign exchange. In Egypt, KBL has worked for over five decades to “green” several million acres of desert along the River Nile. In India, the company designed and executed the world’s largest irrigation and drinking water scheme to irrigate over 1.34 million acres of land and provide drinking water to 30 million people. KBL also supplies pumps to every Indian nuclear power station.

Kirloskar is the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry, Western Region. He served on the Board of Trade, Government of India, and was a member of the Government–Industry joint task force from 2009 to 2014. He has been an Executive Committee Member of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce of Industries and Agriculture, Pune since 1996. He chairs the boards of Kirloskar Ebara Pumps Limited, SPP Pumps Limited, UK (England’s largest pump manufacturer) and Kirloskar Brothers International B.V., the Netherlands.

Kirloskar received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1978.

Peter LevinePeter Levine is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix where he was responsible for revenue, product management, business development and strategic direction. Peter joined Citrix in 2007 through its $500 million acquisition of XenSource, the leading provider of enterprise-class open source virtualization software, where he served as CEO, leading its 600 employees and establishing strategic agreements for the XenServer product family with customers such as Microsoft, Symantec, HP, NEC and Dell.

Prior to XenSource, Peter was a general partner at the Mayfield Fund. Before Mayfield, he was an early employee of VERITAS Software. During his 11-year tenure with the company, he helped to grow the organization to over 5,000 employees and more than $1.5 billion in revenue. Peter served as executive vice president and was responsible for worldwide marketing, OEM sales, business development and several product divisions. He began his career as a software engineer at Spectrum Software and was later a software engineer at MIT’s Project Athena.

Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is currently a management lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former entrepreneurship lecturer at the Sloan School. Peter serves on the board of many companies including Actifio, Cyanogen, GitHub, Mesosphere, and Mixpanel, and is also on the board of trustees for Boston University and the National Outdoor Leadership Schoool (NOLS), and the Dean’s Advisory board for MIT Engineering.

Jack LittleJack Little is president and a co-founder of the MathWorks, developers of the MATLAB and Simulink technical computing software. He was a co-author and principal architect of early versions of the company’s products.

Jack founded The MathWorks in 1984 along with Cleve Moler to develop and market the MATLAB software package. For almost 30 years, Jack has worked to extend and enhance the MATLAB and Simulink software families into the widely used software they are today. He and his team have grown The MathWorks, headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts into a worldwide organization of more than 3,100 people devoted to the mission of “Accelerating the pace of engineering and science.”

Mr. Little holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an M.S.E.E. degree from Stanford University.

A Fellow of the IEEE and Trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, he writes and speaks about technical computing, Model-Based Design, entrepreneurship, and software industry issues.

Fariborz Maseeh Fariborz Maseeh is founder and managing principal of Picoco LLC, an investment management firm that invests in various assets and manages several funds. He also is the sole founder and president of The Massiah Foundation, a charitable organization that invests in transformational situations for broad public benefit. He is a recognized expert in the field of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). He founded IntelliSense in 1991 with the vision of reducing the time and expense of creating next-generation MEMS devices. Under his leadership, IntelliSense successfully created the first custom design, development, and manufacturing MEMS operation. IntelliSense became one of the world’s fastest-growing MEMS companies. Maseeh has over sixty scientific publications in business strategy, fabrication technologies, and design of software for MEMS, and he has authored a number of patents and trademarks. He has given numerous invited talks at various organizations on science, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Maseeh earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering with honors and a masters degree in applied mathematics from Portland State University, a masters of science degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in science in engineering from MIT. He serves on MIT Corporation board, is the chair of the Sponsored Research visiting committee, and is a member of the Sloan School of Management and Brain and Cognitive Sciences visiting committees. He also is a member of the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School.

Paul S. MashikianPaul S. Mashikian attended MIT from 1991 to 1997, earning an SB in electrical science and engineering, an SB in management science and an MEng in electrical engineering and computer science. Paul is a partner at Bracebridge Capital, a Boston-based hedge fund focused on fixed income relative value. He is an affiliate member of the MIT Energy Initiative and the Utility of the Future program. Paul is an active investor in many startups with particular focus on life sciences and clean energy. He is passionate about clean energy, K-12 education and is very active on the board of his children's nursery school.

Yoky MatsuokaYoky Matsuoka grew up assuming she would become a professional tennis player. One thing led to another, and she ended up with a B.S. from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from MIT in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science in the fields of artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience. Subsequently, she became a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and later the University of Washington, developing robotic devices for rehabilitating and assisting the human body and brain. This work led her to the MacArthur Award and being named one of “The Brilliant Ten” by Popular Science Magazine and one of the “Top 10 Women to Watch in 2010” by Barbie. In late 2009, Matsuoka joined Google [x] as one of the three founding members before taking her position as VP of Technology at Nest. Recent (2015) honors include "The Next List" by Wired Magazine and The Excellence in Achievement Award from UC Berkeley. She is happy to have four children under age 10 and most of all enjoys cheering them on from the sidelines of their extracurricular activities.

Mick MountzMick Mountz, CEO and Founder, Kiva Systems. Kiva’s order-fulfillment solution deploys thousands of mobile robots into ecommerce pick-pack-and-ship fulfillment centers, tripling productivity, while simultaneously increasing the speed, accuracy and flexibility of the operation. Mick founded Kiva in January 2003 after spending time in high-tech product development, manufacturing and marketing at Motorola, Apple, and Webvan. In 2009 under Mick’s leadership Kiva was ranked #6 on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America, and in 2012 Fast Company recognized Kiva as the 23rd Most Innovative Company in the World. That same year, acquired Kiva for $775M. Mick holds over 30 U.S. technology patents. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

Barry A. Newman Barry A. Newman is the Managing Partner of Rutberg & Company, LLC and an experienced investment banker, director, and investor. From 2006 to 2011, Newman was a Managing Director at NeoCarta Ventures. He served as a Vice Chairman of the Technology Group at Bear Stearns, head of Global Technology Corporate and Investment Banking for Banc of America Securities and its predecessor Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities, and as head of Global Technology Corporate Finance at Salomon Brothers and Salomon Smith Barney. Newman was a founder and served as CFO of Anthem Partners, a boutique merchant bank. He was also a principal at Odyssey Partners, a private equity and hedge fund organization, and has served as CEO and CFO of several financial services and manufacturing organizations.

Newman holds bachelor of science degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences from MIT, MBA and JD degrees from Stanford University and a Master of Laws (Taxation) from NYU.

Newman served on the board of directors of Meru Networks and help guide Meru to its IPO in 2010 and was Chairman of the Audit Committee, served as Vice Chairman, and as a member and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He also serves on the boards of StudyDog Inc. and Outhink Inc. and is Managing Member of StudyDog Reading Software LLC. Newman is also the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Erie Engineered Products, Inc. He was an early investor in Weborder (acquired by Netopia), Medstory (acquired by Microsoft), Bharosa (acquired by Oracle), and Tripwire Inc.

Newman is a member of the MIT Visiting Committee on History, Anthropology and Science Technology and Society, the Board of Directors of the MIT Club of Northern California, and serves as Regional Chair of the MIT Corporation Development Committee. Newman also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Stanford Law School. He and his wife, Stacey, live in Los Altos Hills, California.

A. Neil Pappalardo A. Neil Pappalardo received his SB in Electrical Engineering from the MIT in 1964. Thereafter he crossed the Charles River to work at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he pursued his interest in clinical computing. 

By the end of 1968, he was back in East Cambridge, where he founded Medical Information Technology (Meditech), one of the earliest software companies. As Founder, Chairman, and CEO he has guided Meditech to become a leading supplier of information system software for hospitals in the US, Canada and the UK. Meditech employs over 2,600 people, all in Massachusetts.

In addition to his prime responsibility of leading Meditech, Pappalardo spends much of his time in product development. His current effort is focused on developing an innovative clinical management system which guides clinicians through a high quality yet low cost treatment process while also empowering the patient to be an active participant in the process.

Pappalardo continues his involvement at MIT where he is a Life Member of the Corporation and serves on the Executive Committee, the Audit Committee and three visiting committees. For the Mechanical Engineering department he has funded a full professorship, the construction of a major undergraduate teaching laboratory, a book series, and the construction of a nano-technology manufacturing laboratory. For the Physics department he has helped fund the construction of a world class optical telescope observatory on a Chilean mountaintop, provided the funds to initiate and sustain a program for Physics fellows, and helped fund the renovation of the department's existing space.

Pappalardo serves as a Director of a medical product company and a medical software company. He is also a Trustee of the New England Aquarium, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Boston Lyric Opera. In 1996 he received an honorary degree from Suffolk University. In 2000 the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid in his honor. In 2007 he received an honorary degree from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Pappalardo and his wife Jane live in downtown Boston. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.

Hans RobertsonHans Robertson co-founded and was the Chief Operating Officer of Meraki. Meraki created the first cloud-managed enterprise networking products, including wireless, security, and switching systems. The business ultimately grew to over $100M in annual sales before Cisco purchased the company for $1.2B in 2012. Following the acquisition Robertson was a Vice President at Cisco and helped run Meraki as an independent division, with 2015 sales of approximately $1B. Prior to founding Meraki he was a product manager at EMC and was an early employee at VMware. Robertson began his career as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co.

Robertson served as a member of the board of directors at Stackdriver, a Boston-based software company acquired by Google in 2014. He is active as an investor and advisor to a number of young software companies.

Robertson holds an S.B. and M.Eng in Computer Science from MIT.

Jeff SilverJeff Silver is the cofounder and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Coyote Logistics, one of the most innovative, fast-growing third-party logistics (3PL) service providers in North America. Under Silver’s leadership, Coyote became a UPS subsidiary in 2015. Prior to founding Coyote in 2006, Silver transformed the 3PL industry in the 1980s and 1990s with American Backhaulers, the second-largest North American freight brokerage at the time. Crain’s Chicago Business recently named Silver to its 2015 Who’s Who in Chicago Business for the fourth consecutive year. Silver was also recently named to the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2015 Pros to Know Awards for the third consecutive year. In 2013 Chief Executive magazine named Silver the Mid-Market CEO Award winner in the Overall Excellence category, and in 2011 Ernst & Young named him the Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest category. Coyote was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies for the seventh consecutive year, and Selling Power magazine recently named Coyote one of the 50 Best Companies to Sell For. Coyote was named one of Chicago’s Top 100 Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for the fifth consecutive year in 2014; was ranked one of Forbes’ Most Promising Companies in 2013; and received the Chicago Innovation Award for its Private Fleet Service in 2012.

Silver serves on the board of the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the MIT School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and he is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Mimi SlaughterMimi Slaughter is the product manager at MotiveMetrics, a startup offering an innovative SaaS product that improves marketing content and strategic business decisions by understanding the conscious and non-conscious motivations of customers through linguistic analysis and psychology. Slaughter serves on the board of the Teton Science Schools and is a member of the Education Advisory Committee, and in the past, has served on local boards in Jackson Hole. Mimi has invested in various startups, including MotiveMetrics and Open Blue, a sustainable offshore ocean aquaculture farm in Panama. She co-founded a local food company in Jackson Hole and also traveled with acupuncturists to remote areas in Nepal and Bali offering healthcare. She earned an SB and MS in electrical engineering from MIT and worked at Digital Equipment and Shiva Corporation. In her free time, she takes edX courses, skis powder, and builds a life-size R2D2. Mimi, and her husband, Frank ‘84, live in Palo Alto, CA with their younger daughter, while their older daughter is at MIT studying CS.

Alan G. Spoon

Alan G. Spoon received his SB and SM degrees in 1973 from MIT Sloan School of Management. He continued his education at Harvard Law School, where he received his JD in 1976.

Since 2000, Spoon has been Managing General Partner (2000-10) and General Partner (2010-present) at Polaris Partners, LLC, a diversified national venture capital firm with investments in information technology and life sciences enterprises. From 1993 to 2000, Spoon was President of The Washington Post Company, a diversified media company. From 1991 to 1993, he was Chief Operating Officer. He was a member of The Post Company’s Board of Directors from 1991 to 2000.

Previously, Spoon was President of Newsweek and supervising executive for Post-Newsweek (Television) Stations. He also served as Chief Financial Officer at the Post Company; Vice President, Marketing at The Washington Post; and Vice President, Planning and Development at The Post Company. Before joining The Post in 1982, he  was a Vice President at the Boston Consulting Group in Boston and Chicago.

Spoon and his wife, Terri, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts. They have three children.

Ray Stata Ray Stata holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. A cofounder of Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) in 1965, he served as CEO and Chairman until 1996; he now serves as Chairman of the Board. With sales of $2B, ADI is recognized for leadership in the design and manufacture of analog and digital signal processing semiconductors. Stata has been active as an investor in and board member of more than 30 early-stage technology-based new ventures. He is also actively engaged in MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service, which advises students and faculty who wish to become entrepreneurs.

Mr. Chee Chen TungMr. Chee Chen Tung, is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL).

Tung graduated from the University of Liverpool, England, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He later acquired a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

Tung was Chairman of Hong Kong Shipowner's Association between 1993 – 1995 and Chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce between 1999 – 2001, and currently is a member of Hong Kong Logistics Development Council.

Sophie VandebroekSophie 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.

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.

Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi is a pioneer in the field of wireless communications. He received his SB and SM from MIT, and his PhD in digital communications from the University of Southern California (USC). He taught at UCLA and consulted for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) immediately after obtaining his PhD He was a co-founder in 1968 of Linkabit, a small military contractor, and co-founded QualComm with Irwin Jacobs in 1985. He created the Viterbi Algorithm for interference suppression and efficient decoding of a digital transmission sequence, used by all four international standards for digital cellular telephony. QualComm is the recognized pioneer of the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, which allows many users to share the same radio frequencies, and thereby increase system capacity many times over analog system capacity. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1978 and of the National Academy of Sciences in 1996.

Jeremy WertheimerJeremy Wertheimer founded and served as the CEO of ITA Software, a 400-person software company based in Cambridge, MA, that powers the airfare searches on the websites of American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Orbitz, Kayak et al. Google acquired ITA Software in 2011. Jeremy is now VP Engineering at Google. He is a trustee of Cooper Union, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and Maimonides school. He received a BE in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union, an SM from MIT in Computer Science, and a PhD from MIT in Artificial Intelligence, with a minor in Neuroscience.

Susan Whitehead Susan Whitehead currently serves on the boards of several organizations. She is vice chair and life board member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT and a life member of the MIT Corporation and chair of the Biological Engineering Visiting Committee. In addition, she is chair of Horizons for Homeless Children and serves on the boards of the Academy of Political Science and the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' President's Circle, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a founding trustee of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

Whitehead was formerly a trial attorney in private practice in Boston and also has experience as an assistant district attorney in New York City. She directed a clinical program at Brooklyn Law School; worked for the ACLU in Jackson, Mississippi; and developed a comprehensive education program for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Whitehead received her JD from Cardozo School of Law in 1982 and her BS from Cornell University in 1976.