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2018 MIT Research and Development Conference

Accelerating Big Impact Innovations
November 14-15, 2018
 
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Baaziz Achour
Senior VP, engineering
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Baaziz Achour is Senior VP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., where he is responsible for global research and development activities associated with wireless technologies, such as WLAN, Position Location, 3G, 4G, and now 5G. Achour has overseen systems engineering activities in QCT since 2002 and all of Wide Area Network wireless modems development since 2006. Prior to joining QCT, Achour held a systems leadership role in the design and commercialization of the world’s first CDMA base station and later Qualcomm’s first cdma2000 handsets. Achour holds an MS and PhD from Tufts University and more than 30 patents. His research interests include Multimode protocols, signal processing, communication theory, and cognitive radio.
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Anuradha Annaswamy
Senior Research Scientist
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
A Cyber Enabled Smart Grid
Day 1, 2:40 - 3:20
Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy received her PhD in electrical engineering from Yale University in 1985. She has been a member of the faculty at Yale, Boston University, and MIT, where she is currently the director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory and a senior research scientist in the department of mechanical engineering. Her research interests pertain to adaptive control theory and applications to aerospace, automotive, and propulsion systems; cyber physical systems science; and CPS applications to Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and Smart Infrastructures. She is the author of a hundred journal publications and numerous conference publications, co-author of a graduate textbook on adaptive control (2004), co-editor of several reports including “Systems & Control for the future of humanity, research agenda: Current and future roles, impact and grand challenges,” (Elsevier) “IEEE Vision for Smart Grid Control: 2030 and Beyond,” (IEEE Xplore) and Impact of Control Technology, (ieeecss.org/main/IoCT-report, ieeecss.org/general/IoCT2-report).

Dr. Annaswamy has received several awards including the George Axelby and Control Systems Magazine best paper awards from the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), the Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF, the Hans Fisher Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technische Universität München, the Donald Groen Julius Prize from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, a Distinguished Member Award, and a Distinguished Lecturer Award from IEEE CSS. Dr. Annaswamy is a Fellow of the IEEE and IFAC. She has served as the Vice President for Conference Activities (2014-15), and is currently serving as the VP for Technical Activities (2017-18) in the Executive Committee of the IEEE CSS.
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Lane Ballard
Vice President
Materials & Manufacturing Technology
Boeing Research & Technology
Lane Ballard is vice president of Materials & Manufacturing Technology within Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T). BR&T provides innovative technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services. As vice president of Materials & Manufacturing Technology, Ballard oversees a team of scientists, technologists, technicians and engineers who lead company research and development in metals and ceramics, chemical technology, nondestructive evaluation, composite fabrication processes, composite materials, assembly and automation, mechanical parts, and production services in ergonomics. His team is responsible for reducing the cost of materials and growing the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities by taking a systems-level view of operations, identifying opportunities for low and high rate production, and developing new market- changing technologies.
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Mark Bathe
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
Mark Bathe is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He joined the faculty at MIT in 2009, where he runs an interdisciplinary research group in nucleic acid nanotechnology and biological imaging. Bathe received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT before moving to Germany to carry out his postdoctoral research in nanotechnology and biological physics at the University of Munich.
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Moungi Bawendi
Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry
MIT Department of Chemistry
Toward Nanocrystal Sensors
Day 1, 2:40 - 3:20
Professor Moungi Bawendi received his A.B. in 1982 from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1988 from The University of Chicago. This was followed by two years of postdoctoral research at Bell Laboratories, working with Dr. Louis Brus, where he began his studies on nanomaterials. Bawendi joined the faculty at MIT in 1990, becoming Associate Professor in 1995 and Professor in 1996.

Professor Bawendi has followed an interdisciplinary research program that aims at probing the science and developing the technology of chemically synthesized nanocrystals. Prof. Bawendi has been at the forefront of the science and technology of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots for over two decades. This work has included the development of novel methods for synthesizing, characterizing, and processing quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles as novel materials building blocks, studying the fundamental optical properties of quantum dots using a variety of spectroscopic methods, including the development of optical tools to study single nanocrystals, and combining quantum dots with various optical and electronic device structures to study their device properties. His work has also included developing applications of quantum dots in biological and biomedical imaging and sensing, in light emitting devices, photodetection, and solar energy conversion.

Professor Bawendi has published over 250 papers on the science and technology of quantum dots and other materials systems, and has helped four start-up companies in commercializing quantum dot technology. A fifth company spun out from Bawendi’s laboratory uses knowledge gained from his work on quantum dots, applying it to a medical device.

Bawendi has won numerous awards for his work. Among these are the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, the EO Lawrence award in Materials Chemistry from the US Department of Energy, the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecture in Nanoscience from the Materials Research Society, and the American Chemical Society Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry.

Bawendi is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Martin Bazant
Edwin G Roos (1944) Professor and Executive Officer of Chemical Engineering Professor of Mathematics
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Martin Bazant is the E. G. Roos (1944) Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mathematics and Executive Officer of the department of chemical engineering at MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry and has won multiple awards. Bazant's research focuses on mathematical modeling of transport phenomena, especially in electrokinetics and electrochemical systems. Noteworthy contributions include theories of induced-charge electro-osmosis, control of phase separation in Li-ion batteries, and a new method of water desalination -- “shock electrodialysis.” His educational innovations include the first graduate-level massive open online course (MOOC) in applied mathematics or chemical engineering. Bazant also consults extensively for industry and serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor for Saint Gobain Ceramics and Plastics, North America R&D Center in Northboro, MA. Bazant holds a PhD in physics from Harvard University.
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Angela Belcher
James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Angela Belcher is a materials chemist with expertise in biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces, and solid-state chemistry. Her work focuses on evolving organisms to build new materials and devices for clean energy, electronics, the environment, and medicine. Belcher was awarded the 24th annual MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the 2004 Four Star General Recognition Award, and was named the 2006 Scientific American’s Research Leader of the Year. Her work has been published in many prestigious scientific journals, including Science and Nature, and has been reported in the popular press, including Fortune, Forbes, Discover, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Belcher holds a BS in creative studies and PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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Dimitris Bertsimas
Boeing Professor of Operations Research
Co-Director, Operations Research Center (ORC)
Faculty Director, Master of Business Analytics
MIT Sloan School of Management
Interpretable AI
Day 2, 12:20 - 1:00
Dimitris Bertsimas is the Boeing Professor of Operations Research, the codirector of the Operations Research Center, and faculty director of the Master of Business analytics at MIT. His research interests include optimization, machine learning and applied probability and their applications in health care, finance, operations management, and transportation. Bertsimas has coauthored more than 200 scientific papers and four graduate level textbooks. He is the editor in Chief of INFORMS Journal of Optimization. He has supervised 67 doctoral students and is currently supervising 25 others. Bertsimas is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an INFORMS fellow, and has received numerous prestigious research and teaching awards. He holds an SM in applied mathematics and a PhD in operations research from MIT.
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Fikile Brushett
Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Fikile Brushett is an associate professor of chemical engineering at MIT, where he holds the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair. His research focuses on advancing electrochemical technologies for a sustainable energy economy, with a particular fascination around the fundamental processes that define the performance, cost, and lifetime of present day and future electrochemical systems. Brushett holds a BSE in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrochemical Energy Storage group at Argonne National Laboratory.
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Stephen Buckley
Executive Director, Connection Science
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Stephen serves as The Managing Director of the Connection Science/Human Dynamics and is the key management lead, with responsibility for managing a team of faculty, staff and students, in creating an innovation-centric culture, to produce robust implementations of research software. Liaising with key external stakeholders, he increases awareness of, and engagement in, the programs, initiatives, and projects.

Previously, Stephen served as Technical Director at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL). Earlier, he served as Director of Systems Engineering, reporting to MIT's CIO. He is the founder of the MIT CIO Summit, the MIT CIO Symposium, and the MIT Kerberos Consortium. Stephen received the Andrew W. Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration in 2007.

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Marcelo Coelho
BSAD Lecturer
MIT School of Architecture + Planning
Marcelo Coelho is the Head of Design at Formlabs and a lecturer and researcher in the MIT Department of Architecture. Spanning a wide range of media, processes, and scales, his work explores the boundaries between matter and information, fundamentally expanding and enhancing the ways in which we design and create. Coelho’s work has been exhibited internationally, including places such as the Olympics Ceremonies, Times Square, and Ars Electronica, and can be found in museums, private collections, and millions of products sold all over the world. He holds a doctorate degree from the MIT Media Lab.
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Paula Collins
Assistant Group Leader, Bioengineering Systems & Technologies
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Paula Pomianowski Collins is the Assistant Group Leader for MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Bioengineering Systems & Technologies Group. In this role, she oversees development and evaluation efforts to advance integrated wearable sensing for improved health and human performance, primarily in support of military operations. Over the course of her 20 year career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Collins has gained extensive experience with multi-modal “systems-of-systems” sensor architectures, complex large-scale human-in-the-loop data collection, and data analysis for objective evaluation of proposed advanced capabilities.
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Marcus Dahllöf
Program Director
MIT Startup Exchange
Marcus Dahllöf facilitates connections between MIT-connected startups and corporate members of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) through networking events, workshops, the STEX25 accelerator, and opportunity postings. He is a two-time tech entrepreneur (one exit in cybersecurity), and has previously held roles in finance, software engineering, corporate strategy, and business development at emerging tech companies and Fortune 100 corporations in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Dahllöf was a member of the Swedish national rowing team, and he is a mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.
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Eric Dauler
Leader of the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Eric Dauler is the Leader of the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. This group develops superconducting, atomic, and solid-state technologies for quantum computing and quantum sensing, classical superconducting electronics, CMOS technology, and integrated photonics. Earlier in his career, Dauler worked on single photon detectors for classical and quantum communication. In 2010, Dauler was named R&D Magazine’s Young Innovator of the Year. Dauler earned his SB, ME, and PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
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Ann DeWitt
General Partner & COO, The Engine
The Engine
Day 1, 9:45 - 9:55
Ann DeWitt, General Partner & COO of The Engine, was most recently at Sanofi, where she held senior roles in business development and strategic venture investment. Prior to Sanofi, she was at Flagship Ventures. DeWitt started her career in R&D at 3M Company, working across fields of materials, biology, and engineering. DeWitt holds an MBA from Harvard and a PhD in chemical engineering from MIT. She serves on the Board of Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology and on the Life Science Council of Springboard Enterprises.
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Alin Dragos
Head of Strategic Partnerships, Digital Currency Initiative (DCI)
MIT Media Lab
Alin Dragos heads strategic partnerships for MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative and also leads product management for the DCI's efforts on Layer 2 solutions for scaling public blockchains. Before MIT, he was a vice president at First Data Corporation, leading a family of products for banking the unbanked. In this role, he was responsible for a $200M P&L and an organization of about 200 employees. Dragos also spent three years in the startup world, raising seed funds, scaling up business models, and managing a post-acquisition integration. He holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas and an MS from MIT.
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Eric Evans
Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Eric Evans is Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a federally funded R&D center that focuses on technology development and system prototyping for national security needs.

Evans is vice-chair of the Defense Science Board, has advised the US Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group, and serves as president of the Executive Committee of the National GEM Consortium, which supports graduate education for minorities. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of IEEE and AIAA. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.
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Melissa Fensterstock
CEO
Landsdowne Labs
Lunch with Startup Exhibit
Day 1, 12:00 - 2:00
Melissa Fensterstock is CEO of Landsdowne Labs, a spin out from the Langer & Karp Labs. Landsdowne Labs is a materials science company currently tackling challenges in the medical device space. Previously, Fensterstock ran corporate development for a publicly traded biotech pharmaceutical company and started her career at Stryker Orthopedics. She was also a Robert S. Kaplan Life Science Fellow at Harvard Business School, where she earned her MBA, and holds an MPhil in bioscience enterprise from the University of Cambridge and a BA in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins.
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Yoel Fink
CEO, AFFOA
Former Director, MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics
Yoel Fink is the CEO of AFFOA and former Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). RLE is MIT’s first interdisciplinary lab, with over 700 researchers and $60M a year budget.

Yoel is also Professor of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering. His research group has pioneered the field of multimaterial multifunctional fiber devices, and is focused on extending the frontiers of fiber materials to encompass electronic, optoelectronic and even acoustic properties for textile and composite applications.

Professor Fink holds a B.A. in Physics and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technion, and a PhD from MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is the recipient of multiple awards, among them the National Academies Initiatives in Research (2004), the MacVicar Fellowship (2007) for outstanding teaching and the Collier Medal (2016). Professor Fink is a co-founder of OmniGuide Inc. (2000) and served as its chief executive officer from 2007–2010. He presided over its commercial launch, established an 80% gross margin business and grew it to $20M. He is the coauthor of over ninety scientific journal articles and holds over fifty issued U.S. patents on multimaterial fibers and devices. As RLE Director, he initiated the Translational Fellows Program, a postdoc initiative that facilitates research-derived ventures, and the Low Cost Renovation effort. Additionally, during his tenure as director, the Lab has become fully endowed.
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Ben Fry
Lecturer
MIT Department of Architecture
Ben Fry is founder and principal of Fathom Information Design, a studio in Boston focused on understanding complicated data problems, and a lecturer at MIT. Fry has authored multiple books and develops "Processing" — the programming environment cocreated with Casey Reas used by artists, engineers, scientists, and students worldwide since 2001. His work can be found in museums, feature films, research labs, and the portfolios of Fathom's clients, such as Nike, JPMorgan, DARPA, and National Geographic. He holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab.
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Gary Gensler
Senior Lecturer
MIT Sloan School of Management
Gary Gensler is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Senior Advisor to the Director of the MIT Media Lab where he is a senior advisor to both the Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative and the Ethics and Governance of AI project.

Gensler served as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009 – 2014), leading the Obama Administration’s post-crisis reform efforts of the $400 trillion over-the-counter derivatives, or swaps market. In recognition, he was a recipient of the 2014 Tamar Frankel Fiduciary Prize.

He currently is chairman of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission.

He previously had been senior advisor to US Senator Paul Sarbanes in writing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002); was Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, (1999-2001), and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1997-1999). In recognition for his service, Mr. Gensler was awarded Treasury’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award. He was a United States Presidential Elector for Maryland in 2004.

Gensler has worked on various political campaigns, most recently as CFO for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. He was a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, subsequently an economic advisor for the Obama 2008 campaign, and worked on several Maryland statewide races.

He coauthored a book presenting common sense investing advice for middle income Americans, The Great Mutual Fund Trap, (Broadway Books, 2002). Gensler has appeared regularly on national television commenting on the economy and politics. In 2016, Politico Magazine, included him in their list of the 50 ‘Thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics.’

Prior to his public service, Gensler worked at Goldman Sachs (1979-1997), having become a partner in the Mergers & Acquisition department, headed the firm’s Media Group, led fixed income & currency trading in Asia and lastly was co-head of Finance, responsible for worldwide Controllers and Treasury efforts.

A runner, he has completed nine marathons and the JFK 50-mile race. A widower, he has 3 daughters, and is from Baltimore, Maryland.

Gensler earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 1978 and his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
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Jim Glass
Senior Research Scientist
Head, Spoken Language Systems Group (SLS)
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
James Glass is a senior research scientist at MIT, where he leads the Spoken Language Systems Group in CSAIL. He is also a member of the Harvard-MIT health sciences and technology faculty. Since obtaining his SM and PhD from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science, his research has focused on automatic speech recognition, unsupervised speech processing, and spoken language understanding. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association, and is currently an Associate Editor for Computer Speech and Language.
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Todd Glickman
Senior Director
MIT Corporate Relations Industrial Liaison Program
Mr. Glickman joined the Industrial Liaison Program in January 2000, serving as the MIT liaison for companies worldwide, and joined the senior management of the office in 2005.

Prior to joining ILP, Todd was Assistant Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the professional society for meteorologists, which is based in Boston. At AMS, Todd's responsibilities included strategic planning for conferences, headquarters' liaison with AMS member boards and committees, support to the AMS Council, and public relations. In addition, Todd was Managing Editor for the AMS Glossary of Meteorology (2nd edition).

From 1979 to 1994, Todd held a variety of positions with WSI Corporation of Billerica, MA, including Manager, New Product Development, Media Marketing Manager, and Manager of the Government Program Office. WSI was a pioneer in the development of real-time weather information, providing value-added information and workstations for clients in media, aviation, industry, academia, and government. Some of Todd's projects included development of the weather data/information infrastructure for The Weather Channel; the introduction of digital satellite and radar imagery for television; planning and implementation of a network of weather briefing systems for the Federal Aviation Administration; and serving as liaison with the National Weather Service and professional organizations. In addition, Todd was instrumental in helping to develop the public-private partnership between the weather information industry and the Federal government.

Concurrently, Todd has a more than 30-year career as a radio meteorologist, and has been heard on dozens of stations nationwide. Today, he can be heard occasionally on all-news WCBS Newsradio-88 in New York City. He has chaired numerous meteorological conferences and symposia, and served on a number of boards and committees for the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval for Radio Weathercasting in 1979, and was elected a Fellow of the AMS in 1997.

Todd's interests include transportation systems of all types, and he is an officer and past-trustee of the Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine. At MIT, Todd an officer and trustee of the Technology Broadcasting Corporation, which oversees the campus radio station WMBR-FM. He also volunteers as the academic advisor to a group of MIT freshman.
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Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli
Toyota Assistant Professor in Materials Processing
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2018 and is currently a senior researcher at Kyulux NA, applying Harvard-licensed technology to create commercial organic light-emitting diode products. Gomez-Bombarelli’s research has evolved from experimental mechanistic studies of organic molecules with an emphasis on environmental toxicity, to computer-driven design of molecular materials. By combining first-principles simulation with machine learning on theoretical and experimental datasets, he aims to accelerate the discovery of novel practical materials. At MIT he plans to address the role of molecular transformation in materials discovery in areas such as catalyst design, the environmentally-minded development of novel and replacement chemicals, and designing for stability in advanced materials. Gomez-Bombarelli received the Spanish accreditation for Profesor Ayudante Doctor, and the University of Salamanca’s doctoral thesis award. His work has been featured in MIT Technology Review and The Wall Street Journal. He was also cofounder of Calculario, a materials discovery company that leverages quantum chemistry and machine learning to target advanced materials in a range of high-value markets. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD in chemistry from the University of Salamanca in Spain, followed by postdoctoral work at Heriot-Watt University and Harvard University.
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Jerry Gupta
Senior Vice President, Swiss Re
Jerry Gupta is a Senior Vice President at Swiss Re, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the world. Previously he was the Global Head of Program Management at Amazon. Prior to that Jerry created and managed the Innovation and Venture groups at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Jerry is a technologist and data scientist, experienced in finding Product-Market fit and developing user experiences that delight customers. He has launched new businesses both as an entrepreneur and within Fortune 100 setting. He has conducted due-diligence on transactions worth over $3B in aggregate value and has raised over $25M in private placements. In addition, he has been on the board of or an advisor to several start-ups in the US and in Spain. Jerry has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He is currently working towards a Master's degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and has received his MS in Computer Sciences from Bentley University.
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Chris Hartshorn
Cofounder and CEO
Xibus Systems
Lunch with Startup Exhibit
Day 1, 12:00 - 2:00
Chris Hartshorn is the CEO and cofounder of Xibus Systems. Prior to this, he was Chief Research Officer at Lux Research, providing emerging technology intelligence and strategic advice to hundreds of the world's most innovative companies and agencies, and Chief Technology Officer at Callaghan Innovation, the government agency responsible for catalyzing innovation in and for New Zealand. Via these roles, and technology management and product development roles in GE’s materials businesses, Hartshorn brings first-hand experience in commercializing multidisciplinary solutions drawing from physical, life, and data sciences.
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Juejun (JJ) Hu
Associate Professor, MIT Department of Material Sciences and Engineering
Juejun (JJ) Hu is an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering with a primary research interest in integrated optics and photonics. Prior to joining MIT, he was an assistant professor at the University of Delaware. JJ has authored and coauthored more than 80 preferred journal publications. He has been recognized with several accolades, including the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award, the Robert L. Coble Award from the American Ceramic Society, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award, the University of Delaware College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Member, and the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award. He holds a BS from Tsinghua University in China and a PhD from MIT, both in materials science and engineering.
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Jayanthi Iyengar
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer
Xylem
Jayanthi (Jay) Iyengar joined Xylem in 2015 and is responsible for leading the Company’s global R&D, technology and innovation activities as well as evaluating the technological landscape and accelerating the Company’s customer-driven innovation agenda.
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Rafael Jaramillo
Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Rafael Jaramillo is an assistant professor in materials science and engineering at MIT. His group works on synthesis, properties, and applications of electronic materials, with emphasis on chalcogenide semiconductors. His application interests include photonics, chemical sensing, microelectronics, and photovoltaics. Prior to joining the MIT faculty in 2015, he worked as a postdoc at Harvard and MIT. He earned his BS and ME in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University and his PhD in physics from The University of Chicago.

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Leslie Kaelbling
Panasonic Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Making Robots Behave
Day 2, 11:40 - 12:20
Leslie Pack Kaelbling is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Research Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has previously held positions at Brown University, the Artificial Intelligence Center of SRI International, and at Teleos Research. She received an A. B. in Philosophy in 1983 and a Ph. D. in Computer Science in 1990, both from Stanford University. Prof. Kaelbling has done substantial research on designing situated agents, mobile robotics, reinforcement learning, and decision-theoretic planning. In 2000, she founded the Journal of Machine Learning Research, a high-quality journal that is both freely available electronically as well as published in archival form; she currently serves as editor-in-chief. Prof. Kaelbling is an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow, a former member of the AAAI Executive Council, the 1997 recipient of the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, a trustee of IJCAII and a fellow of the AAAI.
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Farzana Khatri
Senior Staff Member in the Optical Communication Technology Group
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Farzana Khatri is a senior staff member in the Optical Communication Technology group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. She was a key player in NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) project – a first-of-its-kind, record-breaking Moon to Earth free space laser communication system demo. Khatri is currently the Lead System Engineer for the lasercom links for NASA’s Laser Enhanced Mission Communications and Navigation Operational Service (LEMNOS) program. Khatri received her SB, SM, and PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
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Scott Kirsner
Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader
Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His “Innovation Economy” column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also editor of the site Innovation Leader (www.innovationleader.com), , which focuses on R&D, product development, corporate venturing, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. His books include Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age, a technological history of Hollywood. He can be reached at scott@innovationleader.com and his Twitter handle is @ScottKirsner.
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Mathias Kolle
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mathias Kolle joined the faculty of MIT as an assistant professor in 2013. His research focuses on the identification of unique biological light control mechanisms for optical sensing, communication, and energy conversion and the development of bio-inspired, adaptive and actively-tunable photonic and micro-optical materials and devices. Kolle earned his degree in physics from Saarland University in Germany and the University of Lorraine in France in 2006 and his PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK at the Cavendish Laboratories. Kolle also held a Feodor Lynen research fellowship for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for postdoctoral studies at the school of engineering and applied sciences at Harvard University.
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Ju Li
Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Ju Li has held faculty positions at the Ohio State University and University of Pennsylvania, and is presently a chaired professor at MIT. His group investigates the mechanical, electrochemical, and transport behaviors of materials, as well as novel means of energy storage and conversion. Li is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2006 Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and the TR35 award from Technological Review. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014 and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society in 2017. Thomson Reuters/Clarivate included Li in its Highly Cited Researchers list in 2014/2018 in Materials Science category. In 2016, he co-founded one of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Low-Carbon Energy Centers, the Center for Materials in Energy and Extreme Environments (CME).
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Vikash Mansinghka
Research Scientist
MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Vision and Language
Day 2, 10:40 - 11:20
Vikash Mansinghka is a research scientist at MIT, where he leads the Probabilistic Computing Project. Vikash holds S.B. degrees in Mathematics and in Computer Science from MIT, as well as an M.Eng. in Computer Science and a PhD in Computation. He also held graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. His PhD dissertation on natively probabilistic computation won the MIT George M. Sprowls dissertation award in computer science, and his research on the Picture probabilistic programming language won an award at CVPR. He served on DARPA’s Information Science and Technology advisory board from 2010-2012, and currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Machine Learning Research and the journal Statistics and Computation. He was an advisor to Google DeepMind and has co-founded two AI-related startups, one acquired and one currently operational.
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Bhaskar Pant
Executive Director
MIT Professional Education
MIT Professional Education
Day 1, 9:55 - 10:00
Bhaskar Pant is the Executive Director of MIT Professional Education, the arm of MIT that provides technical professionals a gateway to MIT expertise via education courses and programs designed for them. More than 1,500 professionals from over sixty countries arrive on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, every summer to attend courses of a diverse set of technical disciplines. In addition, over 10,000 professionals worldwide are now attending MIT’s online professional courses that include topics such as Big Data. MIT Professional Education is also offering select MIT courses in locations in Asia, Latin America, and Europe

Prior to joining MIT, Mr. Pant held several leadership positions such as serving as Managing Director, Asia Pacific, for the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s foremost academic testing organization headquartered in Princeton, N.J. As managing director, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s English language testing operations throughout Asia. This included the opening of a subsidiary in China that administered the TOEIC English proficiency test for engineers and other working professionals in the nation.

Previously, Mr. Pant led the global corporate training arm of the World Learning Graduate Institute in Vermont and held senior management positions at media and media technology companies such as Sony Corporation and Turner Broadcasting/CNN. Mr. Pant was the first President of Turner Broadcasting’s subsidiary in India.

Mr. Pant holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in communications and management from Indiana University in Bloomington. Besides managing MIT Professional Education, Mr. Pant teaches intercultural communication to engineering students at MIT and management students at the Harvard University Extension School.
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Hyunjun Park
Cofounder and CEO
CATALOG
Lunch with Startup Exhibit
Day 1, 12:00 - 2:00
Hyunjun Park is passionate about using biology to address complex challenges. As cofounder and CEO of CATALOG, he is leading the effort to handle the explosion of digital information, using cutting edge tools of synthetic biology. Park obtained his BS at Seoul National University, PhD in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and conducted postdoctoral research in synthetic biology at MIT.
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Matthew Pearlson
Founder
The Foam Printing Project
Lunch with Startup Exhibit
Day 1, 12:00 - 2:00
Matthew Pearlson is a research specialist in the department of aeronautics and astronautics engineering at MIT. A chemical engineer and software developer by training, he is an expert in alternative fuels and renewable energy systems. For the last two years, his ?side hustle? has been developing the Foam Printing Project, a new spin on a 30-year-old 3D printing technique that may reduce material cost and part weight by up to 75% in the near future.
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Daniel Ripin
Leader of the Advanced Imager Technology Group
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Dr. Daniel J. Ripin is the Leader of the Advanced Imager Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He has responsibility for research and development of advanced visible and infrared focal-plane arrays, cameras, and read-out electronics that enable new system capabilities. Prior to taking this position in 2017, Ripin led the Laser Technology and Applications Group where he developed high-energy laser systems, beam combining, and optical sensing technology. Dan received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Emory University and a doctorate in physics from MIT.
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Hashim Sarkis
Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning; Professor of Architecture and Planning
Academic Keynote
Day 1, 10:30 - 11:00
Hashim Sarkis is dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. Previously, Sarkis was the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). He has held numerous visiting appointments, including at the American University of Beirut and the Metropolis Program in Barcelona. Sarkis is principal architect at Hashim Sarkis Studios, based in Cambridge and Beirut. His architectural and planning projects focus on affordable housing, institutional buildings, and town planning around the world. He is the author of several articles and books, and he has received many awards and honors for his work, including Byblos Town Hall, which was featured in the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Sarkis earned a BA in architecture and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MA and a PhD in architecture from the GSD.
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Michael Short
Norman C Rasmussen Career Development Associate Professor in Nuclear Engineering
MIT Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering
Michael Short joined the faculty in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering in July 2013. He brings 15 years of research experience in the field of nuclear materials, microstructural characterization, and alloy development. His group’s research is a mixture of large-scale experiments, micro/nanoscale characterization, and multiphysics modeling & simulation. A core focus of Short's lab is moving into industry in a five-year timeframe, from ideation to implementation. Short’s research focuses on: non-contact, non-destructive measurement of irradiated material properties using transient grating spectroscopy (TGS); preventing the deposition of deleterious phases, such as CRUD in nuclear reactors, as fouling deposits in energy systems; and quantification of radiation damage by stored energy fingerprints. This last project was recently selected for an NSF CAREER award.
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Yogesh Surendranath
Paul M. Cook Career Development Associate Professor
MIT Department of Chemistry
Yogesh (Yogi) Surendranath is the Paul M. Cook Career Development Associate Professor in the department of chemistry at MIT. His research group aims to store renewable electricity in energy-dense chemical bonds by controlling interfacial reactivity at the molecular level. Surendranath previously investigated the mechanism of oxygen evolution catalysis by oxidic cobalt-based materials. He holds dual bachelor's degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in inorganic chemistry from MIT, then pursued postdoctoral studies as a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley.
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Carl V. Thompson
Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Director, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Thompson joined the MIT faculty in 1983. He is Director of MIT’s Materials Research Laboratory and co-Director of the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage. His research interests include processing of thin films and nanostructures for applications in microelectronic, microelectromechanical, and electrochemical systems. Current activities focus on development of thin film batteries for autonomous microsystems, IC interconnect and GaN-based device reliability, and morphological stability of thin films and nano-scale structures. Thompson holds an SB in materials science and engineering from MIT and a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University.
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Daniel Weitzner
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Daniel Weitzner is the Director of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group and teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Computer Science Department. His research includes development of accountable systems architectures to enable the Web to be more responsive to policy requirements.

From 20011-2012, Weitzner was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. He led initiatives on privacy, cybersecurity, Internet copyright, and trade policies promoting the free flow of information,. He was responsible for the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the OECD Internet Policymaking Principles.

Weitzner has been a leader in the development of Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, and for laws that control government surveillance of email and web browsing data.

Weitzner is a founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, led the World Wide Wed Consortium’s public policy activities, and was Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2012 he was named to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Digital Power Index as a top ‘Navigator’ of global Internet public policy and in 2013 he received the International Association of Privacy Professional’s Leadership Award.
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Steve Whittaker
Head of Research Partnership
BT
Steve Whittaker is a chief research professional at BT and is responsible for partnerships with US universities and business schools. He has a background in computer science and intelligent systems and spent more than 10 years as a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab. Before moving to the US, Whittaker held a number of research and research management roles at BT’s research labs in the UK. He has broad interests, including emerging technologies such as AI, cybersecurity, and software-based networking, the impact of digital technology on society, and the management of innovation.
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Maria Yang
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Designing the Future of Design
Day 2, 10:00 - 10:40
Maria Yang is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT, and is founder and director of the Ideation Lab (ideation.mit.edu) and faculty academic director for the MIT D-Lab. Her work considers the process of design, focusing on the key role of design representation in driving the early stages of the design process, from consumer products to complex, large scale systems. She is an ASME Fellow and has received the NSF CAREER award and the ASEE Merryfield Design Award. She earned her SB from MIT and her MS and PhD from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. Yang previously served as director of design at Reactivity, a Silicon Valley startup now a part of Cisco Systems.
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Christine Yen
Cofounder and CPO
Honeycomb
Lunch with Startup Exhibit
Day 1, 12:00 - 2:00
Christine Yen is cofounder and CPO of Honeycomb, a solution for cloud-native observability in the distributed systems era. Since receiving her BS in computer science from MIT, Yen has built systems and products at companies large (Google, Facebook) and small (Aardvark, Parse) and likes to have her fingers in as many pies as possible.