Corporate Collaboration Council
The Corporate Collaboration Council, founded in 2004, helps M.E.M. students as they pursue their degree and as they plan their career paths.
- Council members give M.E.M. students an industry perspective.
- The Council helps find academically challenging projects and internships for M.E.M. students as well as offering mentoring as students prepare for their first placement after graduation.
- The Council works with M.E.M. faculty and staff to improve program recruitment, admissions, and structure.
R. John Fletcher (Chair)
CEO, Fletcher Spaght
R. John Fletcher is founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fletcher Spaght, a 31-year-old strategy consulting firm focused on new ventures in technology and life sciences. Mr. Fletcher is also a Managing Partner of Fletcher Spaght Ventures, a $100 million venture capital fund. He divides his time between active sourcing of venture capital investments and developing and conducting strategy studies for corporate clients. Prior to launching Fletcher Spaght in 1983, Mr. Fletcher was a Senior Manager at The Boston Consulting Group, managing global client relationships with health care and high technology companies.
Mr. Fletcher was a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in international business at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Wharton, he was a Captain and jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Fletcher also holds an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a B.A. from The George Washington University.
Director of Corporate Engineering, Covidien
Mark Allen is a Director of Corporate Engineering for Covidien, currently based in Boulder, Colorado. Covidien is a global healthcare products leader dedicated to innovation and long-term growth. Covidien creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien corporate headquarters is located outside of Boston in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
As the Director of Corporate Engineering, Mark and his team are responsible for managing large-scale capital investment projects for the operations side of the organization. The project portfolio Mark’s team has driven ranges from global product compliance, to manufacturing and IS technology deployments across 40+ global manufacturing sites, to energy sustainability for the entire operations organization.
Before joining Covidien, Mark worked in operations for the following companies: Dell Computer Corporate, Celestica, and Terumo BCT.
Mark holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
President and CEO, Recycled Energy Development
Sean Casten is the President and CEO of Recycled Energy Development LLC (RED), a company developer, owner, and operator of power plants that convert waste energy into heat and power in fulfillment of its mission to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
From 2000-2006, Sean was the President and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a manufacturer of packaged steam turbine CHP systems. Prior to joining Turbosteam, Sean was a manager in Arthur D. Little's energy practice where he specialized in emerging fuel and power generation technologies.
In 2005, he was recognized by the US Combined Heat and Power Association as a "CHP Champion" in recognition of leadership towards greater national use of clean, efficient, and reliable combined heat and power. In 2009, he was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs.
He was the 2007 Chairman of the United States Combined Heat and Power Association and the founding (2005) Chairman of the Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative. He is a contributing blogger at the environmental site Grist.org.
Engagement Partner, Tatum
Don Castle has 14 years of experience as a Chief Information Officer and 3+ years of general management P&L experience. He is currently an Engagement Partner at Tatum, a firm that places CIO’s and CFO’s in companies undergoing complex transformations. He has experience helping advise Dorsata, a start-up healthcare information technology company that began at Dartmouth. Before that he was President and General Manager of the Life Science Services, the pharmaceutical lab division of SGS North America, a testing and certification firm based in Rutherford, NJ. He joined SGS in August 2008 as Chief Information Officer, a position he held until February 2010. From 2000 through mid-2008, Don held CIO positions at Johnson & Johnson, first for Ethicon, Inc., a manufacturer of surgical devices, and then as Group CIO for J&J’s six global medical device companies. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Don spent eighteen years with Nabisco, where he was most recently Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Nabisco International. Don's career at Nabisco spanned senior level positions in finance, marketing, maergers and acquisitions, corporate planning, and sales technology. Don received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Don and his wife, Robin, have 2 sons and a daughter. Don and his wife reside in Readington, N.J. and have a second home in New London, NH.
Senior Director, Strategy and Transformation, Worldwide Partner Organization, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Shailesh Chandra, a Senior Director of Strategy and Transformation in the Worldwide Partner Organization, is responsible for the strategy, planning, and business development for the organization. Prior to taking on this role, Shailesh led the key India based partners for Cisco. Other roles he has had at Cisco are Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy of the Software Group, he was a founding member of the Customer Business Transformation team in Cisco's Collaboration Group, and he joined Cisco as a Director in Cisco's strategy consulting team for its Internet Business Solutions Group. Shailesh has 20+ years experience in high-tech, including VP US Operations at Evidian-Groupe Bull, and the Communication and Information practice at Mercer Management Consulting/Oliver Wyman. Shailesh studied electrical engineering in India, and was a graduate of the first M.E.M. class at Thayer.
Director of Strategic Marketing, Arcadia Solutions
Greg Chittim is the Director of Strategic Marketing at Arcadia Solutions. Responsibilities include strategy, top of the pipeline lead generation, public relations, marketing communications, and product management/sales support.
Greg has worked with payer and provider clients on technology strategy and implementations that drive greater care and efficiencies across the national healthcare system. Greg has a deliberate focus in health information exchange, Direct Project messaging, clinical quality analytics and reporting, enterprise technology implementations and general strategy and operations. Greg works directly with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT as a Subject Matter Expert on the Technical Assistance team. Through the ONC, Greg has worked with nearly 30 states on their Direct strategies and tactics, and is the Champion for the nascent Direct Community of Practice. Greg is working with clients at Arcadia that include federal grantees of the REC, HIE, and Beacon programs, hospital networks, ambulatory health systems, independent physician associations, and other leaders in the healthcare delivery landscape.
Prior to his work at Arcadia, Greg was a consultant and technical software project manager at Monitor Group, an international strategy consulting firm now owned by Deloitte, building industry expertise with leading organizations in the software, hardware, pharmaceutical, biotech, financial services, and non-profit fields.
Greg holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Thayer School as well as bachelor degrees in engineering and computer science from Dartmouth College.
Outside Arcadia, Greg is an avid cook, tinkerer, reader, and wrangler of his two young boys.
Senior Director, Business Development and Operations, NinePoint Medical
Jessica Duda is a member of the founding team of NinePoint Medical, Inc. an early-stage medical device company created by Third Rock Ventures and Prospect Venture Partners. Previously, she held responsibilities in corporate development, regulatory and manufacturing at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc., a company developing neural stimulation, sensing and processing technology for patients with spinal cord injuries and other nervous system diseases and disorders. From 2001-2004 she was an associate at Polaris Venture Partners, a venture capital firm located in Boston, MA where she focused on investments in life sciences. Previously, she was an associate at The Parthenon Group, where she developed strategic business plans for companies in a variety of industries. She was also a research analyst for DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson Company.
Ms. Duda earned an M.E.M. and an M.S. in 1999 and a B.E. in 1997 from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. She graduated cum laude with an A.B. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College in 1996.
Vice President, Goldman Sachs
Following an internship in the summer of 2005, Chris started at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a new analyst in 2006 within the Technology Division. After serving on a rotation of technical roles to build a foundational knowledge of the organization's operations, Chris has focused on the application of operations management and Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) principles to the support side of the firm. In his current role as a Vice President and senior business analyst, he works to analyze and optimize business processes and organizational structures and design facilitating systems, such as inventory, capacity planning, service and product catalogs, and automated technology fulfillment systems. Chris leads a global team of business analysts across New York, Salt Lake City, and Bangalore, India, and is currently involved in designing the next generation of technology management systems for the firm.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his Master of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College in December 2005.
Director of Energy Markets, EnerNOC
Dana is the Director of Energy Markets at EnerNOC, a leading provider of demand response and energy efficiency solutions headquartered in Boston. She is a Certified Energy Manager with experience in energy markets, data analysis, demand response, and other smart grid products and services. Her current team is responsible for the company's demand response portfolio management in 40+ programs, including day-to-day market execution, performance measurement and verification, and development of strategies to maximize profit and minimize risk.
Dana grew up in New York City and holds a Master of Engineering Management ('08) and Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering ('07) from Thayer School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College ('06). At Thayer School, she was one of first members of the Formula Hybrid student team, which is now fully integrated with Dartmouth Formula Racing.
General Manager, Office of the Chief Engineer, GE Healthcare Surgery
Bob grew up in Western Pennsylvania and attended Villanova University outside Philadelphia where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he worked in Florida for a small engineering consulting firm before joining the U.S. Volunteer Service Peace Corps. His Peace Corps assignment was in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where for 6 months he taught Secondary School Math and Science and for the next 2 years he was assigned to the international aid organization C.A.R.E. building roads. On his return to the US he completed a Dual Focus Masters of Science degree in Bio-Medical/Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Bob continued his engineering career with the Ford Motor Company in Product Engineering at Dearborn, Michigan before joining GE's Medical Systems Business. He has worked for GE now for over 28 years and has had numerous global assignments in the U.S and Europe in Design Engineering, Product Development and Engineering & Service Management. He has held positions of diverse responsibility across GE Healthcare globally, including Product and Service Productivity, Service Engineer Training, Design and Testing Technology, Technology Quality & Documentation and Safety & Regulatory Engineering.
Bob also led the GE Healthcare Commercial Training and Development business and had the opportunity to expand and develop it from a Cost Center to a fast growing Service Business.
He has held Global Modality Engineering Manager positions in Diagnostic X-Ray, Radiation Therapy and recently in the Surgery business.
In his position within the GE Healthcare Surgery Team he had global responsibility for all GE Healthcare Surgery Product Technology and Development. He led a global team of 350 engineers. His direct staff was located in four countries on three continents.
Bob is currently the Global General Manager of the Office of the Chief Engineer for GE Healthcare.
William E. Jacobson
After graduation, Bill went to work for General Electric for fourteen years, beginning on the two year Manufacturing Management Program, then progressing through a number of management positions in manufacturing and aftermarket services in the aircraft engines business.
Bill then spent the next eight years with Textron Lycoming Turbine Engines, first starting up the Commercial Engine Overhaul business, and finally as VP of the Turbine Services Group. In 1994 Textron sold Lycoming to AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) where Bill spent the next six years, first managing product overhaul services in Europe, and finally as VP of Commercial Overhaul for all aerospace products.
In 2000, Bill moved to New Zealand as CEO of Ansett Australia & Air New Zealand Engineering Services, Ltd which provided engineering and maintenance services to both Ansett and Air New Zealand Airlines as well as third party work for a number of other international airlines. In 2001, Bill became Senior VP of Airline Operations, responsible for all airline operations and technical functions.
After returning to the USA, Bill became engaged as President & CEO of Allied Aerospace Industries, a private equity owned company providing engineering services, prototype development, and low rate production for major aerospace OEMs, NASA, and the US Government. After rebuilding Allied Aerospace Industries, the company was sold to the Triumph Group and was renamed Triumph Aerospace Systems – Newport News. Bill remained with the company as President until January 2013 and is currently seeking his next professional challenge.
Vice President, Energy Technology Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services
Andrew Lackner is a member of the venture capital group at GE Energy Financial Services, investing in emerging energy and water-related technology companies. With over $19 billion in assets, GE Energy Financial Services invests more than $5 billion annually in two of the world's most capital-intensive industries, energy and water. As a member of the venture capital team, Mr. Lackner evaluates prospective equity investments in companies developing game-changing technologies and services throughout the energy and water value chain, from natural resources to clean technology. The venture capital team is one of the most active investors in the energy technology markets, with presence in San Francisco, Munich, Boston and Stamford, CT.
Prior to joining GE Energy Financial Services, Mr. Lackner was an associate at Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm in Washington, DC, specializing in the communications, media, and information technology industries. He also served as an associate consultant at Fletcher Spaght, a strategy consulting and venture capital firm in Boston, a product manager for MicroStrategy, a business intelligence software company in Washington, DC, and as a process engineer for MacLean-Fogg.
President, MacLean Fogg Component Solutions
Duncan is the president of MacLean Fogg Component Solutions (MFCS), a division of MacLean-Fogg Company. MFCS provides engineering focused products in the automotive, heavy truck, aerospace/military, and industrial markets worldwide. MFCS has 15 worldwide operating locations and 5 international sales offices. MFCS products include fasteners, engineered plastics, forgings, precision machined components, and suspension components.
Since joining MacLean-Fogg, Duncan has worked in 7 different businesses, including 4.5 years living in Germany. He received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1994, a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree from Thayer School in 1995, a Master of Engineering Management degree from Thayer School in 1996, and an MBA in finance from Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 2008.
Director of Engineering, Logos Technologies
Gus was a member of the Dartmouth class of 1999 and completed his B.E. and M.E.M. at Thayer School in 2001. He joined Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, California after graduation, where he developed mechanisms and optics for NASA space telescopes, eventually moving to the Washington, DC area to manage projects for the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission. He is currently the director of engineering at Logos Technologies, Inc. and is based in Fairfax, Virginia.
Director of Product Testing & Engineering, Reebok International
Sue Roberts is currently the Director of Product Testing & Engineering at Reebok International in Massachusetts. She oversees global product testing for all Reebok footwear and manages the Human Performance Engineering Lab, a biomechanics research and testing facility. In 1995, Sue joined Reebok after completing the M.E.M. degree and deciding to enter a non-traditional engineering field that fit her athletic interests and background. She has held various research, product development and advanced technology development roles at Reebok and New Balance. One of those positions was leading a product development team at a manufacturing facility while residing in ShenZhen, China.
Sue participated in the dual-degree program between Colby College and Dartmouth, spending her junior year and a 5th year at Thayer School. She earned a B.A. in Physics from Colby College in 1992, her B.E. from Thayer School in 1993 followed by the M.E.M. in 1994.
President, Across the Charles
Richard Tabors is President of Across the Charles (ATC), a research and consulting firm focused on energy and water. He has also returned to MIT as a Research Affiliate in the Energy Initiative at MIT where he supervises both funded and student research. Prior to starting ATC in 2012 he was Vice President of Charles River Associates (CRA). He founded the engineering economics consulting firm of Tabors Caramanis and Associates (TCA) in 1989 to provide economic, regulatory and financial analytic support to the restructuring of the US and international electric power industry. TCA was sold to CRA in 2004.
After graduating with a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth in 1965, he received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1970 in Geography and Economics. From 1970 to 1976 he was a researcher and member of the faculty at Harvard University and from 1976 to 2004 he was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Senior Lecturer in Technology Management and Policy and a research director in power systems. He is a visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His research and development activities have led to being author or co-author of nearly 100 articles and books including Spot Pricing of Electricity on which the economic restructuring of the electric utility wholesale and retail markets is based.
Richard continues his work directing consulting and research activities in regulation, litigation, and asset evaluation, both in the power industry and in water supply and wastewater management. He currently serves on the NRC committee evaluating the impact of electric vehicles on the US power grid.
Philip John Venables
Managing Director and CISO, Goldman Sachs
Philip is the firm's chief information risk officer. He leads the Information Security, Technology Risk/Compliance and Business Continuity Programs. Additionally, he is part of the Core Infrastructure Management Team. Philip joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in 2000. He transferred to New York in 2001 and became a managing director in 2003.
Prior to joining the firm, Philip was chief information security officer at Deutsche Bank. He also functioned as the global head of Technology Risk Management for Standard Chartered Bank and served in various technology and network management positions at Barclays Bank.
Philip serves as a board member of the SIA Information Security Committee and the International Board of Referees of the journal Computers and Security. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the London School of Economics Computer Security Research Center. In addition, Philip is an associate editor for the Information Security Bulletin.
Philip earned an MSc in Formal Methods and Cryptography from The Queen's College at Oxford University in 1990 and a BSc in Computer Science from York University in the United Kingdom in 1989. Additionally Philip was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002. In 2005, he was elected a fellow of the British Computer Society.
General Manager of the Oil and Gas Business Unit, Moog
Dennis Webster is the General Manager of the Oil and Gas Business Unit at Moog Inc., based in Buffalo, NY. Moog specializes in the design and production of custom motion control technology for a broad range of aerospace and industrial applications. Since 2001, his experience at Moog has involved sales leadership, strategic planning, and business development roles in core industrial markets including wind power, automotive, and oil exploration.
After graduating from Dartmouth's Thayer School in 1993 with a B.E. degree, Dennis started his career with Monsanto as a chemical manufacturing engineer at an integrated fiber manufacturing plant in Pensacola, FL. During his 8 years at the company, he advanced through a number of engineering and technical service roles before transitioning to sales management. Since that time, his focus has been on developing processes to successfully commercialize highly engineered products across a broad range of markets with a strong customer focus.
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Vice President of Supply Chain, Campbell Soup
Brett Buatti is a graduate of Dartmouth College, receiving his A.B. in Engineering Sciences modified with Economics in 1992, followed by a B.E. and M.E. in 1994.
Before returning to General Mills, he spent a year doing operations consulting work. At General Mills, Mr. Buatti worked in multiple plants, locations and business units, ultimately working as the Plant Manager for an 800 employee soup and meals facility in Southern New Jersey.
Mr. Buatti currently works at Campbell Soup company as a Vice President of Supply Chain. Mr. Buatti serves as the key link between the Beverage and Sauces business unit, Supply Chain functions, World Headquarters and field plant locations.
Kristen Morrow Johnson
Platform Planning Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
Kristen Morrow Johnson is a Platform Planning Supervisor at Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany. Kristen moved from engineering to a business role at Ford so that she could work part-time after the birth of her first son. Kristen joined Ford back in 1994 as part of their Ford College Graduate training program. After two years of rotational assignments she joined the Body Sheetmetal design group. That work lead to a position with the advanced B-car team in Dearborn which moved to England for product design and Germany for production in 2002. Since returning from her first international assignment she has worked in a Volvo lead Quality/Dimensional Control group for the Ford Freestyle/Five Hundred, and in Technology and Feature planning in both Product Development and the Ford Research Laboratories.
At Thayer School, Kristen was involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Women in Science Project (WISP). She ran events at the college and enjoyed making visits to local area schools to talk about engineering. Kristen graduated from Dartmouth in 1992 and the Thayer School M.E.M. program in 1994.
Founder, MessageOne (acquired by Dell)
Satin Mirchandani is a serial entrepreneur and technology investor based in Austin, TX. He founded MessageOne in 2002 and ran it as President and CEO until its acquisition by Dell Inc. in 2008. At Dell he led MessageOne's integration as Vice President of Dell's newly formed Software-as-a-Service business.
Previously, as General Partner at Impact Venture Partners, Satin focused on e-business services and next-generation enterprise applications investments. Prior to Impact, Satin was Vice President of Business Development at pcOrder (NASDAQ: PCOR) where he led the 1999 IPO process and launched the ASP-model reseller business. Satin spent several years in McKinsey & Company's technology practice in the mid-1990s, where he focused primarily on product/market strategy and M&A. He also worked as an analyst at AEA Investors, a New York-based private equity investor. He began his career as a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft Corporation, working on Microsoft Mail.
Satin received a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.B.A. with Honors from the Harvard Business School.