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
John Fletcher founded Fletcher Spaght, a 22 year old strategy consulting firm focused on new ventures in technology and life sciences. He is also a Managing Partner of Fletcher Spaght Ventures, a venture capital fund.
Prior to launching FSI in 1983, Mr. Fletcher was a Senior Manager at The Boston Consulting Group, managing global client relationships with healthcare and high technology companies.
Mr. Fletcher was a Ph.D. candidate and instructor of International Business at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his career at Wharton, he was a Captain and jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Fletcher holds an M.A. in Finance from the Wharton School, an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a B.A. from George Washington University.
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.
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.
President, Life Science, SGS North America
Don Castle is President, Life Science for SGS North America, an engineering firm based in Rutherford, NJ. He joined SGS in August 2008.
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, 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.
Senior Director, Cisco
Shailesh Chandra, a Senior Director in the Global and Strategic 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.
Principal Consultant, Arcadia Solutions
Greg Chittim is Principal Consultant at Arcadia Solutions, a healthcare technology consultancy located outside Boston. Greg works with payer and provider clients on technology strategy and implementations that drive greater care and efficiencies across the national healthcare system. Prior to his work at Arcadia, Greg was a consultant and technical software project manager at Monitor Group, an international strategy consulting firm, building industry expertise with leading organizations in the software, hardware, pharmaceutical, biotech, financial services, and non-profit fields. Greg received an A.B. in Engineering and Computer Science from Dartmouth College and a B.E. and M.E.M. from Thayer School. Greg is active in the Dartmouth Society of Engineers, the Bachelor of Engineering ABET alumni advisory committee, and previously served as Thayer School's representative to the Dartmouth College Alumni Council.
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.
Manager of Analytics, EnerNOC
Dana is the Manager of Analytics 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 demand response performance quantification and evaluation, in addition to other strategic analyses to support the company. Prior to managing the Analytics team, Dana was a Program Operations Manager at EnerNOC, and oversaw the successful delivery of demand response programs with numerous different utilities and grid operators.
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.
Manager, IBM Systems & Technology Group
Since receiving his A.B. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, John has spent the entirety of his 30-year professional career with IBM, primarily in the semiconductor business. He has been in management for over 25 years and has held a variety of senior management positions including managing Worldwide Test Engineering, a 250-person division responsible for development and worldwide manufacturing Test for all semiconductor products manufactured by IBM Microelectronics for IBM Systems as well as a broad range of OEM customers including Cisco, Sony, Ericsson, Microsoft and Qualcomm. In this role he was responsible for procuring and developing manufacturing equipment, proprietary hardware and software technology and IT systems, as well as for developing and supporting product specific test processes for both product development and volume manufacturing at IBM and subcontractor locations in North America, Europe and Asia. Currently, he is manager of Product and Test Engineering for the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) business unit within IBM Microelectronics where he is responsible for Test development, manufacturing support and yield engineering.
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
President, Triumph Aerospace Systems – Newport News
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 is now called Triumph Aerospace Systems – Newport News. Bill has remained with the company as President.
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.
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.
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.
Manager, Sensor Systems Development Group, 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 manager of Logos Technologies, Inc.'s Sensor Systems Development Group 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.
Director of Business Development, Moog
Dennis Webster is the Director of Business Development at Moog Inc., a $2B company based in Buffalo, NY specializing in the design and production of custom motion control technology for a broad range of aerospace, industrial and medical 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.