Corporate Collaboration Council
The Corporate Collaboration Council, founded in 2004, helps MEM students as they pursue their degree and as they plan their career paths.
- Council members give MEM students an industry perspective.
- The Council helps find academically challenging projects and internships for MEM students as well as offering mentoring as students prepare for their first placement after graduation.
- The Council works with MEM 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 PhD 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 US Air Force. Mr. Fletcher also holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a BA from The George Washington University.
Director of Operations, AlloSource
Mark Allen is the Director of Operations for AlloSource®, a leading developer, processor and distributor of bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures around the world. Based in Centennial, Colorado, AlloSource’s cellular and tissue therapies have been the biological solutions surgeons use to deliver better care to their patients for more than 20 years.
As the Director of Operations, Mark is responsible for manufacturing at AlloSource. Mark ensures production meets productivity standards, works under consistent processes, adheres to quality systems and maintains product availability. He also collaborates cross departmentally, managing all necessary safety, quality and efficiency details within each operations process.
Prior to his role at AlloSource, Mark served as Director of Corporate Engineering for Covidien, managing large-scale capital investment projects for the operations side of the organization. He also worked in operations for Dell Computer Corporate, Celestica and Terumo BCT.
Mark holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Vice President of Operations, Pharmavite
Brett Buatti is a graduate of Dartmouth College, receiving his AB in Engineering Sciences modified with Economics in 1992, followed by a BE and ME in 1994.
He has spent over 20 years working in the consumer packaged goods industry, where he started his career as an operations management trainee at General Mills. 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. He also had a short stint as an operations consultant with a small firm, and spent 3 years at Dole Food company as an analyst and plant manager.
Upon leaving General Mills, Mr. Buatti spent 5 years at Campbell Soup Company, where he was both a division Vice President of Supply Chain, and a regional Vice President of Manufacturing.
Mr. Buatti currently works at Pharmavite, a $1 billion global nutritional supplement company whose best known brand is Nature Made vitamins. At Pharmavite, he serves on the executive management team as the Vice President of Operations. In this role, he is responsible for the entire end-to-end supply chain at the company, including Procurement, Manufacturing, Planning & Logistics, Customer Service, and Engineering.
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.
CIO, Kimball Midwest
Don Castle is the Chief Information Officer of Kimball Midwest, a distributor of Maintenance, Repair & Operations supplies, based in Columbus Ohio. He is also an Executive Fellow at the Tuck Center for Digital Strategies at Dartmouth College, where he specializes in advising CEO’s and boards of directors on opportunities and risks presented by Digital Technologies, and in helping chief marketing officers to use data to enhance brand strength and revenue.
Previously, Don held CIO positions at Johnson & Johnson, first for Ethicon, Inc. a manufacturer of surgical devices, then as Group CIO for J&J’s six global medical device companies. He also was CIO, then President of the Life Science Services at SGS North America, and CIO for Nabisco International.
Don has run one business-to-business startup, and served as advisor to another startup in Healthcare IT. He serves on the board of the nonprofit Inroads NY/NJ.
Don has a bachelor degree from Dartmouth, and an MBA from The Tuck School
Senior Director, Business Value Services, Salesforce
Shaliesh Chandra is the part of the Business Value Services (BVS) team at Salesforce, where he focuses on identifying and quantifying the transformative value for large enterprise customers. Shaliesh has 20+ years experience in high-tech. Most recently he held executive positions at Cisco, where as Senior Director of Strategy and Transformation in the Global Partner Organization, he was responsible for the global strategy, planning, and business development. 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, the Internet Business Solutions Group. Shailesh's other experience includes 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 MEM class at Thayer.
Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Arcadia Solutions
Greg Chittim is the Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Arcadia Solutions. Leading strategic marketing activities for Arcadia, Greg drives company-wide market intelligence, segmentation, and competitive strategy. He oversees strategy, top-of-the-pipeline lead generation, public relations, marketing communications, product management/sales expertise, strategic partnership, and oversight of the Arcadia Advisor Network.
Greg has worked with payer, provider, and community clients on technology strategy and implementations that drive greater care and efficiencies across the national healthcare system. Greg has had a deliberate focus in health information exchange, direct project messaging, clinical quality analytics and reporting, enterprise technology implementations, and general strategy and operations.
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.
Director of Business Development, Harvard Office of Technology Development, Wyss Institute
Jessica Duda joined the Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) in 2014. Jessica's career has focused on early stage medical device development from both the entrepreneurial and venture capital perspectives. Prior to joining OTD, Jessica was with Third Rock Ventures, where she founded and ran all business development activities for NinePoint Medical, a platform imaging company. Her previous roles at Cyberkinetics focused on corporate development, regulatory matters, and manufacturing, and at Polaris Venture Partners she developed strategic business plans for biotech and medical device companies. Jessica earned an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and BE, MS, and MEM degrees from Thayer School.
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 Corporate Development, Ambri
Dana is the Director of Corporate Development at Ambri, a start-up battery manufacturer based in Cambridge, MA that is commercializing the liquid metal battery technology invented at MIT. Ambri's batteries will be used for large-scale energy storage, with benefits ranging from reducing the need for new power plants and power lines to making it easier to manage wind and solar resources. Previously, Dana was the Director of Energy Markets at EnerNOC, a leading provider of demand response and energy intelligence software. There she led a team 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.
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 and 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 2013 to complete the integration.
Bill currently serves on the board of directors and is Acting CEO of Orbital Energy Services (Azalea Capital portfolio company). Orbital is an independent provider of specialty machining, welding, parts manufacturing steam valve and steam turbine repair. Bill is also COO of Ranger Aerospace LLC, a limited holding company working with Azalea Capital and other private equity investors to acquire and build a group of aerospace companies in three platforms: Precision Manufacturing, Component MRO and Specialty Services.
Senior Director, Investments, GE Ventures
Andrew Lackner leads investments in the Power, Water, and Energy Management markets for GE Ventures. Andrew joined the GE energy focused venture capital team, then a part of GE Energy Financial Services, in 2007. Andrew has managed GE’s investment in over 40 companies developing promising energy technologies and disruptive business models. Andrew managed the $100MM investment program of the ecomagination Innovation Challenge, GE’s first open innovation program announced in 2010 focused on finding promising partners in the renewables, electrical grid automation, and smart buildings markets.
Prior to joining GE, Andrew worked as an investment professional at Columbia Capital, a VC firm based out of Washington DC focused on communications and media. Andrew has also worked as a strategy consultant for early stage companies and corporate venture capital programs at Fletcher Spaght, and in product management at MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR), a business analytics enterprise software company.
Andrew received an AB in Engineering Sciences in 1997, a BE in Mechanical Engineering in 1998, and an MEM in 1999 from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. He is based in Boston where he lives in the South End with his wife Karen.
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.
Strategy & Operations, Google
Stephanie is a Strategy & Operations Head at Google for Work, the team at Google Inc. that works with schools, companies and government agencies to make them more productive, mobile and collaborative by using Google cloud computing. She partners with sales on a global remit, using a data driven approach to drive scalable and sustainable growth for the fast growing Google for Work business. Stephanie and her team are responsible for enabling strategic decisioning at the leadership level, managing the data pipelines of the sales organization, facilitating annual planning / resource allocations, optimizing systems and processes, collaborating with cross-functional stakeholders, and providing ad hoc business support.
Prior to joining Google, Stephanie worked in corporate strategy for Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division, focused on optimizing pricing and driving advisor product adoption. She also worked in big data analytics consulting at Opera Solutions, with clients in a variety of functions and industries.
Co-founder at a Stealth Mode Start-up
Gus is an aerospace engineer and project manager and has worked at Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Logos Technologies Inc., and Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. His projects have included developing camera mechanisms for space-based solar telescopes for NASA, building and deploying airborne surveillance systems for the US DoD, and creating commercial remote-sensing systems. He is currently building an aerospace-related start-up venture.
Gus was a member of the Dartmouth class of 1999 and completed his BE and MEM at Thayer School in 2001. While at Thayer School, Gus was a founding member of the DARTSAT student aerospace engineering project and interned at both Cessna Aircraft and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
He lives in Denver, Colorado and is an avid cyclist and a private pilot.
Director of Product Development, Brooks Running
Sue Roberts is the Director of Product Development, Footwear at Brooks Running in Seattle, WA. She manages the US based product development team in addition to the product costing, product testing, and materials functions for the company. Previously, Sue was the Director of Product Testing and Engineering at Reebok International in Massachusetts where she oversaw global product testing for all Reebok footwear and managed the Human Performance Engineering Lab, a biomechanics research and testing facility. In 1995, Sue joined Reebok after completing the MEM 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 and now Brooks. 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 BA in Physics from Colby College in 1992, her BE from Thayer School in 1993, followed by the MEM in 1994.
President, Tabors Caramanis Rudkevich Inc.
Richard Tabors is President of Tabors Caramanis Rudkevich Inc., 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 BA in Biology from Dartmouth in 1965, he received an MS and PhD 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.
Vice President of Thomson Reuters Labs
Mona Vernon is Vice President of Thomson Reuters Labs, which partners with businesses, customers, start-ups, and academic institutions on data-driven innovations and research. Previously at Thomson Reuters, Mona ran the Emerging Technology group and launched an Open Innovation Challenge program across the enterprise. Before joining Thomson Reuters, she worked in technology start-ups in product development and management roles.
Mona holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a S.M. in engineering and management from MIT, where her research focused on the role of customer experience in digital business strategy.
Mona is an executive board member of the FinTech Sandbox in Boston, member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Big Data & Cybersecurity Leadership Group, member of the executive committee for Commonwealth’s TechHUB Collaborative, and winner of Boston 50 on Fire.
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 BE 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.