Dean’s Council Members

Kara Podkaminer (Council Chair)

Kara Podkaminer

Technology and Policy Analyst, US Department of Energy

Location: Washington, DC

Kara is a Technology and Policy Analyst at the US Department of Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Within EERE, the Office of Strategic Programs work on cross cutting initiatives and policy analysis to advance the deployment of clean energy and sustainable transportation technologies.

After working on the development of enzymes for the production of renewable biofuels as a post-doctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Kara became a Science and Technology Policy fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), serving at the US Department of Energy.

Natalie Afonina

Natalie Afonina

Product Manager, Uber

Location: San Francisco, California

Natalie is a product manager in the Advanced Technologies Group, the team responsible for Uber's self-driving technologies, mapping, and vehicle safety. Prior to working on autonomous systems, she was on the Cell Quality and Materials Engineering Team at Tesla, and a research associate at NASA, where she was the technical lead of a group developing an indoor autonomous UAV flight system at the Intelligent Systems Division of Autonomous Systems and Robotics.

Her interest in materials science was sparked while working as a chemist developing experimental fuel cells for UUV's for the Navy, which led her to pursue an MS researching the microstructure of superalloys in Professor Ian Baker's lab. She fondly remembers her days at Thayer conducting experiments in the basement of Cummings Hall and spent her free time exploring the rock and ice climbing of the Northeast.

Richard Bi

Private Equity Investor, Blackstone Group

Location: New York, NY

After a brief stint as a plasma etch engineer at IBM’s Semiconductor R&D Center, Richard has spent his entire career in finance and investment management, and is currently a private equity investor at the Blackstone Group, a New York-based private equity firm. Prior to Blackstone, Richard worked at FFL Partners and Hellman & Friedman, two San Francisco-based private equity firms, and also worked in investment banking and distressed debt investing. Richard has evaluated and executed investments across numerous industries, and has served as board member or board observer for portfolio companies in enterprise software, fintech, healthcare, education and industrial technology.

While at Dartmouth, Richard was a TA for ENGS 21, conducted research in Professor Ian Baker’s lab, and served on the Thayer Student Council. 

Ian Bodley

Manager, Procurement, Apple

Location: Palo Alto, California

Ian leads a business operations team responsible for managing Apple’s global supply chains for iPhone camera components. He is responsible for defining long-term sourcing strategies, leading commercial negotiations to secure competitive advantages for Apple, driving capacity planning and investment, and managing supply for a large and complex technology portfolio. Prior to Apple, Ian worked in finance and consulting.

Austin Boesch

Austin Boesch

Co-founder/CEO, Zepteon, Inc.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Austin Boesch co-founded Zepteon, Inc. in 2012. Zepteon is a virtual biotech company specializing in separating antibody glycoforms. Zepteon's technology is currently being used for developing biosimilars as well as novel therapeutics derived from human plasma. He is also a Principal Scientist at Torque Therapeutics located in Cambridge, Mass. Torque is a venture-backed immuno-oncology company engineering new technologies to control immune cells by optimizing dose, timing and location of immune agonists in the tumor microenvironment.

While at Thayer School, Austin was a PhD Innovation Fellow and studied in Margie Ackerman's lab working at the interface of immunology and engineering using protein engineering and computational biology for the purpose of antibody/vaccine discovery and design. He was also an active member of Thayer Council and the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, surfing and spending time with his family.

Isabelle Caffry

Isabelle Caffry

Principal Research Associate, Adimab

Location: Wilder, Vermont

Isabelle works as a Principal Research Associate at Adimab in the Protein Analytics group. Adimab, co-founded by Thayer Professor Tillman Gerngross, does early stage drug discovery using a yeast based platform. She is primarily responsible for all incoming antigens to be used as selection tools for partner campaigns. She performs both kinetic and biophysical assays on the antigens. In addition, she completes method development to further improve upon current analytical methods used to analyze antibodies. She started at Adimab immediately after graduation from Thayer School in June of 2013 as an intern and hasn't left since.

In her free time, she coaches U10 girls ski racing with the Ford Sayre Ski Team, captains the Adimab softball team, and serves on the Engineering Design and Methodology Review Board at Thayer.

Colin Carpenter

Colin Carpenter

Co-founder & CEO, Siris Medical

Location: Redwood City, California

Colin develops and commercializes solutions at the interface of engineering and medicine, focusing on clinical needs in cancer diagnosis and therapy. Since co-founding Siris Medical in 2013, Colin has served as its CEO, commercially introducing the first decision-support system for radiation oncology using artificial intelligence. This platform helps determine the best treatment for patients by learning from past success. Siris has been recognized for innovation, winning an award at the ESTRO 2017 Conference and an Innovator Award from the UCSF/Rosenman Institute.

Prior to Siris, Colin trained in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford, where he founded a company to commercialize a brachytherapy product line for GI cancer, sold by Varian Medical Systems. At Dartmouth, Colin led the early clinical validation of a breast cancer imaging device to reduce false positive results. This work resulted in a US patent, a DoD Breast Cancer Fellowship grant, and numerous publications. Colin is a contributor to over 100 technical and medical publications and is an alumnus of Stanford Biodesign.

Maya Davis

Maya Davis

Supplier Quality Engineer, BMW Group

Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Maya Davis is a Supplier Quality Engineer at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg. She is responsible for maintaining the quality, effectiveness, and integrity of BMW vehicles and supply chain. Maya currently leads launch projects with suppliers that range from large multi-national companies to small locally-based entities. With her background in Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma Lean Quality Management, she focuses on customer specific needs and BMW Group Standards in order to respond immediately to corrective quality actions.

Previously, Maya has worked with launch projects for Rolls Royce Motor Cars in England, Electrical Vehicle Development with BMW Germany and Product Development with Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Wisconsin. At Thayer, Maya revived the National Society for Black Engineers as President from 2012 to 2013 and served as Thayer's Graduate Student Council Representative. She is now on the Executive Board for the Professional NSBE Chapter in Upstate South Carolina and continues to give speeches at conventions encouraging diversity and inclusion in engineering and manufacturing spaces.

Sean Furey

Sean Furey

Supplier Engineer, Raytheon Company

Location: Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Sean Furey is a Supplier Engineer with Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), operating out of the Portsmouth Rhode Island facility. Over 70% of the products sold by Raytheon IDS contain integral sub-assemblies manufactured at external suppliers around the globe. Sean is responsible for leading multidisciplinary teams that engage with Raytheon’s supply base early in the procurement process with the intent of ensuring affordable and predictable performance. His teams guide the suppliers in translating challenging technical requirements into an actionable quality control plan. In addition, they identify and assess potential new suppliers that posses the capability to handle stringent defense manufacturing and management requirements.

Sean has held numerous other roles at Raytheon while also pursuing a career as a professional javelin thrower. After graduating from the Thayer MEM program in December of 2005, Sean began working full time with Raytheon IDS in Tewksbury, MA as a mechanical engineer on the design team of the latest Navy Zumwalt Class Stealth Destroyer. By September of 2006, Sean had decided that New England weather and 50 hour workweeks were not conducive to his second love (the first being his wife Matthan Chatterton-Richmond ’06), the javelin throw. As if he manifested the opportunity in his wildest dreams, Sean was able secure a mechanical engineering job at Raytheon’s San Diego facility while also adopting a part time (20 hours per week) schedule. The next 11 years were spent gaining valuable experience as a design engineer on Naval programs and traveling the globe as a member of Team USA. Sean was lucky enough to compete in over 25 countries and represent the USA at multiple international championships including the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Sean gained expertise in the ruggedization of commercial products for use in Naval applications along with administering tests related to military shipboard environmental requirements. In 2017, Sean returned to the Northeast with his pregnant wife and 1.5-year-old son with the intent of shifting focus away from the javelin and more towards his family, career and helping other athletes pursue their own dreams.

Amit Gaind

Amit Gaind

Private Equity Investor, Investcorp

Location: New York, NY

Amit is a private equity investor at Investcorp, a global asset management fund. Since joining Investcorp in 2010 he has focused on investing in mid-market companies in a variety of sectors, including industrial services, professional services, and consumer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wrench Group, a leading provider of home services in the US and Nobel Learning, the country’s preeminent operator of private preK-12 schools. Prior to Investcorp, Amit worked in Investment Banking at Lazard where he advised media companies on a range of situations including M&A, capital structure, and restructuring.

While at Dartmouth, Amit was a member of the inaugural Dartmouth Formula Racing team where the car won 1st place for design. He was also a member of the Dartmouth Squash team. In his free time, Amit still plays squash and enjoys working on cars. His current project is restoring a 1972 MGB.

Josiah Gruber

Josiah Gruber

Sensor Systems Manager, Aurora Insight

Location: Arlington, Virginia

Josiah recently became a Sensor Systems Manager at Aurora Insight, a startup aspiring to map the world's RF environment from vehicles, towers, aircraft, and satellites. Prior to joining Aurora, he spent eight years at Logos Technologies leading the design and development of airborne imaging sensors for a variety of manned and unmanned platforms. His most recent project, Redkite, received Aviation Week Magazine's 2018 Best New Defense Product for miniaturizing a wide-area sensor to fit on Group 3 UAVs.

At Thayer, Josiah researched novel ways of imaging skin tumors in Professor Brian Pogue's Optics in Medicine lab. He also led the Dartmouth Society of Engineers after-school science program at local middle and elementary schools and was an active team member of Dartmouth Formula Racing. Josiah has stayed closely connected with fellow Thayer alumni in the DC area, and stays active by golfing, skiing, and playing soccer.

Julie Ann Haldeman

Dan Harburg

Associate, McKinsey & Company

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Julie Ann is an incoming Associate at McKinsey & Company's Boston office. Prior to attending Harvard Business School, she worked as a Business Consultant at Applied Predictive Technologies, a data analytics software company in Washington, DC. There she helped Fortune 100 clients in retail, hospitality, and insurance to design and measure business experiments. At Thayer, Julie Ann served as the President of Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, and she traveled to Tanzania and Peru to build low-cost alternative energy technologies. She enjoyed coordinating the Women In Science Peer Mentor Program and working as a teaching assistant for Thayer courses.

Tim Harsch

Tim Harsch

CEO & Co-Founder, Owler

Location: San Mateo, California

Owler is bringing transparency to the world of business by leveraging crowdsourcing and AI to provide data, such as revenue and employee numbers, and insight into both private and public companies globally. Since Tim joined the first company meetings remotely from Hanover back in 2011, Owler has grown to be the second largest business community in the world where professionals around the globe update over 2M data points on over 12M companies each month.

At Owler, Tim has worked across teams and locations, leveraging in particular his studies of computer science at Dartmouth as well as the problem solving he learned at Thayer. With headquarters in San Mateo and a second office in Coimbatore, India, Tim has travelled to India seventeen times to work directly with engineering, data science and data teams in roles spanning product management, occasional coding, operations and leadership. 

Natasha Herring

Natasha Herring

Senior Consultant, Navigant

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Natasha Herring is a Senior Consultant with Navigant’s Energy Practice leading impact evaluations for residential, commercial and industrial programs. At Navigant, she’s has taken on a variety of roles, including managing and conducting program evaluations, on-site data verification activities, technical analysis, energy modeling, measure characterization, net-to-gross interviews and survey activities. After learning about the National Society of Black Engineers while at Thayer, Natasha has remained an active member serving as the Denver Professionals Chapter, Senator; NSBE Denver Jr. Chapter, Advisor; and NSBE Energy Special Interest Group, Finance Chair. Natasha has fond memories of working in Thayer’s Machine Shop.

Tucker Mahoney

Tucker Mahoney

Senior Program Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

As a senior program specialist for FEMA, Tucker Mahoney focuses on coastal hazard analysis and risk assessments to drive resilient communities and reduce suffering post-natural disasters. In 2016, she received the Helen Cohn award for customer service excellence and she presently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Tucker credits Thayer School Professor Emeritus Dan Lynch with linking her passion for our nation’s beaches and coasts to engineering and design principles.

While at the Thayer School, Tucker received the John C. Woodhouse Prize for Environmental Engineering and was a Clare Booth Luce Scholar. She went on to earn her Masters of Civil Engineering from the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where she was a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellow and Charles Heath Scholar. Immediately following graduate school, Tucker worked as a coastal engineer for Moffatt & Nichol in New York City.

While an undergraduate, Tucker rowed on the varsity crew team for four years, served as an officer of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and met her husband, Dan Mahoney (D’01). Dan, Tucker and their seven-year-old triplets live in Atlanta where Tucker is an active volunteer at their church, in their neighborhood community, and for the Lovett School. In her spare time, she also enjoys practicing yoga and playing tennis.

Allison McKendry

Allison McKendry

Director, Corporate Development, Intarcia Therapeutics

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

As a member of Intarcia’s Corporate Development team, Allison is responsible for implementing strategic corporate imperatives and managing international alliance partnerships. She also assists with company financings and pipeline expansion as well the development of annual company strategy, budget, and long-range strategic planning.

Allison has five years of experience working in technical operations, capital investment project management, and corporate development. Allison joined Intarcia from Human Care Systems where she was Director, Project Management and Quality. In this role, Allison developed quality systems for key business technologies, ongoing measurement mechanisms, and audit preparation tools. Prior to Human Care Systems, Allison worked at Medtronic (formerly Covidien) holding increasing roles of responsibility within the Operations organization. Most recently she held the position of Corporate Engineering Project Manager and was responsible for managing capital investment projects across Covidien’s global manufacturing portfolio. She started her career as a Project Engineer at Covidien’s manufacturing site in Boulder, CO.

As a student at Thayer, Allison served as President of the MEM Council and as a 2012 Senior Class Marshal, and was recognized with the Caroline Henderson Prize. As an alumna, Allison has volunteered as a Class Agent for the Thayer School Annual Fund and served as an Alumni Chair on the planning board for Thayer's 2017 Alumni Weekend.

Amish Parashar

Partner, Yamaha Motor Ventures

Location: Menlo Park, California

Amish is a founding member of Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, a corporate venture capital and strategic innovation company within the Yamaha Motor Group. He has led explorations, investments, and partnerships in artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, medical technologies, urban mobility, and other emerging areas. Previously, Amish worked with over one hundred scientists and engineers as Director of Innovation of a private research & development lab which focused on the creation of disruptive new technologies across several regulated industries.  He has taught at Stanford's d.school, Singularity University, and UC San Diego's Rady School of Management.  

Amish's interests in invention, technology-based entrepreneurship, and venture capital were solidified at Dartmouth and the Thayer School with significant encouragement and guidance from several faculty members and classmates. Some of his fondest memories were the hands-on engineering experiences abundant in a Thayer education. A daily reminder of this is on his office bookshelf, the Stirling Engine built for Professor Horst Richter's Thermodynamics class. While attempting to explore the future, he enjoys exploring the California Bay Area with his wife and two sons.

Seth Pierrepont Jr.

Seth Pierrepont

Vice President, Accel

Location: London, UK

Seth is an investor at Accel, an early stage Venture Capital fund. Since joining Accel in 2013, he has focused on investing in software, consumer marketplace and mobile businesses.  He works closely with Accel’s UK-based portfolio companies Weave, Carwow, and Lyst.

Prior to Accel, Seth invested in European companies with Vision Capital, a later stage Private Equity fund based in London. He started his career advising technology and media companies on strategy with Oliver Wyman in San Francisco. Seth grew up in Chicago, IL.

Julianna Scheiman

Julianna Scheiman

Mission Manager, SpaceX

Location: Hawthorne, California

Julianna Scheiman is a Mission Manager at SpaceX, based in Los Angeles, California. She is responsible for SpaceX’s NASA satellite launch portfolio, including the January 2016 launch of the Jason-3 ocean surface topography satellite and the future launch of TESS, a transiting exoplanet survey satellite. Julianna is also the Mission Manager for SpaceX’s satellite development program.

Before SpaceX, Julianna was a Management Associate at Bridgewater Associates based in Westport, Connecticut. During her three-year tenure at Bridgewater she managed long-term research projects and key investment teams.

Julianna earned her bachelor's degree in engineering physics, receiving High Honors for her thesis “The Feasibility of Using POES Satellites and Ground-Based Riometers to Systematically Measure Relativistic Electron Precipitation.” Her Thayer School BE focused on mechanical structures. While at Dartmouth, Julianna interned at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and at Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville Alabama.

Becky Segal

VP of Engineering, BARK

Location: New York, NY

Becky is VP of Engineering at BARK, the makers of BarkBox. She has worked on web development and payment processing for the startup as well as matching subscribers to the best subscription boxes for their pups. Prior to joining BARK, Becky worked as a web developer in social and virtual worlds startups. She worked on virtual world-based training exercises at the Institute for Security and Technology Studies at Dartmouth after graduation.

While at Thayer, Becky became interested in real-world devices interacting with digital experiences. She currently volunteers with ScriptEd, teaching web development skills to high school students who don't have access to in-school programs.

Laura Vang

Anna Stork

Product Manager, IBM Watson Health

Location: New York, NY

Laura is a product manager at IBM Watson Health where she is leads Life Sciences portfolio strategy and innovation. She is responsible for developing business cases for strategic partnerships and also leads the team’s emerging solution incubator. Before joining the product management organization, Laura spent two years as a member of the strategy and business development team within Watson Health’s Go-To-Market team. She started her career at IBM as part of Watson’s BlueSpark Leadership Development program after graduating from Dartmouth and Thayer School in 2015.

Laura’s Thayer School BE focused on mechanical engineering and human-centered design. While at Thayer, Laura served as a Thayer tour guide and as a teaching assistant for ENGS 21. She also had the privilege of counseling a high school engineering summer camp “Design It! Build It!” with Professor Vicki May. Laura’s favorite engineering experience from Dartmouth was studying abroad at Chulalongkorn University as part of the engineering exchange FSP.