Dean’s Council Members

Ashifi Gogo (Council Chair)

Ashifi Gogo

CEO, Sproxil Inc.
Associate Director, MS in New Business Ventures Technology Management, Columbia University

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Ashifi Gogo founded Sproxil® in 2009 and currently serves as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Sproxil developed its award-winning Sproxil Defender™ technology that has been used over 23 million times by consumers in 5 countries to verify the authenticity of their products and earn instant rewards for their loyalty. 

In 2015, Ashifi was named to Fortune's 40 under 40 list. He was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 by the Schwab Foundation. In 2013, Sproxil was named the world’s most innovative company in health care by Fast Company, and #7 most innovative worldwide, beating 99 of the Fortune 100 companies. 

Ashifi currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and on the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy. He holds a US Patent, earned a PhD from Dartmouth and a BA from Whitman College. He is Dartmouth's first-ever PhD Innovation Fellow and teaches a course in New Business Ventures Technology Management at Columbia University.

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

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.

Jaime Brown

Jaime Brown

Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Saguaro Technology

Location: Los Angeles, California

Jaime (Mazilu) Brown '05 Th'06, PhD, is currently head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at a boutique software development company, Saguaro Technology. Prior to joining Saguaro, Jaime served as an Engagement Manager with LEK Consulting, where she was based in the Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia offices specializing in growth strategies and implementation for companies in Biotech, MedTech, and Basic Industries. Jaime holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (2011), and a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Bioengineering from Dartmouth. Jaime also spearheaded the Mazilu Engineering Research Fellowship, a fellowship offered annually to a Thayer School BE or AB candidate seeking to do novel research under the guidance of a Thayer School adviser.

Amber Bryant

Amber Bryant

Manager, Integrated Care, Sanofi

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Amber Bryant graduated from Dartmouth in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences and from Thayer with a Bachelor of Engineering focused in biotechnology. Within Thayer, she spent time working with Barb and John Currier in the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Lab assessing hip and knee implant retrievals, as well as assisting Professor Brian Pogue in researching the correlation between verteporfrin and MRI contrast to better inform targeted photodynamic therapy for pancreatic cancer. While at Dartmouth, Bryant was also a member of the Women’s Varsity Volleyball program. Since Dartmouth, she's lived and worked in Boston for 4 years. Following graduation, she joined a healthcare strategy consulting firm called Health Advances where she worked as an Analyst and Senior Analyst for almost 3 years before switching to an industry role. After Health Advances, she joined Sanofi, a French based pharmaceutical company with a focus on diabetes care.

"In the last year I’ve worked within the Integrated Care Group in the Diabetes Division to form a collaboration with Verily (formerly known as Google Life Sciences) to form a technology enabled service for diabetes care. Outside of work I enjoy staying involved with the Dartmouth community by serving as member of the Alumni Council on behalf of Thayer. As an Alumni Council representative for Thayer, I serve as an Executive Committee member for the Dartmouth Society of Engineers at Thayer School (DSEAT) where I participate in quarterly update calls and work with other committee members to advance the stated initiatives of DSEAT. I am originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL, where my family and my favorite sports teams still reside."

Christopher Bustard

Christopher Bustard

Project Manager, Osprey Software Development

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Christopher Bustard graduated in 2010 with a BA in engineering sciences and went on to Thayer to earn a BE in 2011 with a focus in mechanical engineering. After graduating, Bustard worked as a design engineer for a hydraulics company back in his hometown of Sarasota, FL. After a year and a half, he returned to Thayer to start the MEM program. That summer, he worked doing operations / manufacturing engineering for MacLean-Fogg component solutions. Upon graduating again, Bustard moved to Boston to work as an implementation engineer for aPriori Technologies, a company providing cost estimation software to large manufacturing companies.

"I spun my software consulting skillset into my current job. I am now a project manager for Osprey Software Development, a professional services software company in Waltham MA. I currently am in charge of a project where we are working for our client upgrading their clients to the newest version of a Loan Origination System. In my spare time, I am a focused runner, concentrating on the marathon distance and longer. In the winter I enjoy skiing, spending many weekends in Vermont."

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.

Matt Guernsey

Matt Guernsey

Associate Director, Navigant

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Matt Guernsey lives with his wife Dana (class of 2006) in Arlington Massachusetts and his 1-year-old daughter, who he proudly dresses in her Dartmouth hoodie every chance he gets. At Thayer, Matt spent many hours in the basement as a captain of Dartmouth Formula Racing (where he met Dana!). As a varsity track athlete, the pole vault and sprints provided him with good distractions from engineering problem sets.  
 
Matt moved to the Boston area after finishing his MEM degree at Thayer and spent three years in product design/development. His interest in the energy industry led him to move to a role in consulting on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Matt's expertise is in energy technology commercialization and policy. He works with utilities, manufacturers, and governments to help develop research and development, commercialization, and deployment strategies for emerging technologies. In the last two years, much of his work supported the White House and the the US Department of Energy's successful push to negotiate and adopt the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The amendment is an international regulatory framework that provides a pathway to reducing emissions from chemical refrigerants, which are a particularly potent set of greenhouse gases.

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.

Dan Harburg

Dan Harburg

Director of Business Development, Soft Robotics Inc.
Co-Founder, Transient Electronics Inc.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Dan Harburg is an entrepreneur working to commercialize breakthrough scientific discoveries in the fields of electronics, robotics, materials science, and advanced manufacturing. Dan received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Thayer School where he was one of Thayer’s PhD Innovation Program Fellows. Following his graduation, Dan worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the labs of world-renowned scientists Dr. George M. Whitesides (Harvard University) and Dr. John A. Rogers (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). He co-founded Transient Electronics Inc., a company developing a bioresorbable electronic implant for nerve tissue repair, with Professor Rogers and Dr. Carmichael Roberts. He is also the fourth employee at Soft Robotics Inc., a spin-out from the Whitesides Lab and a venture-backed startup company developing a revolutionary soft robotic end-of-arm tool that brings automation to highly labor-intensive areas of the food industry. Dan serves as the director of business development at Soft Robotics Inc. where he leads market development and customer acquisition and structures strategic partnerships and sales for the company’s products.

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.

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.

Seth Pierrepont

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.

Kara Podkaminer

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.

Steven Reinitz

Steven Reinitz

Senior R&D Engineer, Boston Scientific
Co-founder, IOMETRY, Inc.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Steve is a Senior R&D Engineer in Boston Scientific's Corporate Research team, which specializes in exploratory research and technology scouting. He is also a co-founder of IOMETRY, Inc., which he helped launch while at Dartmouth. Steve is a graduate of Dartmouth’s first in the nation engineering PhD Innovation Program, and a veteran researcher in the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center’s implant retrieval program. He is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Innovation Fellows Program, an immersive biodesign program. Steve's passion is medical device design, and he has developed devices for anesthesia delivery, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonary hypertension, sleep medicine, and general surgery.

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.

Anna Stork

Anna Stork

Co-Founder, LuminAID

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Anna Stork is Co-Founder of LuminAID. LuminAID develops innovative, solar lights for emergency aid and outdoor use. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2008 with a major in Engineering Sciences modified with Studio Art. Anna received her Masters of Architecture from Columbia University in 2011. LuminAID was on ABC's Shark Tank in 2015 and received offers from all five Sharks.