Station1 2018 Inaugural Event
Promise & Peril:
Education, Research, and Ecosystems
for a Resilient, Inclusive, & Prosperous Future
Saturday, August 4th, 6pm @ Lawrence, Massachusetts
Invite-Only (RSVP required)
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Dress: Business Smart
Station1 is thrilled to feature three distinguished external speakers, in addition to the Station1 founders.
John L. Bryan Chair & Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland
Professor José L. Torero holds the John L. Bryan Chair and is the Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience at the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland. He works in the fields of safety, environmental remediation and sanitation where he specializes in complex environments such as developing nations, complex urban environments, novel architectures, critical infrastructure, aircraft and spacecraft. He holds a BSc for the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1989), and an MSc (1991) and PhD (1992) from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Doctor Honoris Causa by Ghent University (Belgium) in 2016. José is a Chartered Engineer (UK), a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK), the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (Australia), the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Institution of Fire Engineers (UK), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (USA), the Combustion Institute (USA) and the Royal Society of New South Wales (Australia). José joined The University of Maryland in 2017 following appointments as Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia, the Landolt & Cia Chair in Innovation for a Sustainable Future at Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, BRE Trust/RAEng Professor of Fire Safety Engineering at The University of Edinburgh and Charge de Recherche at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. He has been involved in landmark designs such as the tallest timber office building in the world, the Space Shuttle hangars in Cape Canaveral or the 2011 temple for “Burning Man.” He has been part of the World Trade Center collapse investigation, the Organization of American States Human Rights investigation to the murder of 43 university students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, the Chilean Supreme court investigation to the inmate deaths in the San Miguel prison and currently, he is serving in the Grenfell Public Inquiry being instructed to provide “Oversight of all the technical experts including identification of relevant work streams and addressing any gaps between experts.” His work on the reformulation of engineering education led to six influential think tanks supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Ove Arup Foundation.
President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC
and Chairman of Tejas Networks,
Trustee of the Deshpande Foundation, including EforAll
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of the Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. He is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks. Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. The Deshpande Foundation strengthens ecosystems that create significant social and economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the setup of five other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, EforAll (formerly known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox) in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts, the Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, the Dunin Deshpande Queens Innovation Center at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and the Gopalakrishnan Deshpande Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. Deshpande Foundation also provided the founding grant for MassChallenge in Boston, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the UPOP program at MIT. Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D. from Queens University in Canada. Deshpande co-chaired the National Council to support President Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship strategy from 2010 to 2015.
Senior Vice President of Lupoli Companies,
Board Member of the UMass Building Authority and the Lawrence Partnership
An accomplished professional with more than twenty years of experience within the real estate and construction industry. Gerry-Lynn oversees leasing strategies for more than 4 million square feet of real estate. Gerry-Lynn has a BA in Economics and Management from Wheaton College and MBA from Endicott College’s Van Loan School of Management. She holds a construction supervisor license and a broker license within the Commonwealth and she is a notary public. In 2016, Gerry-Lynn was appointed by Governor Baker to the eleven-member Board of the UMass Building Authority where she also serves as Chair of the Financial Strategies Committee. She is also an active board member at Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence Partnership as Chair of the Advisory Committee and CREW Boston as a member of the Housing and Community Development Committee and the Programs Committee.
Co-Founder and Chief Curriculum Officer, Station1
Lecturer and Historian of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I study the ways that people envision human progress, through the institutions, built environments, and narratives that they create. As a historian of technology, business, and higher education, my work is about drawing connections between the ways that people learn, produce, and maintain systems of knowledge and material culture. I am passionate about the amazing potential of connecting people across disciplines and physical geographies – this resonates throughout the work I do at Station1, the opportunities that I aim to facilitate for our students, the way I approach the serendipity of my own research and place in the world. I am interested in the ways that people create and maintain collaboration across professional sectors, a theme of my own research in the history of nascent academic-industrial partnerships at the beginning of the 20th century. I am currently a visiting scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) at the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg, Switzerland, a research and development center for the built environment of the future. As a joint post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) I created coursework that engaged students in analysis of technology, culture, and the city. I hold a Ph.D. from MIT in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society, a B.S. and M.S. from Cornell University in Fiber Science and Apparel Design, and M.A from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Museum Studies and Textile Conservation.
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I am a scientist, engineer, social entrepreneur, educator, and professor. As founder of Station1, I have over 25 years experience in higher education and am the (tenured and chaired) Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and former dean for graduate educationat the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During this time, I had the privilege of supporting over 7000 students from more than 100 countries and working with hundreds of faculty and staff on initiatives in diversity and inclusion, global education, technology-enabled learning, learning assessment, curricular and pedagogical design, new financial models, 21st century personal and professional skills development, and many more areas. As a scientist and engineer, my research expertise is in the area of multiscale design and mechanics of biological and bio-inspired materials and manufacturing and I have over 180 scholarly publications and 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering given to me at the White House by President George W. Bush. I received a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University all in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. I am an alumni of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities for Science and Engineering (GEM) which provided me with a transformative fellowship and summer internship and enabled me to continue my education and was critical to my career path. I serve on numerous boards, including as a regional accreditation commissioner for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Here is my full CV, my LinkedIn Page, my Twitter Feed, and my Instagram.