The Station1 Journey


Plans for 2018 and Beyond

  • Station1 will run summer residential education, research, and internship programs starting in 2018 as a nonprofit organization and will scale its student participation over the following four years. During this time, Station1 will add multiple sites to other cities nationally and internationally.
  • Station1 will partner and collaborate with existing higher education institutions in a variety of areas specific to the Station1 mission and model. 
  • In approximately four years, Station1 will apply for conversion to a licensed, accredited university. 


  • Lawrence, Massachusetts was selected as the first site for the 2018 Summer@Station1 program.
  • The Summer@Station1 program was conceived and the curriculum developed.
  • A silent fundraising campaign was initiated, Station1 received it first significant philanthropic gift, followed by numerous additional major philanthropic gifts.
  • The Station1 social media community grew to over 20,000 followers.
  • Professor Ortiz gave invited presentations on the Station1 model at the Global Engineering Deans Conference in Paris, France; the Undergraduate Biology Education Gordon Research Conference: Improving Diversity, Equity, and Learning in Biology Education; the North American Materials Education Symposium; the MIT Online Learning Summit; and the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) workshop.
  • Shepley Bulfinch (a leading architectural / national design practice with specific expertise in education) held a day-long design sprint to develop space concepts for Summer@Station1 instructional, co-working, collaborative, and prototyping space (photos in header above and below).


  • The foundational principles for Station1 were developed and a short-term and long-term strategy formulated.
  • Extensive curricular benchmarking, legal, and regulatory analysis was initiated.
  • The Station1 founders traveled around the world three times, conducting over 250 meetings with various stakeholders, education innovators, and institutions in 18 countries.
  • Two data scientists / software developers were hired, a testbed curricular database created, and a working platform built of curriculum design software.
  • A fiscal sponsor was identified and a contract signed with Third Sector of New England, now TSNE MissionWorks (Boston, Massachusetts), which provides full administrative (back-office) support including: human resources, payroll, grant management, accounting, and legal services.
  • A development consultant was contracted, a strategic fundraising plan developed, and a fundraising technical infrastructure set up.
  • A research-based higher education consulting firm, Maguire Associates (Concord, Massachusetts) was contracted and worked with the Station1 team on budgeting and finance projections.
  • Station1 was granted nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
  • A nonprofit law firm was contracted, Hurwit & Associates (Newton, Massachusetts), which incorporated Station1 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the U.S.
  • An outstanding team of co-founders, professional staff, and expert advisors was assembled with expertise in: pedagogy and curriculum design, global education, project-based learning, educational technology and data science, higher education administration and finance, industry engagement, industry-academy-
    government collaborations, diversity and inclusion, transdisciplinary research, accreditation and nonprofit law.

  • Professor Ortiz announced she was stepping down from her role as Dean for Graduate Education at MIT July 1st, 2016 to found the new venture which was featured in one of the top ten most-read articles of 2016 in the Chronicle of Higher Education resulting in more than 12,000 emails and social media connections.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Muriel Lieberman Strode