will.i.am is a multi-faceted entertainer and front man of the Black Eyed Peas, producer and creative innovator who has been recognized by seven Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a CLIO Award, and the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. During BritWeek 2015, UK Trade and Investment named him Entrepreneur of the Year for his leadership as Founder & Chief Executive Officer of i.am+.
i.am+ is the developer of the first smart band device with an onboard, untethered mobile phone, the dial, powered by AneedA, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-focused operating system. Fusing the worlds of technology and fashion, will.i.am and team also developed i.am+ BUTTONS Bluetooth Wireless Headphone. BUTTONS feature magnetic earpieces, when clipped together, transform the listening device into a stylish necklace made of spun metal and woven fabric that incorporates a microphone connected to AneedA for making calls and finding music, both hands- free.
will.i.am’s additional business leadership roles include: founding equity shareholder in Beats Electronics; Co-creator & Partner in ill.i Optics eyewear; the Creator of EKOCYCLE, a sustainable fashion and accessories brand in conjunction with partner The Coca-Cola Company; and Executive Producer and star/mentor of “Planet of the Apps”, a new reality series for Apple TV now in production. In January, 2017 he returned in his starring role a Coach on season six of “The Voice” UK edition, now airing on ITV.
As an innovation consultant with a passion for merging the worlds of technology and design, will.i.am previously served as Chief Creative Officer of 3D Systems, and Director of Creative Innovation at Intel.
As a passionate advocate for STEM/STEAM education, will.i.am funds and operates STEM- focused after-school and college scholarship programs via his i.am.angel Foundation. i.am+ is part of the Pledge 1% initiative, and donates 1% of revenue, staff time and product to local community organizations including the i.am College Track and i.am STEAM youth education programs.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016, and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Sachs is currently Director of both the Center for Sustainable Development, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Nancy Miller is GOOD's Editor-in-Chief. In February, GOOD won its first National Magazine Award for our cover story The Good Guide to Donald Trump: "What Can He Really Do? What Can We Do About It?" She has previously worked as deputy editor of Los Angeles magazine, senior editor at Wired, and staff writer at Entertainment Weekly. After starting a career in magazine journalism in New York, Ms. Miller moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly as well as an on-air producer for KCRW in Santa Monica. From 2006 to 2010, she was a senior editor at Wired magazine, where she worked on cover stories, digital development, and launched their podcast network.
She later went on to become the West Coast Editorial Director at Fast Company. In 2012, she landed at Los Angeles Magazine as Deputy Editor, earning the magazine a National Magazine Award in 2013 and an additional ASME nomination the following year. Her editorial work spans print, digital, podcasts and video, with an editorial focus on how technology, innovation, creativity and storytelling shape our world. She’s a graduate of the University of San Francisco.
Jacob Weisberg is Chairman of The Slate Group, whose roster includes Slate magazine and Panoply, a full-service podcast network. He is the creator and host of Trumpcast, a near-daily podcast about the Donald Trump phenomenon that kicked off in March 2016. A native of Chicago, Weisberg attended Yale University and New College, Oxford. He worked as a writer and editor at The New Republic(1989-1994) and covered politics for New York Magazine (1994-1996) before joining the new Internet magazine Slate, where he covered the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns as Chief Political Correspondent and served as Editor from 2002 to 2008. Weisberg has been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, and a reporter for Newsweek in London and Washington.
He is the author of several books, including The Bush Tragedy, a 2008 New York Times bestseller, and In an Uncertain World (2003), written with former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. Weisberg’s first book, In Defense of Government, was published in 1996, and his newest -- a biography of Ronald Reagan -- came out in January 2016. Weisberg is a member of the Financial Times A-List board of contributors, and a contributor to the New York Review of Books. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the PEN American Center, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Deborah Jackson '80BUS is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and former investment banker. Starting in 1980 at Goldman Sachs, she spent over two decades helping clients raise capital. In the mid 90s she focused on raising private capital for the early health care internet and software companies. She has served on the Boards of numerous non-profit organizations.
She is a fierce advocate for women building technology and female founders as an important way to change the world for the better. Her private investments in companies with women founders range from cloud based technology, consumer internet, and mobile disruption technologies.
She was a co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile to provide capital and sponsorship to women building new mobile technology. In 2011 she founded Plum Alley to advance women entrepreneurs with capital and connections and to build an inclusive eco-system. Plum Alley Investments was launched in 2015 with Andrea Turner Moffitt to source, curate and present its members equity and debt investment opportunities with transformative innovation.
In 2015, Plum Alley was named to Entrepreneur’s 100 Brilliant Companies. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Inc Magazine. She was selected by Fast Company to their “League of Extraordinary Women.” Her path to becoming an entrepreneur is a featured chapter in the 2014 book Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology.
Deborah has been on CNBC’s Power Pitch and judges competitions at Harvard Business School, Startup Weekend and Columbia Social Entrepreneurs. She is recognized as one of Forbes’ “Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs.”
Deborah is a regular speaker on entrepreneurship, venture funding and her own path: at the Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania Conferences for Women, Harvard Business School, Columbia Women in Business, Family Office Association and BlogHer Entrepreneurs.
Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Founder of Zola.com, wedding registry that will go to great lengths to find the best brands, both known and unknown. Zola has developed technology that helps couples get more out of their registry, letting them personalize everything with their own notes and pictures, add gifts from any website, and ship at their convenience. Previously, Shan-Lyn was the Chief Product Officer of Chloe + Isabel and prior to that, the General Manager of Gilt Taste, Gilt’s entrance into the food and wine arena. Shan-Lyn has held product and marketing roles at Yahoo! Shan-Lyn holds a BCommerce with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and an MBA from Stanford University.
Mark Hansen joined Columbia Journalism School in July of 2012, after a decade of shuttling between the west and east coasts. In Los Angeles, he held appointments in the Department of Statistics, the Department of Design Media Arts and the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA -- literally forming a triangulation of data, art and technology -- and was a Co-PI for the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, an NSF Science and Technology Center devoted to the study of sensor networks. While in New York, Hansen was a long-standing visiting researcher at the New York Times R&D Lab and a consultant with HBO Sports.
Hansen works with data in an essentially journalistic practice, crafting stories through algorithm, computation and visualization. In addition to his technical work, Hansen also has an active art practice involving the presentation of data for the public. His work with Ben Rubin at EAR Studio has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the London Science Museum, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, and the lobby of the New York Times building (permanent display) in Manhattan. Hansen holds a PhD and MA in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Applied Math from the University of California, Davis.
Hayley Barna is a Venture Partner at First Round Capital based in New York. Prior to joining First Round she co-founded Birchbox, the leading beauty and grooming retailer seed funded by First Round in 2010. She served as Co-CEO at Birchbox for five years. Hayley oversaw key functions including marketing, operations, strategy and technology. During her tenure she raised over $70M in venture capital and grew the business to over a million monthly subscribers.
Hayley has been honored with numerous recognitions including Fortunes "40 Under 40," Forbes's "30 under 30," Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and Ad Age's "Women to Watch." Before launching Birchbox in 2010, Hayley received her MBA from Harvard Business School and bachelor's degree from Harvard College. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in New York. She also spent time at two very different ends of the retail spectrum during her roles in strategy at Christie’s in Hong Kong and product management at Amazon in Seattle. In addition to her investing role at First Round, Hayley is a board member at Birchbox, Collective Retreats, RAB Lighting and Madison Reed. She is also a trustee of Society for Science & the Public.
Peter Kelemen is Arthur D. Storke Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the Geochemical Society. He studies the chemical and physical processes of reaction between fluids and rocks. He has worked on the genesis and evolution of oceanic and continental crust, chemical cycles in subduction zones, and new mechanisms for earthquake initiation. His primary focus now is on geologic capture and storage of CO2 (CCS), and reaction-driven cracking processes in natural and engineered settings, with application to CCS, geothermal power generation, hydrocarbon extraction, and in situ mining.
teaches a popular course on “Earth Resources for Sustainable Development” at Columbia, as well as courses and seminars on petrology, geochemistry, and geodynamics. Kelemen was a founding partner of Dihedral Exploration (1980-1992), consultants specializing in exploration for mineral deposits in steep terrain, with contracts in Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Research and climbing have taken him to Peru, India, Oman, the Aleutian Islands, 7,500 meters above sea level in Pakistan, and 5,500 meters below sea level via submersibles along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. He received his AB from Dartmouth College in 1980, and his PhD from the University of Washington in 1987. He spent 16 years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before moving to Columbia’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in 2004.
Adam Sobel Adam Sobel is a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is an atmospheric scientist who specializes in the dynamics of climate and weather, particularly in the tropics, on time scales of days to decades. A major focus of his current research is extreme events - such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts, and the risks these pose to human society in the present and future climate. He leads the Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate.
Sobel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Music from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the last few years, he has received the Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society, the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, an AXA Award in Extreme Weather and Climate from the AXA Research Fund, and an Ascent Award from the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union. Sobel is author or co-author of over 125 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and his book about Hurricane Sandy, Storm Surge, published in October 2014 by Harper-Collins, received the 2014 Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Award in the popular category and the 2016 Louis J. Battan Award from the American Meteorological Society.
Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects companies seeking to advance digital media technologies with New York City's Economic Development Corporation, NYU, and Columbia University. NYU Media Lab is a public-private partnership encompassing the universities of NYC and corporate members such as Hearst Corporation, ESPN, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Bloomberg News Corp, NBCUniversal, Viacom, and Verizon.
The Lab's interests range across disciplines from data science to design to engineering, and its programs include seed R&D projects with member companies as well as The Combine, which encourages digital media startup formation and technology commercialization on the City's campuses.
Previously, Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @justinhendrix.
Kate Sheppard is an enterprise editor and senior reporter at the Huffington Post. She previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect. Her reporting has been recognized with awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Online News Association and the Deadline Club, and featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. She serves as the vice president for membership of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Soo-Jin Kim ’10BUS founded Inclued as an open table for corporate events sourcing venues (private rooms) and menus (caterers) for corporations free of charge in September 2012. Since the opening of the Columbia Startup Lab, the outstanding Inclued team has catered all of our events and sourced all of our venues. We can’t say enough about this proud Columbia-born, female-founded startup.
Unlike most event planning business models which charge the users, Soo-jin decided to charge the restaurants for bringing them large businesses so the service can remain free for users. Soo-jin taught herself 5 web programming languages while leading a nationwide salesforce at American Express to launch her website www.inclued.com. Soon after launch, in-clued expanded to offering drop-off & full-service catering service to address the client’s growing demands for in-office events.
A word play on “clue-in”, Inclued has curated & developed partnerships with 400 private venues and caterers. 2015 was an exciting year for Inclued with a new website to debut in Spring/Summer of 2015 as well as a full roll out of their premium black label service, which includes wedding & full scale event production/planning service.
In-clued’s vision is to set a new industry standard for planning events. Please continue to support them so thousands more can seamlessly source high-quality venues and caterers. If you or your office have any large group planning needs (party size +30), please let them know at email@example.com.
Karen Heidelberger is the Chief Partnership and Communications Officer at Deerfield, where she is responsible for relationships with investors, partner companies, and other interested parties. Prior to this role, Karen was a Trader at Deerfield for over a decade. In this capacity, she was responsible for trading in public securities on behalf of the Funds and developing and communicating market information to the firm. Prior to joining Deerfield in 2002, Karen was a Vice President in the Sales and Trading division of Merrill Lynch. Also at Merrill, she served as a Conflicts Coordinator in the Mergers and Acquisitions department. In this role she was responsible for ensuring that Merrill Lynch was clear of legal and business conflicts of interest before the firm was able to accept an assignment. Karen is on the board of the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures since 2016. She graduated from the Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration and earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University, where she directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. The focus of her research is on engineering human tissues for regenerative medicine, basic research and modeling of disease. She is well published and highly cited, and is one of the 1,360 most cited individuals of all times (h>100). She has 75 licensed, issued and pending patents, has founded three biotech companies – epiBone, Tara Biosystems, and MatriTek, and is a frequent advisor to government and industry. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and National Academy of Inventors.
Orin Herskowitz is VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer for Columbia University and Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures, is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s Business and Engineering Schools. He has been a Board Member or Advisor to a number of innovation and entrepreneurship-focused initiatives in NYC, including the NYC Media Lab, the Coulter Translational Partnership, and PowerBridgeNY.
John H. Cunningham is the Senior Vice President – Regional Market Director of the New York City cluster at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Mr. Cunningham has more than 27 years of experience in real estate operations, leasing and development, and has completed over 4.5 million square feet of development projects, including numerous complex life science and specialized high-tech projects, large build-to-suits, and strategic properties. Prior to joining Alexandria, Mr. Cunningham was at Cambridge Property Group in the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1987, where he became the President of the Development Group in 1995. While at Cambridge, Mr. Cunningham worked closely with Alexandria from 1997 to 2007, acting as a third-party developer on projects in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. In addition to operations, leasing, and development, Mr. Cunningham has extensive experience in acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate. Prior to Cambridge, Mr. Cunningham was the editor-in-chief of The Pro Review magazine, a publication for professional photographers. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Loudoun Country Day School for six years, and has published four novels. Mr. Cunningham received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Maryland.
Euan Robertson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Euan leads the Strategic Planning Team, the Center for Economic Transformation, and—together with Seth Myers—the Asset Management and Capital Divisions. Recently, Euan spent 17 months as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, where he oversaw the launch and implementation of key initiatives including the Small Business First program and the City’s First Look initiative. Previously, Euan served as President and COO of the not-for-profit MaRS Discovery District in Toronto and as an Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Center for Economic Transformation here at NYCEDC. Euan holds an MBA from London Business School and an MA from the University of St. Andrews.
Richard Witten '75CC serves as the Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University, a position he assumed after retiring as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University. He is the Founder of Columbia Entrepreneurship and a member of the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors, where he chairs the Cancer Advisory Council. Richard is also the Founder and Senior Managing Director of The Orienta Group, an investment and advisory firm, and is a retired General Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co, where he had a senior management role in the firm’s fixed income, currencies and commodities businesses.
Richard is the Co-Chairman of the Board of New York City Center, and a member of the Board of the Harlem Children’s Zone. He also chairs the Board of Advisors of the Ragon Institute, a health research partnership between the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and MIT.
Mr. Witten was graduated from Columbia College in the City of New York in 1975, and from Harvard Law School in 1978 (both cum laude).
His first novel, Divided Loyalties, was published in 2006 by Booksurge, LLC (an Amazon company). .
Katherine Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, the first digital clinic for women. Maven is a telehealth platform offering instant access to its best-in- class network of women’s and family health providers, with a flagship 15-month maternity program for employers to help new parents throughout their transition back to work.
Katherine previously worked as an early stage investor at the venture capital firm Index Ventures, based in London, where she focused on consumer technology, and in particular on investments in the health, education, art, and retail sectors.
Prior to joining Index, Katherine worked as a journalist, writing for The Economist from Southeast Asia, New York, and London. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs about the U.S. financial crisis.
Katherine received her B.A. from the Honors College at the University of Michigan and her MSc from the London School of Economics. Katherine is based in New York City.
Alex Iskold is the Managing Director of Techstars in New York City.
Previously Alex was Founder/CEO of GetGlue (acquired by i.tv), founder/CEO of Information Laboratory (acquired by IBM), and Chief Architect DataSynapse (acquired by TIBCO).
Alex created GetGlue, the leading social TV network, backed by Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, TimeWarner Investments and Rho Ventures. GetGlue has been named breakout startup of 2011 by Mashable and Top 10 Video Innovator by FastCompany. In 2012 Hollywood reporter named Alex among top 50 digital power players.
Alex’s first startup, Information Laboratory, created a tool that helped software architects find problems in their code. IBM acquired the company in 2003, and much of Alex’s work made its way into widely used IBM Rational Developer and Architect products. In addition to being serial entrepreneur, Alex also contributed hundreds of articles to ReadWriteWeb, and taught an award-winning undergraduate software engineering class at NYU.
An engineer by training, Alex has deep passion and appreciation for startups, digital products and elegant code. He likes running, yoga, complex systems, Murakami books and red wine. Not necessarily in that order and not necessarily all together. He actively blogs about startups and venture capital at http://alexiskold.net.
Merit E. Janow is an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment, with extensive experience in academia, government, international organizations and business. In addition, she has had a life-long involvement with Asia and is an expert in that region. For the past 18 years, Merit E. Janow has been a Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and affiliated faculty at Columbia Law School. Currently, in addition to being Dean of SIPA, she is also Co-Director of the APEC Study Center and Chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee of Columbia’s Global Center East Asia. Her research interests focus on international trade and investment, Asia, competition law and economic globalization. She has written several books, numerous articles and frequently speaks before business, policy, and academic audiences around the world.
While at Columbia University, Professor Janow was elected in December 2003 for a four year term as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body, which is the court of final appeal for adjudicating trade disputes between the 153 member nations of the WTO.
From 1997 to 2000, Professor Janow served as the Executive Director of the first international antitrust advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Justice that reported to the Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, Professor Janow was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1989-93). She was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing U.S. trade policies with Japan and China.
Professor Janow is on the Board of Directors of several corporations and not for profit organizations. In 2009, she became a charter member of the International Advisory Council of China’s sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corporation or CIC.
Early in her career, Professor Janow was a corporate lawyer specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and before becoming a lawyer, worked at a think tank where she focused on US-Japan trade and economic relations. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and is fluent in Japanese. She has a JD from Columbia Law School where she was a Stone Scholar, and a BA in Asian Studies with honors from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
James J. Valentini was appointed Dean of the College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education in September 2011. Affectionately called “Deantini” by Columbia undergraduates, Dean Valentini has been a member of Columbia’s faculty since 1990 and previously served as chair of the Chemistry Department and director of the Chemistry Department’s Undergraduate Studies Program. He was also instrumental in creating the Science Research Fellows program. Before becoming Dean, Professor Valentini served on numerous College and University committees focused on curriculum matters, undergraduate affairs, alumni relations, and faculty governance, diversity and tenure.
As the chief academic and executive officer of Columbia College, Dean Valentini’s central focus is to support and develop the College so that students and faculty have the best possible experience. The Dean oversees the College curriculum, which includes the Core Curriculum, as well as the academic and administrative services and policies that contribute to the undergraduate experience inside and outside of the classroom. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Arts and Sciences, together with the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Faculty. The Executive Committee has major decision-making authority for the Arts and Sciences and its constituent schools.
Dean Valentini earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University. He was a member of the research staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, before coming to Columbia. He has taught many undergraduate and graduate chemistry lecture courses and developed and taught research seminars for first-year students and seniors. He is known around campus for hosting frequent office hours and “Dine with Deantini” lunches and handing out candy canes in Butler Library during finals weeks.
Mary C. Boyce is Dean of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York and also the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering. Prior to joining Columbia, Dean Boyce served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for over 25 years, leading the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2008 to 2013. Her research focuses on materials and mechanics, particularly in the areas of polymers and soft composites. Dean Boyce has been widely recognized for her scholarly contributions, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.
Dean Boyce leads the education and research mission of Columbia Engineering with over 175 faculty, 1500 undergraduate students, 2500 graduate students, and 100 postdoctoral fellows. She is committed to enabling and celebrating the creativity and innovation of students and faculty, and enabling collaborations across the university. Since joining Columbia University, Dean Boyce has launched a Columbia Makerspace, Ignition Grants to support student physical and digital ventures, the Columbia Design Challenge, and the SEAS Senior Design Expo. Dean Boyce has also launched SEAS participation in the Columbia Startup Lab, and expanded entrepreneurship programming and the Columbia Venture Competition in close partnership with Columbia Entrepreneurship.
Dean Boyce earned her BS degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech, and her MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Zach Aarons '13BUS, works in real estate and technology and looks to connect people within those two industries. He has vast experience with investment banking, angel investing, real estate development, and consulting.
As Project Manager of Millennium Partners, Zach works with development teams in Hollywood and San Francisco to help manage their development pipeline in those cities. He also works with some existing retail assets doing leasing and facilities management.
Zach also has expertise in venture capital where he served as Senior Associate for ENIAC Ventures, working with partners to evaluate and source various mobile technology investments for the fund's portfolio.
As a Founding Partner of SOLOMO.VC, a seed stage investing vehicle located in NYC, Zach helped invest in 50+ technology companies including Weotta, Fondu, Keen, Sonic Notify, Brainscape, Localmind, Fitocracy, Breezy, MAZ Digital, Lumier, Snapette, MinoMonsters, Mighty Text, Kamcord, Hullabalu, Tracks, GateGuru, Everlater, Moonit, Medigram, and Intro.
He also served as Founder, CEO and Principal Guide to TravelGoat, a travel information website and mobile application featuring audio tours, guided tours, video, audio, photography, and text content about various cities in the USA.
Outside of work, Zach is on the Board of Directors for The Lowline and on the Board of Trustees from The Tenement Museum. He also speaks fluent Italian.
Sree Sreenivasan has been Chief Digital Officer of NYC since Oct 2016. In announcing his role, Mayor Bill deBlasio (@NYCMayor) tweeted, “Welcome, @sree, as NYC’s new CDO! And onward to becoming the most tech-friendly, transparent, digitally equitable city in the world.” Sree runs the Mayor’s Office of Digital Strategy and works with City agencies and colleagues throughout the five boroughs to fulfill the goals laid out in that tweet. He also works with startups and tech companies to help them thrive in the world’s greatest city. Before coming to City Hall, Sree spent three years as Chief Digital Officer of The Met and also worked for 21 years at Columbia University, teaching digital media at Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first CDO.