About Us

About The Engine at 750 Main

To the longshots, the unimaginable, and the unbelievable—your potential does not go unnoticed. It will not slip through the cracks. Your ideas have the power to grow into companies that will change the world.

The Importance of Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a core pillar of The Engine. Access to capital, networks and infrastructure were identified as the crucial gaps in translating Tough Tech companies out of the lab and into commercialization. For our portfolio and the Tough Tech ecosystem to continue to grow in the Boston/Cambridge region, different types of warehouse facilities and spaces bespoke to the opportunities before each are necessary. If we invest in infrastructure, more jobs and foundational technology companies will be built in our community. This is the reason for our existence.

  • Emily Knight

    Emily Knight

    Head of Operations

    Emily oversees the operations and expansion of The Engine, including our Engine Room initiative. She focuses on providing our portfolio companies with resources including space and a network of shared resources. Prior to joining the team, she spent three years overseeing general operations, strategy and product management at Workbar coworking spaces. She has spent the last few years working with startups, and connecting them to resources in the innovation ecosystem. Emily holds a BS from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, where she was also captain of the Women's Soccer Team.

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  • Sandy Redd

    Sandy Redd

    Senior Director of Facilities

    Sandy joins the Operations team with over 15 years of facilities, lab operations, and safety experience. As the Senior Director of Facilities, Sandy manages The Engine's expansion project as well as provides facilities leadership at The Engine's various locations. Sandy has worked for multiple private and public biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies as well as the lab co-working incubator, Labcentral. Immediately prior to The Engine, Sandy helped Syros Pharmaceuticals build out its new headquarters and relocate. Sandy holds a BS in Facilities Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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  • Rhett Smith

    Rhett Smith

    Director of Operations

    Rhett works on the Infrastructure team and manages all day-to-day operations at the Engine. He focuses his time on optimizing systems, workflows, and people, to provide best-in-class service at all of The Engine’s operated sites. Rhett brings over 10 years experience in Operations, Strategy, and Management to the team. Prior to joining the Engine, Rhett was a Director of Operations and co-leader at a middle school in the Boston. He holds a BA in Economics from Sewanee: The University of the South and an MBA from Georgetown University.

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  • Hayden McFarlane

    Hayden McFarlane

    Sales Operations Manager

    Hayden brings more than 15 years of Sales and Customer Service experience to The Engine having worked previously in the Luxury Travel industry, both on land and at sea, as well as working for Panasonic New Zealand as the National Product Training Manager. Originally from Waitara, New Zealand, Hayden quickly found his way into a Community Manager role at Workbar Boston where he helped build out the sales process while opening Workbar Back Bay. Combining the Sales, Operations and Community aspects of the roles, Hayden will be building the residents list for our new building at 750 Main St. Hayden is a big sports fan having played soccer and basketball growing up.

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  • Ashley Banks

    Ashley Banks

    Laboratory Operations Manager

    Ashley oversees the daily operations of the biology and chemistry laboratories at The Engine, with a focus on supporting residents with material and equipment needs. She coordinates the safety programs and compliance of the lab spaces and works closely with the researchers to continuously develop laboratory best practices. Ashley holds a BS in Biology from Boston University and has experience as a bench and field scientist as well as experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

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  • Cesar Guerrero

    Cesar Guerrero

    Engineering Associate

    Cesar will be focused on building out and maintaining the machine shop space at The Engine. In managing the space, Cesar is able to provide both engineering support as well as machine assistance for all of the companies that call The Engine home.Cesar has a background in mechanical engineering and is particularly interested in product development and design for manufacturing. Leveraging his expertise, companies are able to quickly and effectively go from idea to working prototype. Cesar holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

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  • Alec Dupuis

    Alec Dupuis

    Alec Dupuis

    Alec completed his undergraduate studies in Management & Innovation at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. While at Champlain, he focused his studies around community-based coworking. His previous work experiences include coworking operations, event production, and marketing. He has also worked on creative projects including interactive installation art and laser-cut relief-style sculpting. In his spare time, Alec likes to get outside - anything from rock climbing to skiing to biking.

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  • Benjamin Perry

    Benjamin Perry

    Community Operations Associate

    Benjamin brings a decade of diverse experience working in Facilities/Operations, Inventory Management, Human Resources, and Team Leadership at Whole Foods Market. He has received global company awards for operational excellence and team building. Benjamin specializes in launching and managing effective, long-term, standard operating procedures alongside building strong relationships with team members and vendors. Outside of his professional life, Benjamin is pursuing a BS in Information Technology with a concentration in Computer Forensics and System Administration.

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