Our Team

  • Katie Rae

    Katie Rae

    CEO and Managing Partner

    Katie serves as the CEO & Managing Partner of The Engine, a venture capital fund built by MIT, that invests in early-stage companies solving the world’s biggest problems through the convergence of breakthrough science, engineering and leadership. She serves as a Board Member at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Form Energy, Via Separations, and Lilac Solutions.

    Katie has advised hundreds of founders and invested in over 100 companies. Key investments include Pillpack (acquired by Amazon for $1 billion), Bevi, GrabCad, Synack, Zagster, NBD Nano, Neurala and Amino.

    She holds an MBA from Yale and BA in Biology from Oberlin College.

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  • Reed Sturtevant

    Reed Sturtevant

    General Partner

    Reed is a General Partner on the investment team at The Engine. Reed was a founder and Managing Director at Project 11 Ventures and Techstars Boston. He attended MIT and has a background in software. He ran Microsoft Startup Labs in Cambridge and was VP of Technology at Idealab, Boston. Early in his career he created Freelance Graphics which was acquired by Lotus Development Corp. He has been a lecturer at MIT Sloan and is a frequent speaker at MIT entrepreneurship courses and programs.

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  • Ann DeWitt

    Ann DeWitt

    General Partner

    Ann is a General Partner at The Engine. She serves as a board member for The Engine portfolio companies BioBot, Cellino, E25Bio, Kytopen, Lucy Therapeutics, Mori, Quaise, Syzygy, and Vaxess.

    Ann was most recently at Sanofi where she held senior roles in business development and strategic venture investment. Prior to Sanofi, she was at Flagship Pioneering. Ann started her career in R&D at 3M Company, working across fields of materials, biology and engineering. Ann holds an MBA from Harvard and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. She served on the Board of Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology and is on the Life Science Council of Springboard Enterprises.

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  • Fran Barros

    Fran Barros

    Operating Partner & Chief Design Officer

    Fran is The Engine Chief Design Officer. Fran is a formally trained designer with over 15 years of experience. Prior to joining, Fran spent five years at IDEO, where she was a project leader developing brand, strategy, and service design for startups and corporate ventures. At The Engine, she works on overall strategy, and directly with the founders. She holds a BA in Design from Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile and Graduate Degree in Entrepreneurship from Boston University. She serves on the Advisory Board of Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology.

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  • Orin Hoffman

    Orin Hoffman

    Partner & Head of Government Partnerships

    Orin is a Partner on the investment team at The Engine where he is also Head of Government Partnerships. Orin was most recently a senior government civilian at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental where he served in both investment and CTO roles. Prior to DIUx, Orin spun out and served as Chief Technologist at Endeavor Robotics, which was later acquired by FLIR systems. Orin started his career in R&D at iRobot, where he led the development and deployment of robotic systems to various disaster and conflict responses. Orin holds BA and MS degrees in physics and electrical computer engineering as well as several patents.

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  • Dulcie Madden

    Dulcie Madden

    Operating Partner & Head of Partnerships

    Dulcie is an Operating Partner & Head of Partnerships. Prior to joining The Engine, Dulcie was a co-founder and the CEO of Rest Devices, a startup that used sensors, hardware, and data-driven software to help families sleep better. Prior to Rest, she also worked on the ground in India for five years, developing and scaling programs supporting maternal health and women's livelihood development. She has a BS in Biology from Georgetown University, an MPH from Boston University, and half of an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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  • Theresa Tribble

    Theresa Tribble

    Operating Partner

    Theresa is a serial entrepreneur and early-stage start-up executive whose focus spans from life sciences to consumer health. Theresa co-founded BigHat Bio and Landsdowne Labs. She helped build and grow EverlyWell, SynapDx and several other companies as either an executive or advisor. Theresa started her career as a consultant at Putnam Associates. She holds an MBA from Harvard, where she was a Blavatnik Fellow in Life Science Entrepreneurship, and earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.

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  • Bettina Metais

    Bettina Metais

    VP Investor Relations & Operations

    Bettina is the VP Investor Relations and Operations. She brings over a decade of venture fund operation experience to The Engine. Bettina was most recently with VC firm RockPort Capital, where she was responsible for investor relations, fund operations and marketing. Bettina received her BA and MBA from the Martin Luther University in Halle/Germany and attended the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota under the year-long German academic exchange program.

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  • Michael Kearney

    Michael Kearney

    Principal

    Mike is a Principal at the Engine, where he brings over a decade of operational and research experience in commercializing energy technology. Mike's background combines training in economics and systems engineering with expertise in energy technology, market development and operational experience as an entrepreneur. Mike holds a Ph.D. from MIT Sloan School of Management, where his research focused on frictions in the commercialization of science, regulatory barriers to innovation and entrepreneurial strategy. Previously, he was the 1st employee at a clean-tech start-up called Ambri, where he led business development efforts for 5 years, working with customers across the U.S. Mike received an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a B.A. from Williams College where he was also captain of the Men’s basketball team.

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  • Ian Johnston

    Ian Johnston

    Associate

    Ian has a background in biomedical engineering and life sciences consulting. Coming from his prior position at Putnam Associates, Ian brings experience in addressing key business and therapeutic development questions for biopharmaceutical and health-care clients. He also holds a PhD in Pharmacology from UPenn where his research focused on the microfluidic modeling of the cardiovascular system to understand various hematologic pathologies and investigate novel therapeutics. Additionally, during this time, Ian worked at the Penn Center of Innovation assessing technologies from the UPenn community for their patent-ability and market potential; these technologies spanned realms such as diagnostics, digital health, medical devices, research tools, and novel therapeutic platforms. Ian also functioned as the vice president of consulting for the UPenn-Wharton health-care consulting club. Ian received his BS in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University where he served on the engineering class government.

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  • Chloe Holzinger

    Chloe Holzinger

    Associate

    Chloe is an Investment Associate at The Engine, to which she brings her experience working in and around the global battery industry. Prior to joining The Engine, Chloe held market research positions at IHS Markit and Lux Research, where she advised clients on the global Li-ion battery supply chain, the battery systems powering the e-mobility and energy transition, and the startups developing these next-generation technologies. She also worked as a mechanical engineer at aluminum-water battery developer Open Water Power, where she co-invented the company's static cell system and built prototypes for US defense contract milestones, leading to the company's acquisition by L3 Technologies. Chloe holds a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a B.S. in Marine Chemistry from Eckerd College.

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  • Lakshana Huddar

    Lakshana Huddar

    Associate

    Lakshana is an Investment Associate at The Engine, where she brings over a decade of experience in academic research and commercialization of climate focused technologies. She helped build Activate Boston, an entrepreneurial fellowship program supporting science innovators from concept to first product. She was involved in selecting promising individuals from academia and guiding them through the early stages of building a startup, providing technical, fundraising, team building and market support. Prior to that Lakshana was a fellow at ARPA-E, a high-risk high-impact funding agency within the Department of Energy. She developed and evaluated new technical spaces that merited funding, exploring and funding projects in a number of sectors including enhanced geothermal systems, nuclear fission and fusion, as well as robust supply chains for climatetech through deep-sea mining.

    Lakshana holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

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  • Vinny Beranek

    Vinny Beranek

    Director of Research and Analytics

    Vinny is Director of Research and Analytics at The Engine. He was previously a consultant in the Private Equity Group at the London and Boston offices of Bain & Company. At Bain, he advised private equity and corporate clients on investments across industry sectors with a primary focus on healthcare.

    He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from, the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Biomedical Engineering, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BSc in Biomedical Engineering, from the Czech Technical University.

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  • Monique Guimond

    Monique Guimond

    Chief of Staff

    Monique received her MBA from MIT Sloan in the Spring of 2017, where she was involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem as the Managing Director of the MIT $100K Competition. Prior to Sloan, she was one of the first employees at a social enterprise specializing in healthcare design, MASS Design Group, where she built out operations and expanded the business model abroad.

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  • Emily Knight

    Emily Knight

    VP 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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  • Kerry Walker

    Kerry Walker

    Head of Communications

    Kerry has more than 20 years of experience working with startups and established brands on strategic planning, media and analyst relations, customer and partner activities, event planning, and content creation.

    Prior to founding Walker Communications, she spent 11 years at The OutCast Agency, most recently as Executive Vice President and a member of its management team overseeing client service. Her prior agency time was spent at Porter Novelli and Bridgeman Communications and she did an in-house stint at Abt Associates. She advises budding entrepreneurs during Specialist Office Hours at the Harvard Innovation Lab.

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  • Nathaniel Brewster

    Nathaniel Brewster

    Director of Content

    Nathaniel brings over a decade of experience in writing and brand development to his job as Director of Content at The Engine. In partnership with design, he helps The Engine and its portfolio companies shape compelling and accessible stories. Prior to The Engine, Nathaniel was Director of Content at Tank Design, a design and branding firm in Cambridge, MA, where he led a team that wrote and developed brand identities for clients across the country. Nathaniel holds an honors degree in Creative Writing from Hamilton College.

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  • Alex Grant

    Alex Grant

    Program Manager

    Alex Grant is the Program Manager for The Engine. He supports Platform functions and founder programming. Alex started his career managing the development of Enterprise IOT software. Prior to The Engine, he was involved in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem where he organized events and programs to support young founders. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Babson College with dual-concentrations in Information Technology Management and Strategic Management.

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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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  • 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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  • Alec Dupuis

    Alec Dupuis

    Community Operations Associate

    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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  • Bela Bogdanović

    Bela Bogdanović

    Executive Coordinator

    Prior to her time at The Engine, Bela had various roles in research, operations, and fundraising. She holds a BA in Global Studies and Chinese from the University of Vermont and received her MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK.

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  • Sophie Meyer

    Sophie Meyer

    Executive Coordinator

    Sophie is an executive coordinator at The Engine. She holds a BA from The University of Vermont where she was also the President of the Student Alumni Association. She sat on the UVM Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2020-2021 where she focused on building student-alumni relations and engaging the larger UVM community to build meaningful relationships and foster a sense of pride.

    Originally from Northern Virginia, Sophie is passionate about exploring the outdoors, skiing, SCUBA diving, and golf.

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  • Lizzie Raymer

    Lizzie Raymer

    Executive Assistant

    Lizzie is a Massachusetts native who received her BA in Sociology at Northeastern. She has lived in Italy, France and England, the longest stint being in London where she earned a master's degree in Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions (which might be the longest master's degree title ever). She has worked in support and operational roles in a variety of industries, including startups, higher ed and media. Lizzie moved to Cambridge five years ago and loves discovering new food and new music.

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