Our Team

  • Katie Rae

    Katie Rae

    CEO & 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 for Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Form Energy, Via Separations, Lilac Solutions, Sublime Systems, WoHo, and VEIR.

    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. He serves as a Board Member for Celestial AI, Hyperlight, Rise Robotics, C2Sense, The Routing Company, Cambridge Electronics, and Emvolon.

    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 Biobot Analytics, Cellino, Lucy Therapeutics, Kytopen, Quaise, Syzygy, and Vaxess Technologies.

    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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  • Milo Werner

    Milo Werner

    General Partner

    Milo Werner is a General Partner at The Engine. She serves as a Board Member for Mori. She joins us from Ajax Strategies where she was a Partner, leading mid-stage investments across energy, transportation, agriculture and industrial applications. Milo joined Tesla in 2007, at a critical stage in the company's trajectory, where she led New Production Introduction, launching Model S powertrain (battery, drive unit, and all the stuff in between), dual motor, drivers assist and, most importantly, Model X. The company grew from 200 to 12,000 during her tenure. In addition to Tesla, Milo ran New Product Introduction at Fitbit, launching four factories in China and transitioning the company to fully automated production, and led engineering and product for micro-grid company Zola, a startup providing distributed energy to over a million families in Sub Saharan Africa. Milo earned a B.S. in Geology and Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont, as well as a MS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She sits on the boards of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, AxelHire, Infinitum Electric and is a Board Observer for Lime.

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  • Fran Barros

    Fran Barros

    Partner & Chief Design Officer

    Fran is a Partner and The Engine Chief Design Officer. She serves as a board member for E25Bio.

    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. He serves as a Board Member for RISE Robotics, Hedron, and Sync Computing.

    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

    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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  • Michael Kearney

    Michael Kearney


    Mike is a Partner at the Engine, where he brings over a decade of operational, research and investing experience in commercializing energy technology. He serves on the board of Osmoses. He serves as a board observer for VEIR, Sublime Systems, Syzygy Plasmonics, Emvolon, and Copernic Catalysts.

    Mike's background combines training in economics and systems engineering with expertise in energy technology, market development and operational experience as an entrepreneur. Prior to The Engine, Mike was the Executive Director of the MIT Roosevelt Project, an interdisciplinary study on energy transition pathways, and was the 1st employee at a clean-tech startup called Ambri, where he led business development efforts, working with customers in electric power across the United States.

    Mike holds a Ph.D. from MIT Sloan School of Management, where he trained as an economist and his research focused on frictions in the commercialization of science, regulatory barriers to energy innovation and entrepreneurial strategy. Mike received an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a BA from Williams College where he was also captain of the Men’s Basketball team.

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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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  • Emily Knight

    Emily Knight

    VP of Operations

    Emily oversees the operations and expansion of The Engine. 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 co-working 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 University School of Hotel Administration, where she was also captain of the Women's Soccer Team.

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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. Monique earned a BA in International Health from Georgetown University.

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  • Vinny Beranek

    Vinny Beranek

    Director of Research & Analytics

    Vinny is Director of Research & 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 BS in Biomedical Engineering, from the Czech Technical University.

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  • Ian Johnston

    Ian Johnston


    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


    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 MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a BS in Marine Chemistry from Eckerd College.

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  • Lakshana Huddar

    Lakshana Huddar


    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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  • 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. Kerry earned a BA in Journalism from University of South Carolina.

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  • Conrad Hollomon

    Conrad Hollomon

    Director of Government Programs

    Conrad Hollomon is Director of Government Programs at The Engine. A former military officer, Conrad previously worked at Unity Technologies on their Artificial Intelligence team as Senior Technical PM, working to help bring advances in computer vision and reinforcement learning to market. Conrad served in multiple roles at Techstars, as Program Director working with the U.S. Air Force to bridge the gap between high-growth tech startups and the federal government, as Growth Director focused on helping government and corporate partners build thriving environments in their organizations for innovation, and as Entrepreneur in Residence to scout and support tough tech startups in the Techstars Boston portfolio. In his spare time, Conrad is dedicated to advocacy work focused on STEM education for underrepresented communities, including military veterans, families, and refugees. He enjoys reading science fiction and trying out new delicious restaurants. Conrad received an MBA from Boston University with a focus on social impact and organizational behavior, and a Bachelors of Music in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music.

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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 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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  • Bela Bogdanović

    Bela Bogdanović

    Platform 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ashley Banks

    Ashley Banks

    Senior 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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  • 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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  • Alec Dupuis

    Alec Dupuis

    Operations Manager

    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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  • Cesar Guerrero

    Cesar Guerrero

    Engineering Manager

    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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  • 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 MA 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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  • Jim Matheson

    Jim Matheson

    Special Partner

    Jim is a Special Partner at The Engine. He also serves as a member of the Harvard Business School faculty and teaches the EC courses Entrepreneurial Finance and Tough Tech Ventures and is a faculty affiliate of the Business & Environment Initiative. 

    From 2000-2018, Jim was one of the four General Partners who launched Flagship Pioneering and helped grow the firm to over $3 billion+ AUM. From 2013-2018, Jim also served as President and CEO of Oasys Water, having also been the company’s founding Chairman and Lead Investor since 2008. As CEO, he led the global expansion of Oasys’ award-winning industrial wastewater treatment platform and the sale of the business to their Asian partner in 2018. 

    Before embarking on a second career in entrepreneurship and investing, Jim was a Navy F-14/18 pilot with significant combat experience and tours as a TOPGUN Instructor and Officer-in-Charge of the Navy’s Nevada-based Adversary Squadron before retiring in 2008 as Commander. He earned his BS (with honors) from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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  • Fiona Murray

    Fiona Murray


    Fiona Murray is a Professor and Associate Dean at the MIT School of Management. Murray is an international policy expert on the transformation of investments in science and technology into deep-tech start-up ventures that solve significant global challenges and create national advantage – from defense and security to health, food and water security. Her work includes understanding new funding approaches for innovations that arise from scientific research, and educating the next generation of technical leaders to build effective ventures. Fiona serves on the British Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology and was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for her services to innovation and entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom. She is also a member of the Ministry of Defense Innovation Advisory Panel and the European Innovation Council Joint Expert Group. She sits on a number of Boards including Prime Coalition and MassChallenge. She received her BA ’89 and MA ‘90 from the University of Oxford in chemistry. She subsequently moved to the United States and earned an AM ’92 and PhD ’96 from Harvard University in applied sciences.

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  • Rahul Dhanda

    Rahul Dhanda


    Rahul Dhanda co-founded Sherlock Biosciences in early 2018, where he initially acquired exclusive rights to CRISPR and SynBio platforms for molecular diagnostics. As the founding CEO, President and Director, Rahul scaled the company by building a diverse and accomplished team to reach commercialization of the first-ever CRISPR product, diagnostic or therapeutic, to be authorized by the FDA. He also directed the rapid advancement of the company’s SynBio platform towards the goal of being the first at-home, instrument-free molecular diagnostic. He secured over $55 million in capital, including $25 million in non-dilutive funding in the company’s Series A.

    Under his leadership, Sherlock Biosciences has been named a Fast Company Most Innovative Company in 2021 (Top 10 in Biotech), a Red Herring Top 100 Company, Fierce15 MedTech, Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and Top 50 Innovative Company by BostonInno, among others. Rahul was named to Boston’s Power50 list by the Boston Business Journal in 2020.

    As a strong advocate of equity in society and STEM, Rahul founded The 221b Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides access to CRISPR intellectual property for COVID-19 diagnostics, the profits of which are invested in STEM education initiatives promoting gender and racial diversity.

    Prior to Sherlock Biosciences, Rahul helped build T2 Biosystems over ten years, resulting in a publicly-traded, commercial leader in infectious disease diagnostics. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing, he led multiple strategic and commercial initiatives including marketing, product management and all partnering activity, including over $40 million in deals. Prior to T2, Rahul worked at various diagnostic and medical device firms, including Boston Scientific where he managed over $100 million in product revenue.

    Rahul earned his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his BA from Wesleyan University. He is a former committee member of the AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. Mr. Dhanda is the author of several publications, an inventor on numerous patents, and has authored the first book to address the crossroads between industry and bioethics/public policy, entitled Guiding Icarus: Merging Bioethics with Corporate Interests

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