Past Greenhouse Events

Representing Reality: Building Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce


BU Corporate Relations, in partnership with the College of Engineering, hosted a dynamic discussion with corporate diversity leaders, university relations from major Boston-area companies, BU diversity student clubs, and faculty advisors. The event included a panel on diversity workforce issues; enabled networking among student diversity groups, their faculty advisors, and companies; and provided seed funding to student clubs to interact with companies.Greenhouse_BuildingDiversity_0506.jpgPanelists upclose


Gretchen Fougere, PhD
Associate Dean for Outreach and Diversity, ENG


John Basile
Vice President, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Fidelity Investments

Jackie Glenn
VP, Global Diversity, Dell EMC

Amri Johnson
Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research


Partnering with Industry for Research


The BU Office of Corporate Relations, in partnership with the Office of Research, hosted a lively discussion focused on how faculty can best work with companies to create research partnerships. The event featured three panel discussions that included faculty and industry leaders who have built successful partnerships.


Kathy Lynch
Director, Corporate Relations

Gloria Waters
VP and Associate Provost for Research


Thomas Moore, MD
Associate Provost, BUSM

Catherine Klapperich, PhD
Associate Dean for research and technology development, ENG

Stan Sclaroff, PhD
Associate Dean for mathematical and computational sciences, CAS


Caroline Apovian, MD
Professor of medicine and pediatrics, BMC

Richard Murray, MD
Vice President and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

Scott Schaus, PhD (CAS ’95)
Associate Professor of chemistry and pharmacology, BUSM

Joseph Frassica, MD (MED ’88)
Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Chief Technology Officer/Vice President, Philips HealthTech

Bennett Goldberg, PhD
Professor of physics, CAS; Director, STEM Education Initiatives

Maria A. Kukuruzinska, PhD
Associate Dean for research, GSDM

Peter Tarza, PhD
Senior Research Investigator, Indications Discovery Unit, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

Orran Krieger, PhD
Founding Director for the Center for Cloud Innovations; Professor of the practice of electrical and computer engineering, CAS

Avi Spira, MD (ENG ’02)
Director, Boston University Cancer Center; Professor of medicine, pathology & bioinformatics, BUSM


Urban Health and the Urban University


The BU Office of Corporate Relations—in partnership with the Initiative on Cities and the School of Public Health— hosted a discussion between faculty, companies, and community stakeholders to establish best practices for health in Boston. A panel of experts discussed how we can improve Boston in the areas of health services, transportation, environment, and social support, with the goal of creating a healthier city for all of our residents—as well as the ROI for our industrial partners and their motivation for engaging with us in this critical conversation.


Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH
Dean, Boston University School of Public Health


Audrey Shelto
President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Paul Grogan
President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

Thomas Crohan
AVP & Counsel, Corporate Responsibility & Government Relations, John Hancock

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD
Associate professor of pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Harold Cox, MSSW
Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Boston University, School of Public Health

Gwen Robinson
Managing Director, Community Development, Santander Bank, N.A.


Educated and Employable


Check out the article on our event at BU Today.

Co-hosted by the Office of The Provost, this event was a dynamic discussion where companies shared their goals for effective talent partnerships with academia. A panel of corporate partners engaged attendees in an active dialogue regarding success in the workplace being an essential value of an education.


Ken Freeman
Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University Questrom School of Business


Raymond Han (CAS’98)
Managing director of Global Oracle Customer Experience Domain, Accenture

Mak Joshi
Director of platform management, Global Solutions, Schneider Electric

Brad Meiseles
Senior vice president of product and engineering, Carbonite

David Rowatt
Research director of mechanical and materials sciences, Schlumberger

Alicia Sunderberg
Senior vice president of Domestic Operations & Data Management Division, Fidelity


Leveraging Corporate, Academic, and Government Partnerships: Opportunities for BU

Co-hosted by BU Federal Relations, this sold-out event featured a panel of representatives from academia, industry, and government, and took a closer look at trends and opportunities enabled through collaborations between these three entities. This forum provided insight into the process and the value proposition for industry/university/government relationships.


Tom Bifano
Director, Boston University Photonics Center
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering


Ram Aiyar
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Anthony Boccanfuso
Executive Director, The University Industry Demonstration Partnership

Christos Cassandras
Head, Division of Systems Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ENG

John Goodhue
Executive Director, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

Dan Shine
President, Chromatography & Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific


Educating the Global Citizen

Co-hosted by SMG Global Programs and BU Global Programs, this event included an interactive workshop which explored BU’s strengths, areas for improvement, and opportunities for corporate engagement within the context of “Educating the Global Citizen.” The event served as a platform for discussion and we look forward to continuing this important conversation across campus and at upcoming BUGH events.

Discussion leaders

Marisa Crowley
Program Manager, Exchanges, BU Study Abroad

Susan Jackson
Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Associate Professor, French, College of Arts & Sciences

Anthony Janetos
Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future; and Frederick S. Pardee Professor, Earth and Environment, College of Arts & Sciences

Jacqueline LoConte
Senior Lecturer/Faculty Evaluator, Center for English Language & Orientation Programs

Brittany Longsdorf
University Chaplain for International Students, BU Marsh Chapel

J.P. Matychak
Assistant Dean, Feld Career Center, School of Management

Eugenio Menegon
Director, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia; Associate Professor, History, College of Arts & Sciences

David Nersessian
Assistant Dean, Global Programs, School of Management

John Riccardi
Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs, School of Law

Suzanne Sarfaty
Assistant Professor of Medicine; Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs; and Director, International Health Programs, School of Medicine

Enrique Silva
Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning, Metropolitan College

Muhammad Zaman
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies; Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; and Director, Laboratory for Engineering Education & Development


Global Health at BU


Co-hosted by the Center for Global Health & Development, this event drew guests from across campus. The forum featured a panel that covered developing capacity, maximizing social entrepreneurship, and encouraging innovation within global health.

Our moderator and panelists provided a comprehensive overview of global health work at Boston University and abroad.


Jonathon Simon, MPH, DSc
Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Director, Boston University Center for Global Health & Development


Kehinde Ajayi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Economics, College of Arts & Sciences

Eduardo Garrido
Director, Santander Universities, Banco Santander

Catherine Klapperich, PhD
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Kristen McCormack (GSM’92)
Assistant Dean, Sector Initiatives
Master Lecturer, Organizational Behavior Department
Faculty Director, Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, School of Management

Robert Vinci, MD
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Vin Ryan (CAS’63)
Founder and Chairman, Schooner Capital LLC


Sustainability Research & Technologies at BU


Hosted by the Office of Technology Development, this event drew 50 guests from more than 10 offices across campus. The forum featured a panel of experts who provided a closer look at the concept of sustainability research and technologies at the University.

“It’s an exciting concept to share with prospects. Sustainability is a hot topic, so I’m always interested in learning more.”

Our moderator and panelists provided a comprehensive overview of sustainability research and technologies at Boston University and in the surrounding community. During the conversation, they encouraged us to consider a number of important ideas, including ongoing research engagements with the local community, unique on-campus sustainability initiatives, engaging alumni and local industry, and where BU fits in the emerging local sustainability landscape.


Paul McManus
Executive Director, Sustainability and Social Enterprise, School of Management
Lecturer, Strategy & Innovation Department, School of Management


Dennis Carlberg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Director, Boston University

Michael Gevelber, PhD
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Nathan Phillips, PhD
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, College of Arts & Sciences
Acting Executive Director, Sustainable Neighborhood Lab, Boston University

Peter Rothstein
President, New England Clean Energy Council


Big Data at BU and Beyond


More than 40 guests from more than 10 offices across campus attended this event, hosted by the Center for Career Development, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

“Great roster of speakers. Any time we get the chance to hear experts in their field in such an intimate setting, we should.”

Our moderator and panelists provided a wonderful overview of big data, and they left us with some very interesting things to think about, including the direction of cloud computing, the impact of big data on managerial practices, and industry growth here in Boston.


G. Winfield (Win) Treese
Associate Director, Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering


Azer Bestavros, PhD
Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences
Founding Director, Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

Chrysanthos Dellarocas, PhD
Professor & Chair, Information Systems, Boston University School of Management

Leo Hermacinski
Chief Executive Officer, dSide Technologies
Member, Mass Technology Leadership Council

Orran Krieger, PhD
Founding Director for the Center for Cloud Innovation
Resident Fellow, Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering Research
Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences



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