Residency

Spark! hosts distinguished individuals and alumni and as part of its “E” in Residence Program. The “E” or the “E”ntreprenuer or “E”ngineer in Residence is a vital part of the Spark! team and the Spark! student experience. Individuals participating in the Spark! in Residency program get deeply involved with Spark! by leading initiatives, providing strategic counsel to the Spark! leadership team, and by directly engaging with students. If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact buspark@bu.edu.

Engineer in Residence

Spark’s first Engineer in Residence, Langdon White, is a passionate technical leader with a proven success record architecting and implementing high-impact software systems for companies ranging from startups to large companies. He has participated as an executive, architect, and developer for over 150 projects. Langdon is currently a platform architect at Red Hat.

Langdon has an in-depth knowledge and experience architecting Microservices (nee SOA), containers, CMS and portal solutions on various platforms. At present he is re-architecting a Linux Distribution for more flexibility in a containerized world. He is an evangelist and implementer of the “perpetual beta,” the promise of DevOps, and the hybrid cloud as ways to create more resilient and usable web applications and has been published and has spoken at professional and industry conferences.

Langdon is available for student consultations at the BU Spark! Conference Room from 9am-5pm on Thursdays, he is available for student bookings at https://langdon.youcanbook.me/

Computational Artist in Residence

Francisco Alarcon is the computational artist in residence of BU Spark!

Alarcon has been a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning, Syracuse University School of Architecture and Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Mexico). His work has been exhibited at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin, Museum of Cadiz, Museum of Huelva, A+D Museum in Los Angeles, SCI-Arc Gallery and the Druker Design Gallery at Harvard University.

Francisco holds an MDes in Art, Design and the Public Domain from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He received an M.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) where he graduated with distinction and his project, Innerscapes, won the prize for the best thesis. In addition, he holds an M.Eng. in Civil Engineering. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice at Harvard University where and is the co-founder of the Harvard Blockchain Group at Harvard Graduate School of Design. The Computational Artist in Residence is a collaboration of the BU Arts Initiative, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, BU Spark!, Innovate@BU, School of Visual Arts, and the College of Fine Arts. Book a time to meet with Francisco: https://falarcon.youcanbook.me/

 

Engineer in Residence

Bandan Das is a software developer in the Virtualization group at Red Hat. He works on the Linux kernel and the accompanying userspace component, Qemu, enabling and fixing various aspects of Linux Virtualization. Prior to Red Hat, Bandan was as a Software Developer at Yale University working on deterministic operating systems. His research interests include systems architecture, partitioning multicore systems and performance. Bandan’s an avid tinkerer and maker – often related to wood working, music and home automation.

 

Entrepreneur in Residence 

Spark! hosts distinguished individuals and alumni and as part of its “E” in Residence Program. The “E” or the “E”ntreprenuer or “E”ngineer in Residence is a vital part of the Spark! team and the Spark! student experience. Individuals participating in the Spark! in Residency program get deeply involved with Spark! by leading initiatives,  providing strategic counsel to the Spark! leadership team, and by directly engaging with students.  If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact buspark@bu.edu.

Rebecca Norlander, Entrepreneur in Residence

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Rebecca is a distinguished alumna with more than twenty-five years of experience as a technologist and technology executive in the software and healthcare IT sectors. She has an extensive background in software and cloud product development, system and software architecture, system platform design, technology incubation, product strategy formulation, and has startup experience as both an investor and operator.

Rebecca has a BS degree in Computer Science from Boston University, two Distinguished Alumna Awards from Boston University, and extensive senior executive training from Microsoft and the Forum for Executive Women. She lives and works in Seattle, WA, with strong business ties to Boston, New York, D.C. and the Bay Area.

Rebecca has served on numerous non-profit boards. She currently serves as Venture Partner for Illuminate Ventures, Board of Overseer member for Boston University, Director on the Board of Directors for AAUW, as well as an advisor to several Seattle-based startups. In addition to her board activities, Rebecca is an accomplished public speaker. She cycles, runs, and is an AASI Level II Snowboard Instructor.