Lecturer at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Co-Director of STE@M
Christina Chase is a Lecturer at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Co-Director of STE@M (Sports Technology Education @ MIT). Prior to this she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Christina has helped hundreds of teams go from concept to company and teaches the largest undergraduate course on entrepreneurship in MIT’s School of Engineering. She was recently named by Mashable as one of the 15 People Shaping Boston’s Tech Scene.
At MIT’s School of Engineering, Christina leads the largest undergraduate entrepreneurship class, Entrepreneurship in Engineering: The Founder’s Journey, in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is the co-director of Start6, the EECS Entrepreneurship Workshop. She also serves as the Academic Advisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s 2A Entrepreneurship Track and advisor for the Design of Medical Devices and Precision Machine Design classes.
In the Department of Material Science and Engineering, she lectures in the senior capstone design class Materials Projects Laboratory, where students create the next generation of groundbreaking materials, and serves as a mentor for the MADMEC Material Science Design Competition.
Additionally, she co-teaches Applications in Advanced Entrepreneurial Techniques, for advanced MIT startup teams, and Entrepreneurial Product Development and Marketing.
Christina is an entrepreneur with a track record of success in a several industries, starting her first company when she was 18 years old. Most recently she was the CEO and co-founder of Firehoze, an education technology company that focused on online education that involved over a hundred instructors from the most prestigious universities. Prior to that, she worked with the founding team of the healthcare IT startup, Casenet, to build and run the marketing and business development division, where she positioned the company as the industry leader. At the photonics company, Labsphere, Christina ran the Materials and Coating division where, in under a year, she tripled her division’s revenue and led the group to file three key patents. She has also worked at Dartmouth College’s Entrepreneurial Network to help launch startups that commercialized Dartmouth College’s intellectual property portfolio. At HP, Christina managed marketing for the newly formed OEM data storage division and changed the OEM marketing model to become an embedded member of strategic accounts. The division grew by $750 million in a year.
Christina is a Techstars mentor and serves on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board and SXSW V2V Advisory Board. In 2013, she was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in the Boston Tech Community.