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Catalysts serve as an initial point of contact for MIT faculty and organizations that fund or sponsor research (or research-related activities) at MIT to support the development and refinement of project ideas and expectations towards the realization of mutually beneficial engagements.


Ingvar Aberg

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Associate Director, Catalysts

Ingvar joined MIT in 2022 and oversees the Catalyst team. Before MIT, Ingvar worked in technical and leadership roles in corporations and start-ups in the U.S. and Europe. He worked extensively with nano-photonic, optical sensing and photovoltaic technologies and managed joint programs with industry and academia. Ingvar holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Lund Institute of Technology at Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Subarna Basnet

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Subarna joined MIT in 2011, initially as the Director of Design Science, Technology & Innovation in MIT’s International Design Center; he became a Catalyst in 2021. Prior to MIT, Subarna was a Mechanical Design Engineer at the Bose Corporation and has held various industry positions involving innovation and design. Subarna has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, India, an MS- Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College Riverdale, NY and a Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Adi Gottumukkala

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Adi joined MIT in 2020. Before MIT, Adi founded and led the Intellectual Asset Management team at PPG Industries, responsible for harvesting value from PPG's global intellectual property portfolio. Adi holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands, and MS in Organometallic Chemistry from Université de Rennes 1, France.

Grace Leung

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Grace joined MIT in 2020. Prior to MIT, Grace held positions in technology licensing and business development at Mass General Brigham and Harvard University, where she led negotiations for early-stage technology licenses and industrial sponsored research agreements.  Grace holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and MPhil and BSc in Biology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

De Quan Wu

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De Quan joined MIT in 2020. Before MIT, De Quan worked in the high tech industry as a technology consultant and technology cooperation manager, facilitating the collaboration of research projects and alliances between industry and universities in the US and in the UK. De Quan holds a PhD in Computer Vision from Oxford University, and a post graduate diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University.

Lawrence Wu

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Lawrence joined MIT in 2020. Prior to MIT, Lawrence worked at the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Technology Transfer, and also spent nearly fifteen years in drug discovery and development roles with biotechnology companies. Lawrence holds a BS in Biology from Wuhan University, and PhD in Genetics from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China.