Douglas Spreng SB '65
Other Affiliations : MBA - Harvard
Why did you decide to volunteer with the MITCNC?
Help deal with climate change by educating and engaging our alumni regarding replacement of fossil fuels in energy production and transportation and increasing understanding of the perils of climate change. MIT is a global leader in this area; I wanted MITCNC to be a Bay Area leader in the same regard.
Tell us a bit about your role with the MITCNC. What are your responsibilities in this position?
I have been leading this track for the past nine years, averaging seven events per year with an audience of around 1,000 per year. As the overall leader, I consider myself the executive producer of the track and encourage our volunteers to take leading roles such as series planners, event managers and moderators.
What exciting things can we expect to see from your area of focus in the coming months? (e.g., social events, speakers, etc.)
On January 29, we’ll host an event at PARC in Palo Alto, featuring Aurora co-founders Chris Urmson and Sterling Anderson (MIT alum), discussing the autonomous vehicle industry and how a startup thrives in such a market. On February 28, we will honor Dan Shugar, a serial entrepreneur in clean energy at Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara.
Describe one of your most memorable MIT moments.
Being one of three Class Speakers at my 50th Reunion and telling the story of how I developed a second career by leading the E&E track at MITCNC, along with many other energy-related activities with MIT.