Our Mentors

Need some free advice in software engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or sensors systems engineering? 

MITRE mentors are available throughout the 2017 MassChallenge program to provide technical and project guidance to MassChallenge participants.

MITRE is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) for the benefit of the U.S. government.  MITRE has no commercial interests and cannot manufacture products.  We do partner with industry and academia to provide innovative, practical solutions for some of our nation’s most critical challenges in defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, healthcare, and cybersecurity. 

If you think your technology, products, or services can help solve one of the federal government’s hardest problems, please let us know.  For more information about how to connect, please contact Jamie Hood at jhood@mitre.org.

Russell Graves

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Office Hours:  Wednesdays and Fridays

My interests are sensors, data analytics, and visualization.

@ MITRE I build partnerships for open innovation.

Marissa McCoy

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Jamie Hood

Senior Mechanical Engineer, MADE Innovation Engagement Lead

Office Hours:  All day Tuesday and Thursday

I enjoy using advance manufacturing to solve tough problems.

Jamie’s expertise lies in mechanical design, structural analysis, and environmental verification.  She has worked with advanced manufacturing and state-of-the-art additive manufacturing techniques, applying them to complex RF and electronic systems.  She has had a longstanding collaboration with MassChallenge alumni Voxel8. Jamie joined MITRE in 2012 after receiving her B.S. in engineering mechanics from the University of Wisconsin.   She is currently pursuing an M.S. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University.

Tyler Fenton

Senior Sensor Systems Engineer

Office Hours:  Monday 8:30am – 12:00pm

After joining MITRE as an intern, Tyler was hired full time in 2014. He is a multifaceted engineer with hardware and software knowledge, as well as a strong background in design and field testing. Tyler has developed several prototype systems in experimental multi-static radar, ground-penetrating radar, and digital beamforming. He is currently working on a sUAS-based target simulator. Tyler has a B.S. in electrical engineering  from Northeastern University and has almost completed his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the same school.

Alissa Cooper

Lead Software Systems Engineer

Office Hours:  Monday, 8:30am – 12:00pm

My interests are IoT, visualization, and integration.

Alissa has worked in Cyber Research and Innovation for the past eight years at MITRE.  She also manages a group of engineers and their careers. Alissa received her B.S. in computer science engineering from Tufts University and her M.S. in computer science from Brandeis University.

Matias Werner

Mechanical Engineer

Office Hours:  Tuesday 8:30am – 12:00pm

My background is in materials science and mechanical engineering.

Matias works in the Mechanical Systems & Advanced Manufacturing Group. He is currently working on a project to develop policy and procedures for government agencies on the use of metal additive manufacturing. He interned with General Electric and General Motors and conducted research at Cornell, including working on the development of a rescue hoist system for U.S. Navy rescue helicopters. Matias received his B.S. in materials science & engineering and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Erin Jaffke

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Office Hours:  Tuesday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

My interests include applied innovation and mechanical analysis and testing.

Erin works in the Mechanical System Airborne Integration Group at MITRE. She has collaborated with Voxel8 and Hydroswarm during earlier MassChallenge programs. She has expertise in mechanical design/modeling, various simulations, air/ground environmental analysis and testing, and various manufacturing methods, including 3D printing.  Erin has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell and is currently pursuing a master’s in engineering management from Tufts University.

Eric Renda

Lead Electrical Engineer

Office Hours:  Wednesday, 8:30am – 12:00pm

My interests are PCB design, wireless electronics, and prototype development.

Eric is an experienced hardware engineer who enjoys working on challenging prototype designs from concept to deployment.  He has a deep background in RF, microwave, and mixed-signal systems and has designed many printed circuit boards and receiver/transmitter systems. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Kettering University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern, and an M.S. in system engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Nichole Davis

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Office Hours:  Wednesday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

I am fascinated by smart, flexible tech and excited by its potential to change our lives.

Nichole works in the Mechanical Systems Group at MITRE. Previously, she was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards & Technology, where her work centered on the characterization of polymer membranes and films used in water filtration and fuel cells. Nichole received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University and both an M.S.  and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. Her graduate work included the design and characterization of a gecko-inspired, van der Waals-based adhesives with controllable adhesion and surface tension-driven thin film mechanics.

Reece Adamson

Senior Electrical Engineer

Office Hours:  Thursday, 8:30am – 12:00pm

I like working with novel embedded and RF systems that make a difference.

Reece works with the Aerial Communications System Engineering and Development Group at MITRE and leads a range of laboratory-based work on anti-jam communication systems. He also works on the development of terminal control and integration software.  He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Alec Bowman

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Office Hours:  Thursday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

I specialize in hardware development, power measurement, control theory, and cake design.

Alec received his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and his M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas, focusing on multivariable, robust control theory.  While in graduate school, he worked with the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheet, building unmanned aircraft designed to fly over the ice flows of Greenland and Antarctica and measure ice sheet thickness.  He has practical experience in mechanical design and fabrication.

Francisco Ramos-Carrizosa

Mechanical Engineer

Office Hours:  Friday, 8:30am – 12:00pm

I am interested in materials, advanced manufacturing, and their applications.

At MITRE, Francisco has worked on various sensors (flow, humidity, temperature), environmental testing, 3D printing (fused deposition modeling, micro-dispensing conductive inks, and binder jetting), and mechanical design and fabrication. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in business administration from the University of Kansas. He is working on his M.S. in mechanical engineering at Northeastern University. His thesis work is a collaboration between MITRE and Northeastern where he is conducting a thermal analysis of 3D printed RF structures. He is also a candidate in the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership.

Stephanie Medicke

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Office Hours:  Friday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

My passions include human centered design and creating innovative solutions.

Stephanie works primarily on developing and validating mechanical designs, environmental requirements, and airworthiness assurance, as well as verifying mechanical requirements, for the Airborne Warning and Control Systems. She is also one of the leaders of MITRE’s Next-Up initiative, a group of Early Career Professionals at MITRE.  Stephanie earned her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and is currently pursuing her M.S. in engineering management from the Gordon Institute at Tufts University.

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