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Our Staff

jonathan griffith

Assistant Director

Jon is responsible for the execution of all strategic, policy, operational, and legal agreements related to the Collaboration Office. He also leads the human resource functions and supervises the office staff. Additionally, Jon serves as the main point of contact for the Graduate Fellows Program and for co-teaching residencies. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, attending music concerts, swimming, and hosting international students as part of MIT’s Host for International Students Program. Jon has been working at MIT for more than 15 years and loves MIT’s international and innovative entrepreneurial environment.

jesse delaughter

Academic Administrator

Jesse serves as the main point of contact for the Collaboration's graduate programs, including the Joint Post-doctoral Fellows Program and the Dual Masters' Degree Program. Prior to joining the Collaboration office, Jesse taught ESL for two years in Boston Public Schools, managed study abroad programs at World Learning and coordinated refugee resettlement and immigration services at USCRI. He holds a Master in Education from Boston University and a Master in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute. He enjoys playing soccer, playing guitar and eating baked goods.

katerina bagiati

STEM Curriculum and Pedagogy Expert

Katerina is an electrical engineer and a PhD in the field of engineering education. She is currently appointed as a research scientist at at the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the MIT Office of Digital Learning. Within the MIT-SUTD Collaboration, she is the primary liaison between the Collaboration Office and the MIT faculty who are developing courses for the SUTD undergraduate curriculum. Katerina is also one of the Faculty Development Program instructors. She conducts research on early engineering, cognitive devices, STEM curriculum development, and teacher training. Please contact Katerina regarding curriculum and accreditation, faculty development, or education research issues.

Lennon Rodgers

Research Scientist

Lennon works with the co-directors of the IDC to further its research and educational mission. He earned his PhD and M.S. from MIT and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (all mechanical engineering). He worked for three years at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, specializing in ground and space-based telescopes. His research relates to modeling, designing, building, instrumenting and testing complex systems ranging from spacecraft to electric vehicles. He enjoys the international aspect of the SUTD-MIT collaboration and has spent a total of 2 years abroad as a visiting researcher in Singapore, India, Russia and Switzerland.

Deb PESANTI Payson

Director of Strategy and Outreach

Deb is responsible for managing the IDC’s strategic planning and outreach within MIT and externally to support long-term development efforts. She oversees the planning, development and implementation of industry relations and corporate fundraising. Deb has a BS from Colgate University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

Anne Gentilucci

Financial Assistant

Anne is a financial assistant in the MIT-SUTD Headquarters Office. She helps facilitate daily fiscal activity for the program, including overseeing travel arrangements and purchasing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from California Polytechnic State University and has worked previously as a financial assistant in the MIT Physics Department. Since relocating from coastal California in early 2014, Anne has enjoyed exploring the Boston area and is slowly adjusting to New England winters. Her other interests include painting, traveling, studying languages, and visiting museums.

Postal Address

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Main Office: Building 35, Room 216
IDC: Building N52, 3rd Floor
Telephone: +1.617.253.3799