Christina Chase is a Lecturer in MIT’s Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Managing Director of the MIT Sports Technology Group (STE@M). Prior to this, she was a Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, where she helped hundreds of teams go from concept to company. In 2013, she was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in the Boston Tech Community and in 2014, Mashable named her one of the 15 People Shaping Boston’s Tech Scene.
As the Managing Director of STE@M, Christina works with faculty, students, industry partners, and athletes, to tackle the challenges that lie at the intersection of engineering and sports. She also serves as an advisor to multiple SportTech teams, including Avatech, Woo Sports, Jolt Sensor, and Ashton Instruments. Christina teaches the largest undergraduate entrepreneurship class in MIT’s School of Engineering, as well as the Sports Technology: Engineering & Innovation class, where students explore opportunities to develop novel solutions to challenges face by those in the sports industry.
Christina is an entrepreneur with a track record of success in 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. She has worked with numerous founding teams across industries, including B2B hardware, healthcare IT, materials and coatings, and consumer electronics, and has also led innovation in established companies, such as the photonics company, Labsphere, where as the Director of the Materials and Coating division, in under a year she tripled revenue and led the group to file three key patents for new materials.
In a past life, Christina was a cyclist where she was one of 12 women selected by the US Cycling Federation to train at the US Olympic Training Center. She has taught downhill skiing in Colorado, summited six of Colorado’s 14-ers across seasons, and her latest sport is kiteboarding. Christina also serves as a Techstars mentor and is on the boards of the MIT Enterprise Forum, SXSW Interactive Accelerator and SXSW V2V.