Alumni take the lead in making change

MechE alumni are leaders in their industries and their communities


Megan Smith

Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88

Megan Smith has spent her life driving change—social and mechanical. As a MechE student, she built a solar car and drove it across the Australian outback in the first Cross-Continental Solar Car race. As director of new business development at Google, she’s managed strategic acquisitions that resulted in the creation of two of the company’s premier tools, Google Earth and Google Maps. Smith arrived at Google from PlanetOut, an interactive media company serving the gay and lesbian community where she was CEO. “It was rewarding,” she says, “to build a successful for-profit company with millions of members who come from every country in the world.” PlanetOut was named a 2001 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Smith is currently serving a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation. Read an in-depth profile of Megan Smith in MIT’s online magazine Infinite Connection


Douglas Bailey

Douglas Bailey ’72, SM ’74, ME ’75

Doug Bailey is a role model in many realms. Scholar—he received four degrees in six years: BS, MS, and ME degrees in mechanical engineering at MIT and an MBA from Harvard. Financial leader—he is president and CEO of American Bailey Corporation, a private-equity firm in Stamford, CT that he cofounded with his father in 1984. Energy executive—he is chairman, president, and CEO of Fuel Tech, Inc., a public company that focuses on cost-effective and environmentally sustainable energy technologies. Foxtrotter—Bailey and his wife Sara are accomplished ballroom dancers, and he competes in events around the country. Philanthropist—the couple’s generous gift in 2007 supports graduate fellowships in mechanical engineering. “There are many deserving places one can support, but you have to follow your heart,” he says. “I chose MIT because of what it did for me and what I believe it can do for others.” Spoken like a true role model.


Diane Greene

Diane Greene, SM ’78

Co-founder and CEO of VMware, one of the hottest IPOs of the last five years, Diane Greene was described in Fortune magazine as “a techie-windsurfer-sailor” and “the toast of Silicon Valley.” More to the point, she was honored by the magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” She also made The Wall Street Journal’s venerable “50 Women to Watch” list. With degrees in mechanical engineering, naval architecture, and computer science, Greene has held technical leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, Sybase, and Tandem and was CEO of VXtreme. Under her leadership, VMware created the market for mainstream virtualization and the resulting virtualization software industry. With VMware now in her rearview mirror, Greene is making a direct impact as a member of the MIT Corporation, the board of Intuit and the Chair of the MechE visiting committee.