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Derek Hansen

Derek joins MIT with a background in international business and construction management. Following a five-year stint in Moscow working for a fast-moving consumer goods company, Derek returned to Boston and pivoted to the AEC industry. 

Over the next three years, in a series of roles at general contractor Chapman Construction/Design, Derek worked on projects building the physical infrastructure of innovation, including a life sciences lab pursuing a cure for Alzheimer’s, and a SCIF for a company that helped put men on the moon. At the same time, the contrast between the use of these spaces, as launch pads for the next big thing, and the way they are constructed, an anachronism of hand tools shaping materials on site, convinced him there must be a better way to build. 

At MIT, Derek looks forward to learning finance, legal and project delivery skills that support his goal of using construction innovation to drive down development costs, and pencil out more impactful projects.  Outside of work, Derek volunteers to support affordable housing, enjoys pick-up hockey, a good book, and travel – though most of his time is happily spent with his wife and daughter. Derek completed his undergraduate studies at Babson College.