Supporting Innovation – The William Barton Rogers Society

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William Barton Rogers Society

An experienced venture investor and teacher, Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof graduated with a PhD in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Dr. Jean-Jacques Degroof continues to support his alma mater and is a member of the William Barton Rogers Society (WBRS).

Named for the founder and first president of MIT, WBRS is dedicated to encouraging opportunities through the spirit of the institute’s philanthropic leaders. WBRS supports not only gatherings and speaking events throughout the year across the country but also research, scholarships, and a number of other MIT programs.

Programs funded by the William Barton Rogers Society include the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center. Half campus research center and half hands-on laboratory, the Center combines the efforts of MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff with those of faculty, students, and researchers of the MIT School of Engineering to create scalable, innovative engineering solutions to today’s real world problems. WBRS also helps fund the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, which was established in 2002. Committed to translating academic research into new companies and products for people around the world, it has impacted markets ranging from health care to energy.


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