Maren Cattonar

Ecosystem Architect

Maren has deep expertise at the intersection of industry and academia. She is a co-founder of Automated-Analytics, a large-scale GPU-based image processing, management, and visualization platform, and is on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF). She serves as a mentor for the MIT Sandbox, TechStars Air Force, and MIT i-Teams programs.


Previously, she was a venture capitalist for the energy and utility sector, and served as the assistant director of MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, which focuses on transitioning technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. She was a senior industrial liaison officer at MIT’s Office of Corporate Relations where she managed a portfolio of member companies in aerospace and defense, energy, and insurance.


Prior to joining MIT, Maren was with Northrop Grumman as the manager of technology strategy and portfolio development, and the manager of sector mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Maren served as a systems engineer on strategic missile defense programs for the MDA, and a program manager for advanced technology programs for DoD and DHS.


Ms. Cattonar received B.S. degrees in engineering and economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her M.S. degree from UPenn's Wharton School and School of Engineering and Applied Science.