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A Celebration of Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Northeastern

Entrepreneurship is in our DNA. The unique entrepreneurial ecosystem at the university has proven to be a catalyst for our community of agile, resilient, and creative thinkers. From emerging startups to established ventures, the Northeastern community believes in innovation that not only solves the most critical problems of today, but also contributes meaningfully to society.

Our 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Recipient

Dr. John N. Hatsopoulos, LA’59, H’99

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Dream, Discover, Disrupt: A Celebration of Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Northeastern honors the successes of the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The ceremony was held on November 13, 2018.

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  • About the Award Recipient

    We are excited to announce College of Liberal Arts alumnus, John N. Hatsopoulos, LA’59, H’99, as the second Distinguished Entrepreneur Award recipient!

    Dr. Hatsopoulos is chairman emeritus of Tecogen Inc., a clean energy company providing ultra-efficient, clean, natural gas-powered on-site power, heating and cooling equipment.

    John Hatsopoulos is one of the founders of Thermo Electron Corp. (currently Thermo Fisher Scientific) and the retired president and vice chairman of the board of directors. Thermo Fisher Scientific is a leading provider of analytical and monitoring instruments used in a broad range of applications, from life sciences research to telecommunications, food, drug, and beverage production.

    Dr. Hatsopoulos joined Thermo Electron as purchasing agent in 1956; in 1963 he became president of the company’s metals division, and was named vice president in 1970. Seven years later, he was appointed vice president of corporate strategy, handling acquisitions, financial and investor relations, and corporate investments.

    Dr. Hatsopoulos became senior vice president of Thermo Electron in 1984, and executive vice president of the company in 1986. In 1988, he was appointed chief financial officer and executive vice president of Thermo Electron, and was named president in 1997. Also in 1997, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Thermo Electron. He served as vice president and chief financial officer for Thermo Electron and all of its public subsidiaries from 1988 until 1998. John Hatsopoulos innovated and implemented numerous financial strategies that became the focus of worldwide interest. His spinout strategy resulted in 24 public companies and Thermo Electron and its subsidiaries were able to raise close to $5 billion of capital.

    Dr. Hatsopoulos graduated from Athens College in Athens, Greece, in 1953. He holds a B.S. in history and mathematics from Northeastern University, together with Honorary Doctorates in Business Administration from Boston College and Northeastern University. He served on the board of directors of the American Stock Exchange from 1994 through 2000 and the AMEX Nominating Committee from 1990 to 1994.

    Dr. Hatsopoulos is a former university Corporator and Overseer, and a benefactor of the Huntington Society. He is a regular supporter of D’Amore-McKim School of Business’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fund, promoting entrepreneurial co-op opportunities, and has also established an endowed scholarship at the Barnett Institute for Chemical and Biological Analysis.

  • About the Entrepreneur & Innovator Awards

    Launched in 2017, the entrepreneur is presented annually at the Dream, Discover, Disrupt event, and recognizes some of the many success stories from Northeastern’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. These entrepreneurs capture the spirit of entrepreneurship at Northeastern: they have demonstrated a commitment to giving back to the Northeastern community, through volunteering, providing mentorship, or employing of co-op students or alumni; they have made impactful innovations that have moved the needle for their industries; they are diverse, well-respected leaders in their organization and industry.



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