On June 1st, 2021, MIT CSHub’s Executive Director Jeremy Gregory will step down from his role to pursue a new position at the newly formed MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC).
“I am proud of the work that CSHub and its industry partners have done together during my tenure,” says Gregory. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to get to know everyone in the cement and concrete industries.”
Over his 8 years at CSHub, Gregory has proven central to the lab’s success, spearheading impactful research, encouraging connections between lab members, fostering industry partnerships, and greatly expanding the reach and presence of MIT CSHub both nationally and internationally.
When Gregory took the role of Executive Director in 2013, CSHub was in its nascent stages. Building off of the work of Hamlin Jennings, CSHub’s first Executive Director, Gregory applied his experience in materials science to expand CSHub’s research on the numerous life cycle benefits of concrete and cement in their various applications.
"It has been my pleasure and honor to work with Jeremy for more than 15 years,” says Randolph Kirchain, MIT CSHub’s Co-Director. “His insight, clarity, and optimism (as well as his penchant for stylish bowties) benefit any organization that he is a part of. Over the last decade, he has shaped CSHub’s research so that today it delivers not only innovation but also real impact."
These impacts have been far-reaching. Gregory’s work at CSHub has culminated in more than two dozen peer-reviewed publications, whose impacts were frequently registered in national news outlets—including Scientific American and Wired. During his tenure, Gregory also became a recognized authority on the sustainability of the built environment: He was quoted as an expert in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and penned two opinion pieces on sustainable infrastructure in The Hill.
A gifted communicator as well as a visionary researcher, Gregory became the face of MIT CSHub, giving dozens of presentations on CSHub’s work both nationally and internationally. Some of his most recognized public appearances include two testimonies before The U.S. House of Representatives and an appearance at The National Press Club.
Gregory also grew into a valued mentor and colleague during his tenure at CSHub. He guided around a dozen students through their PhDs. Researchers he mentored have gone on to take positions at notable institutions, including the University of British Columbia and the University of Nevada, Reno.
“Under Jeremy’s mentorship, I’ve not only become a well-rounded researcher, but a well-rounded person,” says CSHub research assistant Bensu Manav. “As a leader, he has taught me to prioritize people, emphasizing dedication to the team and collaboration among team members.”
Just as he fostered connections among researchers, he also greatly expanded and enriched CSHub’s collaboration with its industry partners, the Portland Cement Association and the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation.
His vision helped guide CSHub through two of its most recent five-year phases of industry-academic partnership. During these two phases, Gregory also became a trusted source of information for the concrete and cement industries. His expertise led him to give dozens of presentations to various industry audiences around the country on cement and concrete sustainability.
“Jeremy’s impact on the MIT CSHub cannot be overstated,” says Julie Garbini, the Executive Director of the RMC Research & Education Foundation. “He has been able to bring together industry leaders and a diverse group of researchers to prioritize and implement a multi-layered approach to concrete and cement sustainability—and then communicate that agenda and results to owners, designers, manufacturers, policymakers, and the general public.”
“Jeremy’s vision connecting the lab bench with industry practice defined a new paradigm of industry-academia research at MIT and beyond,” says CSHub Faculty Director Franz-Josef Ulm. “And it will continue to reverberate throughout our research and implementation efforts in the CSHub for many years to come.”