Fireside Chat: People-First Engineering with Alec Gallimore

03/22/2023 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm CST
  • Corporate
  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage
Event Start Date:
May 19, 2024
Event End Date:
May 19, 2024
Event Venue:


Join 1871 CEO Betsey Ziegler for an intimate conversation with Alec Gallimore about how Michigan Engineering is reimagining and reshaping what engineering can be through its people-first framework by enabling all engineers to have a positive impact on the world and build a future that will elevate all people.


5:30 – 6:00 pm: Fireside chat
6:00 – 6:15 pm: Q&A
6:15 – 7:00 pm: Networking and refreshments


Betsy Ziegler

CEO at 1871

A lifelong problem solver, people leader, and learner, Betsy is the CEO of 1871, the #1 ranked private incubator in the world inspiring and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and innovators solving some of the world’s most important problems. Before joining 1871, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer, and the Associate Dean Degree Programs and Dean of Students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg, she was a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office. She is a leader on multiple for-profit and nonprofit boards and is an investor in many young tech companies. 


Alec D. Gallimore

Ph.D., Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Aerospace Engineering; also Professor of Applied Physics

Dr. Alec D. Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. He is a leader in the field of advanced spacecraft propulsion and is the founder and co-director of a laboratory that is developing the plasma drive system that may ultimately propel humans to Mars. He has held multiple leadership roles at the University, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Engineering), Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education (Engineering), and Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives (Rackham Engineering/Natural Sciences Division).