Joe Lassiter

Joe Lassiter

Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management [Retired]
Joe Lassiter

Research Interests

Entrepreneurial finance; building green businesses; high-potential ventures, including both those formed as new companies and those formed within existing organizations.

Joe teaches about energy and climate-related issues in the HBS MBA program as well as in Harvard University's Executive Education programs. He is a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE). His work focuses on financing energy-related innovations as well as bringing those innovations to market in different parts of the world. Of late, he has concentrated on entrepreneurial solutions to one of the world's most pressing problems: developing ever lower-cost, securer supplies of energy to people around the world while managing the often mispriced human and environmental impacts of doing so.

From 1994 to 1996, Joe was President of Wildfire Communications, a telecommunications software venture backed by Matrix Partners and Greylock Management. From 1977 to 1994, Joe was a Vice President of Teradyne (NYSE/ automatic test equipment) and a member of its Management Committee. Joe joined Teradyne in 1974 as a Product Manager while on sabbatical from MIT.

Joe began his career at MIT's Department of Ocean Engineering as an Instructor in 1970 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1972. He developed and taught a course on marine mineral resource economics. He lectured in hydrodynamics, marine transportation, and computer simulation modeling. In a joint program with Harvard Law School, he lectured on marine legal / regulatory policy. His research focused on forecasting economic and environmental consequences of offshore oil and gas development. He was appointed to the MIT-led National Academy of Engineering study on the future of engineering education. Joe received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT and was awarded National Science, Adams and McDermott Fellowships. He was elected to Sigma Xi.

Related Publications

Lassiter, Joseph B., III, and Stephanie Puzio. "Solar Geoengineering." Harvard Business School Case 815-081, February 2015. View Details

Lassiter, Joseph B., III, Sid Misra, and Stephanie Puzio. "Climate Change: An Unfolding Story." Harvard Business School Background Note 815-079, January 2015. View Details

Benjamin N. Roth, Joseph B. Lassiter, Natalia Rigol. Husk Power: Scaling the Venture. 819069-PDF-ENG (99A) (2018).

Sahlman, William A., Ramana Nanda, Joseph B. Lassiter III, and James McQuade. "TerraPower." Harvard Business School Case 813-108, November 2012. (Revised December 2013.) View Details


Faculty Department

Entrepreneurial Management

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