Mr. Lechner held a number of senior leadership positions at IBM in strategy, marketing, sales, and product development across the hardware, software, and services organizations.
As vice president of Energy & Environment at IBM, Rich led the launch of a business segment with revenues in excess of $4B including energy efficient IT, intelligent buildings, smart urban infrastructure, and optimization of operations for energy, carbon, water, and waste. In that role, he worked with hundreds of organizations around the world to help them address their issues and opportunities around energy, the environment, and sustainability.
As a lecturer within both the School of Engineering and the Urban Studies program, his courses on Smart Cities and Communities explore how a nexus of forces - IoT, data, systems of insight, and systems of engagement - present an unprecedented opportunity to increase the efficiency of urban systems, improve the efficacy of public services, and to assure the resiliency of the community against both chronic stresses and acute shocks.
Previously, Rich was an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute for Environmental Sustainability. He received his BS degree in Mathematics-Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles.