The number of ECE ILLINOIS faculty members.
Phillip Lachman is a business development manager at Levant Power Corporation, a VC-backed startup in Woburn, Mass., a role he started in 2015 after earning an MBA (M '15) at F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. The program has been ranked No. 1 in entrepreneurship — Lachman’s primary focus — for 22 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report.
Before beginning his studies at Babson College in 2013, Phillip worked his way up to being a staff project engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, where he started working after departing Illinois. Over the span of nine years, he led several classified projects in the space of missile defense, satellite development, and nuclear weapons security for a variety of DoD customers. His projects spanned the lifecycle of design, development, installation, and test.
As for his education at Illinois, Lachman enjoyed the well-rounded experiences he had, including those beyond the engineering campus, south of Green Street.
“Leverage the whole campus,” Lachman advises current students. “Upon completion of your degree, you will be interfacing with a variety of non-technical individuals in your careers. Learn to understand how to effectively collaborate with them now.”
Outside of work and studies, Lachman enjoys traveling, with recent trips to South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, as well as being an active angel investor, having invested in a few Boston-based start-ups. He is also an avid tennis player and participates in organized leagues. Lachman earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford in 2007. He has served on the ECE Alumni Board of Directors since 2008.