Samuel Cabot Cochran
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Design Officer
Samuel Cochran grew up in St. Louis, MO until he attended Northfield Mt. Hermon, graduating in 2001. He then attended Pratt Institute and received his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design in 2005. While at Pratt Sam's academic work spanned sculpture, furniture, product, and transportation with a focus on innovation through the design process and an understanding of technology's possibilities through systems and objects. Sam's thesis project at Pratt was GROW, a hybrid solar and wind energy creating device that took on the biomimetic form of ivy.
Sam has been the Chief Design Officer at SMIT since 2005, and took over as acting CEO in 2010. In this role he oversees all design, product and manufacturing developments at SMIT with account for their sustainability, profitability and marketability.
Teresita Brigitte Cochran
Chief Marketing Officer
Teresita Cochran was born and reared in St. Louis, MO until she attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduating in 1993. She then attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999. She received her Masters in Interactive Technology from New York University's Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) in 2005.
Since then, Teresita has worked on business development, fund-raising and marketing as SMIT's Chief Executive Officer in both New York City, NY and Boston, MA. She has been invited to guest speak at various sustainability and business focused events, and has been interviewed for a multitude of magazines and related press for her work with SMIT.
Benjamin Wheeler Howes
Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Architectural Design
Benjamin Howes grew up in Rochester, NY before receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in 2006.
Ben specializes in architectural & systems design at SMIT, and has been the Chief of Architectural Design and a managing member since the company's formation in the winter of 2007.