Advisory Board



Lenore Blum

    Director, Project Olympus;

    Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science


A noted mathematician and computer scientist, Lenore Blum is working to forge strong ties between Carnegie Mellon faculty and students who are doing world-class research and the business and investment community that can help move those ideas into the marketplace.

  • Blum leads the Project Olympus efforts to provide start-up advice, micro-grants, and incubator space for faculty and students across campus and helps connect them to interested parties within our regional, national and global communities. A key goal is to augment and accelerate the process of moving basic research and great ideas to development and business stages through licensing, creating start-ups, and through corporate collaboration and strategic partnerships.
  • Blum has been a leader of the Computer Science Department's algorithm group.
  • Blum is a national leader in promoting greater diversity within the field of computer science and in scientific fields in general. She was a 2004 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. At Carnegie Mellon, she is a faculty adviser to the Women@SCS program.


David S. Mawhinney

     Assistant Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship;

     Associate Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

     Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

     Director, i6 Agile Innovation System


Dave Mawhinney, Carnegie Mellon University: Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, Associate Director Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, and Director, i6 Agile Innovation System, a collaboration between InnovationWorks and Carnegie Mellon University

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an internet content and advertising recommendation engine, was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site. In 2006, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke’s first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine.

Prior to mSpoke, Dave was a General Partner of PNC Technology Investors. Earlier in his career, he co-founded three successful startup ventures before that, including Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy), Hawk Medical (acquired by McKesson), and Industry.Net (merged with AT&T Business Network to form Nets, Inc.).

Dave is also an active Board Member at MedSage Technologies (now NewCare Solutions LLC), EZ-FLO Injection Systems, CloudFab LLC, SnapRetail, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association (ex-officio, Past President.). He is an Advisory Board Member to InnovationWork’s AlphaLab, Pittsburgh Equity Partners, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Project Olympus. Dave also served as Executive-in-Residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse working with healthcare information technology start-ups.

Mr. Mawhinney holds an MBA with Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B. S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.