Opening Remarks

Lenore Blum

 

Co-Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

Founding Director, Project Olympus, Olympus

 

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Lenore Blum (PhD, MIT) is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and Founding Director of Project Olympus. Project Olympus is a good example of her determination to make a real difference in the academic community and the world beyond. Olympus has two main aims: to bridge the gap between cutting-edge university research/innovation and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities and to create a climate, culture and community to enable talent and ideas to grow in the region.

Lenore is internationally recognized for her work in increasing the participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. At Carnegie Mellon she founded the Women@SCS program. In 2004 she received the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.In 2009 she received the Carnegie Science Catalyst Award recognizing her work with Project Olympus targeting high-tech talent to promote economic growth in the Pittsburgh region and for increasing the participation of women in computer science.

Her research, founding a theory of computation and complexity over continuous domains, forms a theoretical basis for scientific computation. On the eve of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday in June 2012, she was Plenary Speaker at the Turing Centenary Celebration at the University of Cambridge, England.

 

David S. Mawhinney

 

Co-Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

 

Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

 

Director, i6 Agile Innovation System

 

Assistant Teaching Professor, Tepper School of Business

 

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, 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, 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.

Dave lives with his wife Kristan and three sons in Fox Chapel, PA.

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.