People


George A. Weiss

The Weiss Tech House was made possible by a gift from Penn Trustee and money manager, George Weiss. Weiss wanted to create a space that fosters the spirit of innovation and gives students the resources to develop their innovative ideas. Weiss is president of George Weiss Associates, Inc., a money management firm with offices in Hartford, Connecticut, and New York. He is best known throughout the country as the founder of the nationally recognized Say Yes to Education program that combines academic support and intervention with an offer to pay college tuition or vocational training costs for inner city students.

 


 

Faculty Director

Dr. Mark Yim

Dr. Yim is the Gabel Family Term Junior Professor and Undergraduate Curriculum Chair in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. A renowned robotics and innovation expert, Dr. Yim is popular among our students for his work developing the Rumble Pack technology in the Playstation2. Dr. Yim was Associate Faculty Director for the Weiss Tech House from 2005-2008. In 2008, he became the Faculty Director. (Dr. Yim’s Website)


Associate Faculty Director

Dr. David Hsu

Dr. Hsu is currently an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School, teaching two MBA electives, Entrepreneurship and Technology Strategy. Dr. Hsu’s areas of interest are in entrepreneurial innovation and management. Within that domain, he has investigated topics such as intellectual property management, start-up innovation, technology commercialization strategy, and venture capital. In 2008, he became the Associate Faculty Director. (Dr. Hsu’s Website)


Director

Anne Stamer

Ms. Stamer manages the marketing, public relations, fundraising and day-to-day activities of the Weiss Tech House and assists student volunteers in achieving the organization’s goals. Prior to joining the WTH, she was the Associate Director of the Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC) at the Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs.


Interim Director

Lawrence Gelburd

Lawrence, WG’91, has taught courses at the Wharton School and School of Engineering, including Management 230: Entrepreneurship and Management 406: Formation and Implementation of Entrepreneurial Ventures and EAS 545: Engineering Entrepreneurship. At the Wharton Small Business Development Center, he teaches The First Step and Strategic Business Planning workshops. He also teaches at Leadership in the Business World (LBW), a summer institute for a talented and select group of rising high school seniors, sponsored by the Wharton School. He is also an independent management consultant and an accomplished record producer, working with Grammy winner Phil Nicolo.


Student Director

Richard Liu

Mr. Liu is a fourth year undergraduate studying Bioengineering and Engineering Entrepreneurship. He is interested in healthcare and biotech startups, and is heavily involved in research on campus as well as student organizations. He joined the Weiss Tech House during his freshman year as a member of the Pennvention committee, and currently serves as the student director. His task is to oversee student committees and work with the faculty directors in managing operations.


Student Director

Jon Rosenbaum

Mr. Rosenbaum is fourth year undergraduate studying Bioengineering and Entrepreneurship. He is interested in technology startups and innovation, and joined the Innovation Fund during his freshman year. His task is to oversee student committees and work with the faculty directors in managing operations.


Industry Advisory Board

Emeritus Faculty Director
Dr. Karl Ulrich

Dr. Ulrich is the CIBC Professor and Chair of the Operations and Information Management Department at the Wharton School. Dr. Ulrich is the proud inventor of the Xootr scooter, and founder of Epodia, and TerraPass. Dr. Ulrich was the Faculty Director for the Weiss Tech House from 2003-2008. (Dr. Ulrich’s Website)


Josh Kopelman

Josh Kopelman is a visionary entrepreneur, inventor, venture capitalist and philanthropist. In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kopelman co-founded Infonautics Corporation, an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Kopelman founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000 and Kopelman remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit. Today he runs First Round Capital, a seed-stage venture fund. Kopelman contributes to the strategic plan of the Weiss Tech House and serves as Board Chair of alumnus, Adnan Aziz’s (SAS/SEAS ’04) FirstFlavor, Inc.


Shawn Marcell

Shawn Marcell has been an innovator in the biotechnology, technology, and pharmaceutical industries for the past two decades. He currently serves as President and CEO of Sensigen, a development stage biotechnology company focused on gene-based molecular diagnostics. Prior to joining Sensigen he was Senior Vice President of commercialization at the Science Center in Philadelphia. There he was responsible for commercialization efforts including a 45,000 square foot life science incubator housing 35 companies, the formation and venture funding of companies from SC Capital I, LP, and marketing and communications. Prior to joining the Science Center, he was business founder and CEO of RedPoint Bio (formerly Linguagen Corp.), a biotechnology company involved in the science and commercialization of taste. Shawn is a frequent Lecturer at the Wharton School and a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weiss Tech House.


James Sheward

Jim Sheward is Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder and Director of Fiberlink. Under Jim’s leadership, Fiberlink has grown into a profitable, customer-focused company that is changing the way enterprises think about mobile computing. Before co-founding Fiberlink with Paul Russell in 1991, Jim was the Western Regional Sales Manager for Systems Industries. Jim has won various awards including the Blue Chip Enterprise Award Year 2000 sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Mass Mutual Financial Group, the Greater Philadelphia’s 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Software and Technology Services Category, and the 2004 Information and Technology Innovator Award from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.