Karl T. Ulrich ScD, Vice Dean of Innovation & the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Tues 9/30, 2pm – 3pm EST
Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

Karl T. Ulrich is Vice Dean of Innovation and the CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and e-Commerce at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He is the co-author of Product Design and Development (5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2011), a textbook used by a quarter of a million students worldwide, and of Innovation Tournaments (Harvard Business Press, 2009). He is the winner of many teaching awards, including the Anvil Award, the Miller-Sherrerd Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at The Wharton School. At Penn, he co-founded the Weiss Tech House and the Integrated Product Design Program, two institutions fostering innovation in the university community. In addition to his academic work, Professor Ulrich has led dozens of innovation efforts for medical devices, tools, computer peripherals, food products, web-based services, and sporting goods. As a result of this work, he holds more than 20 patents. Professor Ulrich is a founder of Terrapass Inc. which the New York Timesidentified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005, and he is a designer of the Xootr scooter, which Business Week recognized as one of the 50 coolest products of the 21st Century. Professor Ulrich holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

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Francisco M. Veloso, PhD, Dean, Catolica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Tues 9/30, 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm EST
Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

Chat: Tues 9/30 1:15 pm-1:45 pm EST
Fostering Entrepreneurship

Francisco Veloso is the Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, as well as a Full Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an internationally recognized scholar in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which has won several awards for his contributions, including the Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship, the Stan Hardy award for the outstanding paper published in the field of Operations Management, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Francisco has published in journals such as PNAS, Management Science, the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Operation Management and Research Policy, and worked with a variety of international firms and organizations, including McKinsey & Co., Alcoa, the Asian Development Bank, or The Mexican and Portuguese Science Francisco has a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Physics Engineering from IST, both part of the Technical University of Lisbon.

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Marie Wilson, PhD, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law), University of South Australia Business School

Wed 10/1, 2pm – 3pm EST
Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

Chat: Wed 10/1, 11am – 11:30am EST
The Importance of Student Exchange/International Travel to Business Education

Professor Marie Wilson is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) of the University of South Australia Business School, a position she commenced in August 2013. She leads the top business school in the state, the study destination of choice for more than 8000 students located in Adelaide, Australia, and across the globe.

Professor Wilson has had a distinguished career that has spanned multinational corporations, high technology start-ups, NGOs, not-for-profits and universities. She is a graduate of AICD, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management.

In the 1970s Professor Wilson graduated from Florida State University with a first degree in Science and followed that with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Neuroanatomy. For several years she worked in vocational rehabilitation in Florida.

In the 1980s Professor Wilson completed a Master of Science in Management and Statistics at the University of Arizona, before moving on to study Law, and working as a Legal Research Associate for a local law firm. During this period she was also working as an Assistant Professor in Science and Mathematics on the Navajo and Hopi lands of northern Arizona.

She completed a PhD in Management and Law at The University of Arizona, then worked at NCR Corporation in Ohio as Director, Corporate Compensation and Manager HR Development, while also holding the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor in Management and Executive Education at the University of Dayton.

In 1991 Professor Wilson joined the University of Auckland Business School; in 1995 she was promoted to Foundation Dean of the Graduate School of Business, and then in 2006 to Head of Department, Management and International Business. Professor Wilson secured more than $2 million in research funding and five teaching awards during her time at the University of Auckland.

From 1991 to 2008 Professor Wilson was Managing Director of Wilson and Associates in New Zealand where she developed and delivered training and solutions for organisational development, strategic management and leadership to more than 50 New Zealand organisations and businesses, including the Ministry of Commerce, NZ Post, and the Bank of New Zealand.

In 2009 she was appointed Academic Dean at Griffith University’s Business School, where her responsibilities included quality improvement, accreditation and performance excellence in teaching, research and industry engagement.

Professor Wilson’s teaching and research has focussed on human performance in the workplace and its links to innovation and enterprise. She has published more than 30 refereed journal articles and five books and monographs along with eight book chapters.

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Lin Zhou, PhD, Dean, Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Wed 10/1, 8am – 9am EST
Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

Prof. Zhou Lin assumed the Deanship of Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University since April 2010. Prof. Zhou received Bachelor degree from Fudan University in 1982, and Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University, USA in 1989. He had teaching experience at Yale University, Duke University, Arizona State University, City University of Hong Kong, and Tsinghua University. In 2006, Prof. Zhou was granted the Chang Jiang Scholar by Ministry of Education of China. He was elected Fellow of World Econometric Society in 2009, and is the first scholar in China maintain being granted this award. Before serving as the Dean of Antai College, Prof. Zhou was the previous Dean of School of Economics of Antai Collge and the Deputy Dean of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Prof. Zhou’s research interest covers the basic theory areas of Microeconomics, including Game Theory, Mechanism Design, Social Choice Theory and Welfare Economics. He has published articles in most leading economic journals like Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior. He has also held refereeing duties in many renowned journals, like Vice-chief-editor of Mathematical Social Sciences and Social Choice and Welfare.

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