Penn Club of Philadelphia event at the Pennovation Center

Tuesday night, during a beautiful evening in Philadelphia, the Penn Club of Philadelphia and the Penn Alumni Engineering Society hosted a very special event for Penn Alumni, students, and friends at the newly-opened Pennovation Works. Dr. Michael Borda, Penn Director of Research Initiatives, kicked off the evening with a behind-the-scenes tour of the center, an amazing 60,000 sq ft incubator and laboratory that provides resources and space for researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. After the tour, guests enjoyed a panel discussion and Q&A focused on the stages of entrepreneurship, with a special focus on how Penn actively supports the growth and maturation of companies developed by Penn students and alumni. Panelists included Dr. Michael Borda, Director of Research Initiatives, Aleksandr Kushleyev, EE’07, GEE, 07, co-founder, K-Mel (now Qualcomm), Nonya Collier, WG’12, founder Pad Porter, Dr. Mark Yim, Professor and Director of Integrated Product Design, Michael Aronson, W’78, co-founder Red & Blue Ventures. The panel was moderated by Farnia Fresnel, Eng’98, Board Member, Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia, and Bernard Jones, Eng’01, Director, Engineering Alumni Society.

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