Karl T. Ulrich is Wharton’s Vice Dean of Innovation, a position created to help ensure that the very best ideas for improving Wharton’s research and teaching are identified and implemented. Karl’s research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He is the co-author of Product Design and Development, a textbook used by a quarter of a million students worldwide. His most recent book is Innovation Tournaments, 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 Times identified 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 bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.
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Don Huesman is the Managing Director of the Innovation Group at the Wharton School. Previously, Don held positions at Wharton supervising technology support for the School’s academic departments and faculty, and overseeing the use of technology in Executive Education. Don has been a lecturer in Wharton’s graduate and undergraduate programs, teaching courses in IT and Decision Sciences. Don is currently a doctoral student at Penn’s Graduate School of Education studying higher education management, technology enabled learning environments and non-traditional adult learners.
In the early 1980′s, Don was an entrepreneur and software pioneer in the personal computer industry, co-founding the company that produced The Organizer, the first personal information manager for PCs, as well as the first TSRs – software programs that hide in memory until needed. His company put the first calendars, to-do lists, and contact management systems on personal computers.
Don has taught the strategic use of information systems in a variety of executive education programs, including Wharton’s Advanced Management Program, the International Forum and the American Institute, as well as programs for the Securities Industry Association, the Council for Insurance Agents and Brokers, ASIS, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Dupont, and the Siam Cement Corporation, among others.
Brandon Lodriguss joined the Innovation Group as a Project Director with a background in Information Technology. Brandon started his career in the Internet industry, working on the technical operations team for a national Internet Service Provider and as an editor and contributor to their customer newsletter. He then made the move to the educational environment, working as an IT manager for a large K-12 school district. More recently, he has held several positions at The Wharton School, including IT Director for Academic and Research Support.
Brandon has worked to implement systems such as Wharton’s faculty recruiting system, the departmental website database and associated management tools, as well as large scale research computing infrastructure enhancements and additions. He also managed the IT support staff for seven academic departments and several centers. Outside of Wharton, he takes on the occasional small consulting engagement, and is an active volunteer on the administrative team of a small technology-related social network with over 25,000 users.
Brandon has developed and conducted training sessions on a number of topics for both faculty members and technical staff, and enjoys bridging the gap between complex technologies and people.
Laura Zarrow, Project Director of the Innovation Group has spent her career implementing new academic programs and systems to advance educational goals and institutional health. She most recently served as the Dean of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts after spending 15 years at The University of the Arts as the Assistant and then Associate Provost.
Her work has included leading the complete integration of technology for teaching, learning and creative practice; multiple strategic plans; self study and assessment practices; admissions and academic advising; faculty advancement; development and implementation of institutional websites and online repositories of information, and curriculum innovation and evaluation. She has developed and implemented special events, including symposia, commissioned performances, and the UArts Presidential Inauguration.
Areas of special interest include the principles and practice of multimedia education, and aesthetic fluency in the digital age. Laura holds a BFA from the University of the Arts and her MSEd in Higher Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.