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Michael S. Tomczyk

Michael S. Tomczyk

University of Pennsylvania


Michael Tomczyk is Managing Director of the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), which he joined in 1995. The Mack Center is the world\'s leading academic center studying best practices and strategies for managing innovation. Michael serves as a bridge between Wharton faculty and industry partners. He organizes and hosts conferences and workshops including an annual technology showcase called the Emerging Technologies Update Day and is a popular speaker at international conferences and workshops. Michael has been called a \"technology futurist\" for his contributions in the field of technological innovation, both in business and academia. His areas of interest and expertise include biosciences, environmental science and nanotechnology. He is best known as a technology pioneer for his leadership role in the development and launch of the first home computers (at Commodore International) in the 1980s. He has been called the marketing father of the home computer. For more than a decade, he led his own consulting organization helping firms develop and launch emerging technologies and applications. He is a founding strategic advisor of the Nanotechnology Research Foundation, and serves on the senior leadership of the IEEE/IEC joint committee developing standards for the use of nanotubes, nanowires and nanomaterials in electronics. He also serves on the translational research committee at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and is an associate member of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT). Michael is currently completing a book entitled NanoInnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know (Wiley-VCH, 2013). He authored a book chapter entitled Applying the Marketing Mix (5 P\'s) to Bionanotechnology in Biomedical Nanotechnology: Methods and Protocols (Springer, 2011); and co-edited a 2005 research report entitled The Future of BioSciences: Four Scenarios for 2020 and Their Implications for Human Healthcare. Michael started his career as a journalist while in college. He has been a newspaper and magazine columnist, contributing editor (Export Today), a commentator on National Public Radio and on various television shows, and has written more than 150 business articles. From 1970-1973, Michael was an officer in the U.S. Army (highest rank, captain). He held headquarters staff positions at several large military commands including the XVIII Airborne Corps/82 Airborne Division at Fort Bragg (as Public Information Officer); First Signal Brigade in Vietnam (as Asst. Adjutant to the Commanding General); and with the United Nations/U.S. Strategic Communications Command in Korea (Asst. Adjutant to the Commander). Following his active duty service he served in the Army Reserve. He was awarded the bronze star for meritorious service in Vietnam, the Army Commendation Medal and Airborne Badge. Michael earned a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2010 - His MES capstone project was entitled The Paradoxes of Global Warming. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Iiterature and journalism) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


His areas of interest and expertise include biosciences, environmental science and nanotechnology.