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BS, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1984
MS, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1985
Sc.D., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1988
Dean's Convocation Speaker - April 7, 2010
Karl T. Ulrich is 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 (4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2008), a textbook used by a quarter of a million students worldwide. His most recent book is 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. and Xootr LLC and he currently serves on the boards of several technology-based companies. Professor Ulrich holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is married to Nancy Bentley and they live with their two sons in a nineteenth-century stone church in Narberth, Pennsylvania.
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