…hine. They’re fantastic listeners, great storytellers and often approach problems in creative ways. Introverted bosses give their employees more leeway in developing their own ideas, says researcher Adam Grant, and they tend to be great collaborators.
The Pennovation Center allows for broad inclusion of Philadelphia area entrepreneurs by providing low-cost, flexible terms for occupancy and by eliminating the typical barriers to starting and growing a business. This approach to creating a culture of innovation is inherently sustainable, capturing the efficiency of a sharing economy among Pennovation tenants by sharing spaces, encouraging collisions, and providing the invaluable resource of an entrepreneurial community. Benjamin’s Desk membership levels provide regional startups access to guidance and programming avai…
The University of Pennsylvania’s new Pennovation Center is a rebel, a futurist, a disruptor. It’s a phenomenon of a building that is also a machine for sparking new growth in the fields of learning, commerce, and community across greater Philadelphia and beyond. What’s more, its bold approach to sustainability that leverages its industrial heritage as an engine for research and learning has earned it a LEED Gold rating.
r. Steele at Wharton taught us one neat lesson every week and almost every…cial applications of machine learning were being discussed outside the computer science department. Penn had one of the most inter-disciplinary graduate school programs among top ten colleges in US News rankings. One could follow their heart and graduate with a CS major while still pursuing more than half the courses in say Wharton or the stats department or the math department. Dr. Steele at Wharton taught us one neat lesson every week and almost everything was about a real world problem in finance and a creative way of solving it. Most of the things he taught about weren’t available in text books and they were very creative interpretations of the problem at a hand.
ssary in order to preserve the…vate equity impact funds it was possible to perform not only at but above market rate returns. Also in 2015, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania released “Great Expectations,” demonstrating that among 53 global private equity impact funds, concessionary returns weren’t necessary in order to preserve their social or environmental purpose.
On her role at Penn I was always teaching in several universities, I was between Harvard, Columbia, and Penn, the differences were interesting to me. At some point, I was at Harvard, and Penn offered a practice professor position and the possibility to start a post-professional program — a second master’s, as its Director. I started in 2003 and initially first formed an international network; multiple connections to create a very global program. It grew fast. We started publishing books every year. At some point developers and cities started inviting us to collaborate on research and design, we studied the future of housing for the city of Tel Aviv, we looked at an urban development, Santurce, in Puerto Rico, we worked on a bottom-up proposal for downtown Bogota. In 2013, after 10 years, I became the Chair at PennDesign. In academics, they don’t really give you a job description, and I realized quickly it’s like an architecture project. You need structure, you need a concept, and it needs to have a very clear direction and focus. If you think about the future of architecture it is clear that education needs to be ahead of the practice. I started the first semester with five different things: 1) turn Penn inside-out [it was like an oyster — Penn wasn’t really appreciated, it was amazing inside but the outside is a bit rough], 2) I started publishing a book every year, made a big lecture series, 3) made sure we started a huge conference for each Fall, the 1st one was the “New Normal” 4) I updated the curriculum. 5) I bought 3D printers, Makerbots, for studio. The students loved that. Those five things changed the school rapidly. I had the summer to work these out further, so by the time September came, we were organized. The school immediately grew quite a lot. It was a scramble with the spaces, professors, and seminars, but super exiting as well.
“I’m interested in the promise of machine learning applications on non-traditional industries and am currently working on an individualized recommendation engine for decomposing multi-factor travel destination selection decisions into mathematics” — Nina