Title: Startup Stories and Lessons
Description: Are you excited about starting a company and commercializing your technical ideas? Do you want to learn more strategies and problems you may never have thought of? You may have attended several startup workshops or panels, but the experience and tips may be too general. In this meet-up event, Dr. Mark Schafer, an established professional and experienced entrepreneur in ultrasonics for medical applications, will share his personal stories of running startups, some successful and some less so, and then draw thought-provoking lessons and tips leading to business success. Come and join us to enjoy the opportunity to talk with Dr. Mark Schafer and network with peers sharing common interests in entrepreneurship.
Organizer: UFFC-S Young Professionals Committee, IEEE EFTF-TFCS 2022 Committee
Speaker Bio: Mark E. Schafer (Senior Member, IEEE) was born in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1979, an M.S. in acoustics from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA, in 1982, and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, in 1988. He is a serial entrepreneur and an inventor on over 30 patents. After 35 years as an independent consultant, entrepreneur, and corporate technology leader, he recently joined Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems as a Research Professor. In addition to his research work, he consults with firms worldwide on design, development, intellectual property, regulatory, and clinical aspects of medical ultrasound products, including diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical applications. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on ultrasound measurement and applications. Dr. Schafer is a fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He was a recipient of the Chief’s Award for Technology Transfer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Past President of the Ultrasonic Industry Association. He is currently the President of the IEEE UFFC-S.