It was the summer after his junior year, and Mark Pavlyukovskyy ’13 found himself in a hospital bed in Paris, recovering from a mysterious illness that he had contracted while teaching children in a remote village in Ghana. He was in the hospital for a week. When it became clear that he would get better, he used the time in bed to reevaluate his priorities. He thought about his future and how he could have a positive impact on people’s lives.
This month, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) launched "TigerTalks in the City," a quarterly series designed to bring Princeton research with an entrepreneurship focus to New York. The topic of the inaugural panel discussion was "Big Data and Little Privacy?" and featured faculty from a range of disciplines.
As a retired physician and professor of medicine, Gordon Douglas ’55 has long known about the links between diet and catastrophic illnesses such as stroke and heart disease. His own bout with high cholesterol prompted him to stop eating meat, which solved the problem and made him think more deeply about food and health.
When Princeton students have a big dream, they build it—together. Kirk Robinson ’17 and Ben Sorkin ’17 are engineering students who drive Princeton Racing Electric. These fast friends are leading a team to construct a race car from scratch, and they’re cheering each other on—all the way to the finish line.
A growing number of Princeton faculty, students, and alumni are forging new paths, from developing software that facilitates the design and management of pharmaceutical trials to increasing access to solar power. Their successes demonstrate that embracing an entrepreneurial mindset can be the catalyst for turning fundamental research and creative ideas into products and services with social and economic impact.
Students, alumni, faculty, and University administrators gathered in October to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, made possible by a gift from Dennis J. Keller ’63 and Constance Templeton Keller. The day included panels on entrepreneurship and innovation led by Keller Center visiting professors Derek Lidow '73 and Christopher Kuenne '85, and a keynote address by entrepreneur and educator Tom Leighton ’78.
Professor of Electrical Engineering Sanjeev Kulkarni, director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, has been on Princeton’s faculty since 1991. He received the University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2007 and has earned seven Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Undergraduate Engineering Council. Kulkarni served as master of Butler College from 2004 until 2012. He was recently named dean of Princeton's Graduate School, effective March 31, 2014.