January 16, 2008
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DAVID PENSAK, INTERNET FIREWALL CREATOR, JOINS GW LAW SCHOOL'S CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE ECONOMY CENTER AS RESEARCH FELLOW
Renowned Innovator and Entrepreneur Hopes to Ignite Passion for Innovation and Invention on Global Tour Starting in Amman, Jordan
WASHINGTON - David Pensak, an internationally known leader of computer software technology and innovation, has joined The George Washington University Law School's Creative and Innovative Economy Center (CIEC) as a research fellow and will embark on a series of workshops to be hosted in developing countries around the globe, the first of which happened Jan. 16 in Jordan. Pensak conducted research at the DuPont Corporation for more than 30 years. During that time, he engaged in additional entrepreneurial business ventures, including Raptor Systems, the computer software security company that developed and brought to market the first commercially successful Internet firewall. He also founded Authentica, which subsequently was acquired by storage giant, EMC. Additionally, he developed several seminal technologies that helped make digital rights management possible.
One of Pensak's first assignments as a research fellow at the Law School's center is to conduct a workshop for senior technology managers in Amman, Jordan. The program, hosted by CIEC in conjunction with the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship, focuses on what he calls "innovention," the process of innovation and invention.
"I am excited to embark on a world tour with the center," said Pensak. "My goal is to impact people in developing countries and spur innovation and invention. I have so many experiences and ideas I would like to share with our next generation. Hopefully I can motivate them and encourage them to seek out entrepreneurial opportunities that will fuel economic development and improve the quality of life for people all over the world."
In addition to Jordan, Pensak and the center's administrators also plan to conduct "innovention" workshops in India, Brazil, and China later this year.
"On behalf of GW Law, I warmly welcome David to our team," said Director Michael P. Ryan. "Scientists, innovators, and creators around the globe want to hear from someone as brilliant as he. He will add a real life compliment to our existing research and education programs. Pensak is a prolific and successful innovator. He has over 38 patents and applications being prepared in areas ranging from computer security, to solid-state physics, to business process modeling, to new ways of cooking pizza and faster ways to bring orchids into flower."
Pensak has degrees from Princeton University (A.B.) and Harvard University (A.M. and Ph.D.) and has served as a senior fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently is co-writing a book with Elizabeth Licorish entitled Innovation for Underdogs, due out in fall 2008.
The George Washington University Law School's Creative and Innovative Economy Center's administrators believes creativity and innovation are critical tools in fighting the war on poverty, eradicating disease, and improving the quality of human life through the arts and technology. The center's members conduct research and organize educational programs that demonstrate how creativity and innovation drive global economic development and contribute to healthcare.
For more information about the CIEC, visit www.law.gwu.edu/ciec.
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