The technological innovations being developed and commercialized with the University of Maryland's research park, the Discovery District, are transforming the world around us. Hear from a few of the people who are leading these efforts through their ventures and programs, including the University's Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Quantum Startup Foundry, the co-founder of a cloud-native data governance platform, and one of the co-creators of the Crash Bandicoot series along with several other startups. This panel will be moderated by the Director of the Discovery District and Director of MAVRIC, the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Immersive Community.
Quantum, Cyber Security, Data Governance...Oh My! Emerging tech in UMD's Discovery Discovery
Dave is Founder and CEO of INKY. INKY’s flagship product, INKY Phish Fence, uses computer vision and other machine learning techniques to identify and block phishing emails. Phishing is arguably the biggest problem in cybersecurity today, driving over $1.5B/year of theft and extensive PII and credential theft. Prior to INKY, Dave was co-founder and COO of travel search provider ITA Software, where he oversaw software development, operations, and customer relations, expanding the company to over 500 employees. Google acquired ITA for $700M in April 2011. Dave has a B.S./B.A. in Computer Science and Linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a S.M. in Computer Science from MIT. Dave also volunteers as a member of the US Department of Energy Secretary Advisory Board on AI.
A serial entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, Julie Lenzer is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Maryland and Founding Director for the newly-launched Quantum Startup Foundry. In these roles, she is charged with fostering and deploying innovation to drive economic and social impact from both university-affiliated and community based innovators and oversees the university’s tech transfer office, the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC), the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC), as well as university engagement with the Discovery District (UMD’s 150 acre research park). An active angel investor, she is also on the investment committee of the $10M Maryland Momentum Fund and UMD’s newly-launched Discovery Fund.
Prior to joining the University, Julie was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. She created the Regional Innovation Strategies program (now called Build to Scale) and led the deployment $40M in grants across the U.S. over her 2 ½-year tenure, resulting in over 14,000 new jobs and $1.6B in capital raised.
Passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, economic development, community engagement, and higher education, Sammy is responsible for ensuring greater communication and more strategic collaboration across campus, in particular to those who are involved with the institution's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. To that end, he co-hosts regular meetings with these stakeholders through the Economic Impact Committee. He was integral to the launch of the Terp Entrepreneur Network (TEN) through the University of Maryland Alumni Association and facilitated the development efforts and design of the Innovation Gateway, a concierge platform that enables a variety of stakeholders to more easily access and engage with the UMD's innovation and entrepreneurship resources. As the manager of the Discovery District, Sammy oversees place-making and community engagement efforts between the scores of government, corporate, campus-affiliated, community, and entrepreneurial tenants who are based within the research park.
Steve Touw is the co-founder and CTO of Immuta. He has a long history of designing large-scale geo-temporal analytics across the U.S. intelligence community — including some of the very first Hadoop analytics and frameworks to manage complex multi-tenant data policy controls. Previously, Steve was the CTO of 42Six Solutions (acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation), where he led a large Big Data services engineering team. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Maryland.