ICE Center Welcomes Michael Tomczyk as Innovator in Residence

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Michael Tomczyk has been named Innovator in Residence at Villanova University’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center). Tomczyk has joined Villanova to help enhance opportunities for innovation at Villanova. His activities will include program development, designing and hosting conferences and workshops, teaching courses and advising students.

“It is an honor to join Villanova’s innovation team,” Tomczyk said. “The ICE Center is building an exceptional ecosystem to foster innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship to support the University’s community of students, faculty, industry partners and alumni. Villanova University is consistently top-rated for academic excellence, and is a leader in many other areas including innovation studies.”

Tomczyk has spent most of his career working in the field of innovation. As a technology pioneer, he is best known for his role in the development and launch of the first home computers (at Commodore) in the 1980s. He was instrumental in the launch of such innovations as CT scanning, automated teller machines, the volunteer Army, classroom networks and numerous Internet applications.

Tomczyk speaks extensively on emerging technologies and their implications for the future. He is the author of a new book entitled NanoInnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know, which explains what’s really happening in emerging areas of science and technology.

Before joining Villanova, Tomczyk was managing director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Tomczyk earned an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Master in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor in Literature and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Vietnam.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, the Center for the Study of Church Management & Business Ethics and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.