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Mark Yim: Director of Weiss Tech House
May 6, 2008, Volume 54, No. 32


Associate Provost Andrew Binns announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Yim as Director of the Weiss Tech House, effective July 1, 2008. 

Dr. Yim, currently associate faculty director of Weiss Tech House, is an associate professor and undergraduate curriculum chair of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics; Gabel Family Term Junior Professor; and a member of Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.

He is an internationally known expert in robotic technologies, who came to Penn from the Palo Alto Research Center, where he was the principal investigator for the Modular Reconfigurable Robotics project. He specializes in research on “modular robots,” which can move, morph into larger forms, and reconfigure themselves for specific tasks.

“Mark is the perfect person to carry on the tremendous work of Karl Ulrich in building Weiss Tech House over the past five years,” said Associate Provost Binns. “He is at the cutting edge of his field, and he is devoted to his students, who are so inspired by his exciting research and passion for new technologies.”

Dr. Yim earned a PhD (1994) and MS (1989) in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a BS in engineering mechanics (1987) from Johns Hopkins University. 

The Weiss Tech House, founded in 2003, was made possible by a gift from Penn Trustee George Weiss. It aims to create a space at Penn that fosters innovation and gives students the resources to create, develop, and commercialize their own technological innovations.

Almanac - May 6, 2008, Volume 54, No. 32