Basic discoveries don’t turn into commercial products on their own. Patents must be filed, business plans devised, seed money, equipment, and space procured. The University is now launching a new initiative to spearhead these commercialization efforts: the Penn Center for Innovation.
Data released last year by the National Science Foundation reported that women nationally received only 18.2 percent of bachelor’s degrees in computer science, as opposed to 29.6 percent in 1991. At Penn, the School of Engineering and Applied Science is taking a number of steps to bring women back to computer science.