Reflections on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Life

February 20, 2009
Davis Auditorium, CEPSR
Hosted by: Prof. Ken Shepard
Speaker: Prof. Ed Zschau, Princeton University


Ed Zschau is Professor at Princeton University in the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and in the Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. Prior to his current post at Princeton, from 1997-2000, he was Professor of Management at the Harvard Business School and a Visiting Professor at Princeton University.

Zschau's business experience is extensive. He founded and served from 1968-1981 as CEO of System Industries, a computer products company.

In 1987, after his narrow defeat for California's United States Senate seat, Zschau became a general partner of Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, and in 1988, he was elected Chairman and CEO of Censtor Corp., a company which had been founded by Brentwood to develop advanced magnetic recording components for disk drives. He was recruited from Censtor in April 1993 by Lou Gerstner to serve as General Manager of the IBM Storage Systems Division until July 1995.

He has an A.B. degree (cum laude) in philosophy from Princeton University and M.B.A., M.S. (statistics), and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

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