Entrepreneur and Space-flight Participant Gregory Olsen to Lecture
Madison, NJ (April 12, 2006) — Gregory Olsen, entrepreneur and space-flight participant, will speak on “A Personal Adventure: From Serial Entrepreneur to Space Traveler” on May 3. The Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture is at 7:15 p.m. in The Mansion on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Campus, Madison, NJ.
In October 2005, Olsen became the third private citizen to orbit the earth on the International Space Station (ISS). During his 10-day voyage, he performed more than150 orbits of the earth and logged almost four million miles of weightless travel.
After a notable career as a research scientist and entrepreneur, Olsen, president of GHO Ventures, manages his “angel” investments and encourages students to consider careers in science and engineering.
Olsen began his career in 1972 as a research scientist at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. At RCA, he developed numerous innovations in the field of optoelectronics, including the commercialization of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) photodetectors and lasers.
In 1984, he co-founded EPITAXX Inc., a fiber-optic detector manufacturer. It was sold in 1990 for $12 million. He then co-founded Sensors Unlimited, a near-infrared camera manufacturer in 1992. It was ultimately sold to Goodrich, Corp. in 2005 for $60 million.
Olsen holds 12 patents, wrote more than 100 technical papers, co-authored several book chapters and has given numerous invited lectures to both technical and trade journal audiences. He is an IEEE LEOS Fellow and the first recipient of the prestigious IEEE Aron Kressel award.
His May 3 lecture at FDU is the Eighth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture, sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business and the Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.
The presentation will follow a 6 p.m. reception and the 6:45 p.m. presentation of the 20065 East Coast Student Entrepreneur Awards to undergraduate students from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Delaware.
The events on May 3 are free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary. Call 973 443 8842 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and reservations.