Thomas A.V. Cassel

Professor of Practice
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

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Honors and Awards:  Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching - 2007, Ford Motor Company Award for faculty advising - 2007, Robert Yarnall Award - 2005, S. Reid Warren Jr. Award - 2003

Research Expertise: Engineering Entrepreneurship | Engineering Economics

Tom's research interests are in the area of technology entrepreneurship. He is the Director of Penn's Engineering Entrepreneurship Program, which he initiated in 1999 following a 20-year career of entrepreneurial business leadership. He received a full professorship appointment in 2002. Prior to joining Penn's faculty, Tom was the co-founder and CEO of Reading Energy Holdings, Inc., a pioneer in the independent electric power industry. Under Tom's leadership, the company developed large-scale, waste-fueled power plants using cutting-edge combustion and environmental technologies. By the mid-1990's, the company had developed, owned and operated advanced power facilities having capital costs exceeding $600 million. Tom and his fellow management shareholders eventually sold their power plant assets to multinational corporations.

Affiliations:  Director, Engineering Entrepreneurship Program

Education:
PhD 1979 - University of Pennsylvania; MSc 1973 - University of Pennsylvania; BSc 1968 - University of Pennsylvania

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