Rowan appoints four to Tech Park board

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The Rowan University Board of Trustees has appointed three area professionals and one student representative to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University Board of Directors for three-year and one-year terms, respectively.

The Rowan University Board of Trustees has appointed three area professionals and one student representative to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University Board of Directors for three-year and one-year terms, respectively.

Joseph Miller, of Collingswood, is chief IP counsel for Checkpoint Systems, Inc., Thorofare, where he oversees the entire intellectual property program for the publically traded technology company. He also has worked for Dilworth Paxson, LLP, Philadelphia; Reed Smith LLP, Philadelphia; and the Honorable Joseph J. Farnan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rowan University and a law degree from the Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Mich. He is a member of the Rowan University Electrical & Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

Michael Muhlbaier, of Blackwood, is the president and co-founder of Spaghetti Engineering, West Berlin, which has developed such products as a touch-button ignition system and replacement LED taillights for cars. Muhlbaier earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Rowan University, where he was active in several student chapters of professional organizations and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and where he published extensively on engineering topics. He was a research assistant while at Rowan.

John Ulrich, of Riverton, is the chief executive officer of Tok2.us LLC, Philadelphia, a start-up providing mobile marketing services to consumer goods manufacturers. Ulrich is also a managing director and co-founder of Foster Chamberlain, LLC, Philadelphia.  With more than a decade in that role, he has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to commercialize technologies and launch new business ventures.  Previously, Ulrich was the chief executive officer of Pennsylvania Sustainable Technologies, LLC, Bethlehem, Pa. Ulrich earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Lehigh University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The student member of the Tech Park board is Charles Cunliffe, of Lakewood (Ocean County), who earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Rowan in 2011 and expects to complete a master’ degree in the same subject in 2012. Among his activities at Rowan, Cunliffe was a research assistant and member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He worked at Rowan on concrete, virtual reality and airport pavement projects. The recipient of several scholarships, Cunliffe also is or has been a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Student Athlete Honor Society and American Society of Civil Engineers. He played soccer for Rowan, winning numerous regional and statewide honors.

Located off Rt. 322 near Rt. 55 in Mantua Township, the Tech Park opened its first building — the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center — in 2008. The mixed-use facility is designed to accommodate academic research and development programs, among other operations, and to provide the resources necessary to incubate emerging technology enterprises. The Innovation Center comprises two floors totaling 45,000 square feet and includes a mix of laboratories and laboratory/office space for private organizations and Rowan operations. Today, the Innovation Center is home to 12 College of Engineering sponsored research labs, the Rohrer College of Business’ Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Business Incubator, and the Educational Information and Resource Center, Inc.

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