Whiting-Turner Lecture Series Features Entrepreneurs Ostrow on April 11, Citrin on April 25

The Whiting-Turner Lecture Series will feature two accomplished entrepreneurs this spring.

Chief Strategy Officer of Mashable.com and University of Maryland alumnus and graduate of the Hinman CEOs program, Adam Ostrow, will kick off the Whiting-Turner Lecture Series on Thursday, April 11.  His talk, titled "Reimagining Media for a Connected World," is co-sponsored by the Clark School of Engineering and the Merrill College of Journalism. The event will take place in the Colony Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland. The reception will start at 4:30 pm and the program will begin at 5:00 pm. Guests can register for this free event online by visiting: http://ter.ps/27e

CEO of Redox Power Systems, LLC, Warren Citrin, will speak as part of the Whiting-Turner Lecture Series on Thursday, April 25. The talk, titled "Entrepreneurship and the Meaning of Life," will be preceded by the dedication of the Stanley R. Zupnik Lecture Hall in the Kim Engineering Building, where the event will be held. The reception will start at 4:30 pm and the program will begin at 5:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Clark School of Engineering. Guests can register for this free event online by visiting: http://ter.ps/27f

More About the Speakers:

Adam Ostrow is a new media entrepreneur and commentator. As Mashable's chief strategy officer, Adam is responsible for defining and implementing strategy across the organization. Prior to being promoted to CSO, Adam was Mashable's executive editor, a role in which he was responsible for the company's editorial and business development strategy. Adam joined Mashable in 2007 as editor in chief, a role in which he directed day-to-day editorial coverage, authored more than 2,500 articles and grew the editorial staff from 3 to 25 employees. During his tenure as editor in chief, the site's audience grew tenfold to more than 15 million unique visitors per month.

Adam has been frequently quoted by numerous mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today, among many others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, Bloomberg and NPR. Adam is also a highly sought after speaker and has made presentations at TED Global, Cannes Lions, CES, SXSW Interactive and Harvard Business School, among other conferences, corporate events and universities. His TED Talk "After Your Final Status Update" has been viewed more than 750,000 times as of March 2013.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Maryland at which he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and was awarded most outstanding senior in the school's prestigious Hinman CEOs program.

Warren Citrin co-founded Solipsys Corporation in March 1996. He was the CEO and a member of the Board of Solipsys from 1996 until the sale of the company to Raytheon Company in March 2003. Under his leadership, Solipsys grew to more than 200 employees with no debt or outside ownership. In May, 2003, he won the Ernst and Young award for Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year. Following the sale to Raytheon, Mr. Citrin was selected for membership to the Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems oversight committee, which directs the efforts of over 12,000 employees worldwide. He held that position and remained as President and Board member of Raytheon Solipsys until leaving the company in April 2005, to start a new venture, Gloto Corp., which specializes in mobile technology for the entertainment and sports industry. Mr. Citrin has recently established the Warren Citrin Graduate Fellowships in Global Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering. In May 2012, he co-founded Redox Power Systems, LLC, a company specializing in advanced fuel cell power generation systems. Mr. Citrin is the CEO of Redox. That same year, he also founded Alchemee, LLC, a web based company with a retail loyalty application set for launch in May 2013.

Prior to his founding of Solipsys, Mr. Citrin was the assistant supervisor of the Engineering Analysis Group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). During his 18 years at JHU/APL, he contributed to the design and development of automatic signal processing and tracking systems for numerous surface and airborne combatant radar systems. From 1985 until 1996, Mr. Citrin led the design, development, and integration of what remains the U.S. Navy's premier radar network, the Cooperative Engagement Capability.

Mr. Citrin received a BSEE from the University of South Carolina in 1973 and an MS in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1977. He holds patents in advanced military radar networking technology and for mobile phone applications.

Published March 13, 2013