As the Mtech Ventures/TAP director, Dean Chang oversees all the venture creation programs at the University of Maryland (UM), including the TAP incubator, the Venture Accelerator program, the UM Technology Startup Boot Camp, the UM $75K Business Plan Competition, Entrepreneur Office Hours, and other related offerings at the University. A strong advocate of preparing students to compete in the 21st century by weaving technology, business, and entrepreneurship together, Dean teaches technology entrepreneurship courses to UM students as well as to some of the top high school students in the country.
Dean previously held the dual roles of Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Gaming Business of Immersion Corporation, a company he helped guide over ten years from a four-person, venture-backed, Silicon Valley startup born at Stanford University to a publicly traded (NASDAQ: IMMR), world-leading licensor of haptics technology to companies like Sony, Microsoft, BMW, Samsung, LG, and Nokia. Dean was part of the small development team that created the core haptic technology and part of the executive road show team that successfully raised $51 million in an initial public stock offering.
Dean holds over 30 patents; speaks regularly at international technology startup and commercialization conferences; and has written freelance articles for BusinessWeek Online, GameDAILY BIZ, and Computer magazine. Dean received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also holds an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Palmer Scholar.