Co-founder Honored at 2017 Venky Awards

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lynda Weinman, co-founder of online education website, receives TMP’s 18th Annual Venky Narayanamurti Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.

Education pioneer Lynda Weinman, co-founder of the eponymous online learning website, has been recognized for her successful effort to bring the classroom to everyone’s computer. Weinman is the recipient of the 2017 Venky Narayanamurti Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.

Presented annually by the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering’s Technology Management Program (TMP), the award is conferred on individuals who have demonstrated success in high-technology leadership, particularly those who have been influential on the Central Coast or who have an affiliation with UCSB. Weinman and co-recipient and partner Bruce Heavin are the honorees for the award’s 18th year.

“What it’s really all about is the ability to change people’s lives for the better,” UCSB College of Engineering Dean Rod Alferness said on the role of technology and entrepreneurism in the wider community. “It’s about people who, through what they do and who they work with and how they think about the world, come up with ideas and find ways to make them happen. That’s what the Venky Award is about.”

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By Sonia Fernandez, The UCSB Current

Friday, March 10, 2017