Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium

The Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium (WINDS) is the Wharton School’s student-run multi-disciplinary doctoral conference on innovation.

The rationale behind WINDS is that innovation, a central theme in business research and a fundamental driver in today’s economy, is by its very nature multi-disciplinary. However, as of today, there is no platform where doctoral students from different business-related disciplines — such as strategic management, organizational theory, finance, accounting, operations, marketing, economics, and other areas — can interact. WINDS intends to provide such a multi-disciplinary meeting point.

This event, which occurs annually in October, is organized by the Mack Innovation Doctoral Association and supported by the Mack Institute, the Wharton Doctoral Office, and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly of University of Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions, please email the organizing committee at windsteam@wharton.upenn.edu.


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Student Organizing Committee

Aymeric is a doctoral student in the Finance Department. His research interests are applied microeconomics and entrepreneurial finance. His recent research studied the spatial inequalities generated by innovation and how technological surplus is shared geographically through governmental taxes and transfers and how financial frictions affect firms’ creation and survival rates. Aymeric graduated from Ecole Normal Superieure in France and has a Master’s degree in Data Science from ENSAE ParisTech.

Qingqing ChenQingqing is doctoral student in the Business Economics and Public Policy Department. She graduated from Peking University with a B.A. in economics, a B.S. in statistics and a M.A. in economics. Her research interests include development economics, small and medium business, entrepreneurship, and technology spillovers.

Jaeho ChoiJaeho is a doctoral student in Management with a specialization in Strategy. He holds a B.A. in public administration and business administration and a M.S. in management from Yonsei University, South Korea. His research interests include organizational learning and strategic decision making.

Chuck Fang is a Finance PhD at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. Previously he has worked as a research assistant at the Boston Fed and a quantitative analyst at Citigroup. Chuck graduated from UC Berkeley with bachelor degrees in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics.

Jason is a second-year doctoral student in the Management Department at the Wharton School. His research interest includes entrepreneurship and technology innovation.

Tong LiuTong is a doctoral student at the Wharton School’s Finance Department. He is interested in dynamic corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and macro finance. His recent work investigates the relative importance of individual inventors’ human capital and firm’s organizational capital in promoting a firm’s innovation output. Other projects study how search frictions affect venture capital’s portfolio size and performance persistence.

Mauricio MedeirosMauricio is a doctoral student at the Wharton School’s Finance Department. He has a B.A. in Economics from the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and a M.A. in Economics from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/EPGE). His research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance and entrepreneurship.

Amandeep SinghAmandeep is a third-year doctoral student in the Operations, Informations and Decisions Department at the Wharton School. Amandeep is an applied economist interested in empirical industrial organization and econometrics. Amandeep’s research empirically examines various aspects of digital platforms and marketplaces viz economic, operational and antitrust/legal. In another parallel stream of research, Amandeep works on developing new econometric methods, leveraging the recent advancements in empirical industrial organization and machine learning literature.
Amandeep has an ScB in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Patna and an SM in Operations Research from Columbia. Prior to Wharton, Amandeep worked as Fixed Income and Futures Trader at Goldman Sachs and Tower Research Capital.

Dan is a doctoral student at the Wharton School’s Management Department. He has a B.S. in Accounting, a Master’s in Accounting from the College of William & Mary, and an MBA from Brigham Young University. Prior to returning to school, Dan worked as a CPA for EY in Palo Alto, CA, and Washington, DC, and then as a consultant for small distressed firms in Utah. His research interests include technology innovation, industry change, sensing, forecasting accuracy, and political ideology.

Rui YuRui is a doctoral student in the Applied Economics program at the Wharton School. His research interests include urban economics, housing, and political economy. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and was a Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York prior to graduate school.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Gilles DurantonDean’s Chair in Real Estate Professor
Chair, Real Estate Department

David HsuRichard A. Sapp Professor
Professor of Management

Rahul KapoorAssociate Professor of Management

Serguei NetessineProfessor of Operations, Information and Decisions

Luke TaylorAssistant Professor of Finance

Lynn WuAssistant Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions