Today: Two Tech Heroes

Two of my favorite techie entrepreneurs will be honored tonight at the exact same time – what a hard choice. I’ve been watching Rick Weiss (third from left, below) since he founded Viocare at a kitchen table in Princeton and now he’s ever so successful, with a handful of technology-based products aimed at keeping us all healthy. He is one of four business leaders honored at tonight’s Princeton Regional Chamber gala at Jasna Polana. The others, also extra worthy, include, left to right, Dr. Thomas McCool, president and CEO of Eden Autism Services, Christine Lokhammer, SVP of PNC Wealth Management, and Leslie Burger, director of the Princeton Public Library.

But the one I’m going to hear tonight – I’ve never met him, but I’m an avid user of his product, Aaron Patzer is a whiz kid from Duke who came to study with Ed Zschau, among others, in engineering graduate school at Princeton. The story goes that he left with a master’s degree in 2004 because his company idea was just too hot to keep in his pocket while he went for the doctorate. He recently sold his company to Intuit for a cool $170 million.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. today Patzer will give the G.S. Beckwith Gilbert ’63 lecture for the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. Most of the Keller events are in the Friend Center or Bowen Hall but TAKE NOTE this is in room 104 of the Carl A. Fields Center at the corner of Olden and Prospect. Hint: park on Olden or behind the Equad and enter from Olden. A reception will follow.

So though my heart is with Weiss and the other honorees, my curiosity is getting the best of me, and I’ll wear my Duke pin to go hear Patzer.

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