Award-winning digital media innovator served as Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sarah Granger, co-founder of the Center for Media, Technology & Society and author of “The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life – Online and Off,” served as the spring 2017 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
The Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence program was established in 2003 as a way to bring successful entrepreneurs with backgrounds in engineering, design, business or manufacturing to the University Park campus for seminars, workshops and conversations with students, faculty and staff.
During her time on campus, Granger gave advice to student startups, visited the LaunchBox, met with entrepreneurship faculty, and served as a guest lecturer in several courses within the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI). The ENTI minor teaches students foundational entrepreneurial skills such as innovative thinking, leadership skills and management and planning tools. Clusters within the minor are designed to provide students with focused entrepreneurial skills to achieve their career goals. Clusters include: Food and Bio-Innovation, New Media, New Ventures, Social Entrepreneurship, Technology Based Entrepreneurship, Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Hospitality Management and Arts Entrepreneurship. Classes for the Technology Based Entrepreneurship cluster are based in the Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) program and classes for the Social Entrepreneurship cluster are based in the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program. Both programs are housed in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP).
At age 14, Granger began her first digital media venture – a community bulletin board system accessible by modem. She went on to receive her bachelor of general studies in Technology and Society in 1996 from the University of Michigan. The interdisciplinary degree, which Granger designed herself, included courses in engineering entrepreneurship, information technology (IT) policy, and IT and economics.
After moving to Silicon Valley upon graduation, Granger joined her first startup, an IT consulting firm, where she became a manager within a year. Since then, she has run an IT security consulting firm, founded an ergonomic software company and founded and published a digital magazine. For the past 12 years, Granger has run Leading in Digital, a digital media strategy firm. Her latest startup will focus on digital film and video.
The Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence program is named for and underwritten with an endowment by E.V. Bishoff, a Pittsburgh native and long-time supporter of the College of Engineering. The program contributes to E-SHIP’s mission to develop new entrepreneurs and creative thinkers through innovation, leadership and project-based coursework.