Deputy Executive Director
Mr. Hong has over 16 years of experience in high-tech product development and high-tech start-up successes and leadership.
Prior to joining AMI-USC, Winn was a senior technology strategist for the Institute for Technology Advancement (ITA) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) focusing on biotechnology, alternative fuel, medical device, and internet, media, and related software technologies.
Winn began his career as a researcher at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1996 to 1999 where he was involved in the design, fabrication, and testing of sensors for military, medical, commercial, and space exploration applications.
Mr. Hong was co-founder and COO of Sega.com, Inc. and Sega.com, Ltd. (publicly traded on the HKSE) and has been involved in company formation, funding, and management since then: companies include alternative fuel, green chemicals, medical devices, and material sciences and held various executive level positions in each of these companies.
From June 2005 to December 2007, Winn worked as a principal for Convergent Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm that invests seed capital, management, and operational in early-stage life science and technology investment opportunities in Southern California.
Mr. Hong obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Business Administration degree in 2005.
Mr. Hong may be contacted at whong AT usc DOT edu.