UMass and Commonwealth Honors College has connected Chris Leidel ‘04 to a world of opportunities in leadership and innovation. After graduating with a B.S. in engineering, Chris tapped into his networks on campus to help launch a new business.
After three years of working for Texas Instruments, Chris returned to UMass to pursue his MBA. Shortly after his return to campus, he reconnected with a friend who was earning his PhD in engineering and together, they entered the UMass Technology Innovation Challenge. Their entry, a new concept for a therapeutic medical device for autism patients, won the grand prize.
Chris and his partner invested their prize winnings into further developing their business named Therapeutic Systems. Over the last several years they have also raised equity funding, completed product development, and launched their first product.
Chris credits UMass and Commonwealth Honors College for his success in the business world, and feels that being a part of Commonwealth Honors College gives students an opportunity to stand out from the rest of the pack. Most importantly, Chris observes that as Commonwealth Honors College alumni base continues to grow, it will become a valuable resource to talented and motivated alumni that come out of UMass to launch their own ambitious and successful careers.