Roy Carriker is a Teaching Professor and Director of Technology Entrepreneurship in the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship. He is also a School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems senior executive in residence.
Carriker serves as a trustee of the National Arts Program Foundation, is a director of The SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School, and is an advising director of Glenthorne Capital.
Carriker holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from Washington State University, Trinity College, and the University of Connecticut, respectively, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
His early career focused on the management of R&D, technology-based startups and assessing the market viability of technology based innovations. After growing Sermatech International to over $600 million, Carriker became Vice Chairman of Teleflex Incorporated, helping transform it into a $2.3 billion global provider of goods and services with over 130 operations in 21 countries. After Teleflex, he founded Global Advisors LLC, providing counsel in the areas of technology assessment and business strategy, served as CEO and Chairman of Indivers BV (the Netherlands), a private-venture fund focused on entrepreneurs, and was an advisor to OTB BV (the Netherlands) and the Aerospace Industries Association Board of Governors.
Additionally, Carriker was director of: Teleflex Incorporated; Selas Corporation of America; Laser Technology, Inc.; Heurchrome SA (France); Telair GmbH (Germany); Airfoil Technologies International (a General Electric joint venture); the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia; the Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia; the Pennsylvania Innovation Network (PIN); the Entrepreneurship Center, Fordham Graduate School of Business.
He has been the chairman of the Drexel University Center for the Plasma Processing of Materials Advisory Board and the PIN CEO Exchange. Carriker was a member of the Temple Fox School of Business Enterprise Management Consulting Board. He was recognized as the Pennsylvania Innovation Network 1994 Entrepreneur of the Year for service to small enterprises.