John Mulhern


John Mulhern III has worked at the University of Pennsylvania for almost 30 years. He is currently Principal Technology Advisor, a role in which he focuses on the computing needs of everyone from first-year students to emeritus faculty members. He leads University-wide client architecture planning, testing, and implementation, developing standards, choosing supported products, and tracking emerging technologies. John also manages technical vendor relations, interacting extensively with the University’s technology vendors, providing extensive feedback on products and services, and testing pre-production hardware and beta software.

After serving as an avionics technician in the U.S. Navy, John attended Drexel University, receiving a BS in Information Systems with concentrations in artificial intelligence, database development, and human interface design. While at Drexel, he studied under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Andriole.

John has presented many times to various groups at the University and elsewhere. Examples from the last four years include John Was Wrong (September 2016), Two Years of Technology Roadmaps (August 2017), Penn Technology by the Numbers, Version 3.1 (November 2018), University Desktop Recommendations: Process and Products (April 2019), and CES 2020 From a Penn Perspective (January 2020). He serves on multiple advisory councils with vendors such as Apple, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, and Microsoft. John resides in Bryn Mawr with his lovely wife Ivelis and their beloved Corvettes; Lauren, Grace, and Louis.