Portrait of Irwin Zahn


Irwin Zahn

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, SDSU; Graduated CCNY Mechanical Engineering 1950; Columbia University Graduate courses; American Management Association - Management courses; NY University - Management courses



Moxie Foundation



Chairman, Moxie Foundation 2011 - Present

  • Established student/faculty Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP) entrepreneurial center at San Diego State University
  • Established two (2) entrepreneurial incubator centers at University of California, San Diego
  • Established student/faculty Zahn Innovation Center (ZIC) entrepreneurial center at City College of New York
  • Funded advanced medical research in regenerative medicine in Israel and USA

Chairman, Autosplice Inc 1954 – 2011

  • Designed, engineered, patented electronic industry splice pin, tab connector components
  • Developed, patented continuous electrical tab insertion equipment for printed circuit board assembly
  • Designed custom tooling that inserts multiple pin terminals simultaneously from wire
  • Engineered, patented continuous plastic injection molded header products
  • Team member to design and build high-speed automatic continuous connector terminal system

Founder, President, General Staple Company

  • October 1954 started a one-man business in New York City marketing/selling standard and customized industrial stapling machines
  • Designed, engineered and developed unique zipper industry assembly machines, supporting emerging Blue Jean industry
  • Implemented a tool room facility with press stamping capability

Other Affiliations:

  • Past President, Electronic Connector Study Group
  • Director, Coil Winding Association
  • Officer, American Electronics Association, San Diego


  • 20 domestic/international patents


  • US Army Air Force 1944-1946