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A portrait of Penn State Behrend graduate Wes Hall, with the Lace-N-Lock device.

Behrend idea lab fosters new levels of entrepreneurship

Penn State Behrend graduate Wes Hall earned a patent for his work on a senior design project. The product he invented will soon be tested in four states.
A portrait of Penn State Behrend alumnus Wes Hall, with the Lace-N-Lock device.

Wes Hall invents Lace-N-Lock device

Wes Hall, a 2017 graduate of Penn State Behrend, developed the Lace-N-Lock device, which allows people with mobility issues to tighten their shoes without having to bend down and actually touch the laces.

Penn State Behrend professor Ken Louie.

Ken Louie

Ken Louie directs the Economic Research Institute of Erie and is an associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend.

Two employees work in a manufacturing setting.

ERIE Conference explores the future of manufacturing

Manufacturing employment in Erie County has decreased since the 1970s. Some jobs have come back, but the downward trend likely will continue, said Ken Louie, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie. "There's a ratcheting effect downward, and that may be our major challenge," he said.
Two employees work in a manufacturing setting.

ERIE Conference examines future of manufacturing

Manufacturing employment in Erie County has decreased since the 1970s. This year's ERIE Conference at Penn State Behrend explored the impact continued job losses will have on the future of the region.

Penn State Bookstores awards second round of Barnes and Noble grants

The Penn State Bookstores, managed by Barnes and Noble, has awarded its second round of grants to support a range of programs and initiatives across the University. As previously announced, the bookstores launched the new grant program through a five-year, $1.25 million commitment to the University.
a bridge designed by girls during GE Girls @ Penn State Behrend is pictured.

Middle school students design and engineer bridges at GE Girls program

A total of 50 seventh-and eighth-grade female students attended GE Girls @ Penn State Behrend during the week of June 19-23. The program — one of just 20 in the world — is a weeklong science, technology, engineering and math camp held on campus.
Penn State Behrend students Nicole Krahe and OIivia Narciso

Student projects support Erie arts organizations

Community engagement is a core component of our Arts Administration program, which launched in 2012.
Penn State Behrend students Nicole Krahe and Olivia Narciso

Nicole Krahe and Olivia Narciso

Nicole Krahe and Olivia Narciso earned degrees in Arts Administration from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Their capstone projects — a networking event and a pop-up exhibition — supported Erie artists and arts organizations.

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