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A nighttime photo of an ethane cracker plant

Penn State Behrend will connect Erie companies to $6 billion energy project

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PA DCED) has selected Penn State Behrend as a lead partner for developing business and market opportunities created by a $6 billion Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals project in Beaver County.
A nighttime photo of an ethane cracker plant

Ethane cracker plant

Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals is building a $6 billion ethane "cracker" plant, similar to this facility, in Beaver County. The compound is expected to open in 2020.

A portrait of Ralph and Melanie Ford

Fords lead creation of $100,000 scholarship at Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford and his wife, Melanie Ford, a faculty member in the School of Engineering and director of Youth Education Outreach at the college, led the creation of a $100,000 endowment for students with financial need. The first scholarships were awarded in the fall of 2017.
A portrait of Ralph and Melanie Ford

Ralph and Melanie Ford lead creation of $100K Penn State Behrend scholarship

Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford and his wife, Melanie Ford, led the creation of a $100,000 scholarship for students at the college.

Penn State Behrend hosts first Model UN Conference

More than 65 students from five high schools attended the inaugural High School Model United Nations Conference last week at Penn State Behrend. The conference was sponsored by Penn State Behrend’s degree program in political science as well as the college’s Model United Nations club.
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Penn State, Imerys announce research collaboration to develop new technologies

Imerys and Penn State have announced the signing of a five-year Master Sponsored Research Agreement, expanding the company’s current relationship with the University's Materials Research Institute and Penn State Behrend’s engineering program to include the development of new technologies, materials and other intellectual property.
Retired IBM executive Nishi Gupta

Retired IBM executive creates scholarship for Penn State Behrend students

Nishi Gupta has created a scholarship endowment to support engineering students at Penn State Behrend, where she began her education in 1978. "I wanted to do more, especially for women," she said.
Retired IBM executive Nishi Gupta

Nishi Gupta

Nishi Gupta, a 1982 graduate of Penn State, has created a $50,000 scholarship, with a $50,000 match by the University, to benefit engineering students at Penn State Behrend.

Penn State Behrend students pose with homeowners during a spring break service trip to Houston.

Learning while serving

"The smallest things we do for others can make a huge difference," says Priya Patel, one of 24 Behrend students who traveled to Texas to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
Penn State Behrend students pose with homeowners during a spring break service trip to Houston.

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One hundred students from six Penn State campuses spent their spring break in Texas, gutting homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

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