It’s gratifying to see in this issue the many accomplishments of our alumni, students, and faculty members.
Plastics Engineering Technology graduate Tiffany Beers, a senior innovator at Nike, was the keynote speaker at the Fasenmyer conference. Computer Engineering alumnus Dr. Ehsan Hoque was named a Top 35 under 35 Innovator by MIT Technology Review. Our faculty members and students are forming collaborations in Germany and India and designing virtual reality solutions.
Enrollment in the School of Engineering is nearly 1,700 students! Our newly-opened Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center provides space for our mechanical and industrial engineering programs and expands our capabilities for open-lab research with industry partners. It also houses a new environmental scanning electron microscope.
Dr. Omar Ashour received Behrend’s first William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professorship. Dr. Alicyn Rhoades, Dr. Shraddha Sangelkar, and Dr. Jun Zhou all received significant funding for their research. Dr. Chetan Nikhare was awarded a U.S. patent for his method to reduce springback in metal forming, which has commercial potential. Our faculty members have designed the University’s first online undergraduate degree in Software Engineering.
Penn State Behrend is uniquely positioned to engage with industry and pursue advanced faculty-student research. This, combined with the support of our many stakeholders, ensures a bright future. I am pleased to be leading the school in realizing this future, and I welcome your thoughts and ideas.
Russell Warley, Ph.D.