Director's Message

Edward R. Evans, Jr.

Edward R. Evans, Jr., Senior Lecturer of Engineering, began serving as interim director of the School of Engineering on June 20, 2017.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

For almost twenty-seven years, I have had the good fortune to teach engineering at Penn State Behrend, and I am honored to serve the School of Engineering through the current transition in leadership. During my time at Behrend, I have shared in the excitement of progressing from the school’s original home in what is now the Science Complex to advanced labs and classrooms in Burke Center to our newest additional space in the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center.

In March, more than 160 companies descended on campus for the college’s spring career fair to recruit students for employment, internships, and co-ops. The fair provides an opportunity to see students in various stages of development, from the first-year student seeking an early internship to the senior hoping to land a full-time position. I’m pleased to point out that the prospects for our students are bright indeed. There’s a huge demand for well-prepared engineering graduates primed for success.

The career fair also offers the chance to catch up with former students here recruiting for their companies. This year, I talked with two graduates who have just completed our Master of Manufacturing Management degree, a graduate who says he “uses just about everything we taught him” on his job, and former students now in engineering management, global product management, and other positions of responsibility. The success of our graduates in their careers—and the contributions they are making—is crystal clear.

Watching individuals grow from incoming students to confident, responsible engineers is one of the best parts of my job. It has been a privilege to be part of the growth of engineering education at Penn State Behrend.

Ed Evans, Interim Director and Associate Teaching Professor