Celebrating 75 Years of Change


The first two-year associate degree programs are introduced: Electrical Engineering Technology and Drafting and Design Technology.


The undergraduate program in Plastics Engineering Technology launches.


The 55,000- square-foot Engineering Complex opens; it includes the Fasenmyer, Prischak, Witkowski, and Benson Buildings, and Roche Hall.


The first public presentation of senior design projects takes place with 71 students presenting 31 projects.


The senior project showcase is named to honor Richard J. Fasenmyer, a longtime supporter of the School of Engineering.


The Research and Economic Development Center (REDC) opens to bring the Black School of Business and the School of Engineering together under one roof. In 2010, it is renamed the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center.


A new major, Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies, launches, exemplifying growing collaboration between the School of Engineering and the Black School of Business.


Lighter than Air Paper Factory, a kinetic sculpture commissioned in the 1970s for the Behrend family’s Hammermill Paper Co., is refurbished and hung in the Burke Center’s Clark Café.


Penn State Behrend breaks ground for the $16.5 million Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center (AMIC), an academic-industry facility in Knowledge Park.


The college opens Innovation Commons, a collaborative lab in Burke Center, to offer prototyping, 3D printing, and other support to entrepreneurs, innovators, and new business start-ups.


The undergraduate program in Polymer Engineering and Science is launched.


The School of Engineering is ranked among the top 40 Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.