Director’s Message

Dr. Timothy Kurzweg

Dr. Timothy Kurzweg
Director, School of Engineering

Credit: Contributed Photo

Houston, we don’t have a problem.

On a visit to Houston earlier this year, I was fortunate to meet with graduates of our School of Engineering. I was more than inspired. The visit was a reminder that we educate at the highest level and prepare our graduates like no other institution!

We visited NASA. We visited large companies like TechnipFMC, ExxonMobil, and Shell. We visited entrepreneurial ventures like American Medical Molding. And everywhere we went, we saw our alumni excelling—making an impact in the work they do.

We don’t rest on our laurels in the School of Engineering, though. We’re always looking to innovate to provide our students with career-building experiences. The latest example of that is our new Prischak Robotics and Automation Lab, where students are learning to program industrial-grade robots to create automated manufacturing cells that meet diverse applications. Industry told us there was a need for graduates educated in robotics, and we responded—with the help of our friends, the Prischak family, who have supported Behrend Engineering through the years.

If you have not been to Penn State Behrend recently, I encourage you to visit. From world-class facilities to faculty who care deeply about the education of our students, you will see what inspires me every day. Our current engineering students will soon be the alumni I visit, and I am confident that I will be as amazed at their accomplishments as I am by the successes of the Behrend engineering graduates who have come before them.  

Dr. Tim Kurzweg
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