Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference

Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference

2018 Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Penn State Behrend
Burke Center

7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Brian Kupchella
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Truck-Lite

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Brian Kupchella

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Brian Kupchella received a B.S. in Plastics Engineering from Penn State University in 1990 and an M.B.A. from Gannon University in 1997. He began his career with Truck-Lite in 1990 holding a variety of engineering positions, including Manager of Product Engineering. He was responsible for the transition from automotive to commercial vehicle lighting products. In June of 1998 he was named Vice President of Business Development with responsibilities for effective market and product analysis, and coordination and direction of all internal resources to support new business opportunities. He led the development of LED technology of commercial and military applications including the first full LED headlamp system in the transportation industry. He has also led the integration of six acquisitions since 2000. 

Mr. Kupchella has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Truck-Lite since January 2016. Prior to this, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2000.

He is a member of the Penn State University Engineering Board of Visitors, the Navistar Supplier Council, and was recently named a Fellow of Penn State Behrend.


2018 Conference Program

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About the Conference

All programs in the School of Engineering have a capstone design experience resulting in extensive hands-on design project opportunities working with real-world applications. Each spring the students showcase their work by presenting these projects at the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference, held the last Saturday in the spring semester (before finals week) each year.



About Richard J. Fasenmyer

The Fasenmyer conference is named for the late Richard J. Fasenmyer ’69, a longtime supporter of Penn State Behrend’s School of Engineering. He founded RJF International Corp., a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of interior wall coverings, industrial matting products, and specialty films.

A native of Erie, Richard J. Fasenmyer began his Penn State education at Behrend and earned a degree in accounting in 1969. His entrepreneurial skills became apparent early as he started small businesses as a teenager. Eventually he served as Chairman and CEO of RJF International Corporation, Fabricated Extrusions Corporation, Fabricated Extrusions of Kentucky, Koroseal Wallcoverings West, Industrial Enterprise Corporation, and MANDR, LLC. He also oversaw the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation and was the first alumnus of Penn State Behrend to donate $1 million to the College, for which a plastics processing laboratory building bears his name. He was the 1991 Alumni Fellow and in 2000 was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State. Richard died on December 26, 2002, at the age of 55. The annual student design conference hosted by the School of Engineering was named in 2005 to honor Richard's legacy.