A Brief History of the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference
The Richard J. Fasenmyer Conference showcases the results of yearlong engineering senior capstone projects supervised and managed by students and guided by their faculty and industry advisers. In many cases, the projects address applied problems posed by industrial sponsors.
The first public presentation of senior design projects at Behrend took place on April 22, 1995, in Hammermill and Fasenmyer buildings on the west end of campus. Seventy-nine students participated, presenting thirty-one projects. Since then, the annual presentation has grown: To date, nearly 5,500 students have presented more than 1,320 projects.
In 2005, the conference was named to honor the legacy of Richard J. Fasenmyer ’69, a longtime supporter of Penn State Behrend’s School of Engineering. An Alumni Fellow and Distinguished Alumnus of the University, Dick Fasenmyer was the first Penn State Behrend graduate to donate $1 million to the college.