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Learning Factory Faculty and Staff

Program Administrators

For questions about the Learning Factory and the Capstone Design Program, please contact:

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Matthew Parkinson, Learning Factory Director (Interim)
(814) 863-9079

Cindy Winkelblech

Cindy Winkelblech, Industry Relations Coordinator
(814) 863-6380

William Genet

Bill Genet, Learning Factory Supervisor
(814) 863-6337

Rob McAllister

Rob McAllister, Learning Factory Supervisor
(814) 867-5335

Project Coordinators

For questions about a project in a specific department, please contact:

Biomedical Engineering

Daniel Hayes

Chemical Engineering

Esther Gomez

Esther Gomez
(814) 863-6229

Computer Engineering

Lennart Bilen

Lennart Bilen
(814) 863-7323

Computer Science

Al Verbanec

Al Verbanec
(814) 863-1469

Engineering Design

Sven Bilen

Sven Bilen
(814) 863-1526

Engineering Science & Mechanics

Mike Erdman

Mike Erdman
(814) 863-9074

Electrical Engineering

Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler
(814) 863-5403

Energy Engineering

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Semih Eser
(814) 863-1392

Industrial Engineering

Michael Immel

Michael Immel
(814) 863-2365

Material Science & Engineering

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R. Allen Kimel
(814) 865-5397

Mechanical Engineering

Gary Neal

Gary Neal
(814) 863-5468

Nuclear Engineering

Arthur Motta
(814) 865-0036

Student Teaching Assistants

Doug Bancroft

Doug Bancroft, Mechanical Engineering

Doug Bancroft

Alex Banfield, Mechanical Engineering

Lucy Blevins

Lucy Blevins, Mechanical Engineering

Mark Cecco

Mark Cecco, Mechanical Engineering

Ashley Davis

Ashley Davis, Mechanical Engineering

Evan Dillen

Evan Dillen, Mechanical Engineering

Brandon Drusbasky

Brandon Drusbasky, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Ryan Henderson

Ryan Henderson, Industrial Engineering

Georgia Kennedy

Georgia Kennedy, Electrical Engineering

Kyle McAlpin

Kyle McAlpin, Architectural Engineering

George Mishkin

George Mishkin, Mechanical Engineering

Aaron Wilhelm

Aaron Wilhelm, Applied Data Sciences



Our mission is to help bring the real-world into the classroom by providing engineering students with practical hands-on experience through industry-sponsored and client-based capstone design projects. Since its inception, the Learning Factory has completed more than 1,800 projects for more than 500 different sponsors, and nearly 9,000 engineering students at Penn State University Park participated in such a project.

The Learning Factory

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802