students working on project on shop floor
 

Learning Factory Faculty and Staff

Program Administrators

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

photo of matthew parkinson

Matthew Parkinson, Learning Factory Director
814-863-9079
mbp11@psu.edu

Cindy Winkelblech

Cindy Winkelblech, Industry Relations Coordinator
(814) 863-6380
ckb2@psu.edu

Jesse Torba

Jesse Torba, Industry Relations Coordinator
(814) 865-7727
jjt5008@psu.edu

Jess Menold

Jessica Menold, Associate Director for Outreach and Inclusion
jdm5407@psu.edu

Learning Factory Shop Supervisors

William Genet

Bill Genet
(814) 863-6337
wlg10@psu.edu

Rob McAllister

Rob McAllister
(814) 867-5335
rgm14@psu.edu

 

Project Coordinators

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

Biomedical Engineering

Daniel Hayes

Daniel Hayes
814-865-0780
djh195@psu.edu

 Computer Engineering

Lennart Bilen

Lennart Bilén
814-863-7323
lxb50@psu.edu

Computer Science

Al Verbanec

Al Verbanec
814-863-1469
acv@psu.edu 

Engineering Design

Sven Bilen

Sven Bilén
814-863-1526
sgb100@psu.edu

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Mike Erdman

Mike Erdman
814-863-9074
ame17@psu.edu

Electrical Engineering

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David Cubanski
814-359-6290
djc24@psu.edu

Energy Engineering

professor Samih Eser

Semih Eser
814-863-1392
sxe2@psu.edu

Industrial Engineering

Charles Purdum

Charles Purdum
814-865-5345
clp73@psu.edu

Information Science and Technology (Data Science)

Rigas Marc

Marc Rigas
814-863-2632
rigasm@psu.edu

Material Science and Engineering

R. Allen Kimel

R. Allen Kimel
814-865-5397
rak189@psu.edu

Mechanical Engineering

Gary Neal

Gary Neal
814-863-5468
gln103@psu.edu

Nuclear Engineering

Arthur Motta
814-865-0036
atm2@psu.edu

Student Assistants

Bitto Ashley

Ashley Bitto

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox

 Paul Wardach

Paul Wardach

 

 
 

About

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