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Learning Factory Faculty and Staff

Program Administrators

Please contact one of the following if you have questions about the Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Program.  Please contact Steven White if you have questions about the Learning Factory Shop located in Engineering Services Building.

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Matthew Parkinson, Learning Factory Director

Cindy Winkelblech

Cindy Winkelblech, Industry Relations Coordinator

Contact Cindy to discuss your project's financial sponsorship support (gift/donation).


Jess Menold

Jessica Menold, Associate Director for Outreach and Inclusion

Learning Factory Shop Supervisor


Steven White

Steven White
814-867-5335 or 863-6337

Project Coordinators

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

Biomedical Engineering

Daniel Hayes

Daniel Hayes

 Computer Engineering

 Oren Gall

Oren Gall

Computer Science

Al Verbanec

Al Verbanec

Engineering Design

David Mazyck

David Mazyck

Electrical Engineering

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David Cubanski

Energy Engineering

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Semih Eser

Industrial Engineering

Charles Purdum

Charles Purdum


Material Science and Engineering

R. Allen Kimel

R. Allen Kimel

Mechanical Engineering

Gary Neal

Gary Neal






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