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William Genet

Engineering Program Manager

124 Machine Shop/The Learning Factory


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Jessica Menold

Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor

213V Hammond Building

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Matthew Parkinson

Professor and Director of The Learning Factory

213K Hammond Building


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Jesse Torba

Industry Relations Coordinator

204A Hammond Building


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Cynthia Winkelblech

Coordinator of Industry Relations

314C Leonhard Building




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