Learning Factory News

FirstEnergy Foundation grant leads to more than $2M in state economic benefits


FirstEnergy Corporation worked with the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State to sponsor two projects in the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory in 2017. Since then, FirstEnergy Foundation has partnered with PennTAP to facilitate connections and some financial support for locally sponsored Learning Factory projects. So far, 53 participating businesses have reported resulting economic benefits in excess of $2 million.

Engineering Learning Factory announces spring showcase winners


The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory has announced the winners from their spring showcase.

Engineering Learning Factory to host spring showcase in person and virtually


The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory will host its end-of-semester showcase for senior engineering students to present their capstone design projects with both in-person and virtual formats.  

College of Engineering announces Learning Factory capstone project winners

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the spring Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, which took place virtually for the second year in a row.

Engineering assistant professor honored with President’s Award for Engagement

Jessica Menold, the Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering, was recently recognized for her student recruitment and retention efforts with the President’s Award for Engagement.

Engineering students draw inspiration from art to test COVID-19 biodevice

Senior capstone team partnered with professor of sculpture to test Penn State Center for Biodevices-designed respiratory safeguards for endoscopic surgeons.

Penn State powers up with solar

This month Penn State began purchasing renewable electricity generated from three Lightsource bp solar farms that have completed construction in Franklin County.

Getting the code to bring Happy Valley’s soup to a store near you

In 2016, Happy Valley Soup Company expanded its gourmet dried soup mix operations and entered the mass retail market, selling the mixes in grocery stores in seven states and online through Amazon.

Canceled summer internships turn into interstellar opportunities

Due to complications from COVID-19, many Penn State engineering students lost internships or full-time offers for summer 2020. As a way to help students fill their summer with meaningful experiences, the College of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory gave students the opportunity to apply to a 10-week internship program that paired students with sponsors to work remotely on projects.

Learning Factory virtual summer programs focus on diversity, professional growth

With many students losing summer internships and career development opportunities because of COVID-19, the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory was determined to provide these students with continuing education and professional development opportunities.

The Learning Factory is ‘taking summer back’ with at-home engineering challenges

The Penn State College of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory is helping students take their summer back, after months in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through an international competition, “The Great Learning Factory Make Off.”

Building an image classifier to aid in disaster response

This spring, students in the data sciences capstone course at the College of Information Sciences and Technology worked with a team of MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works researchers to make real-world contributions toward improving image classifiers for disaster response.

Engineering’s Learning Factory to host virtual summer internship program

Internships for many students within the Penn State College of Engineering have been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the Bernard G. Gordon Learning Factory has created a remote internship program that will help these students get the experience they need to further succeed at the University and beyond.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced

With the shift to a virtual format for this year’s College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, students shared their semester’s hard work on the showcase’s newly developed website. The showcase took place entirely online from Friday, May 1 to Friday, May 8.

Engineering capstone design showcase to be held virtually

Each semester, Penn State senior engineering students present their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Showcase. This semester, to coordinate with the shift to all online courses, the showcase will take place entirely online from Friday, May 1, to Friday, May 8.

Engineering students present final projects at Capstone Design Project Showcase

After a semester of hard work, senior engineering students presented their capstone design projects at the fall 2019 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Showcase on Dec. 12 at the Bryce Jordan Center.



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.

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