Industry Advisory Board

Industry involvement is essential to the success of the Learning Factory. The Capstone Design Program was instituted at the urging of our industry partners, who recognize the need for graduates who are not only well trained in engineering fundamentals but also possess professional skills — such as teamwork, project management, cross-functional networking, communications, and design — to effectively compete in today’s marketplace.

The development of our facilities and curricula has been overseen and guided by our Industry Advisory Board (IAB). The board members come from a variety of industries and have generously contributed their time, money, guidance, equipment, mentorship, and student job opportunities to make this program a success.

The IAB typically meets three times a year: Fall Project Kick-Off, Fall Design Showcase, and Spring Design Showcase.

Our Industry Advisory Board:

  • Joel Bartholomew, B. Braun Medical, Inc.
  • Kevin Bunce, John Deere
  • John Cafeo, General Motors
  • Jim Connolly, FedEx
  • William Frantz, Armstrong World Industries
  • Francesco Genoese, StructureCare
  • Todd Goodling, Ingram Micro, Inc. 
  • Ted Graef, All Traffic Solutions
  • Bill Grauer, The Boeing Company (retired)
  • Thomas Kapelewski, SEKISUI SPI
  • Paul Mittan, Penn State
  • Perry Morrissette, Boeing
  • Ryan Moyer, Shell
  • Jorge Pacheco, John Crane
  • Anthony Pancerella, Air Products
  • Joseph Parambo, General Motors
  • Tanna Pugh, PennTAP
  • Bryan Senchuk, Lockheed Martin
  • Jack Shuttleworth, Inmarsat
  • Rachel Smithers, ArcelorMittal
  • Jim Sorokes, Dresser-Rand
  • Jason Steiner, Boeing (President)
  • Stuart Wells, Amphenol Advanced Sensors
  • Brianna Wendt, Boeing

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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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