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
  • Bradley Calaman, The Manitowoc Company
  • Jim Connolly, FedEx
  • William Frantz, Armstrong World Industries
  • Francesco Genoese, StructureCare
  • Todd Goodling, Ingram Micro, Inc. 
  • Bill Grauer, The Boeing Company (retired)
  • Will Greiner, Great Dane
  • Thomas Kapelewski, SEKISUI SPI
  • Paul Mittan, Penn State
  • Ryan Moyer, Shell
  • Brian Olson, Johns Hopkins University APL
  • Jorge Pacheco, GTI Energy
  • Anthony Pancerella, Air Products
  • Joseph Parambo, Dana Corporation
  • Tanna Pugh, PennTAP
  • Eric Schwarz, Exelon Nuclear
  • Bryan Senchuk, Lockheed Martin (President)
  • Jack Shuttleworth, Inmarsat
  • Jason Steiner, Boeing
  • Stuart Wells, Amphenol Advanced Sensors
  • Brianna Wendt, Boeing




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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