Pioneers of Economic Development

With the demands from sectors of industry for specialized and advanced engineering talent, and with the professional societies increasingly advocating for MEng/MS as the entry-level degree, market demand for 12-month master’s degree graduates is at unprecedented levels. The Pioneers of Economic Development fundraising thrust will avail scholarship support for MEng and MS degrees to the top Penn State continuing students and top students from other universities that do not offer such degrees. Attracting top engineers to Pennsylvania will underpin economic development in the Commonwealth as well as further bolster Penn State’s reputation as a driving force for economic development.

Engineering Professional Master’s Scholarships

Several professional societies no longer consider the BS degree as the entry-level degree into the competitive employment market. These societies advocate for master’s degrees as being the entry-level degrees. Offering one-year scholarships to the top applicants to our professional master’s programs, both from Penn State and other U.S. universities, will attract students who would have otherwise gone to competing universities. By attracting these top graduate students, we will enhance the talent pool in the Commonwealth and help underpin economic development by graduating more MS and MEng students who are even more prepared to contribute to industry than their BS counterparts.

Interdisciplinary Professional Master’s Scholarships

We want to establish a specific scholarship program for new interdisciplinary master’s that are focused on societal challenges and not on sub-disciplines of engineering. We are building interdisciplinary curricula in the water-food-energy interaction space to graduate a new type of engineer who leads future integration efforts to bring together stakeholders from industry (water resources, utilities, energy, food production) and from government agencies (USDA, NIFA, DoE, EPA, NSF). Managing our infrastructure in an integrated manner is also a critical societal need, hence engineers capable of understanding ground, air and water transportation, and utility networks are needed.

Chemical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering Building

The College of Engineering has committed to a fundraising goal of $10M in support of the new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering building. The new 188,000 square foot, $150M facility will strengthen all aspects of operation of the two departments, providing state of the art laboratories and supporting the ongoing expansion of the biomedical engineering department.