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Engineering Activities to Grow and Explore (ENGAGE) Summits

The College of Engineering’s ENGAGE Summits bring together faculty, industry professionals and graduate students from across engineering disciplines to explore emerging research, education and workforce trends and topics.

ENGAGE: Digital Engineering Summit

With digital engineering technologies such as Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence advancing at an exponential rate, it is imperative that engineering disciplines take advantage of new opportunities. Literature says nearly 34% of small to mid-sized manufacturing firms report finding the necessary skilled worker to implement and operate digital engineering technologies as a significant barrier. More specifically, half of these firms reported workers lacking technical skills to take advantage of digital engineering technologies.

Join the conversation focused on transforming engineering research, education, and workforce through digital engineering technologies. Attend the ENGAGE: Digital Engineering Summit on Wednesday, May 26.

ENGAGE: Digital Engineering Summit
Wednesday, May 26
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Industry Registration »

Faculty and Graduate Student Registration »


Zoom Link »
(passcode sent in an email to all registrants)

Time Session Location
11:10 AM
Event overview
Jessica Menold, Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering
11:40 AM
Digital Engineering: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Irene Petrick, Senior Director of Industrial Innovation at Intel Corporation
11:40 AM–
12:00 PM
Digital Engineering: State of the State
Broad overview highlighting a few key initiatives in SEDTAPP/the College of Engineering
Matt Parkinson, Director of the Learning Factory and Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering
12:30 PM
Lunch Break
1:30 PM
Industry Reverse Pitch
Presentations in respect to research and workforce training and/or development

Jennifer Bradford, Siemens
Ryan McClelland, NASA
Steven Szymeczek, Athena 3D Manufacturing
Dr. DP Prakash and Lisa Sibilia, Youtopian

2:30 PM
Faculty TechTalks
Presentations regarding ongoing research efforts and the translation of these efforts into graduate or undergraduate curriculum and/or professional training

Nick Meisel, assistant professor of engineering design, Penn State
Virtual reality to support learning of complex AM processes, evaluation of complex AM designs, and iteration of design concepts within a virtual printing environment

Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto, assistant professor of civil engineering, University of Kentucky
Innovations in advanced automation, predictive maintenance, and self-optimization

Herschel Pangborn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Penn State
Model-based predictive control algorithms and optimized operation of connected systems

Jared Butler, assistant professor of engineering design, Penn State
Developing digital tools to design, synthesize, and optimize developable mechanisms

Ilya Kovalenko, postdoctoral researcher in mechanical engineering, University of Michigan
Development of industrial, system-level control and cooperation strategies to improve system flexibility and enable personalized production

Tim Simpson, interim head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs and Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Penn State
5G for Industry 4.0: A New Innovation Neighborhood Coming to Penn State

3:00 PM
Networking: Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
Industry professionals network with faculty to learn more about the school’s various programs and undergraduate and graduate offerings
Led by Sarah Ritter, associate director of engineering design and associate teaching professor of engineering design

Digital Engineering Lead Contact:
Jessica Menold
Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering

Industry Contact:
Priya Baboo
Senior Director of Corporate and Industry Engagement