2022 industryXchange

The College of Engineering’s industryXchange brings together industry, Penn State faculty, and government agencies to jointly explore collaboration opportunities for research and student engagement. The 2022 industryXchange will be held in person at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center and will focus on digital connectivity and its ability to revolutionize industries and disciplines.

May 24 - 25 
The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center

Digital Connectivity

Digitalization is transforming industries at an exponential rate, driving opportunities for the development of smart cities and infrastructure, autonomous and connected vehicles, industrial security, advanced manufacturing, and individualized health care, thanks to powerful technologies like 5G. 

2022 industryXchange breakouts will include: 

  • Industrial Internet of Things and Smart Biomanufacturing
  • Infrastructure, Mobility, and Transportation
  • Health Care


Please contact Priya Baboo, senior director of corporate and industry engagement, at pzb104@psu.edu with any questions about the agenda.

Tuesday, May 24

innovationXchange Boot Camp | 9:00 - 3:15 p.m.

As part of industryXchange 2022, Penn State will offer its first 5G innovationXchange Boot Camp. The boot camp will provide an opportunity to learn from leading experts about the power and potential of 5G and advanced technologies for digital connectivity and develop ideas to connect with researchers at industryXchange to explore partnership opportunities. Leading companies will share their experiences using 5G and participants will brainstorm and develop use cases for their own businesses. Following a keynote presentation and lunch, participants will have a chance to tour Penn State’s CIMP-3D, its state-of-the-art metal 3D-printing lab.

5G innovationXchange Boot Camp Agenda

Time Session

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Lora Weiss, Senior Vice President for Research, Penn State
9:15 -
10:30 a.m.

5G Use Cases: Industry Successes

Bill Goodman, Head of Ecosystem & Business Development for the Verizon Customer Unit, Ericsson

Bill Goodman is Head of Ecosystem & Business Development for the Verizon Customer Unit at Ericsson.  He and his team partner with the customer, Ericsson’s research and innovation teams, and the broader ecosystem to investigate, incubate and deliver new solutions enabled by 5G.  Prior to joining Ericsson in 2014, Bill was with Verizon as Director of Multimedia Services Architecture in the Verizon CTO organization where he ran the Service Delivery Ecosystem program which fostered API-based developer community engagement with the Verizon 4G network.  Bill is based in the Ericsson Basking Ridge, NJ office and resides in Collegeville, PA.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - noon 5G Use Cases: Brainstorming Activity
Noon - 1:15 p.m.


Praveen Atreya, Vice President of Technology and Software Development, Verizon 

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. CIMP-3D Tour & 5G Demo
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Opening Keynote and Professional Networking Reception with Graduate Students | 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Opening Keynote and Networking Reception

Time Session

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Opening Keynote
Dilip Kumar, Vice President of Physical Retail and Technology, Amazon
Brian Olsavsky, Senior Vice President and CFO, Amazon

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Professional Networking Reception with Graduate Students

The Graduate Student Networking Reception connects master’s and doctoral students in all technical majors with employers.


Wednesday, May 25 

Conference | 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Conference Agenda
Time Session


General Session (8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)
Emcee: Kevin Snider,
Campus Chancellor, Penn State New Kensington
Digital Foundry

9:00 a.m.

Justin Schwartz
, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering
Lora Weiss, Senior Vice President for Research

9:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Raj Batra, President—Digital Industries, Siemens USA
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

PhDevelopment Panel: Perspectives on Industry Internships, Talent Pipeline, and Research


  • Dr. Arturo Pizano, Program Manager, University Relations, Siemens Technology
  • Dr. Parinaz Emami, Senior Scientist, Merck
  • Dr. Tim Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Penn State 
  • Dr. Ram Narayanan, Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Penn State
  • Ziheng Fu, doctoral candidate, electrical engineering, Penn State
  • Tarun Chawla, Director of Business Development, Remcom

Moderator: Dr. Sven Bilén, Professor of engineering design, electrical engineering, and aerospace engineering, Penn State

Dr. Arturo Pizano is Program Manager, University Relations for Siemens Technology. In this capacity he is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with U.S. universities of strategic importance to Siemens R&D organization across the globe. Prior to his current position, Pizano was a part of the internal audit organization of Siemens as a member of the Operational Audit team. Pizano joined Siemens Technology as a member of the Technical Staff in the Imaging and Visualization Department. He became Program Manager in Multimedia Communications and Collaboration and later Head of the Multimedia and Video Technology Department. Prior to joining Siemens he worked as a Staff Scientist in the Software Research Center of Ricoh Corporation in Santa Clara, California. Pizano holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a master's degree and doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Parinaz Emami works in the next-generation bioprocessing technology team at Merck and Co. Pharmaceuticals as a senior scientist. In her current position, she is working on a number of projects aimed at developing new technologies for continuous bioprocessing. Prior to joining Merck, she studied chemical engineering at Penn State and completed PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Zydney. During her PhD, she got the opportunity to work for six months as an intern at Pfizer Inc's purification process team.

Tarun Chawla graduated from Penn State (Class of 2008) with a BSc in EE and an MBA from University of Memphis. Currently, he's serving customers in his role as Director of Business Development. He enjoys working on cutting edge products, traveling, spending time with family and playing Cricket.

Remcom is a research focused computational electromagnetics software company based out of State College, PA. For over 10 years, Tarun has represented solutions to researchers and engineers developing challenging technologies in the fields of consumer electronics, 5G, military, automotive and MRI.

11:00 a.m. - noon Research Spotlight: AI/ML Multi-disciplinary Seed Grant Awardees
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout: Industrial IoT and Smart Biomanufacturing

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Industry Reverse Pitch

  • John "Jack" Gallagher, Executive Director of Software Development, Verizon

Jack Gallagher leads IoT Platform and services development for Verizon, which includes the Thingspace connectivity platform, grid wide smart lighting, asset tracking, and consumer wearables. The development functions include user experiences, scalable cloud services for data management, IoT edge services, application services and Analytics. Past responsibilities include Fios service development, Motorola Mobile Device development and data networking for Bell Laboratories.

  • Dr. DP Prakash, Co-CEO, YOUTOPIAN

Dr. DP Prakash, Co-CEO of Youtopian, accelerates nature-centered Metaverse Digital Transformation for Enterprises and Education. Addressing some of the most complex business problems facing corporations and academia through innovations in Artificial Intelligence and eXtended Reality, Dr. DP Prakash creates growth engines for leaders in the innovation economy. 

With three decades of semiconductor technology experiences at IBM and Global Foundries, Dr. DP Prakash led ten generations of Moore’s law scaling through leadership roles spanning Research, Development, and Manufacturing of nanotechnology products.

He is a recipient of two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards from IBM in Research and Manufacturing. He has also served as the Global Head of Innovation at Global Foundries guiding semiconductor fabs in USA, Germany, and Singapore.

DP Prakash holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MBA with honors from Jack Welch Management Institute, a certificate in Film Producing from UCLA School of Film & Television, a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a certificate on leading Innovation at scale from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Faculty Tech Talks

Breakout: Infrastructure, Mobility, and Transportation

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Industry Reverse Pitch

  • Walter M. Everetts, Vice President, Space and Ground Services, Iridium Communications Inc.
  • Christopher "Nick" DelRegno, Director of Applied Research, Verizon

Walt Everetts is the Vice President, Space and Ground Services for Iridium Communications Inc., the only satellite communications company that offers truly global voice and data coverage. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the Iridium satellite, TPN & Gateway operations, space and ground engineering and development of space and ground upgrades. His responsibilities encompass all aspects of service delivery throughout the Iridium system, as well as space/ground development & deployment supporting future network system augmentations, system longevity and enhancements needed for sustaining trouble-free operations. Everetts holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the Penn State.

Nick DelRegno is a Director in Verizon's technology and product development organization and has been with Verizon for over 29 years in a variety of Network Architecture and Advanced Technology roles. He led the creation of VZB's Converged Packet Architecture (CPA) network and was the architect of Verizon's Switched Ethernet Service (SES) migration to MPLS. DelRegno has experience in legacy telephony, packet switching (Frame Relay, ATM, Ethernet, IP, MPLS), Optical Transport, Video Editing and Compression, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Datacenter and Cloud Design, Wireless/Celluar Technologies, Robotics, Drones, IoT and GPS/GNSS location and surveying. DelRegno most recently conceived of and has been the technology lead for Verizon's precision location program. He is currently exploring the cutting-edge applications of Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC) and Private 5G to industrial controls and manufacturing. DelRegno is an industry leader and holds 43 patents with several applications in process.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Faculty Tech Talks
Breakout: Health Care
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Industry Reverse Pitch

  • Dr. Vijay K. Varadan, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Nanowear

Vijay K. Varadan is the Emeritus-in-Service Twenty-First Century Endowed Chair in Nano-and Bio-Technology and Medicine, and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering) and Neurosurgery (College of Medicine) at University of Arkansas. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees in Nano-, and Bio-Technologies and Medicine from India, Australia and Finland. He joined the University of Arkansas in January 2005 after serving on the faculty of Cornell University, Ohio State University and Pennsylvania State University for the past 39 years. He was the Director of the University of Arkansas High Density Electronic Center. He returned back to Pennsylvania State University by the Spring Semester 2015 where he is now associated with the Department of Engineering Science and Department of Neurosurgery.

Varadan has concentrated on the design and development of various electronic, acoustic and structural composites, smart materials, structures, and devices including sensors, transducers, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), synthesis and large-scale fabrication of carbon nanotubes, NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS), microwave, acoustic and ultrasonic wave absorbers and filters. He has developed neurostimulator, wireless microsensors and systems for sensing and control of Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, glucose in the blood and Alzheimer’s disease. He is also developing both silicon and organic based wireless sensor systems with RFID for human gait analysis and sleep disorders and various neurological disorders. He is a founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Smart Materials and Structures for 20 years. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Microlithography, Microfabrication and Microsystem. He serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Computational Methods. He has published more than 500 journal papers and 15 books. He has 26 patents pertinent to conducting polymers, smart textile wearable textile materials for healthcare, smart structures, smart antennas, phase shifters, carbon nanotubes, and implantable device for Parkinson’s patients, MEMS accelerometers, pressure sensors and gyroscopes. He is a fellow of SPIE, ASME, Institute of Physics, Acoustical Society of America. He has many visiting professorship appointments in leading schools overseas.

  • Maureen Mulvihill, President & CEO, Actuated Medical, Inc.

Maureen L. Mulvihill, Life Sciences Pennsylvania 2020 CEO of the Year, has been recognized over 35 times nationally and internationally for her entrepreneurial leadership.  In 2017, she was a US delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India. She has been appointed to the Life Sciences PA Board of Directors (BOD), AdvaMed BOD and AdvaMed Accel BOD to give voice to small emerging MedTech companies. She also sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Penn State Center for Biodevices.  She is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. She received her Ph.D. from Penn State.

About 15 years ago, she co-founded Actuated Medical on the entrepreneurial idea that electronically controlled motion can solve clinical needs and improve patient outcomes. By establishing an ‘internal’ start-up ecosystem, her team has the infrastructure to incubate creative ideas and quickly test them. Those ideas that demonstrate market potential are de-risked with an exit goal of independent acquisitions. In 2021, Actuated doubled their footprint to accommodate a new contract research and manufacturing business unit. Actuated has 34 issued patents and has 6 FDA 510(k) clearances. Actuated is the recipient of a 2014 & 2020 SBA’ Tibbets Awards for SBIR commercialization excellence.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Faculty Tech Talks
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks