What does the industry advisory board say about the program?

  • “I was very impressed by the research done by the teachers and have a feeling they each gained a new appreciation for local manufacturing and the technology required to be competitive.  However, I was more impressed by the camaraderie and collaboration from the teachers and feel they will use this experience to create better, well rounded students.”      
  • “I would like to congratulate you and the Penn State Behrend staff.  What amazing work was produced in just 6 weeks! It was incredible that you were able to give the teachers plant tours to increase their knowledge of manufacturing and the job skills required.  I am so glad that they were able to take their experience and turn it into hands on activities that their students can apply to real world jobs. As one teacher pointed out, he had no idea how many jobs were available in manufacturing because he had never been exposed to it.  Exposure is certainly the way to increase awareness!


 2019 ***********************************************************************

Meet and Greet – June 24, 2019

Tour to GE Transportation, a Wabtec Company- June 25, 2019

Teaching Engineering Panel – June 28, 2019

Tour to Lord Corporation – July 08, 2019

Tour to X-Cell Company – July 22, 2019

Tour to Berry Plastics – July 30, 2019


2018 ***********************************************************************

Getting ready for the summer activities (posted 06/11/2018)

RET Kickoff Meeting on 06/18/2018 (attendees: teachers, industry advisory board, Behrend faculty and students, management)

Listen to the interview with the WP$E Radio AM 1450 – M 07.1


Zurn Industries tour (06-25-2018)

Silgan tour (07-02-2018)

Signal Tech tour (07-11-2018)


X-Cell tour (07-16-2018)

RET 2018 Final Presentation Meeting (07-26-2018)

Wrap Up Meeting (07-27-2018)


Research and Outreach at Penn State Behrend

Center for Science and the Schools – Penn State College of Education


Media Mentions:

1. NSF award announcement

2. NSF grant establishes manufacturing research site at Penn State Behrend

3. Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson announcement of the grant