Research and Outreach

Omar Ashour, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, Awarded College's First Early Career Professorship

When Dr. Omar Ashour graduated from high school, he was accepted into both medical and engineering schools. But which to choose?

Ashour’s grandmother counseled him to pick medicine. “I remember her saying that it was much better to save lives than to sell detergent, which is what her perception of industrial engineering was.”

Read Dr. Ashutosh Deshmukh's Commencement Address, "Future Imperfect"

In keeping with Penn State Behrend's longstanding tradition of inviting a member of the faculty to address graduation candidates and their guests, Dr. Ashutosh Deshmukh, professor of accounting and management information systems, was the speaker at the Friday, May 6, commencement at Erie Insurance Arena. 

Dr. Deshmukh is program chair of both Penn State Behrend's Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.) degree program and the Penn State World Campus iMBA. The M.P.Acc. presented its first candidates for graduation at the ceremony.

October 28: WQLN Collegiate Challenge

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WQLN 2015 posterHelp Behrend keep the WQLN Collegiate Challenge trophy!

Penn State Behrend’s employees, alumni, and friends led the college to the title of Most Improved in last year’s WQLN Collegiate Challenge fundraiser for Erie’s public radio station. Let’s keep the trophy in the Memorial Room for another year!

Kind Words Can Prime the Body's Response to Pain, Professor Says

Unless he’s the doctor, there isn’t much a man can do in a birthing room. He can fetch ice chips or prop pillows behind the mother’s back. He can suggest some Lamaze breathing – Hee hee hooooo – when the contractions intensify. He can stop when she’s had enough of that.

April 1: Spring Admissions Open House

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Lion mascotPenn State Behrend will hold its annual spring admissions open house for prospective students on Saturday, April 1.

High school students and their families can meet with faculty from the Black School of Business, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Science, and School of Engineering to learn more about Penn State Behrend’s 40 undergraduate degrees and 50 minors and certificates.

Penn State Behrend United Way Campaigns Pass $1M Mark

In November, when the employee campaign ended, the giant thermometer sign that tracks campus donations from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, to United Way of Erie County was all red – a $54,000 success.

Great Lakes Trip Advances Penn State Behrend's Watershed Protection Efforts

Below deck on the R/V Lake Guardian, the largest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s research vessels, Ann Quinn secured what she could, boxing lab samples as the ship see-sawed through rough water.

The Guardian was caught in a 300-year storm. To the south, in Wisconsin, the governor had declared a state of emergency. Two men had died as water swept over the roads, cutting all access to Ashland. A sheriff’s deputy, his car carried off by the water, had clung to a tree for two hours until rescuers could throw ropes to him.

February 7: Bystander Intervention Training

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Melanie Hetzel-Riggin pictured.The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Penn State Behrend will host a free bystander intervention training session at the college on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

January 20: CORE Open House

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CORE Building at Penn State BehrendThe Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Penn State Behrend will host a free public open house Friday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.

PILOT Agreement Reflects Growth of College's Knowledge Park

Penn State Behrend has reached a 10-year agreement with three local taxing bodies to provide annual payments in lieu of taxes for property in Knowledge Park, a 106-acre innovation complex owned and operated by the college.

A payment in lieu of taxes, also known as a P.I.L.O.T., allows nonprofit entities to compensate local governments for police, fire and other public services. A previous Knowledge Park P.I.L.O.T. expired at the end of 2014.