When WQLN Public Media developed a new television series highlighting innovators, entrepreneurs and high-tech collaborations in Erie County, producers knew where to look first: The series, “Reach Innovation,” launched with a 30-minute program that focuses on Knowledge Park, a 125-acre technology complex operated by Penn State Behrend.
If you own a smartphone, you’ve likely contributed to what business experts call an “innovation ecosystem,” a network of companies that work together – and, at times, with competitors – to develop new products, markets and technologies.
Penn State Behrend’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center features custom artwork that reflects the collaborative intent of the building. The process that put that art in place was likewise an intentional collaboration.
For as much as immigration has been a hot-button issue in today’s political climate, its effects on the economy seem to have gone largely undiscussed.
Ken Louie sees that as an oversight.
When he was four, Louie, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie (ERIE) and an associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business, moved from Hong Kong to the United States with his parents.
The open stairway in the atrium of Penn State Behrend’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center could have been designed to offer a sweeping view of Lake Erie. Instead, the stairs echo the intent of the $16.5 million, 60,000-square-foot building, which advances the college’s “open lab” model of learning: They are positioned to encourage daily interactions between students and faculty experts in the School of Engineering and business and industry partners who want to collaborate on research and manufacturing projects.
Ian Campbell, a May Chemistry graduate, has been awarded the Ernest B. Yeager Award for research in spectroscopy. The award is given annually to one undergraduate in the northeast Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania region by the Cleveland section of the American Chemical Society. Campbell will receive $400 in cash and a one-year membership to the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.
A student investment team from Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business reached the regional finals of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Research Challenge in Chicago on April 13, topping teams from nearly 1,000 other schools.
The team was knocked out of the competition by the University of Waterloo, in Ontario.