Research and Outreach

'Open Lab' Brings New Partners to Knowledge Park

Sometimes 1 mile can be 1 mile too far.

It was only 1 mile that separated Cybersonics Inc. from Penn State Behrend in 2009, but according to Jeff Vaitekunas, vice president of research and development at Cybersonics, being located across the highway from the University just wasn’t cutting it.

“I looked across that street, and when I saw those buildings I knew there was a great opportunity,” he said.

May 15: PARC's Annual Conference: Creating a Community Response to Cyberbullying

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities
Research and Outreach
Outreach Initiatives
Community & Workforce Programs

PARC's annual conference will be held May 15, 2015.

Wearable Computers no Longer just for Jetsons

Google Glass had nothing on the VuMan 3, a portable computer worn by Marines at Camp Pendleton in 1993. The system – a processor worn on a belt and wired to a headband display – led mechanics through a 50-page inspection checklist for amphibious tractors.

The checklist had 600 data points, which took six hours to complete. A second Marine then had to transcribe the notes.

January 29: Astronomy Open House to Highlight Orion

Behrend Section: 
School of Science
Yahn Planetarium
Research and Outreach

A test flight for Orion took place on Dec. 5.What might the future of space exploration look like? Thanks to NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the answer to that question might be clearer than ever.

Orion, the next vehicle that will take astronauts into space, will be the topic of discussion when Open House Night in Astronomy returns to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Thursday, Jan. 29.

January 27: ACM Speaker Reviews 15 Years of Wearable Computers

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School of Engineering
Student Activities
News & Events
Research and Outreach

The director of the Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University will discuss the future of wearable computers -- with possibilities far beyond your Fitbit -- during an Association for Computing Machinery talk at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Penn State Behrend Funds $41K in Spring Research

Penn State Behrend is funding more than $41,000 in undergraduate research this spring. Sixty-two students will participate in the studies, working directly with faculty mentors.

Students in the Black School of Business will study the effectiveness of product placement in massively multiplayer online role-playing games, such as “Splinter Cell” and “Rainbow Six: Lockdown.”

Alumna Uses Residency Elective to Work in Health and Wellness Center

Dr. Meaghan Johnson, a Behrend alumna, has chosen to use one of her residency electives to work in the Health and Wellness Center at the college.

Dr. Meaghan Johnson remembers college as a time for change and growth. It’s one of the reasons she says she enjoys working with people of that age group so much.

Concussion Testing? There's an App for That

Rachael Razzano, a sophomore on the women's basketball team, is one of the athletes who has taken the C3 Logix test.Jeff Webster has served as the head athletic trainer at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, for nearly 20 years. Plenty has changed over that span, yet his biggest challenge remains the same.

“Concussions are the single-most frustrating thing we deal with,” Webster says. “We can monitor them, but there’s only so much we can do.”

More than 160 High School Students Attend Women in Engineering Day

More than 160 high school girls attended Women in Engineering Day this year at Penn State Behrend.Alisa Santiago, Brittany Loper, Sarah Shaw and Neely Colvin sat parallel to one another, looking down at the wooden car they had just built.

“Okay, I think we’re ready to go,” Loper said.

With her partners huddled behind her, Colvin took the vehicle to the top of the ramp, positioned it appropriately, and let it go.

2015 Undergraduate Student Spring Semester Research Grants

Each grant lists individual student researcher(s) with respective cooperating faculty member(s) in parentheses.



Ismael Lopez (Huan Chen) - $700
“Product Placement in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs)”

Theodore Wisinski (Kenneth Louie) - $700
“Impact of Trade Measures on Local Poverty Levels”