About the Conference
Students in the School of Engineering benefit from academic programs that are characterized by a strong design emphasis, resulting in extensive hands-on design project opportunities working with real-world applications. All programs have a capstone design experience and each spring the students showcase their work by presenting these projects at the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference.
Sponsor: Frog Pond Farm Drafts’ mission is to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Re-home draft horses.
Project: Web Application to Aid Animal Rescue
This application would be beneficial to an animal rescue organization as the trend is toward expanding rescue outside local areas and collaboration across the United States and beyond.
Seniors: Joseph Hirn, Chris Greenawalt, Matt Smith
Sponsor: expERIEnce Children's Museum
ECM provides an educational, creative, interactive and safe environment and serves an annual on-site audience of approximately 35,000 children and adults.
Project: Interactive Bubble Exhibit
The objective of the project is to design and fabricate a new interactive bubble exhibit that engages various engineering principles.
2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN TWERDOK, AUTODESK
John Twerdok has more than 28 years’ experience in computer-aided engineering. Prior to joining Autodesk, he held management positions at both Moldflow and ANSYS where he was responsible for the development of enterprise licensing, managing global accounts, and directing the worldwide network of ANSYS support distributors.
For the past two years at Autodesk, he has sponsored an internship for a PSU architectural student whose outstanding work in simulation of building models has been highlighted at both Autodesk University, and Design News magazine.
John holds both a B.S and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Union University. He is a founding member and current President of the Technology Network Alliance, an international consortium of CAE Experts.
John Twerdok, Senior Business Line Executive
Digital Simulation Products, Autodesk
2013 OUTSTANDING CAPSTONE SPONSOR: DRESSER-RAND
The Outstanding Capstone Design Project Sponsor award was established to recognize companies and organizations that have demonstrated an exemplary and long-term commitment to the capstone design program. The recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Capstone Sponsor Award was Dresser-Rand Corporation, Olean, NY.
Dresser-Rand has sponsored 19 capstone projects in the last 11 years. Dresser-Rand’s commitment to and their employees’ involvement with our capstone design program is exemplary. Dresser-Rand is to be commended for seeing the value of the capstone design program and in developing a significant pipeline of engineering and technical talent.
PROGRAMS - KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS
2012-13 - John Twerdok, Autodesk, Inc.
2011-12 - Jim Ertl, FMC Technologies
2010-11 - Sam Dedola, MEDRAD, Inc.
2009-10 - John Golombeck, Northrup Grumman
2008-09 - Dr. Mike Mankosa, Eriez Magnetics
About Richard J. Fasenmyer
A native of Erie, Richard J. Fasenmyer began his Penn State education at Behrend and earned a degree in accounting in 1969. His entrepreneurial skills became apparent early as he started small businesses as a teenager. Eventually he served as Chairman and CEO of RJF International Corporation, Fabricated Extrusions Corporation, Fabricated Extrusions of Kentucky, Koroseal Wallcoverings West, Industrial Enterprise Corporation, and MANDR, LLC. He also oversaw the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation and was the first alumnus of Penn State Behrend to donate $1 million to the College, for which a plastics processing laboratory building bears his name. He was the 1991 Alumni Fellow and in 2000 was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State. Richard died on December 26, 2002, at the age of 55. The annual student design conference hosted by the School of Engineering was named in 2005 to honor Richard's legacy.