Community & Workforce Programs

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.

March 24: Plastics Alumni Reception in Orlando

Behrend Section: 
School of Engineering
Community & Workforce Programs

Join Hall of Famer John Beaumont, Jon Meckley, Ralph Ford, Lucy Lenhardt, Brad Johnson, Gary Smith, Jason Williams, and Brian Young as we travel to Orlando for the NPE tradeshow.

In addition to being at the tradeshow, the Plastics Alumni Association and the Behrend alumni office will be hosting a reception for Behrend plastics engineering alumni Tuesday, March 24.

March 23-27: Office of Community and Workforce Programs to exhibit at NPE2015

Behrend Section: 
School of Engineering
Community & Workforce Programs


In collaboration with the School of Engineering, the Penn State Behrend Office of Community and Workforce Programs will exhibit at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase​ to be held March 23-27 in Orlando, Florida.

Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication - July 2016

1.  Silicone Elastomer Technology

  • Silicone Product Categories
  • Why Silicone?
  • Silicone Markets and Applications
  • Silicone Manufacturing Process
  • Nomenclature
  • HCE / HCR Technology
  • LIM / LSR Technology
  • Testing and Specifications
  • Elastomer Properties

2.  Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR / LIM)

Thermoplastic Materials and Testing - August 2016

1. Plastics Phenomena - what makes plastics different from other materials

  • Viscoelasticity
  • Entanglement
  • Orientation
  • Crystallinity

2. Mechanical Testing

  • Tensile
  • Flexural
  • Impact

3. Physical Testing

  • Hardness
  • Specific Gravity

4. Rheological Testing

Process Validation for Medical Injection Molding - June 2016

This workshop is geared toward molding professionals including engineers, technicians, managers, and quality engineers manufacturing plastic components for use in medical applications or an FDA regulated environment.  This class will provide 2 days of classroom and hands-on applications of process development, quality assurance, and process validation techniques and principles.

Polymer Science and Material Selection Fundamentals - May 2016

Polymer Basics

  • Homopolymers, copolymers
  • Morphology – amorphous, semi-crystalline
  • Molecular weight
  • Viscosity
  • Viscoelasticity behavior


Structure Property Relationships:  what and why

Medical Product Development - May 2015

This seminar has been developed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the plastic medical device development process. It will teach students how products proceed from basic idea through production in the context of a regulated industry. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the regulatory environment and the overall integrated new product development process. This will be taught with a combination of lectures and group activities.