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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.

Greg Zimmerman '02 Honored With 2016 Penn State Alumni Achievement Award

Mechanical Engineering Technology alumnus Gregory A. Zimmerman ’02 is a 2016 recipient of Penn State’s Alumni Achievement Award, a celebration of accomplished alumni age 35 or younger.

Zimmerman is director of global application and product engineering for SKF Aerospace, a leading supplier of bearings, seals and structural components for aviation engines and frames. He directs a multinational team of engineers who support SKF Group’s sales professionals and customers.

Accounting Graduate Bruce A. Gray '80 is 2015 Alumni Fellow

Oil City native Bruce A. Gray, a senior vice president at Bank of America, has been named Penn State Behrend’s 2015 Alumni Fellow. Gray graduated from the college in 1980 with a degree in accounting.

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!

October 24: Mary Behrend Monument Unveiling

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Mary Behrend Monument under construction A new student-designed monument commemorating Mary Behrend’s 1948 gift of her Glenhill Farm to Penn State will be unveiled on Saturday, October 24.

August 15: Penn State Alumni Association Steak Fry

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O. Richard Bundy in band roomThe Lake Erie Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will hold its annual steak fry dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Aug. 15. The event celebrates the recent retirement of O. Richard Bundy ʼ70 ʼ87, director of the Penn State Blue Band and a former teacher in the Iroquois School District.

March 24-26: NOBE National Conference

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In 2001, after losing market share for its original product – personal computers – Apple introduced something new: a digital jukebox called iTunes. Advertisements promised “1,000 songs in your pocket.”

Apple is now the nation’s largest music retailer. It’s also an archetype for modern corporate entrepreneurship, said Paul Lynch, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

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.