Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering and associate dean for industry and external relations at Penn State Behrend, has been appointed interim chancellor of the college, effective July 1.
Ford will be the college’s chief academic and administrative officer. He assumes the top leadership post left open by the departure of Chancellor Don Birx, who in May was named president of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Don Birx, chancellor of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will leave the top post at the college effective July 31 to become president of Plymouth State University, a campus of the University System of New Hampshire.
An interim chancellor for the college will be named by July 1. A national search to fill the position is expected to begin with the start of the academic school year in late summer.
Penn State Behrend faculty member Jonathan Hall, a senior lecturer in physics, urged the Class of 2015 to seek opportunities for service to others in “Breaking Good,” his address to graduates and their guests at the college’s spring commencement. The ceremony was held Friday, May 8, at Erie Insurance Arena.
Greetings everyone, especially our graduates and their families.
The top economist for Citigroup will discuss the “new normal” for the global economy during the Black School of Business spring banquet at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, in McGarvey Commons, in the college’s Reed Union Building.
A reception for faculty and friends of the school will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin an hour later.
An electronic gun lock, a mine-rescue robot and a smartphone app that identifies aquatic invasive species were among the senior design projects that students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, presented at the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference on May 2.
Approximately 220 students showed their work, much of which was funded by industry partners, including the U.S. Army, the Ford Motor Co., GE Transportation and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Glenn Brooks never expected to be invited back to Penn State Behrend to speak to students.
“I changed my major several times, and it took me awhile to determine where I was headed as an adult,” said Brooks, a 1986 alumnus. “And let’s just say that I may have been working on my ‘social skills’ a little too much back then.”
But there are lots of surprises in life. Some are good. Some are not so good.
An electronic gun lock, a mine-rescue robot and a smartphone app that identifies aquatic invasive species are among the senior design projects that students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will present at the 2015 Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference.
The half-hour sessions begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center. Most are open to the public.