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Ralph Ford Re-elected to IEEE Leadership Post

Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering and associate dean for industry and external relations at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been re-elected Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The society is the world’s largest technical professional association, with more than 425,000 members in 160 countries.

$1.1 Million Gift Creates New Scholarships for Penn State Behrend Students

An Erie man who died in 2012 left his entire estate – valued at more than $1.1 million – to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The money will create new scholarships in the college’s School of Engineering.

Frank S. Palkovic earned an associate degree in drafting design and technology at Penn State Behrend in 1968. He went on to earn a bachelor of science in engineering at Penn State Harrisburg.

FMC Technologies Donates 3D Printing Equipment to School of Engineering


The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend has installed a 3D printer, a high-tech system that gives engineers and product designers the ability to produce in real form virtually any shape they can create with computer software. The machine, which was donated to the college by FMC Technologies Measurement Solutions, is worth more than $40,000.

The use of 3D printers allows companies to create functional, lightweight prototypes and parts in a fraction of the time -- and at considerably less cost -- than is possible using traditional tool-and-die methods.

Men's Basketball Team Moves to Top of AMCC Standings

An eight-game winning streak has put the men’s basketball team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, at the top of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings. The Lions are 13-2, with a 7-1 conference record.

The team held off Hilbert College, a 12-3 team, in a tight game in Hamburg, N.Y., on Jan. 20 to take sole possession of the AMCC lead. The Lions forced 21 turnovers on their way to a 55-52 win.

The team did especially well at the foul line, making 23 of 27 attempts. Hilbert attempted just 23 free throws, and made only 12.

iMBA Program to Offer Merit-Based Scholarships

Ninety percent of all students who earned an MBA in 2013 are employed, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council. Even more telling: 74 percent say they could not have gotten their current jobs without an MBA degree.

To make that possible for more working adults, Penn State’s online iMBA program, which is administered by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is now offering merit-based scholarships. Ten students will receive funding this year. Each will get between $4,000 and $10,000 per semester.

Erie Leading Index Shows More Growth for Region's Economy

Seven of eight key economic indicators that often predict shifts in the Erie region's economy showed growth in the third quarter of 2013. The one measure that decreased -- the average time Pennsylvania manufacturing workers spent on the job each week -- could in itself be a good sign, said Jim Kurre, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie and an associate professor of economics at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

"During an upturn, companies cut down on overtime," Kurre said. "They hire instead, and that's better."

College to Close for Semester Break

Penn State Behrend will close for the semester break following the commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 20. Campus buildings will be locked and mail service will be halted.

Students who plan to leave vehicles on campus during the break are encouraged to park them in the Wilson Lot on College Drive. Police services will be offered throughout the break; officers can be reached by calling 814-898-6101. Emergency calls should be routed through the Erie County 911 system.

Sports Teams Sweep AMCC Championships

Penn State Behrend swept the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference fall championships, winning titles in soccer, cross country, volleyball, tennis and golf. No school had ever before won all seven titles.

“It’s never been done,” said Brian Streeter, director of athletics. “That shows the dedication of both our student-athletes and our coaches.”

Student-Managed Fund Posts $27K Profit in First Year

The Intrieri Family Student-Managed Fund at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, posted a $27,000 profit in its first year – a better return than the S&P 500 earned over the same period.

The fund did even better against the S&P when adjusted for risk, said Hunter Holzhauer, assistant professor of finance and a member of the fund’s advisory board. His Portfolio Management and Analysis class selects the 50 stocks that are included in the fund.

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