Penn State Harrisburg


June 1, 2017
At the conference, Maxwell Winslow demonstrated a robotic prosthetic arm that responds to sensors worn around the bicep.

More than 200 students in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology had the opportunity to demonstrate some 65 projects at the annual Capstone Design Conference, held on May 5 on campus.  The projects, which represent the culmination of students’ educational experience, this year included a racecar, a rocket, a reverse vending machine, HVAC improvements to classrooms, a prosthetic arm, a virtual reality game, and – more unusually – a self-balancing unicycle.

June 1, 2017
First place winners, pictured here with Dr. Rafic Bachnak and Dr. Shashi Marikunte, created a virtual reality educational game.

Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SSET) recently recognized student projects presented during the annual Capstone Design Conference, a culmination of the students’ undergraduate studies and an opportunity to combine classroom learning with real-life applications, as well as collaborate with industry sponsors.

June 1, 2017
Themed housing at the college accommodates the diverse interests of students.

To accommodate a growing student population with a diverse array of interests, Housing and Food Services at Penn State Harrisburg now offers Special Living Options (SLOs) for all incoming first-year students. Two themed houses, Sustainability House and Discover House, are accepting applications for the fall 2017 semester.

May 25, 2017
Tyler McFarland (left) co-taught in Derek Shaffer's (right) eighth grade American history classes at Lower Dauphin Middle School

In 2014, Penn State Harrisburg launched Project EXCELLENCE, or “Partnerships for Teaching and Leadership Excellence,” an initiative designed to support student teaching partnerships and professional development opportunities for local school districts, thanks to a $1.87 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

May 24, 2017

Cory Hutcheson, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, lecturer of American studies and Ph.D. candidate in the American studies program in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities, received the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

This university-wide award recognizes graduate assistants for outstanding teaching performance. Hutcheson has taught Religion in American Thought, Intro to American Studies and Intro to American Folklore.

May 19, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey Beck

Penn State Harrisburg announced today, the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Beck as the director of the college’s School of Humanities, effective July 1, 2017.

May 17, 2017
Kaitlyn Rhubright

Kaitlyn Rhubright, an undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice and psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, was one of just 11 Penn State students selected to present their research to Pennsylvania legislators at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on April 25.  

The Penn State participants joined students from across Pennsylvania for the

May 9, 2017
James McClure (center) pictured with Dr. Peter Idowu (left) and Dr. Simon Bronner (right).

(From Penn State News)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Graduate School alumnus James McClure received the Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes an alumnus/alumna holding a graduate degree from Penn State who has made a positive societal impact on the welfare of human kind beyond the responsibilities of one’s profession.

May 8, 2017
Dr. Mukund Kulkarni and James Franklin congratulate graduates

On Saturday, May 6, Penn State Harrisburg held its 2017 spring commencement at the Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Approximately 700 degrees were conferred, with more than 530 graduates in attendance at the ceremony.

May 4, 2017
From left to right: Valeria Vigueras and Denise Sheperson

An internship at Phoenix Contact proved to Penn State Harrisburg student Valeria Vigueras that electrical engineering is the right career choice for her.

It was not always obvious. She felt she wasn’t good at math. That's what led her to a criminal justice degree, with the thought of going to law school. But a stint working at a law firm convinced her she didn't really like it.

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