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Networking & Career Exploration Connect Alumni Career Day

Connect Alumni Career Day, sponsored by the David S. Rocchino Family Foundation, is the largest career-related event of the year and is intended to help Schreyer Scholars think about their career interests, formulate career objectives and think about next steps for achieving those goals. This event also gives Scholars the unique opportunity to network with and learn from Scholar alumni.

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Event Schedule

1:00 - 1:40 PM Introduction

1:40 - 2:25 PM Session 1

The Ins and Outs of MD Training

Gain insight into the ins and outs of the MD application process. Hear from Scholar alumni as they share their first-hand experiences and journeys navigating extracurriculars, essays, interviews, and more. Bring your questions for the Q&A session at the end!

Getting that Bread: Careers in Business

Leave this session with a firm understanding of different job options in finance, marketing, supply chain, and more. Learn how to make yourself stand out in the recruiting process and learn how to pursue a career in business from traditional majors to alternative majors like communications, engineering, actuarial sciences, mathematics, economics, and more.

Do It for Your Brand: Personal Branding

Scholar alumni will explain key tips and tricks for portraying “the best you” to employers. Learn more about interviews, your own image, and how to best market yourself.

Government, Think Tanks, and International Policy

From business to health to policy to education, government impacts every sector of society. Learn how your goals can align with the variety of opportunities provided by the government and think tanks.

STEMming into New Fields

Come see how a STEM degree can propel you into industries like consulting, communications, finance, sustainability, and industry. Learn the possibilities of these degrees and potential career paths.

2:25 - 2:45 PM Networking Session 1

Network with panelists from the first session. Scholars will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one or in small groups with alumni from the legal, medical, grad school, and consulting panels.

2:50 - 3:35 PM Session 2

Careers with Social Impact

Are you interested in making the world a better place? Learn more about careers that can help you help others. From work in the non-profit sector in social justice and sustainability to corporate and social responsibility, this panel will give you personal examples of how people like you can make a difference.

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Work Life Balance

Concerned about your current work-life balance? Are you considering pursuing a career where work-life balance might be difficult to achieve? Hear from alumni and learn more about their experiences in this area.

Career Paths in Engineering and Tech

Are you interested in the engineering and technology sectors and would like to hear from Scholar alumni about their experiences? Learn how they have applied what they have learned to their fields and the different directions they have taken.

Getting Dirty with Data: Data Science & Analytics

Data is everywhere and learning how to work with it is invaluable. From economics to statistics to data analytics, find out how being comfortable with data has helped these alumni and ways you might become more comfortable with it.

3:35 - 3:55 PM Networking Session 2

Network with panelists from the second session. Scholars will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one or in small groups with alumni from the liberal arts, STEM, creative fields, and next steps panels.

4:00 - 4:45 PM Session 3

More School? How Grad School Shapes Careers

Are you thinking about extending your education another few years? Attend this panel to learn more about the decision to attend graduate school and the career options that exist after graduation.

How Law School Builds Careers

Learn the ins and outs of the legal profession and gain an understanding of what to expect working as a lawyer. This panel will also acquaint you with the experience of attending law school.

Alternative Career Paths in Healthcare — No MD Required!

Interested in a healthcare career without needing to pursue a MD degree? Learn how Scholar alumni have branched out into different health-related fields and found diverse ways to fulfill their career goals.

Consulting

This panel is for Scholars from any academic discipline interested in learning more about careers in consulting. You will learn about different types of consulting and the work associated with each.

You Are Not Your Major

For those of you asking yourself, “What am I doing with my life?” – this panel is for you! Hear from alumni who are pursuing careers in fields that may be considered nontraditional given their majors as undergraduates. This panel will open your eyes to opportunities you never thought possible!

4:45 - 5:05 PM Networking Session 3

Network with panelists from the third session. Scholars will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one or in small groups with alumni from social impact, personal toolbox, and business panels.

Successful Scholar Alumni Alumni Bios

Learn more about the Scholar alumni attending this year's event.

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Alayna Auerbach Freelance Consultant (Deals), PwC

Alayna is a Deals Consultant in Brooklyn, NY where she helps businesses realize the potential of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures from strategy through execution. She earned a BS in Finance (Minors in Economics, Spanish) with Honors from Penn State in 2015. Please feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.
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Samuel Bonsall Reeves Family Early Career Professor in Accounting, Penn State - Smeal College of Business

Sam Bonsall is the Reeves Family Early Career Professor in Accounting at Penn State University's Smeal College of Business in University Park, Pennsylvania where he teaches Master of Accounting and doctoral students and conducts research related to the impact of information on capital markets. Before joining Penn State in 2017, he served on the faculty of the Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business in Columbus, Ohio and worked in economic litigation consulting at Bates White LLC in Washington, DC. He earned a B.S. in Economics with Honors from Penn State in 2004. He also earned a M.S. in Business Administration from Penn State in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Penn State in 2012. Please feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-bonsall-a7a50936/).
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Alyssa Brooks Scientific Review Officer, NIH Center for Scientific Review

Alyssa Todaro Brooks is an administrator, scientist, educator, mentor, and advocate passionate about inspiring a legacy of forward-thinking individuals to answer the next generation’s most pressing public health questions. Dr. Brooks graduated from Penn State majoring in Biobehavioral Health with Honors and with minors in French and Psychology. In 2015, she received her PhD in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She worked as an investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center for the next decade, studying health behavior in the context of chronic disease self-management in diverse and vulnerable populations, while teaching over 500 students as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. In 2021, she accepted a position as a Scientific Review Officer at the NIH Center for Scientific Review, where she combines in-depth knowledge on the process of health behavior research with leadership and organizational skills to facilitate the peer review process at the NIH. In her spare time, Dr. Brooks serves on a number of nonprofit and community-based executive boards, including the University of Maryland School of Public Health Alumni Network, the City of Gaithersburg Educational Enrichment Committee, and the Chat Health Board of Directors. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with her fiancé Mike and their mini labradoodle puppy, Luce.
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Timothy Cooney Senior Vice President, City National Bank (New Jersey)

Tim Cooney is a senior vice president and private banker with City National Bank’s Private Banking team in the Metro NY market, customizing financial advice and high-touch service to wealthy individuals, families and institutions. Mr. Cooney brings more than 20 years of banking experience. Prior to City National, he was a senior vice president at Bank of America Private Bank (formerly U.S. Trust). Previously, he was an executive director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, working with affluent families and institutions. He began his financial services career at Goldman Sachs, where he was a vice president in the Equities Division covering some of the firm’s largest New York accounts. Mr. Cooney earned his bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in accounting, with honors, from The Pennsylvania State University. He is an elected board member for the Schreyer Honors College Alumni Board. He holds Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses.
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Zachary Corey Medical Student, Penn State College of Medicine

Zachary Corey is a 3rd year medical student at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Zach was accepted to the Penn State College of Medicine through the Early Assurance Program offered through Schreyer. He earned a BS in Immunology and Infectious Disease with Honors and a minor in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Penn State in 2020. Please feel free to connect with him one twitter @Zachary_Corey_ and on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachary-corey-078386139/.
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Tyler Dischinger Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Tyler Dischinger earned B.A. in Political Science with Honors, B.A. in Economics in ‘09 (Pennsylvania State University); and J.D. ‘12 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is currently a practicing lawyer with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, a full-service corporate law firm with 400+ lawyers: Associate (2012 - 2020); Counsel (2021 - present). In the past, Tyler has coordinated his firm's summer associate program, and he has been active in interviewing and recruiting efforts at his firm for years.
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Lori Feathers Co-Owner and Book Buyer, Interabang Books (Dallas, TX)

Lori Feathers is the co-owner and books buyer of Interabang Books in Dallas, Texas. She writes about books for various publications as a freelance book critic and sits on the jury for a number of US literary prizes. Before opening the bookstore in 2017, Lori worked for twenty-four years as an international oil and gas lawyer for Atlantic Richfield Company, Pioneer Natural Resources, the law firm of Haynes and Boone, and the United States International Trade Administration. Lori earned her BA in Russian with Honors from Penn State in 1990. She also earned a JD degree and an MA in international relations, both from American University in Washington, D.C. Lori can be reached @lorifeathers and lori@interabangbooks.com
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Rebecca Lee Funk Founder & CEO, The Outrage + The Wick

Rebecca Lee Funk is the Founder and CEO of The Outrage, a hub for activism and The Wick, a consulting outfit for progressive change. Through her work she provides new and long-time activists alike the scaffolding to help make social change a reality through community, events and fashion. She thinks sustained civic engagement is where it's at and want nothing more than to build a hub for activism for every community. She's been recognized by Marie Claire's New Guard as one of 50 women changing the world, by Washingtonian as one of DC's 100 most powerful women and by her kids as her household's second-best chef. An economist by training, entrepreneur in spirit and ctivist at heart, Funk earned degrees in Accounting (BS), Science (BS) and Philosophy (BA) from Penn State University before attending Yale University for Economics (MA) and Environmental Management (MEM). Her career has spanned from international organizations (The United Nations) to non-profits (National Geographic) and tech startups (Living Social). She loves engaging with students- feel free to reach out on LinkedIn!
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Keith Graham Head of University Program, Codasip

In 1985, I earned my BS in Electrical Engineering with Honors at Penn State specializing in Computer Architecture and ASIC design. Upon graduation, I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to join Hewlett Packard's Workstation Division where I developed HP's first floating point accelerator card for their series 300 computers. A group of Motorola and HP engineers started Solbourne Computers and shortly afterwards asked me to join them in the development of the first multi-processor server based on a virtual cache architecture and physical memory. After the server development, I became the technical team lead in developing an engineering workstation with a custom CPU and 4 ASICs. In 1991, I went to a new startup, Quest Computer, to develop the first PC notebook with an integrated trackball and cellular modem. After Quest Computer, I entered sales at Thorson Rocky Mountain and later became a managing partner. Thorson is an electronic manufacturer's representative selling both active semiconductors, passives, and electro-mechanical devices. My Thorson Rocky Mountain experience expanded my business and sales expertise. My next career landed me as an Associate Chair of Undergraduate Education for the Electrical Computer & Energy Engineering (ECEE) Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. I am currently the Head of University Program at Codasip working with universities globally to enhance both undergraduate and graduate curriculum in Computer Architecture and working with Research Faculty to solve tomorrow's computational challenges. Throughout my career, I have had many different positions and responsibilities. The one consistent theme that ties together all of my jobs and experiences is my BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State.
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Brian Harkless Command Property Officer - Division Director, NAVAIR (US Navy)

Mr. Harkless became a Navy civilian in 2010 and currently serves as NAVAIR Command Property Officer, Sustainment Group, Property Management Department at Patuxent River, MD. In this role, he is responsible for the physical accountability of all NAVAIR owned material as well as policy, oversight and guidance for all Property Management functions at the Command. Mr. Harkless previously served as Branch Head for NAVAIR 6.8.3.3 Sponsor Owned Material branch in the Total Asset Visibility Division at Patuxent River, MD. In this role, he managed Interim Supply Support warehouses for all pre-Material Support Date NAVAIR Spares and maintained the Special Tooling/Special Test Equipment boneyard at Granite City, IL. Prior to joining Logistics full time, Mr. Harkless completed a year-long NAVAIR Leadership Development Program (NLDP) special project rotation where he developed the processes and procedures for NAVAIR material conversion to Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (Navy ERP). His primary engineering work at NAVAIR was serving as a composite material Subject Matter Expert in the NAVAIR Airframe Technology Branch where he developed new composite repair and evaluation techniques and led cross-organizational teams to implement advanced technologies with other Department of Defense agencies and foreign partners. Before NAVAIR, Mr. Harkless worked in the private sector for 15 years primarily in military aircraft structural repair, ultimately acting as Chief Engineer and Program Manager for CSC’s Bonded Repair Division. Mr. Harkless holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering with Honors from Penn State (BS) and the University of Maryland (MS) where he focused on aircraft structures, composite materials and smart structures as well as an MBA from Texas Christian University. Mr. Harkless is a 2016 graduate of the NAVAIR Leadership Development Program and a 2018 graduate of the Department of the Navy Bridging the Gap Program.
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Christopher Hong Clinical Fellow, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Michigan

Dr. Christopher Hong is a clinical fellow in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS, or urogynecology) at the University of Michigan where he provides care for patients with pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Hong graduated from tPenn State with B.S. in bioengineering with honors in 2012. He worked as a research engineer at Johnson & Johnson prior to attending medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained his M.D. in 2017. Thereafter, Dr. Hong completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. In additional to his clinical work, Dr. Hong also performs research to understand the pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence using engineering-based approaches. He has received grants to develop novel pelvic floor medical devices and is a consultant for Cosm Medical. Please feel free to connect with him via email or Twitter (@ChrisHongMD).
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Marvin Johnson Learning Consultant, Merck

Marvin is a Learning Consultant at Merck in Lansdale, Pennsylvania where he is responsible for creating and managing training and development resources for the diabetes and insomnia franchise salesforce. Before joining Merck in 2021, he previously worked in Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, and Human Resources in the agrochemical, engineering and hospitality industries. Marvin earned his BS in Psychology (Business Concentration) with minors in Labor and Employment Relations, Spanish, and International Studies with Honors from Penn State in 2014. Please feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn.
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Basel Kayyali Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Basel Kayyali is a Senior Partner and co-leads McKinsey’s Payor and Provider digital practice globally. In addition, he is the Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Mid-Atlantic Digital Office and is based in Summit, NJ. He has worked primarily at the intersection of operations, technology, and healthcare, serving clients across the healthcare value chain on various topics, including large operations and digital transformations. In addition, he leads several large prominent hi-tech and telecom clients across a wide range of topics. Prior to McKinsey and business school, Basel worked three and a half years as a marketing strategist and processor architect for Intel Corporation. Basel graduated from Pennsylvania State University’s College of Engineering and Schreyer Honors College with an Electrical Engineering degree (was valedictorian) and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as a Palmer Scholar (top 5 percent—highest distinction).
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Natalie Keller Food Scientist, La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Natalie is a Food Scientist at La Colombe Coffee Roasters in Philadelphia. Joining the company in September 2021, she works on their signature canned draft lattes as well as cold brew coffees sold in grocery stores and cafes in major cities. Her project areas cover beverage formulation and processing, quality improvement, and innovation with new ingredients and manufacturing technology. Prior to joining La Colombe, she spent four years at Mondelez International working on Chips Ahoy!, belVita, Nutter Butter, and other major snack brands. She earned a BS in Food Science with Honors in 2017 and was involved in Schreyer Student Council, THON, and Food Science Club while at Penn State. Currently, she serves as the President of the College's Scholar Alumni Society. Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or at nataliekeller@alumni.psu.edu.
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Sue Kelley Dean of Business, Arts & Sciences, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Sue Kelley went on to earn her M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh after completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Penn State. Sue’s research focused on the socioemotional development of toddlers. She studied factors related to self-conscious emotions and mastery, learned helplessness, and attachment. After spending nearly 20 years teaching psychology at Lycoming College, she transitioned into an administrative position at Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is currently Dean of the School of Business, Arts & Sciences.
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Hannah Kendig Senior Business Analyst, Integra Partners

Hannah Kendig is a Senior Business Analyst at Integra Partners in Philadelphia, PA where she works on the data analytics team and analyzes claims data for medical equipment. Before joining Integra Partners in 2022, she worked at Accenture, Econometrica, and Battelle in a various roles. She earned a BA in Political Science and Economics with Honors from Penn State in 2013. She also earned a master's degree in Business and Economics from Sciences Po in Paris. Please feel free to connect with her at hannahj.kendig@gmail.com or on LinkedIn.
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Ryan Koch Director of Strategy & Corporate Development, Intapp

Ryan is the Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at Intapp and is based in New York City. In this role, Ryan leads and executes the firm's long-term growth and M&A strategy. Before joining Intapp, he was Principal, NYC Market Leader at Point B where he launched and led the NYC office and Director, Banking & Capital Markets at PwC where he primarily advised large financial institutions on complex operations and technology transformations. Prior to attending business school, Ryan worked as an operations manager in manufacturing at P&G. Ryan graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering with Honors from Penn State in 1997 and earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) in 2004. Please feel free to connect with him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryankoch1/ or ryan.d.koch@gmail.com.
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Eleni Kornblatt Director, Global Marketing - HPV Vaccines, Merck and Co.

Eleni is the Global Marketing Leader for HPV Vaccines. She has been with Merck/MSD for 20+ years in numerous roles of increasing responsibility across the US and Global Commercial and Marketing Organizations, Business Development, Strategy, Sales and Manufacturing. She has dual B.S. degrees from Penn State and Universidad de Alicante, SPAIN, in Supply Chain Operations and Global Marketing with Honors, and an MBA in Marketing from Villanova University. She is also an Associate Board Member for the Scholar Alumni Society. Eleni and her family live in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
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Trevor Kress Director, Integrated Marketing & Communications, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Trevor Kress is Director, Integrated Marketing & Communications at Stage 13, a division of Warner Bros. Television, in Los Angeles, CA. He oversees marketing, communications, creative strategy, and partnerships, executing campaigns across consumer engagement platforms to drive viewership for series on Netflix, HBO Max, The CW, Facebook, and more. Prior to Warner Bros., Trevor worked at various digital and entertainment marketing agencies where he led campaigns for leading consumer brands like Walmart and Microsoft. A 2007 graduate of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications where he studied Film & Video with Honors, he was also Director of Communications for The Blue & White Society and a THON dancer. Trevor is a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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Ellie Manca Associate Scientific Communications Manager, AlphaGroup Medical Communications

Ellie Manca is an Associate Scientific Communications Manager at AlphaGroup Medical Communications based in King of Prussia, PA. Here, she writes abstracts, manuscripts, and slide decks for pharmaceutical drug/device publications. Before joining the AlphaGroup as a writer, she earned a BS in Biobehavioral Health with Honors from Penn State in 2020. After this, she earned an MPH (with a focus on Biostatistics and Epidemiology) from Penn State’s College of Medicine through the department’s IUG program. Please feel free to connect with her via LinkedIn or email [mancaellie@gmail.com].
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Stephanie McKenny Police Psychologist, Los Angeles Police Department

Dr. Stephanie Barone McKenny proudly serves the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department as a Police Psychologist. She is considered a thought leader in policing, including providing leadership to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and she has worked with law enforcement at the international, national, state, county, city, and university levels. Dr. McKenny earned all of her academic degrees from Penn State (i.e., B.S. in I/O PSY with Honors and with Minors in BUS and L.A. in 1987; M.S. in CN ED in 1990; and Ph.D. in CN PSY specializing in cross-cultural counseling and cultural competence in 1996). Her postdoctoral fellowship in Law Enforcement Psychology was earned at the L.A. Sheriff's Department, and she served as President of her Executive Management class at the Anderson School of Management. Feel free to connect with her at smckenny@gmail.com.
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Rachel-Paige Mumenthaler Vice President, PNC Bank - Technology Finance Group

Rachel-Paige is a Vice President in PNC Bank's Technology Finance Group in Philadelphia where she manages and underwrites new and existing investments in connection with leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth situations and assists in structuring debt facilities for private equity backed technology companies. Before joining PNC's Technology Finance Group, she previously worked at LBC Credit Partners as an Analyst in the Structuring and Underwriting team and in PNC's Debt Capital Markets Group as an Investment Banking Analyst. She earned her BA in International Political Economy with Honors and BA in Economics from Penn State in 2015. She is also currently working on her MBA with Penn State's Smeal College of Business. Rachel-Paige is currently an Associate Board Member of the Schreyer Honors College Scholar Alumni Society Board and sits on the Membership Committee for the Association of Corporate Growth - Philadelphia Chapter. Please feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-paige-mumenthaler-9078007b.
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Michael O'Connor Senior Counsel, Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange

Michael O'Connor oversees all global litigation and disputes for Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange. Before joining Kraken in 2019, he was in private practice in Washington, DC. He earned dual BS degrees with Interdisciplinary Honors in Computer Science and Biology from Penn State in 2005. He subsequently received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Please feel free to connect with him by LinkedIn.
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Matthew Popek Transportation Planning Assistant Manager, Montgomery County Planning Commission

Matthew Popek, AICP is the Transportation Planning Assistant Manager at the Montgomery County Planning Commission in Norristown, PA. He has worked at the MCPC for nearly 7 years and has been involved with right-of-way acquisition and construction oversight for multiple County-led projects, as well as Philadelphia regional transportation efforts including financial decisions and long-range planning. Matthew has a Master of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Geography from Penn State (Class of 2009). Matthew can be reached on Twitter at @mpopek as well as LinkedIn.
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Iris Rivero Kate Gleason Professor and Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Iris V. Rivero is the Kate Gleason Professor and Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In addition, she directs the iMED (Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design) laboratory. Prior to joining RIT, she was a member of the faculty of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University where she served as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair emphasizing the development of programs for the recruitment of underrepresented minority students. Prior to her tenure at Iowa State University, Dr. Rivero spent ten years at Texas Tech University where she still holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position with the Department of Surgery of the Health Sciences Center. Dr. Rivero received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include additive and hybrid manufacturing processes, biomedical manufacturing, and design of additive manufacturing alloys. She has industrial experience in the fields of advanced manufacturing systems and materials at Detroit Diesel Corporation and Honeywell Engines & Systems. In addition, she participated as a faculty fellow at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. In 2009 Dr. Rivero was recognized with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. Moreover, she was the recipient of the 2015 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Manufacturing & Design Outstanding Service Award for her work leading to the revitalization of the IISE Manufacturing and Design Division. During the 2019 summer she completed a three-year term as IISEs Technical Vice-President of the IE Body of Knowledge. She is currently writing a co-authored chapter on the IE Body of Knowledge for the relaunching of the 2001 Industrial Engineering Handbook, which is scheduled to be published in 2021.
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Laura Shupp Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mack Institute for Innovation Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Laura Shupp is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she specializes in developing methods using patent and R&D data to trace innovation activity across firms and countries. Prior to this role, Laura spent seven years supporting organizations including Microsoft, Deloitte, the United Nations, and government ministries across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates in gauging ongoing innovation efforts and their broader impact on the knowledge economy. These activities also took Laura on a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the University of Bahrain, and will take her to MIT this fall to pursue a PhD in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management. Laura earned her Master's Degree in Mathematical Economics from the University of Paris 1: Pantheon Sorbonne, and her Bachelor's in Economics and International Politics with Honors from Penn State. Please feel free to connect with her by email.
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Jack Yoskowitz Litigation Law Firm Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP

Jack Yoskowitz is a Litigation Partner at Seward & Kissel LLP where he specializes in complex commercial and corporate litigation and regulatory matters predominantly for financial services institutions and individuals. Jack regularly represents clients in securities regulatory matters and private litigation, including proceedings brought by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), state securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations. Jack has tried cases in Federal and State courts as well as before various arbitration organizations. According to The Legal 500 US, Jack is “particularly impressive for [his] strong analysis and strategy” and “highly regarded for regulatory enforcement matters.” Jack earned his degree in Psychology with honors from Penn State in 1989. Feel free to connect with Jack on LinkedIn or by email.
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Kathryn Zeltwanger Deputy General Counsel, Armstrong Group

Kathryn Zeltwanger is Deputy General Counsel for the Armstrong Group, headquartered in Butler, Pennsylvania. She serves as the primary counsel for three of the Armstrong Group’s seven operating divisions, including its largest division providing cable, internet, and telephony services over six states. Kat also has primary responsibility for legal operations, employment matters, and litigation for all of the Armstrong Group divisions. Prior to joining Armstrong Group in 2009, Kat clerked for the Court of Common Pleas in Uniontown and worked as an associate attorney at Fox Rothschild’s Pittsburgh office. Kat is a graduate of Penn State with a BA in Letters, Arts, and Sciences with Honors and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Schreyer Scholar Clifford Stueck

Schreyer’s research requirement has compelled me to augment my classroom studies with hands-on research in my field, which will strengthen my knowledge in my field of aerospace. The Schreyer Honors College was integral in my acceptance into a highly selective study abroad “Engineers Made in Germany” that focused on the automotive industry, complete with a scholarship to help defray the cost.

Clifford Stueck '22 Aerospace Engineering