Welcome to Innovation Park at Penn State, an ecosystem where business, education and research come together.
Innovation Park at Penn State offers 118-acres of remarkable office, manufacturing and research space, and is part of one of the world’s premier research institutions, with access to Penn State’s scientific, engineering, technology and business resources, as well as the support services needed to transfer knowledge from the University to the marketplace. The network of resources available at Innovation Park supports early-stage entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. Innovation Park at Penn State is home to the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel—a 300-room hotel with world class conference facilities. Just a few miles from the University Park Airport and directly off of Interstate-99, the Park is easily accessible for travelers.
New program from WPSU makes science relatable, entertaining
When Penn State alum William “Bill” Hallman graduated with his communications degree, he didn’t anticipate returning to State College to head up a new and exciting science-based production at WPSU. Starting at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, he worked his way through the news industry with stints in Fort Myers and Miami, before finally being brought on staff at The Weather Channel.
Penn State EdTech Network: Q&A with Director Daren Coudriet
The Penn State EdTech Network, a vertical of Invent Penn State, serves as a facilitator, bringing together cross-functional stakeholder groups to explore new ways to address educational challenges in an increasingly digital world through the use of innovative technology. They encourage the collaboration between companies, students, faculty, staff, and alumni to better the online learning community. Daren Coudriet is the Director of the Penn State EdTech Network. Throughout his career, Daren has been committed to helping organizations leverage and adapt to the change created by disruptive technology.
We interviewed Daren to learn more about the network, and his role as director.
An Inside Look at Employees of the Park
Chao Liu Chief Executive Officer | Aleo BME, Inc.
Chao Liu is the CEO of Aleo BME, a start-up that participated in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator program and is now located in the Incubator in the Technology Center at Innovation Park.
“Innovation Park provides a sense of business community for small technology start-ups like us,” Liu says. “We learned from experienced business mentors in the TechCelerator program and can share the experience and resources with other smaller companies.”
Take-out is often a staple of a college student’s meal plan. While convenient, it can also cause a strain on the wallet. Stock’D is ready to change that. Created by Ben Sparango, a Mechanical Engineering senior at Penn State, and Matt Mason, a graduate of Washington and Lee and Duke Business School, Stock’D is looking to provide an alternative to the traditional take-out.
Stock’D, an idea that began developing in the summer of 2015, is a weekly homecooked meal delivery service that will provide students with quality food, easily heated up in the microwave or oven. Their goal is to offer this service for less than the cost of take-out over the course of a week.