CommMedia Labs Provide Useful Tools for College of CommunicationsInnovation Park offers a wide range of facilities that benefit many colleges on the Penn State campus, including the College of Communications. Located in the 101 building is the CommMedia newsroom and multimedia production facility. This facility includes cutting-edge, high-definition televisions for news and sports productions. It also encompasses 30 Mac Pro computers that are used for various media production roles, including video editing, video encoding, photo editing, audio recording, and video playback. The Mac Pros are linked to an internal system that allows students to access their work from any computer in the facility.

Top 5 Reasons We Love to Work in Happy ValleyIt’s no secret that when it comes to small towns, State College is a “Best Of” shoo-in – just ask USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, and National Geographic. We consistently top the charts for safest, happiest, and smartest towns in America, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re looking to enter the workforce, change your scenery, transfer to a different industry, or take a risk and strike up a new venture, working in Happy Valley is as good as post-childhood, pre-retirement life gets. Here are the top five reasons to get to work in Happy Valley.  

WPSU’s STEM Initiative Grabs Audience AttentionNew 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 CoudrietPenn 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.

People of the ParkAn 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.”