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.”

Stock’D: Looking to Change the Way College Students EatTake-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.