Welcome to the New Corporate Engagement Center at Penn State!

The Corporate Engagement Center brings together the best and brightest minds at Penn State to foster collaborations with corporations in order to drive business innovation, provide executive education and secure talent to solve pressing global problems. With that purpose, the center serves to connect Penn State corporate partners with internal stakeholders, bringing together teams from across the entire Penn State system, including industry experts, world-class research faculty and staff, and graduate and undergraduate student talent.

“We’re proud to have led the development of this new office designed to bring industry into conversation with the university toward the mutual goal of the betterment of society”

Rich Bundy

Vice President of Development

'Who is better poised to solve the pressing problems of today’s world than a blended team of market segment experts, research faculty and staff, and up and coming graduate and undergraduate talent?"

Neil Sharkey

Vice President for Research

A Resource for Corporate Partners

Whether you are a current or aspiring corporate partner, we are here to facilitate your interactions with the entire Penn State system.

Sponsored research

Utilize world-class research expertise, facilities and equipment to solve pressing business challenges.

Corporate engagement

Engage in opportunities on campus that provide academic benefits to students while giving you visibility on campus.

World-class talent

Gain access to Penn State’s best and brightest students in all fields of study.

A Resource for Penn State Faculty and Staff

Whether you have existing relationships with corporations or would like to establish them to benefit your research, your students or your organization, we can help.

Industry funded research

Learn about opportunities for industry funded research in your domain expertise through Innovation Gateway.

Corporate engagement

Access opportunities to collaborate with industry in your lab, classroom or institute.

Plan for corporate visits to campus

We’ll help ensure you have access to corporations visiting campus and that your visitors have a positive, coordinated experience that meets their needs.

About the Team

The Corporate Engagement Center is a joint venture between the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs working in partnership with Career Services. The staff facilitates holistic corporate/university partnerships.

David Lieb

Senior Associate Vice President for Development


Jeffrey Fortin

Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Industrial Partnerships


Melissa Erekson

Assistant Vice President for Corporate Engagement


Kathy Addleman

Development Assistant


Priya Baboo

Director of Industry, Innovation, and Development/Advisor to the Dean/Professor of Practice


Ashley Chan

Industry Liaison, Eberly College of Science


Beth Colledge

Director of Corporate Engagement


Nicole Darling

Eastern Region Employer Engagement and Career Specialist


David Fecko

Penn State Materials Research Institute Industry Relations Coordinator


Rob Jackson

Assistant Vice President of Principal Gifts


Jessica Kiely

Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine


Brianne Lippert

Assistant Director, Corporate Engagement College of Information Sciences & Technology


Carrie Ludwig

Administrative Support Assistant 2

Don Mothersbaugh

Director of Corporate Engagement


Wendy Oakes

Associate Director for Corporate Engagement


Machelle Reese

Administrative Coordinator, Office of Industrial Partnerships

Rebekah Stout

Senior Research Analyst, Office of Research and Analytics


Jennifer Stubbs

Assistant Director of Recruiting and Employer Engagement, Penn State Career Services


Jonathan Thurley

Director of Corporate Engagement


News & Events

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June 9 2020

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June 8 2020

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The Corporate Engagment Center

Conceived of in 2018 and launching in academic year 2019-2020, the Corporate Engagement Center is located in Innovation Park at Penn State. The Center is a joint venture between the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations working in partnership with Career Services. Our staff coordinates corporate engagement across multiple touchpoints, facilitating a holistic approach to finding opportunities for collaboration and ensuring a seamless experience for our corporate partners. The Center also serves as a resource to Penn State faculty, staff and students, connecting them to the real world opportunities offered through engaging with corporate partners.

For more information, submit a request below.