Welcome to the 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 created this office specifically designed to bring industry into conversation with the University toward the mutual goal of the betterment of society."

Rich Bundy

Vice President of Development

"Penn State is well positioned to address the challenges of society’s most complex problems. We couple our corporate engagement experts across different market segments with faculty, staff, and students, to develop innovations and advances that push well beyond current boundaries."

Lora Weiss

Senior 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


Melissa Erekson

Assistant Vice President for Corporate Engagement


Priya Baboo

Interim Senior Director of Corporate and Industry Engagement, College of Engineering


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


Don Mothersbaugh

Director of Corporate Engagement


Rebekah Stout

Senior Research Analyst, Office of Prospect Management and Analytics


Jennifer Stubbs

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


Jonathan Thurley

Director of Corporate Engagement


News & Events

December 4 2020

Penn State Schuylkill’s Business Boot Camp equips aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge they need to start or expand their business. This six-week adult learning program will meet virtually on Wednesdays, beginning January 13, 2021, and through Feb. 17.

November 25 2020

A Penn State startup is developing an influenza treatment, still in the early stages of development, that uniquely focuses on re-balancing the host’s immune system post-infection rather than attacking the pathogen, according to a research team at Penn State College of Medicine.

November 25 2020

In its 12th year, Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, held Nov. 16-20, featured 58 total virtual events for startups and small businesses.

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Tools for Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Industry

The Corporate Engagement Center

The Corporate Engagement Center enables strategic industry partners to navigate Penn State for research and development, philanthropic opportunities, and recruitment needs. Brought together in 2019, the center serves as a hub for industry/University relationships, supporting companies as they access the vast resources of Penn State. Through cooperation, both industry partners and the University can benefit. The Corporate Engagement Center is a joint initiative of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, working in partnership with Career Services.

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