Industrial and Professional Advisory Council

The Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is a select group of representatives from industry, government agencies, academia, and the profession who advise the department on academic issues, current industry trends, and emerging opportunities in engineering science and mechanics. IPAC is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations are made. IPAC provides direct linkage and communication between the department and the engineering profession.

The functions of IPAC:

  • Act as an advisory group on specific academic and research issues;
  • Serve as a link between the department and its industrial and professional partners, providing an opportunity for communication of current and future industry and professional needs to the department;
  • Identify steps that the department should take to meet special needs; and
  • Provide recommendations on initiatives that the department should explore to improve educational and research programs to meet the needs of the world and the profession.

If you are interested in finding out how your company can strategically partner with the engineering science and mechanics department, please contact the Tina Storms, coordinator for alumni, development, and advancement, at alumnirelations@esm.psu.edu or 814-867-1569.

Current Members

Glen F. Chatfield (B.S. ’65)
Optimum Power Technology

Kevin Chen (B.S. ’95)
Director of Business Development
Applied Materials

Abby Dodson (B.S. ’12)
Engineer, Hyundai Group
Lear Corporation, Seating Systems Division

A. Michael Erdman (B.S. ’69)
Walter Robb Director of Engineering Leadership Development and ESM Instructor
The Pennsylvania State University

David Farkas (B.S. ’82)
Independent Management and Specialty Metals Consultant

Barbara C. Faust (B.S. ’64)
Lockheed Martin (Retired)

Charles Gaston (B.S. ’61)
Assistant Professor
Penn State York

Joe Geddes (B.S. ’01, M.S. ‘01, Ph.D. ’06)
Process Engineer
Rolith, Inc.

Michael B. House (B.S. ’90, M.S. ’92)
Vice President

Pat Mather (B.S. '89, M.S. '90)
Dean of Engineering
Bucknell University

Jim Miller (B.S. ’60)
R.S.S. Distributors

James Oliver (B.S. ’75)
Consulting Engineer, Northrop Grumman

Rick Schutz (B.S. ’72)
Independent Consultant

Mala Sharma (M.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’00)
Associate Professor
Bucknell University

Kyle Sinding (B.S. ’14, M.S. ’15)
ESM Graduate Student

James Smiley (B.S. ’60, Ph.D. ’66)
Lockheed Martin (Retired)

Rich Smith (B.S. ’73)
Fellow Engineer (Retired)

Gopalaswamy (Raj) Rajesh (Ph.D. ’97)
Director, Global R & D

Howard S. Witham (Ph.D. ’93)
Vice President, Texas Operations

Jonathan Zuk (B.S. '13)
Product Engineer
Agilent Technologies

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Tina Storms
Coordinator for Alumni, Development, and Advancement

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523