Charlie Purdum, director of industry relations, gives a tour of the FAME Lab.

Industry Engagement

Penn State frequently collaborates with companies large and small that are interested in supporting industrial and manufacturing engineering education and research efforts.

Our partnerships are beneficial to companies, our department, and our students. We assist with engineering projects, processes, and problems while our engagement partners provide students with the real-world experience they need to be successful, industrial engineering professionals with a global view of business and manufacturing.

Engagement opportunities within the department include:

  • Engineering Career Fair
    Fall Career Days
    Spring Career Week
  • Industrial Engineering Career Fair (Fall semester)
    Contact Srini Tamvada, faculty adviser of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Student Chapter
  • Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations Office
    Engineering internships & Co-ops
  • Information sessions/panel discussions
    Held via IISE
    Contacts: Srini Tamvada IISE faculty adviser
  • Senior-level Capstone Design Projects
    Contact: TBD
  • Distributing internship and/or Co-op opportunities to industrial engineering students
    Contact: Reese Harlow, academic support assistant
  • Identifying industrial engineering courses
    Give a presentation/lecture related to the course content, which could also provide insight into companies.
    Contact: Reese Harlow, academic support assistant, or Kelly Schiffer, education program specialist
  • Student Scholarship Support
    Provide scholarship funding
    Contact: Dan McCurdy, associate director of major gifts
  • Partnering to provide applied research projects
    All levels: undergraduate, masters, and doctoral
    Contact: TBD
  • Organizing factory tours for students
    Run via either a student organization or IE-specific course
    Contact: TBD
  • Collaborating through research centers and/or labs
    Contact: TBD
  • Sponsoring departmental events:
    Such as the Annual Awards Banquet and Family Day held every spring, among others
    Contact: TBD

Our corporate partners include:

  • Case New Holland, Inc.
  • Dresser-Rand
  • First Wave Technologies, Inc.
  • Fed-Ex Services
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Geisinger Health System
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Haas Automation, Inc.
  • Honeywell, Inc.
  • Ingersoll-Rand
  • Ingram Micro
  • Intel
  • IQS, Inc.
  • Kennametal
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Lee Industries
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Muncy Valley Hospital - Susquehanna Health
  • PepsiCo-Frito-Lay
  • Philips Ultrasound
  • Quaker Chemical Corporation
  • Schlumberger Doll
  • Steel Founders Society of America
  • TMP Manufacturing
  • Third Wave Systems
  • Victaulic
  • Volvo Group
  • Whirpool Corporation

Get involved

If your company has a project for our students, a research question for faculty, or would like to help take advantage of a funding opportunity, please contact the department at 814-865-7601.

capstone design projects



Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

We are Innovators. We are Makers. We are Excellence in Engineering. We are Penn State IME.

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745