Do you know what Penn State does for Pennsylvania? For more than 150 years, we’ve been reaching out to communities every day through our mission of teaching, research, and service. On this site, you’ll see stories from residents of the Commonwealth about how Penn State has helped them transform their businesses, communities, and lives. We invite you to discover what PSU4PA really means, from people who know firsthand.
App opens new door for technology and knowledge transferIs a partnership with Penn State going to open up a whole new door into technology and knowledge transfer? Joe Russo thinks so. Together with information and models provided by Penn State researchers, his company, ZedX, is developing an app that can be used in the field to collect data and predict pest movement. The success of the app, which has the potential to revolutionize pest management, is due in large part to Joe's years of association with University colleagues learning about the relationship between weather and pests, and other aspects of agriculture.
Penn State enologist helps with start-up of new wineryWhat's an enologist? It's a person who knows the science of turning grapes into wine, and vineyards into productive wineries. That's why Elwin Stewart reached out to Penn State enologist Denise Gardner when he started the Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery. Stewart knows that Penn State's wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry will save him years of trial and error as he grows his business.
Forestry program invaluable to lumber products companyWhat causes certain hardwoods to warp or crack? Keith Atherholt, president of Lewis Lumber Products, has tapped into Penn State's School of Forest Resources many times for their expertise on everything from the properties of hardwoods to the best way to equip his mill. He credits the University for providing a top-notch forestry program that produces high-calibre graduates who excel as employees.
Extension service is a farmer's toolWhat does the Penn State Extension service mean to farmers like Richard Kreider? In many ways, it's about having another tool available to use on a daily basis. However, it's also about trusting the experience Penn State brings to the table and the continuous process of learning together.
Online course takes beekeeping out of the classroomWhat's so great about Penn State's online beekeeping 101 course? Ask Dr. William Stanell and he'll give you lots of reasons, including the fact that it's just plain fun! For busy professionals like Stanell, having online access to course instructors provides him with the answers he needs, when he needs them, and the opportunity to take part in new learning experiences.
Robotics program challenges studentsHow is Penn State and a 4H program in robotics developing our next generation of engineers and IT specialists? Volunteers like Lou Minisci have seen the difference the robotics program is making in the lives of high school students as they learn what it takes to build robots that will outperform others in state and national competitions. Lou credits Penn State faculty mentors who have challenged the kids to think and work in ways they've not done before.