Penn State and Happy Valley, Ranked

By Mary Elder For more than 150 years, Penn State has been a leader in higher education. Penn State World Campus is no exception and has offered students a world-class education for 25 years. Penn State World Campus boats the #1 online Bachelor’s in Psychology program, the #3 online Bachelor in Business Program and the […]


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The Challenges of Buying Industry 4.0 Solutions and How Happy Valley’s Finest Are Making It Easy

A Cisco survey reports that 74% of IoT efforts fail. LNS Research goes even further, saying that only 8% of industrial digital transformation efforts achieve “real success.” Why? “Industry 4.0 is so new, the story is being written while it’s unfolding,” says Jacob Loverich, Chief Technology Officer at KCF Technologies. “American manufacturers want to keep pace or outpace steep international competition. They know […]

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Top Talent: How to Get It, How to Keep It

In this issue’s feature on Minitab, you heard how the company invests in recruiting and retaining the best employees. Last week’s issue featured two recent Penn State engineering grads who shared how they landed their dream careers in a dream location: Happy Valley. Now, we want to hear from you. Take our 5-question Talent Survey […]

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Penn State Research Impacting the World's Biggest Issues, Right Now

Photo Credit: Patrick Mansell Penn State’s research expertise is undeniable. Last year, the university’s research expenditures exceeded $1 billion and, according to the National Science Foundation, Penn State surpasses all other universities in the country when it comes to research expenditures by key fields and subfields. Last year’s funding came from a variety of sources, […]

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QuantumBio Helps Pharma Companies Determine Which Drugs Will Help, and Which Could Harm

While you’re reading this, pharmaceutical companies are testing and developing over 400 different drugs and vaccines to fight infectious diseases ranging from HIV to tuberculous to COVID-19. Many of these drugs you will not hear about for another decade. During this early testing phase—years before these drugs are ready for the public or even ready […]

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Why Here: A Competitive Ecosystem Built on Rich Resources and Top Talent

When Happy Valley started making national news in rankings, many of its accolades were around lifestyle. The area was named “Least Stressful Town in the U.S.” by Psychology Today in 1988 and since then has been heaped with praise for safety, health, walkability, music scene and adventure culture. More recently, recognition has reflected the innovation and resource-rich […]

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Engineers create bio-inspired sensors for smarter robotics

A Penn State professor has collaborated with researchers in China to develop an “electronic skin” sensor that mimics dynamic human motion, and their breakthrough could change the future for severely disabled people.  Huanyu “Larry” Cheng is Penn State’s Dorothy Quiggle Early Career Professor in engineering science and mechanics, and he’s been named on Forbes 30 […]

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