On May 15 and 19, the Sustainability Institute held its yearly Commonwealth Campus Sustainability Forums virtually, co-hosted by Penn State Berks for the eastern campuses and Penn State New Kensington for the western region.
"The work we do is essential, and the equipment in my wheelhouse is critical in a time like this [COVID-19 pandemic]," said Mike Shtur, field service engineer with GE Healthcare. In this photo, Shtur tends to medical equipment at Allegheny Health Network's Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa. Shtur earned a biomedical engineering technology and electrical engineering technology associate degrees from Penn State New Kensington.
Cory Norton, 2017 Penn State alumnus from the New Kensington campus, sits near hospital equipment at Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, PA. Norton is one of three biomedical engineering technologists working through the COVID-19 pandemic at the hospital.
A student examines a patient monitor in a biomedical engineering technology (BET) class at Penn State New Kensington. Students in the specialized, two-year associate degree program learn how to repair and maintain hospital equipment. The ABET-accredited program is the only one in the Penn State system and one of only several in the nation.
Alumni of Penn State Kew Kensington’s biomedical engineering technology program are helping keep vital healthcare equipment working and hospitals running across Pennsylvania and the nation during a critical time. "“Hospitals would not be able to function without us, and it is rewarding work,” said one program alum.
Following a three-month comprehensive planning process, Penn State officials have determined that the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities, and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion.
Mindy Gruzin, her son, and boyfriend take a moment to capture a special moment in time, graduation day May 9, 2020. Penn State held a University-wide virtual commencement on Saturday, May 9, to honor more than 15,000 Penn State grads.
Mindy Gruzin, a recent Penn State York graduate, preserves spider embryos for gene expression as part of an undergraduate research project she did at the campus prior to the University's move to remote learning. Gruzin now is headed to medical school in the fall, with a full-ride scholarship to pursue internal medicine and primary care.