Penn State Fayette Commencement Speaker Announcement | Local News


Renata S. Engel, Penn State vice provost for online education, will be the guest speaker at the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

Engel is responsible for business operations and academic support and planning across Penn State’s more than 175 online undergraduate and graduate degree, minor, and certificate programs and includes support for academic advising, l teaching faculty online, developing and evaluating online curriculum innovations, and advancing practical student affairs for online learners.

A member of the faculty since 1990, she is a professor of engineering design and engineering and mechanical sciences. During her 32 years at Penn State, she also served as associate dean of academic programs at the College of Engineering and executive director of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Throughout her professional career, she has helped advance research in the design and manufacture of advanced materials and engineering education. She has helped lead the national professional organization for engineering education, having served as president of the American Society for Engineering Education and as a member of its board of directors.

She completed two years of her studies at Penn State Fayette before earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science from University Park. She holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida. Engel is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the recipient of several national and university teaching awards. In 2001, she was recognized as an Outstanding Penn State Fayette Alumnus.

The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in the main arena of the Community Center for guests. Masks will not be mandatory.

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