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Penn State College of Engineering names interim senior director of corporate and industry engagement

By David Schwartz
Published: June 23rd, 2020

In an effort to strengthen and expand connections with industry partners, the Penn State College of Engineering has named Priya Baboo — director of industry, innovation and development in the College of Engineering — as interim senior director of corporate and industry engagement.

It’s a brand new position for the college, and Baboo will lead collaborative efforts to streamline and enhance industry engagement in areas related to advisory boards, research, philanthropy and activities directly connected to students — include curriculum development, student-led professional organizations, and career preparation and planning.

“Industry engagement is critical in the College of Engineering,” said engineering dean Justin Schwartz. “The relationships we develop with our industry partners spark learning and career opportunities for our students and help create research possibilities and connections for our faculty. These partnerships lead to funding that supports our strategic priorities. With this new role, I am confident that Priya will continue to build upon the framework she has already established with our industry partners.”

As director of industry, innovation and development, Baboo has spent the last four years working to strengthen and expand the college’s industry relationships. She has helped launch five industry outreach initiatives at Penn State and obtained 50 new industry partnerships for the college. That work “laid the groundwork for collaboration across several College of Engineering teams — including development, research, career services and industry relations coordinators in departments — and peers in other colleges, campuses and institutes,” Baboo said. “This new role will build on these activities to expand industry engagement strategically in a more holistic manner for the college.”

Source: Penn State News

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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