Four SEDTAPP faculty members receive promotions


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The promotions of four School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) non-tenure-line faculty members were recently announced.

Frank Koe has been promoted to the rank of teaching professor, Teresa (Dena) Lang and Xinli Wu have been promoted to the rank of associate teaching professor and Robert Beaury has been promoted to the rank of assistant teaching professor. 

Koe joined SEDTAPP in 2012 as part of the school’s Engineering Entrepreneurship program. Prior to Penn State, he served as the acting dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City; the director of the Design Center at Philadelphia University; and as the vice president at Scalamandré, a decorative fabric, wall coverings, trimmings and furnishing company. Koe is the founder and principal of Whipple D Productions, Inc., a sporting goods accessories company. He served as Distinguished Schreyer Honors Faculty for the 2016 – 18 academic year at Penn State and received an honorable mention for the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation’s Joel Polsky Prize for his book, “Fabric for the Designed Interior.” Koe earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Penn State, his master of science in human growth and development from the University of Delaware and his bachelor of science in English and American history from Penn State.

Lang began at Penn State in 2003 as a research associate. She serves as the associate director of engineering leadership research in SEDTAPP’s Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Lang is the coordinator for ELD’s graduate program in engineering leadership and innovation management. In 2007, she received a first-place New Investigator Recognition award from the Orthpaedic Research Society. In 1986, Lang was the recipient of a Special Achievement award from the Department of the Navy’s Naval Research Laboratory. Lang completed a fellowship at Penn State on the Genetics of Complex Behaviors in Aging. She received her Ph.D. in kinesiology with a focus in biomechanics from Penn State, her master of science in business administration and MBA from Johns Hopkins University and her bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

Wu joined SEDTAPP as an instructor in 1996. He oversees and teaches the ENGR 118: Impact of Culture on Engineering in China course, an experiential course delivered in China during May. In October 2016, Wu received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his research project “Instrument Development to Assess Design Project Appropriateness for Domain Relatedness, Ambiguity Tolerance, and Genderedness.” His research interests include engineering design, engineering in China, geotechnical engineering, finite element analysis, CATIA computer-aided design and engineering and technology education. Wu received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Penn State, his master of education in industrial arts and technology education from Millersville University, his master of science in civil engineering from Northeastern University and his bachelor of science in civil engineering/mining construction from Northeastern University (Shenyang, China).

Beaury began as an instructor in engineering entrepreneurship and engineering leadership at Penn State in 2001. Serving as the interim director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship program, Beaury played an instrumental role in the creation of the University’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI). He previously oversaw the engineering entrepreneurship minor, now the technology-based cluster in ENTI. Beaury received the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State in April 2016. He is the former CEO of a fiber optic networking company, has been involved with the creation of more than 100 products. Beaury is also the co-founder of Xsalta, a marketing strategy consulting firm that serves a range of clients in central Pennsylvania. He received his master of science in communications management from Boston University and his bachelor of arts in marketing from Glassboro State College, now known as Rowan University.


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The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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