Students visiting Rockwell Automation

Industry Partners

The Engineering Leadership Development Program is enabled by our industry sponsors. Corporate sponsors help our students to experience the breadth and depth of engineering challenges that make the program a success. This critical support also pays dividends to the sponsors, including exposure to top students and enhanced opportunities to hire interns and full-time graduates. 

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Opportunities to participate in invited guest lectures and sponsoring a team project
  • Recognition in ELD marketing pieces, on our website, and on our bulletin board
  • Distribution of job opportunities
  • Inclusion in a sponsor description booklet distributed to each student
  • Participation in curriculum reviews to assure we meet your needs

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

Project Sponsorship

Opportunities do exist to sponsor specific student projects, ranging from water resources to small business startups in impoverished areas to designing food-processing machinery to better feed developing countries. Projects range from small to multi-semester, international teams. The level of financial support varies, depending on the magnitude of the project.

Capstone Sponsorship

The capstone design course is required of most engineering students at Penn State. Multidisciplinary teams join together to design and build a prototype unit to solve a problem posed by an industry sponsor. A  donation to the University provides support from a supervising professor, access to the Learning Factory on campus, and support of the team.

International Engineering Teams

Opportunities exist to engage an international team of undergraduate or graduate students to solve problems posed by industry sponsors.  Collaboration is currently underway with students from Belgium, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Australia, with new partners being added. We welcome suggestions for additional partners.

Current Industry Sponsors




Bechtel Power Corporation




General Motors

GKN Sinter Metals

Ingersoll Rand

KCF Technologies

Lockheed Martin



Northrop Grumman

Phillips 66


Rockwell Automation


Textron Systems

For more information on ELD sponsorship, contact: 

Meg Handley
Associate Director of Engineering Leadership Outreach and Assistant Teaching Professor
213 Hammond Building




The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities 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. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952