Corporate leaders to highlight partnerships with Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Leaders from global corporations General Electric (GE), Siemens Corporation and Volvo will visit Penn State over the course of the next two weeks to highlight and strengthen partnerships with the University in the areas of student recruitment and research collaboration.

Penn State’s graduates are among the most popular with corporate recruiters; in a 2010 Wall Street Journal survey, recruiters ranked the University as their top destination for high-quality graduates. Last month, representatives from more than 500 companies came from across the country to talk with students at Penn State's annual fall career fair.

-- On Oct. 26, GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt will highlight his company’s ongoing partnership with Penn State during a daylong visit to the University Park campus. He will participate in a moderated discussion on business, leadership and competition at 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Business Building on campus. The talk, titled “Executive Insights with GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt: Competing for the Future,” will be moderated by Charles H. Whiteman, dean of the Smeal College of Business.

Also during his visit, Immelt will tour Penn State's Millennium Science Complex. Officially opened this year, the building is a state-of-the-art, 297,000-square-foot facility housing two of the University’s premier research organizations: the Materials Research Institute and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

-- On Oct. 29, Siemens Corporation President and CEO Eric Spiegel will be speaking to Penn State engineering students about innovation and entrepreneurship as part of a visit to announce a strategic partnership agreement between Penn State and Siemens. The alliance -- the first of its kind between Siemens and an American university -- will benefit Penn State, its students and Siemens through research collaboration, an enhanced recruiting relationship and engagement across a wide range of University programs.

Spiegel and members of Siemens’ leadership team, including Penn State alumnus Steve Wagman, vice president of Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., also will visit with members of the University’s academic and administrative leadership to discuss current and future partnerships in the areas of research and development, health care, engineering and sustainability.

-- On. Nov. 1, Torbjörn Holmström, chief technology officer for Volvo and executive vice president of Volvo Group Trucks Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, will visit the University Park campus along with members of Volvo’s corporate leadership team to announce an academic preferred talent partnership with Penn State. The three-year program will provide Penn State students with co-op, internship and mentoring opportunities and will offer talent recruitment benefits to Volvo Group.

Volvo Group currently partners with five other universities around the globe, selected for their academic standing, student diversity, international connections and research capabilities.

Members of the Volvo team will meet with academic and administrative leaders, and will tour the Millennium Science Complex; the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute’s test track facility; Penn State’s Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center; the College of Engineering’s Learning Factory; and Penn State Career Services.

Last Updated October 25, 2012