Live radio show to focus on Penn State's Industrial Research Office

How Penn State can help business and industry with research and development needs will be the topic of conversation among Penn State experts on Pittsburgh Business Radio, 1360 AM WMNY at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. Deno De Ciantis, director of the Penn State Center–Engaging Pittsburgh, will interview Tanna Pugh, director of the Industrial Research Office at Penn State.

The Industrial Research Office connects business people with Penn State faculty expertise. Penn State faculty and research associates worked on more than 1,500 projects with more than 800 companies in the last fiscal year—on everything from new product ideas, to process and technology solutions.
“We’re matchmakers,” Pugh said. “Our staff members each have more than 10 years of industry experience prior joining the office, making it easy for us to bridge the cultural gap between industry and the University.”
The Industrial Research Office conducts more than $100 million in research projects each year. “That translates into new products and services and helps to stimulate our economy,” added Pugh.
“This topic addresses a critical need for information about how Penn State can help companies be more profitable,” said De Ciantis.
Listeners can tune in for the live show and call in with questions, or listen online at
The segment is part of a series of shows De Ciantis is doing with Pittsburgh Business Radio.
The Penn State Center–Engaging Pittsburgh ( develops and strengthens relationships in the Pittsburgh region to connect and engage the entire University with these local partners.


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Last Updated March 22, 2010