Global Entrepreneurship Month: 'The Re-design of the OneCar'

Matt Caputo, assistant teaching professor of engineering, will talk about the redesign of the OneCar and present the results of this year’s assignment from Penn State Shenango’s introduction to engineering design course. The assignment required first-year engineering students to redesign a car with the goal of improving functionality. This talk will discuss the assignment from an educational approach, how the students conducted their design project, and present the results of their findings.

A native to the Shenango Valley, Caputo graduated from Farrell High School and earned his doctorate from Youngstown State University, where he studied materials science and engineering. He strives to provide an excellent student experience. Each year, Caputo and the engineering students visit a local industry to learn about manufacturing processes and observe classroom theory firsthand. He is actively involved in research activities with his students, who are currently building a metallic-powder 3D printer and investigating surface qualities of 3D printed plastics. Since joining the Shenango campus faculty in 2018, Caputo has been active in community-campus activities, including a “Canstruction” event in collaboration with Sharon Elementary School, which resulted in the donation of more than 1,800 canned goods to families in need, and the VenturePointe committee, which encourages and supports entrepreneurism for Penn State Shenango students.

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For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Month or Penn State Shenango’s VenturePointe incubator, contact Georgia Macris at 724-983-2942 or email her at