York commencement speaker to share experiences, successes

Penn State York is celebrating its 13th annual fall commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at the campus. Ted S. Geiselman, a Penn State graduate, and the president of DMW Automation in Chicago and Weiler Labeling Systems (WLS) in Moorestown, N.J., is the commencement speaker. DMW and WLS are sister companies under common ownership, and both are involved in industrial automation design and manufacture with a current focus towards capital equipment used for pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging. 

For those who cannot attend the event, Penn State York’s commencement can be viewed on Comcast cable Channel 18 or streaming live on the campus website.

Geiselman is a native of York and a graduate of Central York High School. He attended Penn State York his freshman and sophomore years thanks to the opportunity provided by the University to enroll him on a probationary basis. After a less than satisfactory high school performance, Geiselman was grateful for the opportunity to attend the local campus to begin his degree program.

Following successful completion of his first two years at York, he moved on to University Park and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1977. Geiselman has used the skills he learned at Penn State to support his advancement throughout his career.

After graduation from Penn State, Geiselman took his first job in Dallas. In 1981, he took a sabbatical from engineering and with his brother, Gary, started Olde York Homes, a home restoration business, which still exists today. Geiselman returned to Dallas in December 1982 to continue his career in engineering.

Prior to his current positions, he was CEO and on the board of directors of MonoGen Inc., an early stage cyto-pathology diagnostics company. Previous to MonoGen, Geiselman provided executive consulting services to both the medical device and diagnostics industry and venture capital firms assessing technologies for investment opportunities.

In 1993 Geiselman joined Cytyc Corp., a startup company, where he held multiple executive positions, ultimately serving as senior vice president responsible for research and development, operations, regulatory and clinical affairs, and quality assurance. He and his staff at Cytyc developed the ThinPrep 2000 and the award-winning ThinPrep Imaging System, an automated cytology slide preparation and vision system which assists cytotechnologists and cytopathologists in finding certain cancerous and precancerous conditions in patients.  These systems are the standard of care today with respect to cervical cancer screening.

Earlier in his career, Geiselman was director of product development at another venture-backed startup company called Iris Graphics. He and his team developed the SmartJet 4012, a true continuous-tone high speed ink jet printer for the pre-press industry. This product was recognized by MacWorld magazine with an Editor’s Choice Award in April 1992.

Geiselman also held various engineering and management positions at Texas Instruments, Abbott Laboratories and Baxter. In addition, Geiselman has been named as inventor or co-inventor on 16 U.S. and international patents.

He resides in Kildeer, Ill., with his wife and three children, the oldest of which is a freshman at Penn State’s University Park campus.

In addition to Geiselman, commencement speakers will include the following students: top graduating senior in Penn State York’s baccalaureate programs Laura Wolfe, bachelor of science in business with high distinction; top associate degree graduate Roman Galysh, associate degree in information sciences and technology; and top master’s degree graduate Lora Eileen Workinger, master of education in teaching and curriculum; will also speak.

Penn State York will award 16 master of education in teaching and curriculum degrees; 34 baccalaureate degrees; two bachelor of arts in communication arts and sciences; one bachelor of arts in English; 13 bachelor of science in business; three bachelor of science in electro-mechanical engineering technology; nine bachelor of science in human development and family studies; four bachelor of science in information sciences and technology; and two bachelor of science in science. The campus will also award 29 associate degrees: eight in business administration; four in electrical engineering technology; six in human development and family studies; three in information sciences and technology; five in letters, arts and sciences (liberal arts); and three in mechanical engineering technology.   

One student who completed her work at another Penn State location will return to York to receive a degree during the ceremony.

Last Updated December 18, 2013