Abington equips various engineering majors with tools for success


For Nikita Pryanichnikov, a computer science student, the visit to the Accudyne engineering company in Delaware was instructive. Abington alumnus Stephan Zweidler is a Partner and Director of Technical Sales at Accudyne.

“We had a discussion at Accudyne about creativity and thinking outside the box by breaking the rules in some ways. When we visited University Park, we met successful entrepreneurs launching their own products with the support of Penn State and talked about the benefits of undergraduate research,” he said.

Xavier Salazar, an Arizona resident who followed his passion for engineering to Abington, welcomed the boost EA has given him as he embarks on his college career.

“I bonded with professors and other students and learned how to approach homework and what is expected of me,” he said.

Another student found a community in Abington and Penn State.

“The people here are amazing. The students bonded during the program, and there are some amazing people at Penn State,” he said.

Catherine Cohan, a research associate at the College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, follows EA alumni as they progress toward their degrees.

“Students who participate in Engineering Ahead are more likely to have better first-semester math grades and more likely to stay in engineering and STEM streams than those who don’t. Your long-term success depends on the quality of your first math class,” she said.

The EA cohort includes people from underrepresented backgrounds such as ethnic minorities, women, first-generation college students, and low-income people. They receive a $250 stipend at the end of the program.

The engineering degree with the Multidisciplinary Engineering Design (GE-MED) option at Abington integrates advanced courses in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and engineering design to produce innovative engineers specializing in systems design and integration.

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