Industrial engineering centennial celebration begins today

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IE) is commemorating its 100th birthday this year with a centennial celebration, beginning today (April 3) and concluding tomorrow evening (April 4) at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The IE centennial celebration will honor the accomplishments of the department, its faculty, staff and students over the last 100 years. The celebration also will focus on the future goals of the department and its mission to produce world-class, globally aware industrial engineers.

More than 300 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are expected to participate in the weekend’s activities at the University Park campus.

The celebration will begin Friday at the Leonhard Building with a welcome picnic. On Saturday, activities include Leonhard Building and campus tours, lunch with the Nittany Lion and Blue Band trumpets, lab activities, a panel discussion, trivia challenge, children’s activities and a Saturday evening reception at the Nittany Lion Inn. A centennial book that illustrates the remarkable history of the department will also be exhibited, with copies available for those in attendance. A complete schedule of events with specific times and locations can be found at

Founded in 1909, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is the oldest industrial engineering department in the nation and currently ranks as a top five program in the country. With a roster of 24 student-oriented faculty members, Penn State IE focuses on quality, hands-on education and concentrates on addressing today’s most pressing issues through innovative research in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Last Updated April 03, 2009