Alumni Spotlight

Making drones a part of everyday life

February 28, 2020

As a staff research associate in the Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Penn State alumnus Andrew Weinert focuses on enabling drones to be safely and efficiently integrated into national airspace.


Alumnus uses IST skills to drive content analytics at Audible

January 27, 2020

When Steve Cassey began his journey at Penn State’s then-new School of Information Sciences and Technology nearly 20 years ago, he was told that there would be an abundance of relevant jobs available in the tech field within 15 years.


Technology for cosmetics consumers

January 14, 2020

For their final project, students in the Foundations of Human-Centered Design and Development course in the College of Information Sciences and Technology had the opportunity to gain real-world industry perspective and feedback on the prototypes they spent the semester building.


One family, one college, four different career paths

January 9, 2020

Many times, attending Penn State is a family tradition, but one family takes that tradition to a whole new level.


From picking locks to leading information security

January 3, 2020

“A lock isn’t designed to keep people out; it’s designed to slow people down.” That was the key point that Nick Leghorn, Penn State class of 2010, took away from a hacking conference that he attended as a student.


Penn State graduate is set to lead the city of Williamsport, PA

December 9, 2019

A 2003 College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate plans to draw on his Penn State experience and education to help strengthen his community through his new job title: mayor of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.


Lessons learned in IST translate to career success

December 4, 2019

When Jason Yakencheck was among the first classes of graduates of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2005, he had no idea of how the opportunities he took part in as a student would shape his career.


Former IST doctoral student oversees software development and research at Adobe

November 22, 2019

“I was very interested in working on something that no one else in the world has been doing. That was my number one motivation to get into a Ph.D. program.” Those are the words of Xin Lu, who earned her doctoral degree from the College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2016.


Online learner attains full Penn State student experience

November 10, 2019

Chase Kelly, who earned his associate and bachelor’s degrees online through the College of Information Sciences and Technology as a first-generation adult learner, wanted to get as much of the college experience as he could because he didn’t when he was college-aged.


Alumnus helping to give athletes a philanthropic platform

November 5, 2019

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” This quote by Aristotle is what drives David Costlow, Penn State class of 2003, in his career.


IST alumna joins Alumni Society Board to help mentor, prepare students

October 29, 2019

Erin McGovern, Penn State class of 2016, said she had life-changing experiences in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.


Hunt smarter: IST alum develops digital journal to take guesswork out of hunting

October 3, 2019

After growing up in central Pennsylvania, Dan Hansel, 2007, has an affinity for two things: Penn State and hunting.


A strong community draws attorney and alumna Megan Costello back to IST

September 4, 2019

For Megan Costello, a 2008 Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology alumna, the strong community feel is what initially drew her to the College of IST. It is also what drew her back to become an assistant teaching professor seven years after she graduated.


Meet the Alumni Society Board: Josh Hoch, class of 2009

August 30, 2019

“The College of IST does a tremendous job of laying a solid foundation for any of its alumni to have strong, fruitful careers.


Sisters strengthen relationship through their IST education at Penn State

August 16, 2019

Many siblings share a special bond of being Penn State alumni, but not many can say that they graduated from the same college. For the Pisarcik sisters, graduating from the College of Information Sciences and Technology strengthened both their relationship and their technical knowledge.