PSMES Board

Organization and Board

The PSMES board of directors is made up of elected officers, six to nine at large members, the ME department head, and a mechanical engineering faculty member. To become a board member, contact the PSMES president (PSMESPresident@me.psu.edu) for more information. The Board meets by teleconference monthly and holds at least two on-site meetings per year at Penn State.

Leadership

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Kyle Verrinder, President

Mimi Connor

Mimi Connor, Vice President

Connor earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Penn State in 2015. After graduating, Connor joined Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. (BPMI) in Pittsburgh as a circuit breaker engineer before taking on roles of increasing responsibility as the project manager of various instrumentation and control equipment. While working full-time, she earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. Connor joined the PSMES board in 2016 with a focus on student engagement and mentoring and continues to support Penn State programs such as the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) and company-sponsored engineering capstone projects. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.

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Chris Melville, Secretary/Treasurer

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Jim Roche, Past President

At-Large Members

Katie Ciccaglione

Katie Ciccaglione

Ciccaglione graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 2015. After graduation, she moved to New Orleans where she joined Shell as a Deepwater Completion and Well Intervention Engineer. Ciccaglione spent four years supporting wells operations in the Gulf of Mexico, both offshore and from the office. In 2019, she transitioned to her current role where she supports the Shell Polymers petrochemical complex just outside of Pittsburgh.

Douglas Crimaldi

Douglas Crimaldi

Crimaldi has served as Glaukos Corporation’s Vice President of Engineering since 2018 and the Engineering Director since 2009. For the past 12 years, Crimaldi has worked with his team of engineers and scientists to develop and commercialize several innovative ophthalmic medical products. Their work has helped Glaukos grow from a venture-funded startup into an NYSE traded corporation. Prior to his medical device experience, Crimaldi worked as an R&D leader in electronics capital equipment, consumer electronics, and automotive industries. During these years, he advanced from technical contributor to a senior engineering manager leading teams of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers focused on developing complex electro-mechanical systems. Throughout his tenure as an engineer, Crimaldi has developed innovative ideas leading to more than eight published patents and applications, with additional applications pending.

Crimaldi has obtained his BSME from Penn State University ('95), a MSME from The Ohio State University, and a MBA from California State University. He has been involved with PSMES since 2016 and is an adjunct professor at University of San Diego (USD) Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering since 2020.

Crimaldi, his wife, and two daughters live in southern California where he is still an avid Nittany Lions fan.

Leland Engel

Leland Engel

Engel is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School. He received his BSME degree from Penn State in 1982 and MSEM degree from the University of South Florida in 1989.

As a project engineer for a manufacturing firm, Engel made valves for nuclear power plants. He was also a senior engineer at an aerospace company where Engel worked in reliability and design. His research was designing, manufacturing, and testing instrumentation for satellite structures, sounding rockets, high altitude balloons and ground based observatories for PSU Astronomy and Astrophysics. Engel taught ME340 and ME440 design courses and was the faculty adviser for the Ecomarathon ultra-high mileage vehicles and the Formula SAE race team.

Carlye Lauff

Carlye Lauff

Lauff is a design innovation and communication consultant. She also serves as a senior instructor for the LUMA Institute and an Adjunct Fellow for the MIT-SUTD International Design Centre. She has helped more than 25 global organizations re-think their design processes and communication strategies, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies to universities.

Lauff received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Penn State, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Lauff's research is within the field of Design Theory and Methodology and she develops tools and methods to support engineers throughout the design process. You can learn more at www.carlyelauff.com.

Jessica Menold

Jessica Menold

Menold is the Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor at Penn State.

Jason Prignoli

Jason Prignoli

Prignoli is the vice president of strategy at Wellway Health, a health technology startup focused on improving the lives of those with Cardiometabolic conditions. He is an advisor to Iaso Ventures, the first sector focused Neuroscience and Behavioral Health Venture Capital firm and also serves as a Health Policy Advisor to Connecticut’s Office of Health Strategy. He was appointed by Connecticut’s former Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman to serve on the Healthcare Consumer Advisory Board and Genomic Medicine Work Group. He is currently an MPH candidate at Dartmouth and holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Penn State.

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Rich Randall

Randall is a management consultant, writer and lecturer. He is co-founder and president of New Level Advisors, a York, Pennsylvania management consulting firm. His column, “The Whiteboard” has appeared in the Central Penn Business Journal since 2008. He has guest-lectured on leadership for many organizations, including Penn State. An executive at ITT Corp for 25 years, he was a director of Research, Development and Engineering and later president of a $125 million global business. His teams received ITT’s highest awards for growth, innovation, and lean six sigma. He received ITT’s highest quality award for advancements in mass product customization.

Randall served on the Penn State Alumni Council and the board of the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society. He was one of the founders of PSMES and its student mentoring program. He holds a BSME from Penn State University and studied business administration at Loyola College of Baltimore.

Bob Swope

Bob Swope

Swope’s engineering career began in the summer following his sophomore year. The Bethlehem Steel Company offered him employment at their forging and fastener plant in Lebanon. Swope worked there through the summer and winter holidays until his graduation and continued to work there until 1966. In that time, he was assigned to a corporate research team implementing the cold steel forging technology developed by the WWII German War Machine.

The balance of his career was devoted to leading cold steel forging’s growth curve, through multiple companies, to its current maturity. In that time, he held all of the positions of management, to that of president , and all of the positions of engineering to that of corporate vice president for advanced technology.

Swope retired from industrial employment in 2003 and continues to consult on individual contracts.

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