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Eberly College of Science alumni are making life better by serving the sciences and more. Now you have an opportunity to inspire our current students with real life testimony.

Share your career experiences since graduation and let us know if you have an interest in being a mentor or course guest speaker. By completing this easy form, you can share your professional and personal updates.

Alumni Profile and Interest Form.

You can also contact me the old fashioned way!

Barbara Collins
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Eberly College of Science


  • Russell Barber ('12 B.S. Statistics) started his career at Freddie Mac as a single family operations analyst in McClean, Virginia.
  • Eugene Dirk ('63 B.S. Physics) was inducted into the Hall of Fame at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).  It is the highest honor given, and is awarded to those who have made significant contributions to the success of the WSMR mission. Dr. Dirk arrived at WSMR in 1963 after graduating from Penn State. He resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with his wife Betty. Visit the WSMR website to learn more about Dr. Dirk’s accomplishments and induction.
  • Alexandra Evans ('12 B.S. Biology) is attending the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Jacob Hanchar ('02 B.S. Biology) reopened Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and made special arrangements to serve Penn State Creamery ice cream. The location for this old fashioned ice cream parlor is 28th & Penn Streets, Pittsburgh.
  • Pearl Kaplan ('07 B.S. Chemistry) earned her M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was awarded an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship for 2012-2013 where she assisted in the development of chemical methods to determine human exposure to environmental chemicals and chemical threat agents at the Division of Laboratory Sciences within the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ryan Moraski ('12 B.S. Biology) started a botany doctorate program in fall 2012 at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida.
  • Steven Owens ('09 B.S. Chemistry) received a master's degree in chemistry (2013) from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a technical trainee at Bayer MaterialScience in Pittsburgh.
  • Julie Phillippi ('00 B.S. Microbiology) was promoted to Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. She is married to Steven Phillippi ('98 B.S. Nuclear Engineering). They welcomed a baby girl in 2011.
  • Thomas Scharnitz ('12 B.S. Biology) is a second-year medical student at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, where he is also a dermatology research assistant.
  • Michael Schuckers ('92 B.S. Mathematics) was a Fulbright Scholar at VTT Research Center in Espoo, Finland (2012-2013). He is an associate professor of statistics
    at St. Lawrence University.
  • Mike Shenk ('79 B.S. Mathematics) is the puzzle editor for The Wall Street Journal. He also writes JAVA programs for Puzzability.com's interactive puzzle solving. For 16 years, he was a puzzle constructor and editor for Games magazine and its offshoots.
  • Mark Shoop ('84 B.S., '86 M.S. Biology) announced his promotion to Associate Dean of Sciences and Mathematics for Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2012. He also serves as the Chair of the Natural Sciences Department and is a Professor of Biology.
  • James Thomas ('81 B.S. Biology; '85 M.D. Hershey) published a guide to understanding hoarseness and voice disorders, Why is There a Frog in my Throat?. Thomas is a laryngologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of vocal chords.  He completed his study of laryngology at Southern Illinois University after receiving his medical degree from Penn State Hershey.
  • Dennis Trumble ('87 M.S. Interdisciplinary) published The Way of Science: Finding Truth and Meaning in a Scientific Worldview. In this book, Trumble makes the case that the public needs to appreciate the critical-thinking tools that science has to offer. He is a project scientist in the Circulatory Support Laboratory and ad adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

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