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Louis A. Martarano oversees the Science BS/MBA Program.  After graduating from Penn State, Lou worked as a Manufacturing Chemist for W.R Grace in Lexington, Massachusetts. He then attended the Yale School of Management (Master of Public and Private Management).  Afterwards, he started his financial services career at Kidder Peabody & Co. as a specialist in the energy, environmental and infrastructure industries for 11 years.  Then, at Merrill Lynch Lou was responsible for a leading role in its project finance business, eventually establishing and managing its London Project Finance Group.  He counseled a wide range of domestic and international clients in their efforts to raise funds for large-scale energy, environmental and infrastructure facilities, raising several billion dollars through public and private offerings of equity and debt (high grade and high yield), joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and advisory assignments.  

Lou currently assists businesses and entrepreneurial ventures in organizational assessment, executive coaching and management best practices. He also is the co-founder of Argent Protects, which uses nano-silver technology and an eCommerce platform developed at Penn State to provide high quality antimicrobial products that have built-in natural protection against bacteria and fungus.

Lou has substantial educational, governance and advisory experience.  He serves as Chair of the Eberly College of Science Dean's Advisory Board and also on the College’s Development Committee.  He also chairs the Advisory Board of Penn State's Palmer Art Museum.  He is a board member for the Yale Alumni Non-Profit Alliance and has established their Roundtable program on best practices and was instrumental in the development of the strategic plan.  He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Marymount Manhattan College, which he also chaired.



Carrie Marcinkevage,  Penn State Smeal MBA Managing Director, is responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational leadership of the full-time Penn State Smeal MBA program. Her role comprises admissions, student services, career and employment services, and alumni involvement. Additionally, she has instructed senior courses in business ethics and first-year student seminars.

Carrie came to Smeal from the management consulting and education industry, focusing on organizational leadership of people and projects. She has traversed many organizational roles including marketing brand management, recruiting and training, instructional design, software development, project management, and sales. Through her consulting, design, and instructional roles she worked with companies such as Boeing, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth, Allergan, Merck, Sprint, Verizon, Matsushita/Panasonic, Philips, Schlumberger, Siemens, EDS, SAP, Veritas, and the US Postal Service. Her content experience includes strategic leadership, project processes and management, team leadership, organizational influence, conflict engagement, change leadership, coaching and performance, and leadership competency assessment and development.

Carrie received her MS in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania with a background of dual degrees in Policy and Management Studies and Philosophy from Dickinson College.

Michael Waldhier

Michael Waldhier, Admissions Director for the Penn State Smeal MBA program, is responsible for recruiting, admissions strategy, financial aid, and outreach for the residential MBA, BS/MBA, and Master of Management and Organizational Leadership (MMOL) programs. A 2009 alum of the Smeal MBA program, Michael has a diverse background in strategic and operations consulting, recruiting and talent development, data analytics, customer relationship management, and IT security and policy development.


Prior to Smeal, Michael was a principal consultant in the Washington D.C. area, focusing on strategic and operations consulting for market-leading companies within the retail, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries including Bayer, Boeing, Church & Dwight, DuPont, McCormick, FMC Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Verisign, and Walmart. He has also worked for organizations in the government, non-profit, and education sectors such as The American Cancer Society, The Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and Homeland Security.”


Alicia Kehn is the undergraduate science adviser for the program.  She will be able to provide guidance for your academic planning and reviews.  She will also instruct the First-Year Seminar with Mr. Martarano.  Her office is located in 230 Ritenour Building; she can be reached at 814-863-3889 or via email at ask17@psu.edu.

Debbie Brown is the administrative support assistant for the program.  She will answer questions about the program and assist prospective students with the application process.  She's available to assist and provide guidance to current students with questions and schedule appointments for Mr. Martarano.  Debbie is located in the  Senior Associate Dean's Office for Undergraduate Education in 124 Ritenour Building and can be reached at 814-863-0211 or via email at dsb30@psu.edu.

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