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Program Leadership

Louis A. MartaranoLouis A. Martarano has been overseeing the Science BS/MBA Program for the past several years. His involvement, however, goes back over 25 years, as he was on the committee that advised the Dean of the Eberly College of Science on the Program’s founding.

Lou graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Chemistry, and then worked as a Manufacturing Chemist for W.R Grace in Lexington, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Public and Private Management degree from the Yale School of Management. After Yale, he launched his financial services career at Kidder Peabody & Co. and eventually moved to Merrill Lynch. On Wall Street, he was as a specialist in the energy, environmental and infrastructure industries for nearly 20 years, and he founded Merrill’s London Project Finance Group. He has counseled a wide range of domestic and international clients in raising funds for large-scale facilities through public and private offerings of equity and debt (high grade and high yield), and he has advised clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other financial advisory projects.

Lou currently assists businesses and entrepreneurial ventures in management best practices, organizational assessment, and through executive coaching. He is a co-founder of Argent Protects, which employs nano-silver technology, and an eCommerce platform both developed at the Penn State, which provides high quality antimicrobial products. He serves on the Investment Committee of the venture capital fund Bulldog Innovation Group, and he is an Executive Producer of the documentary film, Halston.

Specifically related to education, Lou has substantial governance and advisory experience. He serves on the Dean's Advisory Board and on the Development Committee for the Eberly College of Science, and on the Penn State Palmer Art Museum Advisory Board, each of which he has chaired. He is vice president of the Yale Alumni Non-Profit Alliance governing board, and has established its roundtable and webinar programs. He was a trustee of Marymount Manhattan College and has chaired its board.

A head shot of Carrie MarcinkevageCarrie 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.

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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.”

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Beth Johnson is the Director of the Science B.S. major in the Eberly College of Science and the Director of Academics for the BS/MBA program. In this role she provides advice and guidance to students regarding the undergraduate academic curricula. She holds a doctorate in Entomology from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and has extensive teaching experience in the life sciences. At Penn State she has worked as an academic adviser for Science B.S. and Premedicine B.S. majors, as an Academic Recovery Specialist to assist struggling students, and as an Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer Liaison where she facilitated the capture, protection, and commercialization of innovations developed by members of the Eberly College of Science. In addition to advising for the BS/MBA program, she also advises students in the Schreyer Honors College. Dr. Johnson is the primary instructor for the BS/MBA First-Year Seminar course. 

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 Associate Dean's Office for Undergraduate Education in 111 Ritenour Building and can be reached at 814-863-0211 or via email at