Jeff Fortin

  • Associate Vice President for Research
  • Director, Office of Industrial Partnerships
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Jeffrey B. Fortin, Ph.D., was appointed associate vice president for research and director of research and industrial partnerships at Penn State on October 13, 2014.  In this role, Fortin is responsible for developing and nurturing corporate relationships with potential and existing partners, to further industrial research growth at the University.

Before coming to Penn State, Fortin spent 15 years at General Electric. He started at GE as a research and development scientist at the Global Research Center.  After 5 years of research he moved into a lab manager role managing technology and resources in the area of microsystems. In this role he worked closely with many of the GE business units on technology and product development.  Fortin then moved from the Research Center into one of the Oil and Gas business units as an Executive Engineering Director in charge of product development.  In this role he led large global engineering organizations in the definition and development of new technologies and products.

Fortin received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Southern Maine and an M.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  He also holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from RPI.  His technical expertise includes materials, thin films, microelectronics, microsystems, non-destructive testing, sensors, and many other related areas. Fortin holds over 25 U.S. patents, has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, and co-authored 2 books.