Office of Industrial Partnerships


The Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) was formed in 2014 as part of a broader strategic initiative at the Pennsylvania State University to enhance both economic development and student career success. The office consists of three organizations that support building strategic win-win partnerships with industry.

Corporate Engagement Center

A partnership between University Development, The Office of the Vice President for Research, and University Career Services with the mission of developing and implementing strategic and multi-element relationships with industry and acting as the “Front-Door” to the University.

PennTAP - Small/Medium Business Engagement

Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program provides small and medium sized businesses in the state of PA with technical support, advice, and connections to Penn State expertise, resources and programs.

Innovation Park

A strategic asset for industry collaboration and support of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. A 118 acre business and research park with over 1 million square feet of office, manufacturing, and research space in a Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ).


OIP Leadership Team

Geanie Umberger

Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Industrial Partnerships

Melissa Erekson

Assistant Vice President for Corporate Engagement

Tanna Pugh

Director, PennTAP

Dan Leri

Director, Innovation Park


Administrative Coordinator, Office of Industrial Partnerships


Intellectual Property at Penn State

Tech transfer from research at Penn State generated $22.5 million in fiscal 2015. This is partly thanks to the university's reworked approach to intellectual property, which makes it easier than ever for researchers to work with outside companies to fast-track innovations. Click here to learn more about Penn State's approach to IP.