Funded Projects

Full proposals (> $10,000)

  • Increasing diversity, equity, and belonging through connected, cohesive curriculum and peer-to-peer mentoring, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Peer-to-peer partnership program for international undergraduate students, Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion
  • Changing the climate of the learning factory: Addressing the “white space”, the Learning Factory
  • Micro-credentialing badges to help Penn State engineering undergraduates write as engineers, Engineering communications/Leonhard Center
  • Integrating campus energy data into core courses to enhance energy literacy, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • A coordinated and interactive approach for enhancing computational nuclear reactor modeling skills, Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering
  • Development of ethics and equity engineering leadership course, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs/Engineering Leadership Development Minor

Limited-scope proposals (< $10,000)

  • Lessons learned from 2020: Integrating successful practices from remote instruction and social justice considerations in engineering design, Michael Mashtare and Caitlin Grady
  • Penn State acoustic wave kits (PAWS), Juli Simon and Dan Russell
  • Revitalizing students’ perception and knowledge of construction safety: Designing a virtual field trip module as an experiential learning tool for construction education, Houtan Jebelli and Amit Ojha
  • Enhancement of junior faculty teaching skills through one-on-one consultation, Michelle Vigeant
  • New first-year seminar for women and underrepresented students interested in aerospace, Namiko Yamamoto
  • Enhancing inclusion within biomedical engineering through group discussion and structured personal reflection, Spencer Szczesny and Cameron Varano
  • Entering the academic job market, Vikash Gayah and Azaree Lintereur
  • Connected and autonomous vehicles: The future of transportation engineering education, Ilgin Guler and Vikash Gayah
  • Design4Justice across the Commonwealth, Sandra Allain



The Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education was established in 1990 by an endowment from William and Wyllis Leonhard. Its mission is to catalyze the changes that are crucial to maintaining world-class engineering education at Penn State. In 2006 the Leonhard Center became the home for two other major programs that support teaching and learning in the College - the Office of Assessment & Instructional Support and Programs for Engineering Writing & Speaking.

The Leonhard Center

201 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-4020