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Graduate student Kai Chi tests the ability of various thicknesses of a biodegradable coating to prevent oil from seeping through a pizza box. Kai Chi, a Ph.D. candidate in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, works in the lab of Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Jeffrey Catchmark, who has been awarded a RAIN Grant toward commercialization of the coating he discovered.

A student start-up plans to debut Blue and White Potato Chips, a new product made with naturally blue potatoes — just in time for football season.

E&I Coordinator Mark Gagnon (left) and E&I Director Dan Azzara (right) are ready to help students and faculty explore entrepreneurship this fall. Have an idea? Send an email or stop by 6 Armsby. Take a first step — and we'll help with the next ones.

Zach Wilson, a 2011 agribusiness management graduate from the College of Agricultural Sciences, started building a vineyard on his family’s farmland as a sophomore. This year, he's making 16,000 to 20,000 bottles of wine.

Zach Wilson, a 2011 agribusiness management graduate from the College of Agricultural Sciences, chats with guests in the tasting room at Wilson Vineyard in Nottingham, Pennsylvania.

Zach Wilson, a 2011 agribusiness management graduate from the College of Agricultural Sciences, started building a vineyard on his family’s farmland in his sophomore year. He explains plans for Wilson Vineyard in Nottingham, Pa., to Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and Coordinator for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Team Saffron won second place place during Ag Springboard 2015. Students Nate Hamaker, Byron Bredael, JoAnna Hofstaedter, Alex Murdoch, and Kristen Fisher with College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Rick Roush and Earl Harbaugh, lead donor to the E&I Program. The final round of competition and awards banquet was held April 14, 2015.

The new InterSeeder farm equipment helps pave the way for renewed innovation.

Will crickets and soy-based nutrition become our meal mainstays? Penn State alumnus and representative of Thought For Food Jared Yarnall-Schane shared foods made with crickets and soy with folks who are curious about what we'll eat in the future to during a special dinner held Thursday evening, Oct. 13 in State College.

People curious and concerned about what we'll all eat as global population climbs sampled foods like these cookies at an October event in State College.

Artist Sean Bodley draws coloring pages for kids with science superheroes who are people of color. (Photo by Cameron Hart)

Artist Sean Bodley draws coloring pages for kids for SySTEMic Action, a team of Ph.D. students creating new products to promote diversity within STEM sciences. (Photo by Cameron Hart)

The team of Ph.D. students who want kids to see diverse superheroes in the STEM sciences.

Hans Vriens tells his story of establishing Red Bull in the U.S. market in April 2013 as the Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Forum speaker. (Photo by Jessica Paholsky)

Quote from Dustin Betz of GreenTowers about Ag Springboard being the catalyst that pushed their business forward

Dr. Jeffrey Catchmark, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is working to commercialize his discovery of a promising, new medical foam to stop bleeding that can safely dissolve in the body. Here, Catchmark (right) works in the lab with Jingxuan Yang, a visiting scholar from Donghua University. (Photo by Martha Schupp)

Food Science Professor Dr. Gregory R. Ziegler hopes to commercialize a brilliant orange made from avocado pits as a natural food coloring. (Photo by Lisa Duchene)

Dr. Nina Jenkins, an entomologist and expert on safe pest-control methods, discovered that a formulation made from fungal spores effectively kills bedbugs. (Photo by Lisa Duchene)

Two agricultural sciences students are pitching their idea to repurpose military ammo cans into tailgating gear. (Image: Cameron Hart)

Images of the five finalist teams for Ag Springboard 2017: ModZero, Sweet Dreams Pet Lodge, War Chest, Pasta2050, Little Farm

The E&I Showcase was held Nov. 10 at the Forest Resources Building atrium, in celebration of 12 student and faculty innovator groups from the College of Agricultural Sciences. Dean Richard Roush announced two major gifts of $1 million each, and each matched by the University. Speakers: Dr. Roush, Neil Sharkey, Richard Bundy, Earl Harbaugh.