We Are ... Growing through Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The E&I Program adds value to new ideas and research discoveries by creating entrepreneurial success across Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences community.
Innovation often means looking at familiar things in new and different ways. (Cover design by Jane Farthing/iStock image)

Innovation often means looking at familiar things in new and different ways. (Cover design by Jane Farthing/iStock image)

"Our students learn skills and share experiences to launch successful careers — and seek solutions to unprecedented global challenges in food, agriculture and bio-materials."
— Dr. Dan Azzara, Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program

The patented InterSeeder, developed at the College of Agricultural Sciences, allows farmers to handle three tasks at once. Photos by Michael Houtz, CAS

The patented InterSeeder represents a new model and way of doing business.

Bridge the GapSci envisions providing basic lab supplies to students in West African countries. The team: Dr. Josephine Garban, Dr. Sarah Owusu, Shawntawnee Collins, Kerry Belton and Jamaal James. (Photo by Lisa Duchene)

Through E&I, the college's culture is shifting to a more entrepreneurial mindset.

Earl and Kay Harbaugh wear their pride for what started as the “Farmers High School” during an appreciation event in October 2015. (Photo: Michael Houtz)

Earl Harbaugh noticed something missing from his alma mater.

Zach Wilson started a winery as a sophomore in college.

Dr. Nina Jenkins found a safe way to kill bedbugs. Aprehend won EPA approval and is expected to hit the market in Fall 2017.

Several researchers are working to bring their discoveries to market

The E&I Program Advisory Board with College of Agricultural Sciences leaders. Left to right, front: Earl Harbaugh, Dr. Mark Gagnon, Dr. Ann Tickamyer, Skip Rosskam, Dr. Barbara Christ, Mark Theiss, Dr. Joy Pate. L to R, back: Peter Tombros, Dr. Dan Azzara, Dr. Dennis Calvin, Peter Linder, Bill Donley, Dr. Vivek Kapur, Dr. Gary Thompson, Ray Evans.

Business people work with academics to realize the college’s full potential.

Dan Azzara became Director of the E&I Program in spring 2015. He is the Alan R. Warehime Professor of Agribusiness.

At the Hershey Company, Dan Azzara turned new ideas into sweet new products

E&I stands on the shoulders of the college's founders and Extension

E&I's objectives match those of President Barron’s Invent Penn State initiative