Penn State EdTech Network: Q&A with Director Daren CoudrietPenn State EdTech Network: Q&A with Director Daren Coudriet

The Penn State EdTech Network, a vertical of Invent Penn State, serves as a facilitator, bringing together cross-functional stakeholder groups to explore new ways to address educational challenges in an increasingly digital world through the use of innovative technology. They encourage the collaboration between companies, students, faculty, staff, and alumni to better the online learning community. Daren Coudriet is the Director of the Penn State EdTech Network. Throughout his career, Daren has been committed to helping organizations leverage and adapt to the change created by disruptive technology. 

We interviewed Daren to learn more about the network, and his role as director.

People of the ParkAn Inside Look at Employees of the Park

Chao Liu Chief Executive Officer | Aleo BME, Inc.

Chao Liu is the CEO of Aleo BME, a start-up that participated in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator program and is now located in the Incubator in the Technology Center at Innovation Park.

“Innovation Park provides a sense of business community for small technology start-ups like us,” Liu says. “We learned from experienced business mentors in the TechCelerator program and can share the experience and resources with other smaller companies.”

Stock’D: Looking to Change the Way College Students EatTake-out is often a staple of a college student’s meal plan. While convenient, it can also cause a strain on the wallet. Stock’D is ready to change that. Created by Ben Sparango, a Mechanical Engineering senior at Penn State, and Matt Mason, a graduate of Washington and Lee and Duke Business School, Stock’D is looking to provide an alternative to the traditional take-out.

Stock’D, an idea that began developing in the summer of 2015, is a weekly homecooked meal delivery service that will provide students with quality food, easily heated up in the microwave or oven. Their goal is to offer this service for less than the cost of take-out over the course of a week.


Local Innovator Fights Cancer with Ground-Breaking BiotechnologyKeystone Nano, with Help from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Sets Sights on Liver Cancer

Keystone Nano is targeting a killer that claims approximately 700,000 lives each year, with no effective treatment—liver cancer. With the company’s recently unveiled Ceramide NanoLiposome (CNL), they expect to be able to effectively kill cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed, a process nearly unheard of in the world of cancer therapies. This means great things for cancer patients, including reduced negative side effects that result from most traditional cancer treatments, as well as a greater likelihood of treatment success.

Innovation Park Welcomes Agency with a Goal of Seeing Students SucceedPHEAA Grows Into a New Space, Just in Time for the Spring Semester

One of the newest additions to Innovation Park, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is one of the country’s premier student aid organizations. Offering loan servicing, aid processing, and other types of assistance for college students, PHEAA operates beyond the state level as American Education Services and FedLoan Servicing nationwide. Created in 1963, PHEAA was founded by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and today provides its services to millions of students attending thousands of schools.