Sandbox of Change? That’s How One Innovator Sees State CollegeToday, one of the leading frontiersmen in social change is Penn State’s very own, Steve “Spud” Marshall. The Alum is an inspiration to many as his passions, projects, and nontraditional career path have led to immense success for not only him but mainly for the communities he impacts and, on a larger scale, the world. Spud has a wide range of passions that, combined with his gusto, heart, and driven attitude, have allowed him to create change in the world around him. These passions include, according to his website: curating changemaker communities, social entrepreneurship, creative economic development and fostering innovation.

Spud always knew he wanted to get involved in work that was meaningful and had an impact, but he had no idea what form it would take. His interest in social change was first sparked when he got his Masters' degree in Sweden and saw how progressed the country was in social change initiatives.

See What’s Up in the AM and 3D-Printing Community!Park tenant CIMP-3D is hosting its open house this Thursday, June 15! All Park employees, friends and family are invited to attend, and enjoy the faculty presentations and distinguished speakers, including Dr. Thorsten Schmidt, CEO DMB Mori USA, and Mr. Neal Orringer, VP Alliances and Partnerships 3D Systems Corporations. In addition, student research posters will be on display, and visitors can even take a tour of the new CIMP-3D Laboratory.

Happy Valley—The Unretirement Choice for ProfessionalsWhether it’s the beautiful country side, the abundance of community activities, or the low crime rate, Happy Valley has become a mecca for people who have earned their right to a quiet retirement, but who choose, instead, to embark on a second career.

Wendy Oakes is one such resident. After a lengthy career helping to create medical device start-up companies, the past 13 years of which were spent in Silicon Valley, she decided to begin a new chapter in State College.

TechCelerator Graduates 12th Class, Celebrating High Success RatesWithin the TechCelerator@StateCollege program for local entrepreneurs, startups aren’t just given a boost to their business – they also compete for a pretty substantial prize.

Six teams undergo a rigorous training schedule each season. Weekly classes are held and the teams receive one-on-one mentoring sessions, so they’re better prepared to launch their tech-based startups in the next year. It all culminates in a final presentation and award ceremony, where each team presents their startup – from target market to the solution provided – to their peers and a panel of judges.

Fueling Small- to Mid-Sized Manufacturing: Xact Metal is Making Metal 3D Printing SustainableThe world of 3D printing has grown in popularity over recent years. While once just an interesting innovation reserved for those who could afford it, it’s now transformed into something much more affordable and accessible, whether you’re a startup looking to make prototypes, children in an elementary school class or just an individual with an enthusiasm for these types of technological advances. However, these types of 3D printers are creating, more often than not, items that aren’t of the highest quality or durability, which, for some, is fine.

There’s one area of 3D printing, however, that does provide the high quality that some manufacturers want, though it usually comes at a high cost – until now. New company, Ben Franklin Technology Partners beneficiary and Innovation Park tenant Xact Metal is supporting the next generation of manufacturing solutions through metal 3D printing.