Belinda Tyson, Accounting Assistant, World Campus and Continuing Education

“I currently work in the Bursar’s office for World Campus and Continuing Education, and have been employed at Penn State University for 29 years. One of my personal favorite quotations is by Abraham Lincoln: “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog or cat is not the better for it.” It’s nice to be able to take a break and look out my window and see green grass, flowering trees, and people taking a leisurely stroll around the park. I like the fact that there’s elective classes offered such as yoga, salsa dancing, and Zumba during lunch hour, and it’s very convenient that the CATA buses run to and from campus. My husband and I enjoy attending auctions and collecting antiques, and we’re both avid Pittsburgh Penguins and Pirates fans. I relax by working in my many flower beds, decorating our house, and spoiling our beautiful rescued Furperson, Tessie. If you happen to attend a State College Spikes baseball game you will probably see me there working as a member of the stadium staff.”

-Belinda Tyson

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.”

Tony De Luca, Senior Director at Siemens PLM Software

Tony De Luca is the senior director at Siemens PLM Software, one of the more recent tenants to join Innovation Park, and already he says that the company is noticing the great difference Innovation Park makes within their work community, by, instead of isolating it, expanding it.

“In our previous office location we were isolated in a single tenant building aside a residential neighborhood,” he says. “It’s great to now be part of a community of professionals where we can interact, whether it be waiting in line at a food truck or looking forward to participating in future park events.”

De Luca and his peers are actually using these newfound connections in an interesting way—to support a worthy cause in a fun (and admittedly tasty) manner.

Linda Chadwick Student Transfer Credit Specialist | Academic and Enrollment Support Services, Penn State World Campus

Linda Chadwick takes full advantage of working in an office located in Innovation Park.

“I like working and being active here at the park,” she says. “I bring my bike in the summer months and ride throughout the park. The Innovation Park office has a bike that you can check out too, which I have done before.”

Mark Henderson, IT Director, Office of the Vice President for Research at Penn State University

“I’ve worked at Penn State for over 13 years with most of those years supporting researchers. Ten of those years were spent at the Applied Research Lab. More recently, working at Innovation Park in the Office of the Vice President for Research has exposed me to all the other many and varied aspects of research at Penn State. I learn something new every day about the important and amazing research that is being accomplished by both independent faculty and research done in cooperation with industry.”

-Mark Henderson