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The IST Alumni Spotlight is to showcase and recognize outstanding IST alumni for their success as leaders in their professional field and for the impact they have had and will continue to have on society and their profession on a monthly basis. This exceptional alum should be an outstanding role model for prospective and current IST students. Do you know an IST alum who fits this bill? Please nominate them for the IST Alumni Spotlight!


July 3, 2018

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Countless children have a dream to spend every day at Disney World. Few have the chance to grow up and work there.

College of Information Sciences and Technology alumnus Dane Berkowitz was one of those lucky few. After completing an internship as a student with Disney Parks & Resorts, he earned a full-time job there soon after his graduation in 2014. He applied his technical background as part of Disney’s point-of-sale team, which managed cash registers for all of Disney’s parks and resorts in the United States. After two years, he transferred to a project team that implemented chip credit card processing at Disney’s U.S. parks and resorts, serving as a system engineer.


June 29, 2018

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Jeffrey Kangar, a 2013 graduate of Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, has always held high aspirations to improve the world. As founder of the newly-established nonprofit organization, Technology for Children: Africa, Kangar is turning his dream into reality.


June 7, 2018

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As the College of Information Sciences continues to grow, so do the opportunities for its students and graduates – especially women.

Neha Sharma, a 2017 graduate, is the first female from the college to complete the new Smeal College of Business Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) master’s degree program.


February 23, 2018

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Michael Morelli, a State College native and 2016 Information Sciences and Technology (IST) graduate, took advantage of several experiences as an undergraduate student to satisfy his diverse interests. Now, as a professional living in Seattle, he is not slowing down.


October 4, 2017

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If you’re a Penn Stater in the Chicagoland area, the Alumni Association has a group for you.

The Greater Chicago Chapter is one of the most active of the 300-plus Alumni Association affiliate groups, with 2009 IST graduate Ed Chicoski serving as president, spearheading the chapter’s many initiatives that keep Penn State alumni and fans connected to the University they love.


August 16, 2017

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 Clara Ocneanu, a 2015 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), says the company she works for, Xerox, reminds her of IST in an important way.

The well-known developer of industry-leading technology prides itself on its diverse and inclusive atmosphere. Ocneanu says she has been lucky to experience the same environment at Xerox as she did in her time in IST.


July 25, 2017
Bertha Castaneda

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Bertha Castaneda said she sees herself as spontaneous and adventurous.

So, when she decided to submit an application to compete in the 2018 Miss PA USA pageant competition, she had no idea the contest committee would choose her.

“It’s kind of a funny story,” she said with a laugh.


July 7, 2017

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Steve Garguilo, a 2009 graduate of the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is traveling the world, looking for new ways to innovate and transform old methods and ideas. “IST set me up to think about how to solve big, real-world problems,” he said.

His globetrotting career has already taken him to Switzerland, India, and now to the Mexican city of Juárez. But even as he explores the world, he is never away from Penn State for too long.


June 13, 2017

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Born in the United States and raised in Hong Kong, Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) graduate Edward Chan has always felt the constant need to travel. “I haven’t really stayed into one place for too long,” he said. 

After hopping a few thousand miles across the country for various jobs, his sights are now set even further. As a future student of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, he dreams of being one of the first million people to live on Mars. “My childhood and adulthood made me an explorer,” he said. “And I think of Mars as the backup hard drive for humanity.”


May 15, 2017
Carrel Reid, graduate from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in 2016

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Five months before Carrel Reid was set to graduate from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in 2016, he began applying for jobs.

“I applied to a countless number of IT jobs in New York City, and I was thinking about where to apply next,” Reid said. Though he didn’t have plans to relocate to the west coast, he found himself “sitting there looking at the Google search page and I thought to myself ‘why not?'”


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