IPAC member photo

Industrial and Professional Advisory Council

The Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is a select group of representatives from industry, government agencies, academia and the profession who advise the College of Engineering on academic issues and on current trends and future directions in engineering. IPAC is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations are made. IPAC provides direct linkage and communication between the College and the engineering profession.

Current Membership

  • Mike Ferko, M.S. – Chair
    Director, Primary Implant Product Development
  • Steve Spadt, M.S. – Co-Chair
    Senior Vice President, Technology
    American College of Physicians
  • Jian Cao, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Manager and Technical Fellow, Cardiac Rhythm Detection Management
    Medtronic, Inc.
  • Ben Cooper, M.D.
    Clinical Instructor, Radiation Oncology
    NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Jim Erickson, M.S.
    President and CEO
    Blue Mountain Quality Resources
  • Luke Gao, Ph.D.
    Principal Research Scientist
    Drucker Diagnostics
    Medtronic, Inc.
  • Chris Haggerty, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Imaging Science and Innovation
  • Richard Kinard, BSME
    DuPont Senior Engineering Associate (Retired)
    Dupont deNemours – Engineering Research and Technology
  • Leslie Oley, M.S.
    Vice President of Product
    Evidation Health
  • Marjorie Rawhouser, Ph.D. 
    Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts/Associate Professor of Engineering
    Anne Arundel Community College


The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614