Photo - Liz Kisenwether Elizabeth (Liz) C. Kisenwether
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Design
Co-Director, Lion Launch Pad

The Pennsylvania State University
213 Hammond Building
University Park, PA  16802
Office Phone: 814.863.1531
Cell: 814.571-3487
FAX:  814.863.7229

Expertise:  Engineering design methodology, product design, innovation and entrepreneurship, engineering education assessment.


M.S. Electrical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1987.  Focus area: Radar signal processing

M.S. Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981 Thesis area: Myoelectric signal processing

B.S. Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1979


Positions held:

The Pennsylvania State University

Co-Director, Lion Launch Pad - Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship,  2009-present

Asst. Professor, School of Engineering Design, 2002-present

Director, Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) Minor  The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-2010


President and Founder, KidTech, Inc.,   State College, PA   1997-present

President and Co-Founder, Paragon Technology, Inc.   State College, PA   1992-1997

Engineering Staff, HRB Systems/Raytheon Corp.  State College, PA  1981-1992


2006       Kauffman Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award (Entrepreneurship Division, ASEE)

2005       Price Institute Innovative Entrepreneurship Educator Award (Stanford University)

2004       Best Paper Award in Entrepreneurship - National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC)

2003       GE Learning and Teaching Excellence Award College of Engineering



ASEE (American Society of Engineering Educators) - Member and Entrepreneurship (ENT) Division Program Chair, 2001-2011


ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) - Member and  Innovation Showcase (I-SHOW) Program / Volunteer Lead


NSF CV (1 page)



Vickers, K. and E. Kisenwether, "Graduate Certificates in Entrepreneurism: A Survey of Existing Programs as a Guide to Creating New Graduate Certificate    Programs," published in proceedings of ASEE 2007 Annual Conference and presented in June 2007.

Okudan, G., J. Fenelli and E. Kisenwether, “Entrepreneurial Design Projects: What Type of Projects are Effective in Improving Student Learning and Enthusiasm?”; paper selected for publication in the 2006 ASEE conference proceedings and to be presented June 21, 2006.


Devin, R., E. Kisenwether, R. Schuhmann, R. Pangborn and K. Barron: “ Engineering Education and the Global Economy: The search for Policy”; paper selected for publication in the 2006 ASEE Conference proceedings and to be presented June 20, 2006.

Hanke, R., A. Warren and E. Kisenwether, “A Scalable Problem-based  Learning System for Entrepreneurship Education” ; selected to be published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2005 Academy of Management Meeting, Honolulu,  HI (Aug. 5-10, 2005)

Bilen, S., E. Kisenwether, S. Rzasa, and J. Wise, “Developing and Assessing Students’ Entrepreneurial  Skills and Mind-Set”, Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 94, No. 2, 2005, pp.233-243.

Okudan, G., E. Kisenwether and S. Rzasa, “A Methodology for Curriculum Development, Revising  and Assessment for Entrepreneurial Skill Development: Stage I - Entrepreneurial Leadership Course”, paper published and presented at the  2005 Annual Conference – National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, San Diego, CA 2005

Lau, A., T. Short, E. Kisenwether and J. Fogarty, “Further Developments in Using Solar Racers as an Introduction to Engineering”, paper accepted for American Solar Energy Society Conference 2005 Solar World Conference (Aug. 6-12, 2005) and submitted to Solar Energy Journal.

Rzasa, S., J. C. Wise, and E. C. Kisenwether, “Evaluation of entrepreneurial endeavors in the classroom:  The student perspective”, Paper presented at the 8th annual meeting of the National Collegiate Inventor and Innovators Alliance in San Jose, CA, March 2004. 

        Kisenwether, E and S. Bilen. "Developing Students’ Entrepreneurial Skills and Mindset." Paper presented at the 7th annual meeting of the National Collegiate Inventor and Innovators Alliance in Boston, MA, March 2003. 

                E. Kisenwether, “Moving Students with Entrepreneurial Mindsets to Being Technology Entrepreneurs”; Conf. Proceedings - Teaching Entrepreneurship to Engineering Students, Monterey, CA, Jan. 2003



EDSGN100 - Introduction to Engineering Design (1999 - present)

Spring 2010 syllabus

First-year Design Web page


EDSGN497D - Multidisciplinary Capstone Design (2010 - present)

Spring 2010 syllabus

Learning Factory Web Page


ENGR097S - Engineering Entrepreneurship First-year Seminar (2001 - present)

Fall 2009 Syllabus


Updated: July 2010