Industrial and Professional Advisory Council

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 department on academic issues, current industry trends, and emerging opportunities in architectural 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.

The functions of IPAC are to:

  • act as an advisory group on specific academic and research issues;
  • serve as a link between the department and its industrial and professional partners, providing an opportunity for communication of current and future industry and professional needs to the department;
  • identify steps that the department should take to meet special needs; and
  • provide recommendations on initiatives that the department should explore to improve educational and research programs to meet the needs of the world and the profession.

Current members

  • Julia Beabout
    Member since 2020
    CEO, Director of Design
  • Michael Beck
    Member since 2020
    Former CEO and Current Board Member
    DVL, Inc.
  • Gary Brennen
    Member since 2020
    Syska Hennessy Group
  • Cynthia Cogil
    Member since 2016
    Principal, Director of Engineering
  • Helen Diemer
    Member since 2020
    The Lighting Practice
  • Holly Green
    Member since 2020
    Project Executive
    Turner Construction Company
  • Robert Grottenthaler
    Member since 2016
    Senior Vice President
    Barton Malow Company
  • Kevin Kampschroer
    Member since 2020
    Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings and Chief Sustainability Officer
    U.S. General Services Administration Office of Government-Wide Policy
  • Luke Leung
    Member since 2016
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
  • James Mendygral
    Member since 2015
    Senior Project Manager
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • William Moyer
    Member since 2020
    James G. Davis Construction
  • John O’Keefe
    Member since 2016
    President and CEO
    Atkinson Construction
  • John Sadlik
    Member since 2015
    J2H Partners
  • Cherish Samuels
    Member since 2020
    MEP – Principal Project Manager
  • Kurt Scheeren
    Member since 2020
    Bard, Rao & Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC
  • Riz Shah
    Member since 2015
    Managing Director
    Alvarez and Marsal
  • Jeffrey Turconi
    Member since 2015
    P.J. Dick, Inc.


Globally recognized as a leading architectural engineering department, the mission of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to advance the built environment through the development of world-class architectural engineers and research. The vision of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to lead the world in innovative education and research to achieve high-performing built environments. Our program emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing buildings, providing our architectural engineering graduates with outstanding education and research opportunities. 

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394