Penn State Altoona presents fall 2020 Student Showcase

A collage of students offering virtual presentations during the fall 2020 Student Showcase

The fall 2020 Student Showcase featured students offering virtual presentations in electro-mechanical engineering technology, business, and security and risk analysis. The event also featured the first phase of the Pechter Business Plan Competition and the induction of nine new members to the Sigma Beta Delta business honor society.

Credit: Penn State

ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona held its fall 2020 Student Showcase, supported by the Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology, virtually on Friday, Dec. 11. Students from various disciplines showcased their work through presentations to the college and the local business community.

Students from the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program presented their senior capstone projects, while those studying business presented their research and internship opportunities. Students in the Security and Risk Analysis program offered presentations on their internships and capstone projects.

Also, during the showcase, the first phase of the Pechter Business Plan Competition took place. One individual and one team were selected to move on to the next phase: Elissa Scarlett Daine, with SANZ, a revolutionary food truck service, and Angel Beverly and Corey McCreary with The Alternative Tour, which redefines the process of in-person tours.

The competition, established by Penn State Altoona benefactor Shirley Pechter, consists of a four-phase process for students to take ideas from concept through a feasibility study/market analysis to a full business plan. Local business leaders judged the competition, basing their evaluations on the proposed businesses' feasibility, the business overviews, and presentations. The students moving on in the competition will work on their plans throughout the spring semester creating detailed descriptions of their business concepts, potential market, and likely competitors. During the spring 2021 Student Showcase, first-, second-, and third-place winners will be selected and receive a monetary award.

Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society, inducted nine new members. Eligibility is offered to students in the top 20% of the undergraduate business program who reflect the society's high standards of academic excellence.

The Student Showcase is presented by the Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology; the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation; and the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.

Visit the Student Showcase webpage for student names and project descriptions.