2017 PSIMES GOLD Award recipient Abraham Mendoza receives his award. He is joined by his wife, his former adviser Professor Jose Ventura, Department Head Janis Terpenny, and PSIMES member Terri Green.


The Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society (PSIMES) and the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) have developed the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award to annually recognize and honor one outstanding IME alumnus.

The key objectives of this award are to:

  • build/strengthen connections between the department and early career alumni
  • provide ongoing professional assistance to the Department where appropriate
  • identify "role models" for current industrial engineering undergraduates that demonstrate successful career development and achievement of accomplishments relatively soon after graduation
  • compliment the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, which tends to recognize individuals later in their careers


The candidate will have:

  • received a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in industrial engineering from Penn State, University Park campus within ten years of the nomination date
  • demonstrated outstanding technical and leadership excellence resulting in significant accomplishments
  • shown great potential for continued success in their career

Selection Criteria

  • Responsibilities and achievements
  • Position advancements
  • Awards and recognition
  • Significant business and leadership contributions
  • Community contributions
  • Extracurricular leadership activities
  • Positive influence on others within their community, their profession, and/or Penn State
  • Role model for success
  • Potential for continued success: contributions, advancement, leadership, and role model

Nomination Procedures

The nomination may come from anyone with direct knowledge of the nominee’s career accomplishments and activities. The nominator need not be a Penn State alumnus.

The following documents need to be received by the nomination deadline: a resume or CV of nominee (two-page limit) and a completed nomination form.

A call for nominations goes out to PSIMES members in early in the spring semester annually.

Award Presentation

The GOLD Award is announced annually at the IME Awards Banquet in the spring, which is hosted by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers student chapter.

GOLD Recipients

  • 2018: Rodolfo C. Portillo Bollat
    (’08 M.Eng., ’09 Ph.D. IE and OR)
  • 2017: Abraham Mendoza
    (’04 M.S., ’07 Ph.D.)
  • 2016: Lauren Knobloch
    (’15 M.Eng. ENGMT, ’11 IE, ’11 LIB)
  • 2015: Caitlin Zankowski
    (’10 IE)
  • 2014: Vijay Wadhwa
    (’08 Ph.D.)
  • 2013: Tara Dulaney
    (’04 IE)
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Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

We are Innovators. We are Makers. We are Excellence in Engineering. We are Penn State IME.

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

310 Leonhard Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-7601

FAX: 814-863-4745

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