Ivor T. Knight, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Penn State Behrend

Ivor T. Knight, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Penn State Behrend in Erie PA, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC). Knight oversees Penn State Behrend’s strategic research programs and expansion of its graduate-degree offerings. He is a former Great Lakes researcher who later built a 50-member R&D team for Canon U.S. Life Sciences and Canon Biomedical, worked as a food-safety adviser for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and led the “Partnerships for Food Industry Development” program, which assisted food-industry entrepreneurs in Central America, Eastern Europe and Africa.

“NWIRC is honored to have Dr. Knight join our Board of Directors, said NWIRC President/CEO, Robert Zaruta. “Dr. Knight has an impressive background with extensive experience bridging academia, industry and government through research, program and product development, and partnerships. As a private and public partnership serving manufacturers, NWIRC will benefit from his insights, leadership, and passion for active collaboration with industry. We’re excited to have Dr. Knight as a Board of Director”.

Charlie Rutkowski, Plant Manager, Industrial Sales & Manufacturing

In addition, Charlie Rutkowski, Plant Manager at Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, has served on the NWIRC Board of Directors for over 6 years and has recently been appointed to an Executive Committee position.