Reprise and Internationalization of Business in the Engineering Curriculum

Diane Parente

Penn State University - The Behrend College

Diane H. Parente (Ph.D. University at Buffalo) is Breene Professor, Black School at Penn State Erie.  Her research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary including supply chain management from a multi-functional perspective, and the strategic impact of cross-functional processes. She has published in IJOPM, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Health Care Management Review, Psychological Reports, and IRMJ, among others.   She is Program Chair for Interdisciplinary programs in the Black School including Interdisciplinary Business & Engineering, International Business, and is co-director of the Masters in Manufacturing Management. Dr. Parente has previous industry experience in a variety of functional and cross-functional positions. 

Edhem Custovic

Latrobe University

Eddie Custovic is academic and the director of the La Trobe Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundry La Trobe University, Australia. Over the years he has worked on cutting edge R&D projects securing over several million dollars of funding, infrastructure, program and travel grants in a variety of sectors including; defence, communications, power, food & agriculture, automotive, health, sports technology and civil/construction. He is currently serving as the global chair for Industry Engagement for the IEEE, the world’s largest professional organisation.

Edward R. Evans

Penn State University - The Behrend College

Edward R. Evans, Jr. is an Associate Teaching Professor of Engineering at Penn State Behrend. He received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990 and a MS in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University in 1991. His scholarly work involves the computer-aided design, design of building and crane structures. He has taught engineering mechanics, computer-aided design, engineering graphics, and computer applications courses at Penn State Behrend since 1991. Mr. Evans is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the ASME national standards committee Y14.8: Castings, Forgings and Molded Parts.  


ABET continues to request that engineering programs offer more “business” in the engineering programs. Engineering programs are extraordinarily full of required courses with little room for electives.  A study done in... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Diane Parente (Penn State University - The Behrend College)
  2. Edhem Custovic (Latrobe University)
  3. Edward R. Evans (Penn State University - The Behrend College)

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