Elizabeth Kisenwether

Assistant Professor


Since joining Penn State in 1999, Liz has taught design courses in a variety of engineering departments. Starting in 2000, Liz has been involved in growing the entrepreneurship culture at Penn State. She is currently co-director of the Lion Launch Pad, a student-centric on-campus business accelerator program and is also involved in entrepreneurship research funded by NSF and NCIIA (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance). Prior to 2012, Liz supported ASME’s annual Innovation Showcase (I-SHOW), was a faculty adviser for the Kern Family Foundation’s KEEN (Kern Engineering Entrepreneurship Network) program, and served as Division Chair and Program Chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division. Starting in 2013, Liz became director of Penn State’s new Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI), with unique areas for undergraduate students to select from, including food, new media, technology, apps and websites, hospitality industry and entrepreneurship in developing communities. Liz's BSEE degree is from Penn State, and MSEE degrees from MIT and Johns Hopkins University.