About Us

Global Engineering Engagement continues to operate remotely. Students are encouraged to explore this website for more information or to email international@engr.psu.edu with questions pertaining to study abroad. Students can also contact staff members listed below.

In addition to facilitating experiences abroad for College of Engineering students, the Center for Global Engineering Engagement is working to internationalize the College and foster global institutional collaborations.

We aspire to create an environment that embraces the values of global engagement, where access to international exposure and opportunities to develop cross-cultural competence are pervasive. We believe all Penn State engineering students can become globally engaged.

patrick tunno

Patrick Tunno

Director, Center for Global Engineering Engagement

pjt130@psu.edu
814-863-1654

Since 2016, Patrick has served on the College of Engineering faculty as the inaugural director of global engineering engagement. He has overseen and continues to lead the development and expansion of diverse international initiatives. Under his leadership, the college has established an award-winning Global Engineering Fellows Program, launched Penn State’s first 3+1+1 program for international students to pursue a one-year master’s degree, and initiated new interdisciplinary faculty-led study abroad programs. In addition, he has helped the college secure multiple grants, including a 100,000 Strong in the Americas award, supported by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Peru, and CAF-Development Bank.

Tunno started his career in Washington, D.C., as a legislative aide specializing on Foreign Affairs and Senate Judiciary Committee issues for a U.S. senator. From 2008-2014, he served as a Penn State Italian Department faculty member, where he directed multiple summer study abroad programs, taught a variety of Italian language classes, as well as developed and instructed courses focused on Italian for business and study abroad. Tunno’s faculty career includes a stint with Virginia Tech’s honors program, during which he was responsible for the Presidential Global Scholars Program and spent the semester in Switzerland mentoring a cohort of honors students.

He earned a bachelor of science in management and a bachelor of arts in Italian language and literature from Penn State. As part of his undergraduate education, he studied in Milan, Italy, and gained professional experience at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Italia. At Milan’s SDA Bocconi University, he earned a master of business administration, with a concentration in corporate finance and international strategy. Tunno is a doctoral candidate at Penn State, with research interests in the impact of global experiences on undergraduate students. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events on these topics.

Kati Csoman

Kati R. Csoman

Associate Director of Global Program Innovation

krc6@psu.edu
814-863-1033

After working for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in Hungary, Kati Csoman’s nearly 30-year career in international education began at the University of Pittsburgh and continued on to Global Penn State. Kati most recently served as dean of international education at Juniata College.

Kati has extensive international work and living experience. In 2010, she co-directed a study abroad semester in The Gambia for the Keystone Study Away Consortium. In 2014, she was a co-leader for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program to Morocco for faculty from Juniata and K-12 educators from around the Unites States. Kati was a recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to Taiwan in March of 2017.

Kati currently serves on the board of the Association of International Education Administrators, the organization of senior leaders in the field of international education. An article she co-authored with Dr. Deborah Roney, “Language in Motion: A Model Program of Partnerships on Campus and in the Community for International Learning,” was published in 2020 in Internationalization of Higher Education Policy and Practice.

She earned her master of public administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on East European studies.

sara kuhlman

Sara Elin Kuhlman

Coordinator of International Experiences, Center for Global Engineering Engagement

sxa473@psu.edu
814-863-9899

As the Coordinator of International Experiences, Sara aims to increase access to international education, ensuring that every engineering student receives the career, educational, and personal benefits of a study abroad experience.

Sara earned her B.A. in Global Studies and received certification in Conflict Transformation from North Park University. As part of her education, Sara studied in Jönköping, Sweden. After graduation, Sara moved to South Korea where she worked as an English teacher for grades K-12 in Gwangju, before returning home to Chicago where she spent four years as an academic adviser.

Sara has a passion for community development and served as the secretary for five years, coordinating travel, fundraising events and mission projects in Reu, Guatemala for an NGO out of Chicago called Connecting Hands Across the Americas.

With experience as a student adviser, an EFL teacher and traveler, Sara comes to the College of Engineering with the passion and belief that international education creates both academic and professional opportunities essential to success.

Anna Pearl Belinda

Anna Pearl Belinda

International Experiences Assistant

afb5274@psu.edu
814-863-9899

As an international experiences assistant, Anna Pearl assists students in their pursuit of the extensive global experiences available through the College of Engineering.

Anna Pearl earned her B.A. in anthropology studies, with minors in psychology and geography from Penn State in spring of 2019. As an undergraduate, she took part in two short-term study abroad programs in Scotland and Cambodia, as well as a semester-long faculty-led program in South Africa. Anna Pearl served as the student marshal for the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts.

During her undergraduate program, Anna Pearl was a teaching assistant in the psychology and anthropology departments. Additionally, she worked in three different research labs studying environmental psychology, anthropological genomics, and behavioral endocrinology and evolution. Anna Pearl was also an active member of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and the Penn State Powerlifting Club.

As a recent Penn State graduate, Anna Pearl is eager to share her passion for traveling abroad and working with others to create valuable experiences for College of Engineering students.

 
 

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The mission of Global Engineering Engagement is to create an environment that embraces the values of international education, where access to global exposure and opportunities to develop cross-cultural competence is pervasive. We believe that it is within our reach to ensure that all engineering students can become internationally engaged.

Global Engineering Engagement

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

208 Hammond Building

University Park, PA 16802