Jacob Newberger earned his Bachelor of Science with a major in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 2011. He was a regular member of the dean's list and graduated with a 3.24 cumulative GPA. Mr. Newberger has a longstanding interest in robotics and home automation technologies, which he brought to bear as a member of the Penn State Robotics Club. Jacob Newberger is also an entrepreneur: he founded a small business in 2007 to provide tutoring in his home town of McLean, Virginia. His “Need a Tutor?” service specializes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) tutoring for high school and college students. Mr. Newberger is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Society.
In addition to his college experience, Mr. Newberger has worked in the field of biomedical devices. Before college he interned at Prototype Productions, an Ashburn, Virginia-based product development company. Although as an intern he rotated through all facets of the company's business, his main project was the design of haptic technologies for use in surgical simulations. This biomedical experience helped Jacob Newberger perform as a Medical Assistant for the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center of Arlington, Virginia, during the summer of 2008. As a Medical Assistant, he shadowed orthopedic surgeons in the clinic and operating room and performed post-surgical procedures.
Mr. Newberger has demonstrated leadership qualities as a high school class president and as President of his Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity chapter at Penn State. He also led a small team to develop an in-vehicle navigation and obstacle avoidance system. The robot performed in blackout conditions as part of a competition sponsored by BAE Systems.
Currently, Mr. Newberger works as an Automation Engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. At Panacea Technologies of Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Newberger helps design and commission pharmaceutical production lines. His experience covers a range of distributed and centralized control systems. He sees projects through a series of installation and operational qualifications based on industry best practices.