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Penn State Innovation Network (PSIN)

Innovation is about capturing and capitalizing on opportunities. The Penn State Innovation Network (PSIN) is dedicated to empowering students with the spirit of innovation and an interest in new venture creation. The mission of PSIN is to promote personal and professional growth of our members through a speakers series, networking events, pitch competitions, and partnerships with the community. For more detailed info on PSIN, please visit their site at https://sites.psu.edu/innovationnetwork.

Officer Bios

Portrait of Harvey Weidman.Harvey Weidman, President

Harvey was raised in the arts and has managed a variety of passion-based small businesses over the past 10 years. Harvey created HARVEY DESIGNS in 2016 in an effort break through barriers between the arts community and the business world. By offering customized services to artisan small businesses, she is able to fill any need her client has from designing websites and branding, to strategic planning, and coaching on business management. Prior to opening her own business, Harvey worked in College Admissions, School Administration, Web Design, Business Management, Professional Dancing, Costume Design, and Textile Arts.

Harvey is eager to see the PSIN grow from a student organization into a network of innovators across all disciplines and concentrations.

Portrait of Willie Costa.Willie Costa, VP of Operations

Willie has a long history of pursuing unconventional and high-risk engineering and development projects. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, and received his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University’s Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence. Willie’s background includes aero- and hydroelasticity, thermodynamics and thermal control, aeromechanics, structural mechanics, and aircraft design. He has worked at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, NASA Langley Research Center, and NASA Ames Research Center, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, NAVAIR, and in the power transmission industry. He has worked with pre-money startups and has designed and built several aircraft as part of their development efforts.

Willie has competed in multiple NASA design competitions, has worked in the design, fabrication, and testing of composite structures, is experienced in financial and operations analysis, and has competed in several Innocentive Challenges. He holds a National Association of Rocketry high-power certification, has served as a test pilot for the system identification of a full-scale sport plane, and enjoys regularly seeing the world from 9,000 feet above ground level. Willie has served as a NASA Student Ambassador and Penn State STEM Fellow.