Dr. Knight Joins NWIRC Board of Directors; Rutkowski Appointed to Executive Committee
Ivor T. Knight, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Penn State Behrend in Erie PA, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC). Knight oversees Penn State Behrend’s strategic research programs and expansion of its graduate-degree offerings. He is a former Great Lakes researcher who later built a 50-member R&D team for Canon U.S. Life Sciences and Canon Biomedical, worked as a food-safety adviser for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and led the “Partnerships for Food Industry Development” program, which assisted food-industry entrepreneurs in Central America, Eastern Europe and Africa.
“NWIRC is honored to have Dr. Knight join our Board of Directors, said NWIRC President/CEO, Robert Zaruta. “Dr. Knight has an impressive background with extensive experience bridging academia, industry and government through research, program and product development, and partnerships. As a private and public partnership serving manufacturers, NWIRC will benefit from his insights, leadership, and passion for active collaboration with industry. We’re excited to have Dr. Knight as a Board of Director”.
Charlie Rutkowski, Plant Manager at Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, has served on the NWIRC Board of Directors for over 6 years and has recently been appointed to an Executive Committee position.
NWIRC is a not-for-profit organization that serves small and mid-sized manufacturers throughout northwest and north central Pennsylvania. NWIRC is driven by the impact our consulting and customized training solutions have on manufacturing businesses. NWIRC helps manufacturers achieve and sustain top and bottom-line growth through continuous improvement, advanced manufacturing technologies, and customized-workforce training and skills development programs.