Petrone named computer engineering student marshal


By Sarah Small

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Steven Petrone, a computer engineering major and cybersecurity computational foundations minor, has been named the computer engineering student marshal for Penn State’s spring commencement, which will be held virtually on May 9.

He has selected Chris Griffin, associate research professor at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State, as his faculty marshal.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

Petrone, of Lancaster, is the son of Alison and Steven Petrone. He graduated from Hempfield High School in Landisville in 2017. While at Penn State, Petrone was awarded the President’s Freshman Award and the Evan Pugh Scholar Senior Award. He was a recipient of the Lockheed Martin Corporation Scholarship. He also was on the Dean’s List every semester and was inducted into Eta Kappa Nu in 2019.

As a Schreyer Honors Scholar, Petrone completed an honors thesis titled “Nonlinear Neuron Discriminant Functions and Alternate Deep Learning Training Algorithms.” He co-authored a paper published in Physical Review E as a result of his work in the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. His work there included modeling a hidden dynamical system using energy minimization and kernel density estimates. Petrone also developed a medical sensor and software to guide patients for remote COVID-19 diagnosis as part of a Penn State biomedical engineering capstone for creating a cost-efficient electronic stethoscope for remote auscultations in times of social distancing.

As an undergraduate researcher, Petrone completed internships at Lockheed Martin and the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. Petrone was member of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory from 2017-2019, the Student Space Programs Laboratory from 2017-2018 and participated in Undergraduate Research Internship Scholar Experience (URISE) research lab training in 2018.

After graduation, Petrone will work as a computer engineer in industry and pursue a master’s degree.


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