Biesecker named industrial engineering student marshal


By Miranda Buckheit

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Christopher Allen Biesecker was named the student marshal for the industrial engineering baccalaureate degree program. He will represent the program at the virtual Penn State spring commencement ceremony on May 9. He will receive a bachelor of science in industrial engineering with a minor in Spanish.

Sarah Root, associate teaching professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, will be the student’s faculty marshal, an honor chosen by the student because of Root’s mentorship and guidance.

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

Biesecker is the son of Cindy Biesecker and Gary Biesecker of Dallas. He is a 2016 graduate of Dallas High School.

He was the recipient of the President’s Freshman Award and Evan Pugh Scholar Award.

As a junior, Biesecker participated in an undergraduate research project titled, “Predictive Modeling of Surface Roughness in 3D Printing Using Decision-Level Fusion.” Biesecker worked to create a program that could provide predictions for the surface roughness of 3D-printed parts while the parts are being produced, informing quality control.

He completed two internships. As an operations, planning and engineering intern for Giant Eagle, Biesecker created and maintained engineering standards to impact a $440 million labor budget. He also interned with Bridges to Prosperity in Bolivia, where he was working as a construction manager to organize logistics for the construction of a 60-meter footbridge in rural Bolivia.

Biesecker’s extracurricular activities included Penn State Engineers in Action, where he served as the internal relations officer for the 2018-19 academic year, and Penn State Bridges to Prosperity, where he served as the outreach captain from 2016-17 and cultural relations captain from 2017-18.

Following graduation, he will join Epic Systems as a technical solutions engineer.


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