Dr. Kevin J. G. Snider:
Writing recently about preparing college graduates for opportunities in the workplace of today—and tomorrow—Dr. Kevin J.G. Snider, chancellor at Penn State New Kensington, said this: “Technology is about to change our world in ways that we can’t even comprehend…Innovative solutions to problems are what companies will need across industries and functions in the 4.0 era, and the people who can provide them will be invaluable.”
Snider’s understanding of technology (digital twinning, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, among other aspects of the field) and its critical role in the workforce of the future make Penn State New Kensington an ideal home for the Digital Innovation Lab, which is receiving support from the Foundation. He calls it “a tremendous boost to our efforts to revitalize a Rust Belt area,” noting that “the Digital Innovation Lab will give the area an entrepreneurial ecosystem focused on building Industry 4.0 awareness and skill sets in area youth, college students, community members, and local business and industry.”
Snider holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in political science and government from American University. Prior to his leadership role at Penn State New Kensington, he was an administrator and chief of staff to the president at Indiana State University.