2016 Outstanding Engineering Alumni
Posted: May 11, 2016
Samuel L. McLaughlin was recognized as the 2016 ABE Outstanding Engineering Alumni. He is the External Research Manager for the Volvo Group. He holds his bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Penn State (1980) and his master's degree in agricultural engineering from Penn State (1983). Sam began his career as a design engineer at Caterpillar in Peoria, IL, followed by performing engine test work at Navistar in Melrose Park, IL. In 1988, he returned to Caterpillar as a senior design engineer, analyzing and developing engine components for a new engine model. In 1995, Sam was hired by Grove worldwide, a crane manufacturer in Shady Grove, PA. As a senior project engineer, he was responsible for new product design and driveline analysis. Sam then joined Volvo in 2003 as a project manager working on emissions regulations for diesel truck engines. He was promoted in 2009 to Volvo's Advanced Technology and Research group. He now coordinates Volvo Group's research collaborations across the United States, including the Department of Energy's $40M SuperTruck initiative. He also leads Volvo Group's Academic Partner Program, which helps recruit Penn State students into Volvo's co-op program.