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State College Area High School Alumnus Named Penn State College of Engineering Student Marshal

Posted: April 28, 2017

Peter DeMartino will be the student marshal for the biological engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5.

University Park, Pa. – Peter DeMartino will be the student marshal for the biological engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. He will receive a bachelor of science degree in biological engineering with a minor in environmental engineering.

He has chosen Megan Marshall, instructor in agricultural and biological engineering and biological engineering program coordinator, to be his faculty escort.

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

DeMartino is the son of William DeMartino, of State College, and Kathy and Jack Basiago, also of State College. He is a 2013 graduate of State College Area High School.

He is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society of Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineering and was named to the dean’s list every semester at Penn State.

As a teaching intern for B E 308, Engineering Elements of Biochemistry and Microbiology, DeMartino assisted with classroom activities, office hours, and review sessions.

He also worked as a laboratory assistant, assisting with research on the effects of parasitic plants on milkweed and the impact of aphids on fava bean plants.

DeMartino is a member of a Penn State team that has been named a finalist in the Institute of Food Technologists & Mars 2017 Product Development Competition, which will be held in Las Vegas in June.

Following graduation, he plans to pursue opportunities as a process engineer or an environmental engineer.