Allain named inaugural LPE director


The College of Engineering, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs have jointly hired Sandra Allain as the inaugural director of the Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative. Under Allain's direction, the LPE initiative will advance innovative degree programs and research collaborations that bring together Penn State's expertise in engineering and law and policy to address societal challenges. Allain was most recently an attorney in the Office of University Counsel at the University of Illinois, where she offered legal advice in intellectual property and technology transfer matters. Allain has a broad range of experience in private practice and as in-house counsel, including more than a decade in higher education in various administrative roles. She earned her law degree from Universidad del Rosario Law School in Colombia, and a master's degree in education policy, organization and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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The Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative between Penn State's College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and Penn State's School of International Affairs. The initiative will provide a transformative educational experience for students by actively integrating components of all three disciplines into the curriculum to prepare students for the competitive, interdisciplinary, global workplaces of the future. 

Law, Policy, and Engineering Initiative

The Pennsylvania State University

Engineering Design and Innovation Building

University Park, PA 16802