Standout Seniors ’23: Meet Joseph Previte Jr. (Polymer Engineering and Science)  

Penn State Behrend’s Class of 2023 is ready to make its mark on the world! We’re proud of our students and all that they have learned and accomplished here at Behrend. Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technologies, participated in important research projects, and made their mark at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Joseph Previte Jr.


Major: Polymer Engineering and Science (PES)

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Scholarships: I am a Penn State Schreyer Scholar.

Why Behrend? I chose Behrend because it was close to home and offered the degree that I was interested in.

On choosing his major: I chose the PES major because I love chemistry, and this new major is very chemistry-focused.

A trailblazer: My proudest accomplishment at Behrend is being one of the first two students to graduate from the brand-new PES major.

Campus involvement: I was a member of the Behrend Plastics club during my junior and senior years.

Awards: I have been on the Dean’s list since Fall 2020.

What makes him unique: I really love airplanes, and I flew a plane before I drove a car.

People might be surprised to know: For most of my college career, I was in a class of just two students, since my major is brand new to Penn State Behrend.

Top priority: To earn a doctorate in Polymer Science and Engineering with a focus on aerospace composites. I would love to work for an aircraft company like Boeing or Lockheed Martin designing commercial or military aircraft.

His passions: I am passionate about airplanes and my career, but also about my faith, family, and friends. I also love physical activities such as skiing and weightlifting.

After his graduation in May, Joseph will work at Parker LORD Corporation for the summer in research and development. In the fall, he will begin graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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