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Military Applicants

The Penn State Smeal MBA Program promotes discipline, team orientation, and practical skill building much like the training that you have experienced in your military career.

MilitaryThe Penn State Smeal MBA Program promotes discipline, team orientation, and practical skill building, much like the training you experienced in your military career. Our program is well-suited for students furthering their education during or following a military career.

Highlights

  • Nearly every U.S. military branch is represented in the Penn State Smeal MBA program. Several students are army logistics officers returning to active duty roles following graduation. Many are those separating and entering civilian professional careers.
  • Our dedicated Office of Veterans Programs at Penn State supports your application, transition, and tenure here at the University.
  • Penn State offers a vast array of resources and opportunities to support more than 40,000 students, yet each Smeal MBA class is only about 100 members. We are tight-knit and individually focused.
  • Our culture is team oriented with a philosophy of competing outside and collaborating inside. We help each other develop and count on each other for support. This is a network built for a lifetime.
  • Our MBA recruiters are in the top 100 for government contractors - aligning your past experience and future opportunities.
  • Smeal participates in the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) "military-friendly" school program. We are also a member of, and listed on the MilitaryMBA Website.
  • In funding, research, and support, Penn State is extremely military and veteran focused.
  1. Our Office of Military and Security Programs, supports the Homeland Security Initiative and aims to "position Penn State in the lead among academic institutions for military, homeland security and defense, and information operations research and technology development."
  2. Penn State conducts more than $355 million in military research. Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory is one of the U.S. Navy's top civilian research facilities, as well as Penn State's single largest research unit with well over 1,000 employees.
  3. We consistently rank among the nation's top universities for federal investment. We were 18th in the nation overall in the 2007 National Science Foundation ranking (last on record).

Eligibility

Any United States military personnel who have been on active duty within three years prior to applying are eligible for the Smeal MBA Program.

Application Fee

Your application fee of $65 will be waived. Simply contact us at smealmba@psu.edu to request the military fee waiver code.

Financial Support

We commit to making financial aid available to qualified military personnel who have transitioned from the service in the two years prior to enrollment with the Smeal MBA Program. The amount of support offered will be based on the criteria used for our merit-based awards of scholarships and assistantships.

Post 9/11 GI Bill and The Yellow Ribbon Program

Fully qualified U.S. veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, and who wish to attend Penn State are eligible for assistance with tuition costs, thanks to Smeal's participation in the U.S. Government Yellow Ribbon Program, part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

"Penn State recognizes the tremendous contributions being made by our servicemen and women and wants to ensure they have access to a Penn State education, regardless of their state of origin," said Brian Clark, director of Penn State's Office of Veterans Programs. For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Smeal MBA Military and Veterans'  Association

The Smeal Military Veterans Association provides MBA Admissions, the MBA student body, and veterans at the Smeal College of Business with support for recruiting, professional development, and leadership service throughout the academic year in order to create and sustain a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and its veterans.

Lion Partners

Many military students come to Smeal with their families. Lion Partners provides support to significant others, spouses, and families. As an official Smeal organization, the group plans activities such as weekly dinners, hikes on Mount Nittany, and outings to local cultural and athletic events.

Deferral

We will provide up to two years of enrollment deferral if your MBA plans are delayed by your military service.

Military Student Profiles
Military Student Profiles
Andrew Driscoll

Andrew Driscoll
Class of 2014
Supply Chain Management
and Finance
asd188@psu.edu

Andrew graduated from Villanova University in 2002 with a B.S. In business administration.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to 1st of the 36th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division.  He was deployed to Baghdad Iraq in April of 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. After his first deployment he transitioned to the Army Transportation Corps and commanded the 633rd Movement Control Team in support of 101st Airborne Division in Multi-National Division North Iraq.  After five years of military service, Andrew was honorably discharged and spent five years in New York City in business-to-business sales for DHL, UPS and Eli Lilly.

Jeff Goff Jeffrey Goff
Class of 2014
Finance and Strategic Leadership
jag567@psu.edu

Jeff enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2004 after high school. He was assigned to the 4th MLG, 6th ESB Bridge Company Bravo as a combat engineer. Although his primary job was to build bridges, he was soon tasked to lead IED clearance convoys. He was deployed to Iraq in 2009 as the security chief for his IED route clearance platoon. While in the marines he successfully completed his black belt instructor certification in MCMAP. Furthermore, while in reserve status, Jeff completed his bachelor’s of science at Drexel University in Sports Management and Business Administration. Jeff successfully completed his time in the Marines in August of 2011 and chose to attend the Smeal MBA program to couple the soft skills developed in the military with the business skills needed to succeed in the financial realm.
Deramus Griffin

Deramus Griffin
Class of 2014
Finance and Strategic Leadership

dag292@smeal.psu.edu

Deramus Griffin enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 2002. His primary occupation as a Marine was as an air traffic controller communications technician in Okinawa, Japan. Upon completion of this tour, Deramus was assigned to Quantico, Virginia to become a marine security guard (MSG) for American embassies and consulates abroad. As an MSG, Deramus  was stationed in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Bamako, Mali; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2007 he returned to the United States to complete his bachelor's degree in marketing with the University of Maryland University College. For the past three years, Deramus has been living in Washington, DC working as a communications manager for the Center for Youth and Family Investment, a non-profit organization that provides out-of-school time services. He also worked as a group exercise instructor for Washington Sports Club in the DC area. Deramus is concentrating in Finance and Strategic Leadership as a Smeal MBA.

Thomas Impellitteri Thomas Impellitteri
Class of 2014
Supply Chain Management
and Strategic Leadership
thomas.impellitteri@psu.edu

Tom is a native of State College, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in communications. He was commissioned as an officer into the Marine Corps in April of 1992 through the Officer Candidates Course.  Upon commissioning he spent six months attending the Marine Corps’ Basic School and an additional three months attending the Infantry Officers Course (IOC).  Upon graduation from IOC he was assigned to the Marine Corps’ operating forces.
Over the course of his 20 plus year career he made a myriad of overseas deployments to the Western Pacific and Middle East.  He conducted and/or supported combat operations in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in East Timor, Bangladesh, Louisiana, and Haiti; and trained and mentored hundreds of young Marines and Sailors.  In his last assignment he served at the senior executive level of the Marine Corps as a strategic planner and policy writer. Tom is married to the former Tammy McCormick of State College, Pennsylvania.  His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, two gold stars in lieu of third award, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Sean Quinn Sean Quinn
Class of 2014
Finance

sjq107@smeal.psu.edu

Sean graduated from West Point in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.  He was commissioned into the US Army Field Artillery.  He has been stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Benning Georgia and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  He has served in the 101st Airborne Division over the last eight years, with two operational deployments to Afghanistan and one to Iraq.  His last assignment was as the Commander of B/4-320th Field Artillery in the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division prior to entering the Smeal School of Business.  He is now a Functional Area 51 Acquisitions Corps Officer.  He is also a graduate of US Army Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault and Pathfinder Schools.  
Lukasz Derda Lukasz Derda
Class of 2015
Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership
lxd254@smeal.psu.edu

Lukasz graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in German. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the US Army Aviation Branch. He attended flight school at Fort Rucker, AL where he was qualified as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. Lukasz spent 5 years in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade in Fort Bragg, NC with 2 operational deployments to Afghanistan. His last assignment was as a Company Commander of HHC/2-82 Aviation Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Joseph Henry Joseph Henry
Class of 2015
Finance

jjh5378@smeal.psu.edu

Joseph enlisted in the National Guard immediately after high school in Spring of 2008 and in the following fall started classes at Truman State University where he enrolled in the Army ROTC program. After two years he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and commissioned into the Military Intelligence Corps. In the fall of 2010 Joseph enrolled at the School of International Affairs and in December 2011 I graduated with a Masters of Arts in International Affairs. Directly after graduating with his graduate degree he went to the Military Intelligence school house and in the Summer of 2012 deployed to Kuwait and Jordan as the Battalion Intelligence Officer for the 935 Aviation Support Battalion. After returning in the Summer of 2013 Joseph will be attending classes for the next two years.
Ryan McCool Ryan McCool
Class of 2015
Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership

ryan.mccool@psu.edu

Ryan graduated from Temple University in May of 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics.  Immediately upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps and proceeded to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.  Ryan was then assigned to serve as an Aviation Logistics Officer at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.  In July of 2012, he deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Ryan completed his service obligation in May of 2013 and is currently attending the Smeal College of Business as a full-time MBA candidate.
Donald Roenigk Donald Roenigk
Class of 2015
Supply Chain Management

dpr179@smeal.psu.edu

Don graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with a degree in Russian and was commissioned as a Logistics Officer in the Marine Corps in 2007.  He has served as a Motor Transport Platoon Commander, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Maintenance Management Officer, Logistics Advisor, and Aide-de-Camp.  He has worked with foreign militaries and governmental agencies in Japan, Thailand, Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan.  Don is looking forward to learning new business and management practices while at Smeal and transferring them to the business world in a logistics/supply chain capacity.
Andrew Svoboda

Andrew Svoboda
Class of 2015
Supply Chain Management

axs1134@smeal.psu.edu

Andrew enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2000 and spent six years working in Public Affairs. After completing training at the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, he was assigned to the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware where he worked as a Public Affairs staff member. Next, he was assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, where he served as Editor in the Public Affairs office.  Andrew’s next assignment was with Air Force News Agency and he was assigned to the American Forces Network Radio and Television station at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. At this position he served as both Broadcast Producer and News Director. Finally, Andrew was assigned to the Air Force News Agency Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, where he worked as a Broadcast Producer on AFNEWS flagship television and radio programs.

After completing his enlistment, Andrew graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Chinese and a minor in Business Administration. Andrew is currently attending the Smeal College of Business as a Full-Time MBA candidate.

Joe Volansky Joe Volansky
Class of 2015
Strategic Leadership

jmv231@smeal.psu.edu

Joe graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2005 with a BS in Information Technology.  Upon graduation, Joe was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer.  Stationed on a Destroyer, Coastal Patrol Craft and as a Detachment OIC at a Riverine Squadron, he has deployed throughout the globe.  His duties ranged throughout Asia, the western Pacific, Central and South America and the Middle East, to include Iraq and Afghanistan.  Transitioning off of Active duty to attend graduate school and enter a new career, he continues to serve as a Naval Reservist.
Zhen Zhu Zhen Zhu
Class of 2015
Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership

zhen.zhu@psu.edu

Zhen enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2009. After completion in military basic training, he was assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command in Albany, Georgia where he provided IT support for Marine Corps’ ground supply and logistics system. While on active duty, Zhen finished his Undergraduate degree in Management from University of Phoenix. His goal is to become a supply chain manager in the private sectors.