Honorary Grand Marshall Troy Alesi
Troy Alesi, a member of the State College community, was selected last semester to serve as the Honorary Grand Marshall (HGM) in the 2018 Homecoming Parade. The HGM is a local figure that had made an impact on the Penn State community. The HGM is someone that has gone above and beyond for the Penn State community and embodies the spirit of Penn State. HGM will attend and be honored at various homecoming events throughout the week, including the Parade and Homecoming Football Game.
Alesi serves as a technology education/STEM teacher at the State College Area High, in State College, PA where he has been teaching grades 9-12 for the past 25 years. Currently, Alesi teaches computer engineering graphics, coding and game development, and serves as department team leader at the high school. Since 2004, Alesi has been teaching graduate level classes for teachers, in many areas including: web design, 3D modeling, graphics for the classroom, and CAD design and 3D printing. In 2014, Alesi became a “Master Teacher” of ASM International, the materials science organization, where he has been specializing in teaching materials studies in additive manufacturing (3D printing).
Passionate about education and the community, Alesi has been heavily involved with many Penn State projects, and a strong contributor to the Penn State community. In 2010, Alesi began working with “Project Candle.” He brought Penn State architectural engineering students into his classroom, to work on virtual 3D animated scenes, with materials and lighting effects. Between 2011 and 2014, Alesi was a team leader of the Penn State Lunar Lion program, collaborating with the Penn State Engineering department to create a moon lander, as part of the Google X-Prize competition. Through this project, Alesi interacted with Penn State staff and students, along with high school students, to help create 3D designs, 3D prints and animations, which would explain the launch and land sequence.
In 2014, Troy, along with his engineering graphics classes, helped the Centre Gives organization, 3D design and 3D print, models of the Centre County Book Benches. Also in 2014, Troy Alesi was the recipient of a Technology Education Teacher of the Year Award, from the Technology Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania, and also received that same honor from the International Technology Engineering Education Association. Later, in 2014, Alesi would become involved with the Penn State CIMP-3D lab. Working with members of the ARL team, and the Penn State Engineering department, Alesi would develop a course for educating middle-level, secondary, and collegiate faculty about additive manufacturing (3D Printing).
In 2015, Troy and a colleague, went on to teach the first ever 3D printing class for teachers at Penn State and the Carnegie Mellon University campuses. Most recently, Troy has been working with the Penn State Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneurship program, in the Penn State Engineering department, working to help create 3D printable, bio-medical prints, for aid in third world country locations. Alesi’s classes are working along with Penn State students to help build a world library of parts, which could be printed live, in the field, solving supply chain issues and creating limb assistive devices. He also helped to develop the first Maker Faire in State College, and participated as a Keynote speaker in 2015.
We could not be happier to have Troy Alesi as an Honorary Grand Marshal. We look forward to honoring him this Homecoming week and being able to celebrate tradition alongside the Penn State community. Be on the lookout for the Grand Marshal reveal Sunday night at ‘Be A Part From the Start.’