Dale Mosier (B.S. ’67) has been named a recipient of the 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Distinguished Service Award.

Glenn Bell, architectural engineering, is the other recipient of the award.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes and rewards an alumnus, friend, or former faculty member of the College of Engineering who has donated time, expertise, and energies in the form of outstanding and special service to a department, unit, or to the college.

Individuals may be nominated by engineering students, faculty, department heads, or staff. Selections are made by a committee appointed by the Dean of Engineering, with the committee consisting of two former award recipients and PSEAS representatives.

Mosier, a successful entrepreneur, advisor, and philanthropist, has a long and sustained history of engagement with Penn State and the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM), which was triggered by what he calls a “failed retirement,” and spurred by his own experiences as a youth.

Upon retirement in 2002, while looking for a way to contribute to the world, Mosier and his wife, Jeanne, joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served with them until 2010, working in areas of health, environment, HIV/AIDS awareness, women’s empowerment, and education.

It was during this time that Mosier “gained an appreciation for the power and effectiveness of society’s youth,” through assisting young people of different cultures build their own capabilities and beliefs that they could make the world a better place.

This rewarding experience of serving society was something he could easily relate to, as it reminded him not only of his days as a young adolescent seeking guidance, but also his time as a Penn State student and what Penn State afforded him.

“I grew up on a very small dairy farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania and had really no role models from a business perspective or that had an understanding of how the business world operated,” said Mosier. “Penn State gave me the opportunity both from an education perspective, as well as from a leadership development perspective, to really develop and evolve as a person with leadership skills. It also provided a fantastic technical background through the engineering science program.”

With his leadership work in the Peace Corps being such a meaningful transition in his life, coupled with his love and admiration for the University, Mosier felt it was important to actively support Penn State and ESM for other individuals and future leaders.

Mosier has been highly engaged with ESM’s strategic initiatives to translate new technologies to market and spin off new businesses. Most recently, he has been a strong supporter and mentor of Tony Huang, professor of engineering science and mechanics and Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science, and his wife, Lin Wang, since the inception of their company Ascent Bio-Nano Technologies, which was established in 2012.

“Frequently, getting started is the hardest thing to do,” said Mosier. “I’m very proud of the progress Tony and Lin have made with their start-up venture. They would have been successful without my support, but I think I was probably influential in getting them started and providing them the confidence that this was a good thing to do.”

Mosier, who is now a member of Ascent’s board of directors, was instrumental in drafting business plans, developing IP strategies, securing SBIR/STTR grants, negotiating with industry partners, and solving manufacturing issues for Ascent.
“My career has benefited tremendously from my interactions with Dale,” said Tony Huang. “He is very passionate about helping faculty members and students move their technologies from laboratories to market. In the past three years, Ascent has made significant progress and has already established a strong IP portfolio, with nine issued and pending patents, and has secured more than 1 million dollars SBIR/STTR funds. I cannot imagine that Ascent would have achieved what we have without Dale’s unselfish, devoted service.”

Mosier has also contributed his time and efforts to Penn State and ESM in several other capacities. He has mentored and shared his experiences with both undergraduate and graduate students through numerous visits to Penn State; has been a valuable member of the Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC), including two terms as Overall IPAC Chair in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015; and he established the Dale and Jeanne Mosier Fund for Excellence in 2010. He is also the recipient of a 1997 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Mosier was also involved in several service areas as a student at Penn State that contributed to his leadership skills development. He was president of his fraternity, Theta Xi, for two years; was responsible for the freshmen orientation program; and led the Model United Nations group.

He also credits the engineering science program and his experience with the ESM department as a large part of his career success.

“Certainly, my experience and education through the department prepared me extremely well for my engineering career, but it also prepared me in a way that I could be effective in a general management role and in leading and managing all kinds of technical aspects from a company perspective,” said Mosier.

Mosier, who resides in Vail, CO, is technically retired, once again, but continues to provide service and leadership to various groups. He serves on several business boards and is the program chairman for Vail Symposium—a grassroots, non-profit organization that provides educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse, and affordable.

All PSEAS award winners will be formally recognized and presented with their awards during a reception on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

For a full list of 2016 PSEAS award winners, click here.