UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A gift from TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity, will provide Penn State Harrisburg engineering students in the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology with expanded experiential learning opportunities. The $500,000 gift will create the TE Connectivity Capstone Design Endowment to fund Penn State Harrisburg senior engineering capstone projects as well as create the TE Connectivity Lecture Series in Connector Design, which will provide opportunities for students to network with industry experts. "TE has long been a partner in education with Penn State, not only at Penn State Harrisburg but throughout the University," Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses Madlyn Hanes said. "This latest support from TE will provide students with opportunities to undertake real-world projects alongside industry leaders, and, in the process, will bring a valuable exchange of ideas and insights to everyone involved." "TE Connectivity is committed to the development of engineers, especially in the regions where we operate our business, " said Tom Lynch, chairman and chief executive officer, TE Connectivity. "The TE Connectivity Capstone Design Endowment and the TE Connectivity Lecture Series in Connector Design will allow for collaboration between Penn State Harrisburg students and our company's expert leaders. We see the grant and lecture series as an investment from our company to further develop and inspire future engineers." Penn State Harrisburg senior engineering students are required to complete a capstone project. The culmination of their educational experience, the project combines classroom learning with real-life applications and often involves area industries. The students also formally present their projects publicly at a conference each spring. The TE Connectivity Capstone Design Endowment will provide funds for students to tackle more ambitious projects as well as help fund the annual conference to facilitate the spread of new ideas.