Ask a Penn State Student: Maddie Katz

We’re always curious about what students think about the technology available at Penn State, so we figured we’d go straight to the source!

Full Name: Madeline Katz

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Year: Entering sophomore year


1. What technologies at Penn State do you use the most?

I use the computer labs when I need to print something or if I want to work on homework in between classes when I’ve forgotten to bring my laptop. Using ANGEL and eLion have also been helpful when it comes to seeing my grades and scheduling my classes.


2. What’s your favorite technology service you have access to as a student?

Again, the computer labs are very helpful. When I had a class that required using SolidWorks, an engineering design tool, I was able to complete my projects without owning the software.


3. What technology resources do you wish you would have known about as an incoming first-year student?

I’ve recently heard that there are 3-D printers in the library, which is pretty cool. I could have used those for an engineering project I had.

The Maker Commons lets students, faculty, and staff members from any Penn State campus submit and create 3-D prints. The service is free to use and requires no previous experience with 3-D printing. Find out more by visiting the Maker Commons website.


4. What Penn State technologies do you recommend students to take advantage of?

I recommend using the Schedule Builder on eLion because it always makes my schedule perfect with the breaks that I need.

The Schedule Builder feature is also available on LionPATH, the University’s new student information system set to replace eLion.


5. Are there any new technologies available to students? If so, what are they? How do they work?

Although I have never used it, I’ve heard about the One Button Studio in the Media Commons, but I’m still not sure how it works. However, I’ve been told it’s something students should take advantage of.

Equipped with all the tools you need to create video productions, the One Button Studio takes the guesswork out of video recording. No prior video experience is necessary, and the studio is free to use for all students, faculty, and staff members.


Want to be interviewed for Ask a Penn State Student? Email Rachel Garman at