Joe Strella

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Advanced Engineering Aide

Joe joined Penn State as an Advanced Engineering Aide in the former Center for Locomotion Studies in 2000. He applies his extensive experience in electronics circuit design and instrumentation from a background at both a large University and at his own electronics company in California. Joe provides cost effective hardware and systems design on projects involving unique sensors, data acquisition, control systems and specialized circuitry. He can provide expert help in being sure data is acquired in the most accurate and efficient method possible. His creativity has resulted in several new concepts and custom circuits that have been implemented in our research projects. Discussing project concepts with Joe can usually result in excellent data integrity, minimal delays and economical but reliable solutions.

Additional Information About Joe

It is with great sadness that I inform you that our dear friend, Joe Strella succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday November 25, 2007 at 2:30 in the afternoon. He showed incredible strength and fortitude during these last five years. Joe enjoyed living, working and giving the rest of us a hard time right to the end. He will be dearly missed by so many of us!

Funeral services took place at the Good Samaritan Roman Catholic Church, 725 Glenwood Avenue, Ambridge PA. on November 29, 2007

A local memorial service was held at Eisenhower Chapel on the Penn State Campus at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, the 30th of November. Friends, colleagues and co-workers reminisced, shared stories, and embraced the legacy that Joe has left behind.

Joe worked at Penn State since 2001, first in the Center for Locomotion Studies and then in the Biomechanics Laboratory within the Department of Kinesiology. He was an integral part of our research enterprise, working with faculty, students and staff to design, build and implement novel experimental devices. Over the years Joe applied his creative talents and innovative solutions to countless projects, instructing both students and faculty along the way. If you are receiving this message then you know the talent that Joe possessed. Evidence of his ingenuity and productivity is scattered throughout the department. Joe paved many of our paths, enhanced our careers, and enriched our lives.

Consistent with Joe's enthusiasm for graduate research and education, we have set up a PSU gift account in his name with the purpose of supporting small student projects in need of electronic expertise and resources. If you care to donate to this fund you can do so at the memorial service or send checks (payable to The Pennsylvania State University) to:

Ms. Debra Putt
Department of Kinesiology
275 Recreation Building
University Park, PA 16802



Neil A. Sharkey, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education College of Health
and Human Development The Pennsylvania State University
201 Henderson Building
University Park
PA 16802-6501