Like A Bosshard wrote:
He's clearly a brilliant guy, you don't get degrees from Penn State as well as a PhD in sciences if you're a dummy.
Penn State is nothing special. Their typical alum learned next to nothing in whatever b.s. degree program.
As a professional scientist I wish it were true that morons, charlatans, thieves, and other lowlifes and fools were unable to get PhDs and become professors, but it ain't.