Janet and Norman Marinoff of Southampton announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Jessica Rachel Marinoff, to James Charatan, son of Joni and Michael Charatan of Westfield, N.J.

    Jessica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in the biological basis of behavior. She also holds a Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Jessica is a dentist currently completing a general practice residency at Virtua Hospital in New Jersey.

    Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science with bachelor and master degrees in systems engineering. He spent three years working as a management consultant, and is currently a strategist for Two Sigma Investments in New York City.

    Jessica is the granddaughter of Eleanor Liss and the late Edwin Liss, formerly of Wyndmoor; and the late Gertrude and Jack Marinoff of Philadelphia. Jim is the grandson of Ludwig Charatan and the late Dora Charatan of Brooklyn; and Charlotte Lacks and the late Rabbi Charles Lacks of Philadelphia.

    Sharing in the couple's joy is Jim's sister, Rachel Charatan. Jessica is the sister of the late Eric Marinoff.

    The couple, who met at Penn, is planning a December wedding in Center City.