Nine newly promoted engineering faculty honored through library books

October 11, 2023

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. It features nine newly promoted or tenured engineering faculty.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Recently tenured and promoted Penn State faculty across the University were honored Oct. 2 through Penn State’s Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program, now in its 21st year. 

As part of the tradition, each newly tenured or promoted faculty member is asked to select a book title for the University Libraries’ permanent collection and to submit a personal statement explaining why they chose that book.

The following engineering professors, listed with their book selections, were honored.

  • Allison M. Beese, professor of mechanical engineering
    • The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, MIT, and the Fight for Women in Science by Kate Zernike
  • Catherine Berdanier, associate professor of mechanical engineering
    • A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Vikash V. Gayah, professor of civil engineering
    • Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle
  • Jessica D. Menold, associate professor of mechanical engineering
    • Creative Confidence by David Kelley
  • Paul Medvedev, professor of computer science and engineering
    • The Science of Computing: Shaping a Discipline by Matti Tedre
  • Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado, associate professor of mechanical engineering
    • Entropy Generation Minimization: The Method of Thermodynamic Optimization of Finite-Size Systems and Finite-Time Processes by Adrian Bejan
  • Julianna Simon, associate professor of acoustics and biomedical engineering
    • The Acoustic Bubble by Tim Leighton
  • Spencer Szczesny, associate professor of biomedical engineering;
    • Collagen: Structure and Mechanics by Peter Fratzl
  • Julio Urbina, professor of electrical engineering
    • Analog Signals and Systems by Erhan Kudeki and David Munson

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