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Mechanical engineer to lead floatplane optimization project in the Amazon

9/23/2022

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund awarded Tamy Guimarães, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, a yearlong $34,000 grant to optimize amphibious aircraft for operations in the Amazon Rainforest. The project, in partnership with Brazilian institutes Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Centro Universitário SENAI CIMATEC, received roughly $125,000 in total funding.

Min Liew: ‘I Engineer Resiliency’

9/22/2022

The “I Engineer” campaign highlights excellence across Penn State’s College of Engineering and how the college is made stronger by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of those in the engineering community. Featured here is Min Liew, recent recipient of a Penn State doctoral degree in civil engineering. CoE Headline: Min Liew: ‘I Engineer Resiliency’

Penn State student team reaches top 50 in Google challenge

9/21/2022

The Penn State Google Developer Student Club was the only team from the United States to earn a place among the top 50 teams in the world for Google’s 2022 Solution Challenge. The competition tasks student clubs to use Google technology to solve for one or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Grad student earns fellowship for extraterrestrial concrete research

9/20/2022

Peter Collins, doctoral candidate in civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, was recently named the recipient of the 2022-23 ACI Presidents’ Fellowship from the ACI Foundation, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute.

Bahnfleth contributes to study on why it took so long to recognize that COVID-19 was airborne

9/19/2022

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, joined contemporaries from around the world to examine how past medical maladies involving respiratory diseases may have delayed learning that COVID-19 is airborne-transmissible.

Research review proposes alternative brain blood flow theories

9/19/2022

In the brain, neural activity usually is followed by increases in blood flow to the active region, a process known as neurovascular coupling. Scientists know that this process is important for brain health, as the breakdown of this process precedes many neurodegenerative diseases, according to Patrick Drew, Penn State professor of engineering science and mechanics and of biomedical engineering. What scientists don’t know is why neurovascular coupling exists at all. Drew proposed possible answers to this question in a review article, “Neurovascular coupling: Motive unknown,” published in Trends of Neuroscience.

Xiaojun 'Lance' Lian featured on Huck Institutes live podcast

9/19/2022

On Sept. 28 at noon, Xiaojun (Lance) Lian, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will be featured on The Symbiotic Podcast.

Aerospace engineer Robert Melton elected to international society

9/16/2022

Robert Melton, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics, an organization focused on global scientific cooperation across disciplines to advance human space exploration.

Grant funds interdisciplinary research that could help certification of organic honey bee products

9/16/2022

A $1.5 million grant from the USDA will enable researchers to assess foraging patterns of honey bees on organic farms, with an eye toward creating opportunities for beekeepers to produce certified-organic honey and other apiary products. Julio Urbina, associate professor of electrical engineering, is part of the interdisciplinary team.

Aerospace engineering student named NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher

9/15/2022

Natalia Nigay, a doctoral student in Penn State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, was selected as a NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher. She will study the use of beamed microwave energy propulsion on the moon.

Madhavan Swaminathan named new head of electrical engineering

9/15/2022

The Penn State Department of Electrical Engineering, one of the oldest in the United States, has a new leader. Madhavan Swaminathan will join the University as the head of electrical engineering and William E. Leonhard Endowed Professor on Jan. 1, 2023.

Novel implantable sensor sniffs out possible signals of osteoarthritis

9/14/2022

Penn State researchers collaborated with an international team to develop a flexible, implantable sensor capable of continuous nitric oxide monitoring, which can help identify early signs of osteoarthritis after joint damage.

Designed to adapt: Living materials are the future of sustainable building

9/13/2022

Working together across disciplines, researchers from Penn State and the University of Freiburg are applying materials that adapt, respond to the environment, self-power and regenerate to meet the challenges of adaptive architecture.

Penn State leads project to improve air quality models for state decision makers

9/13/2022

Penn State researchers received $1 million from NASA to help states improve the way they address air quality issues. Wei Peng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of international affairs, is a co-investigator on the project.

Nearly 300 first-year engineering students attend summer orientation programs

9/12/2022

In August, nearly 300 first-year engineering students participated in the Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation and the Women in Engineering Program Orientation.

Electricity-driven water purification method may extend to saltier waters

9/8/2022

Engineering researchers have received a $570,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to improve upon membrane capacitive deionization, a portable, lightweight, and easy to operate water purification method that has the potential to desalinate seawater.

Media mention: ‘Novel hydrogel bioink improves 3D-printed biomaterials’

9/7/2022

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, and his team's research were recently featured in a BioTechniques article.

New approach more than doubles stem cell editing efficiency, researchers report

9/7/2022

A Penn State-led team of interdisciplinary researchers has developed techniques to improve the efficiency of CRISPR-Cas9, the genome editing technique that earned the Nobel Prize in 2020.

Researcher to study food, energy and water security in rural Alaska communities

9/6/2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study food, energy and water security in remote Alaska communities.

International award recognizes engineer for cellulose research contributions

9/2/2022

Seong Kim, Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and associate head of the department at Penn State, was named this year’s recipient of the Hayashi Jisuke Prize from the Cellulose Society of Japan. The award is given to “up-and-coming researchers from Japan and overseas who are making significant contributions to the development of cellulose science and technology” and who also promote “efforts in international exchange activities,” according to the Cellulose Society’s website. Kim was the only researcher recognized this year.

Krystal Leung receives 2022 Scholar Involvement Award

9/2/2022

Krystal Leung, a fourth-year Schreyer Honors College Scholar who is majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering, was awarded the Scholar Involvement Award.

Penn State researcher to collaborate on NSF-funded cybersecurity project

8/31/2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a multi-institution team a $9 million, five-year grant to understand how to protect data shared across distributed computing systems such as cloud computing environments. Danfeng Zhang, associate professor of computer science and engineering, will contribute.

Media Mention: ‘Vikash Gayah, Penn State — Improve Traffic Flow in Cities by Banning Left Turns’

8/30/2022

Vikash Gayah, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, was featured on The Academic Minute radio broadcast. Gayah discussed making busy intersections safer by eliminating left turns.

Media mention: “‘Over & Over Again’ exhibition bridges gap between science, art at Penn State’s HUB Galleries”

8/30/2022

Sven Bilén, professor of engineering design, electrical engineering and aerospace engineering, and Ali Memari, Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction, director of PHRC and professor of architectural engineering and civil and environmental engineering, were recently featured in a Daily Collegian article.

Multi-institution, $4.6 million NSF grant to fund nanotechnology training

8/29/2022

The Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State is one of the recipients of a four-year $4.6 million multi-institution grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund microelectronics and nanomanufacturing training for military service members and veterans in ongoing efforts to create a robust nanomanufacturing workforce establish the U.S.

Professor, graduate student soar to success through shared sailplane passion

8/29/2022

When aerospace engineering doctoral student Chris Axten was a child, he would sometimes accompany his mother to her work at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland and watch the aircraft flying overhead, curious about how such large vehicles could move through the air. His curiosity grew, and when he enrolled at Penn State in 2012 as a first-year undergraduate student, the Department of Aerospace Engineering was his top choice. Once he met Mark Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, Axten’s interest in aircraft solidified into a passion for sailplanes. Over the last two years, that dedication has resulted in national recognition from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Students engineer solutions to airport aggravations

8/29/2022

Students taking a leadership course in Penn State’s School of Engineering Design Technology, and Professional Programs placed in the Airport Cooperative Research Program, a national engineering competition that aims to solve problems and inconveniences common to airports.

Architectural engineering students win top spots in global design competition

8/26/2022

Penn State architectural engineering students won first- and second-place awards from the American Society of Heating for projects focused on a new energy-efficient performing arts building on a university campus in Sydney, Australia.

John Messner inducted into National Academy of Construction

8/26/2022

John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, has been inducted into the National Academy of Construction.

Media mention: ‘Anti-laser can make any object suck in light’

8/25/2022

Sahin Ozdemir, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was featured in a New Scientist story about a maze of mirrors and lenses that turns any material into a highly efficient light absorber.

New granular hydrogel bioink could expand possibilities for tissue bioprinting

8/24/2022

Penn State researchers have developed a novel nanoengineered granular hydrogel bioink that could be used to to develop biomaterials that can be three-dimensionally (3D) printed as complex organ shapes, capable of hosting cells and forming tissues.

Parisa Shokouhi awarded NSF mid-career advancement grant

8/24/2022

Parisa Shokouhi, Penn State professor of engineering science and mechanics, was recently awarded a $360,000, three-year mid-career advancement grant from the National Science Foundation.

Researchers engineer novel material capable of ‘thinking’

8/24/2022

A Penn State-led research team has created the first example of a soft, polymer material that acts like a brain, simultaneously sensing, thinking and acting upon mechanical stress without requiring additional circuits to process these signals.

Nuclear engineer’s work on biomedical imaging dyes featured in Advanced Science

8/23/2022

Dipanjan Pan, Huck Chair Professor and professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, led a research team that recently published their paper, “Small Molecule NIR-II Dyes for Switchable Photoluminescence via Host – Guest Complexation and Supramolecular Assembly with Carbon Dots,” in Advanced Science.

Paula Garcia Todd: ‘I Engineer Representation’

8/23/2022

The “I Engineer” campaign highlights excellence across Penn State’s College of Engineering and how the college is made stronger by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of those in the engineering community. Featured here is chemical engineering alumna Paula Garcia Todd, global strategic manager of pharma solutions for International Flavors & Fragrances.

Kathryn Jablokow receives National Science Foundation Director’s Award

8/22/2022

Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, recently received a National Science Foundation Director’s Award as part of the team that created the Engineering Research Initiation program.

Automatic device driver isolation protects against bugs in operating systems

8/19/2022

A research collaboration led by G. Gary Tan and Trent Jaeger, professors of computer science and engineering at Penn State, developed a framework to automate device driver isolation to protect against bugs.

Compost to computer: Bio-based materials used to salvage rare earth elements

8/18/2022

Penn State chemical engineering researchers used micro- and nanoparticles created from the organic materials like corncobs and tomato peels to capture rare earth elements from aqueous solutions.

Ilgin Guler: ‘I Engineer Travel’

8/18/2022

“I Engineer” highlights excellence across the Penn State College of Engineering, as well as how the college is made stronger by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of those in the engineering community. Featured here is Ilgin Guler, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Media Mention: ‘Concrete mix for lunar applications is one step closer’

8/18/2022

Aleksandra Radlinska, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses Penn State research into extraterrestrial construction materials done in collaboration with NASA researchers.

Media Mention: ‘For some students, back to school will mean better-ventilated classrooms’

8/18/2022

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, discusses how the COVID pandemic provided an opportunity for U.S. schools to address the long-term problem of poor indoor air quality in the classroom.

Penn State engineer earns Scialog grant to advance imaging

8/17/2022

Larry Cheng received a Scialog grant for a multidisciplinary research projects called "Transforming Imaging Collection in the Brain."

Pulsed light technology effectively kills harmful pathogens in new study

8/16/2022

A light-based, food sanitization technique successfully eliminated multiple harmful pathogens in a new study carried out by Penn State researchers. The technique showed promise as an effective alternative to the chemical, heat and water-based antimicrobial technologies commonly used in the food industry.

Researchers to develop scaffolding for nerve regeneration with $2.14M NIH grant

8/16/2022

Peripheral nerves are responsible for moving muscles, sensing temperatures and even inhaling and exhaling; yet they comprise fragile fibers vulnerable to disease and injury. To maximize healing for the easily damaged nerves, Penn State researchers are using a five-year, $2.14 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Nation Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to develop a biodegradable nerve scaffold that aims to employ folate and citrate in novel ways.

Leonhard Center faculty receive grant to study entrepreneurship

8/15/2022

Researchers in the Penn State Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education received a $19,000 grant to facilitate a focus group intended to identify the most important outcomes of any STEM-based entrepreneurship course or program.

Q&A with Awadelkarim: The CHIPS Act and strengthening the U.S. workforce

8/12/2022

Osama Awadelkarim, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, is an expert on semiconductor fabrication and microelectronics workforce development. He testified before Congress regarding the CHIPS Act and the need to strengthen the pipeline from education to industry.

Researchers explore nanomaterials for imaging, medicine delivery for arterial disease

8/12/2022

A team of multiple principal investigators that includes Jian Yang, professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, received a four-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop biodegradable nanomaterials that will take pictures and deliver medicine to combat peripheral arterial disease.

Researchers to assess environmental impact of meat alternative production

8/12/2022

Motif FoodWorks connected with Penn State Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Rui Shi after learning that chemical engineering senior students completed preliminary designs for heme protein production during their capstone design course. Motif awarded Shi a $125,000 grant to explore the environmental impacts of two of Motif’s products: HEMAMITM protein, used in the company’s plant-based burgers, and APPETEXTM, which mimics the texture of animal tissue.

Penn State engineers contribute to global study on managing extreme weather risks

8/11/2022

Penn State engineers contributed to a global study, by more than 90 researchers and published in Nature, on the effectiveness of traditional risk management tactics on mitigating extreme weather event impacts.

Bruce Logan named director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

8/9/2022

Bruce E. Logan, Evan Pugh University Professor and the Stan & Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will serve as the new director of the Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment, effective Aug. 15, 2022. Logan is also affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Graduate student receives Deep Foundations Institute awards

8/9/2022

Xiaohang Ji, a doctoral candidate studying geotechnical and materials engineering at Penn State, received $7,500 in scholarships from the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust.

Mechanical engineering student receives Chapel Executive Internship funding

8/9/2022

Benjamin Burlovic, a fourth-year Penn State Schreyer Scholar majoring in mechanical engineering and economics, completed an internship with consulting firm Deloitte this summer using Chapel Executive Internship funding.

Smart bandages may be viable wound care remedy, review finds

8/9/2022

Smart bandages that can sense skin conditions and administer medication at wound sites may be on the horizon as a healing remedy, according to Penn State researchers. They recently reviewed the field’s latest developments in Bioactive Materials.

Media mention: ‘DIY box helps clear indoor air of the coronavirus’

8/8/2022

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article about air filtration devices and how they can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

At-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test as effective as PCR in preliminary analysis

8/5/2022

Penn State researchers have developed a take-home, saliva-based test with the same level of sensitivity as the PCR, with results that send to a smart phone within 45 minutes.

College of Engineering summer student marshal named

8/3/2022

Xiao Zhuang has been named the summer 2022 student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering. He will receive his bachelor of science in computer science with a minor in mathematics at the University’s commencement ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 13 in the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.

Rob Rabb named associate dean of education for the College of Engineering

8/3/2022

With professional experiences ranging from teaching engineering to future military officers at West Point to establishing the mechanical engineering program at The Citadel, Rob Rabb has developed a guiding belief to underpin his approach to education. He summed up this belief in one sentence: “Engineers can do a lot for a society, whether in industry or academia, but first they need a strong foundation — not just with technical knowledge but with skills like teamwork, communication and leadership.” This philosophy is one that he will apply in his new role as associate dean of education for the Penn State College of Engineering. Rabb will start in the position on Aug. 1.

WATCH: Penn State gymnast overcomes pandemic challenges to win world title

8/3/2022

Despite a cancelled senior season, Nittany Lion gymnast and electrical engineering alumnus Stephen Nedoroscik persevered to win America's first world title on pommel horse.

'Growing Impact' podcast examines relationship between housing, energy, justice

8/1/2022

he latest episode of the Growing Impact podcast features Emily Rosenman, assistant professor of geography in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Science. Rosenman is collaborating with Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering in the Penn State’s College of Engineering, to investigate energy transition in segregated cities.

Civil and environmental engineering research faculty wins communications award

8/1/2022

Gopal Bhatt, an assistant research professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was part of a multi-institutional team that recently received a 2022 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators.

New options for health, environmental monitoring with water-resistant gas sensor

8/1/2022

Accurate, continuous monitoring of nitrogen dioxide and other gases in humid environments is now possible, thanks to a new water-resistant gas sensor developed by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, the James L. Henderson Jr. Memorial Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and his team.

Penn State engineering ranks highly in Academic Ranking of World University Subjects

7/28/2022

Penn State ranks in the top 50 in 16 subject area rankings — two of which are from the College of Engineering — and in the top 100 in the world in an additional 14 subjects — including three related to the College of Engineering — according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Engineering partners with World Campus to add engineering doctoral program

7/27/2022

Penn State World Campus, in partnership with the College of Engineering, is accepting applications for a new online doctoral degree program in engineering that focuses on the practical implementation of engineering research and leadership in the field.

FirstEnergy Foundation grant leads to more than $2M in state economic benefits

7/27/2022

FirstEnergy Corporation worked with the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State to sponsor two projects in the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory in 2017. Since then, FirstEnergy Foundation has partnered with PennTAP to facilitate connections and some financial support for locally sponsored Learning Factory projects. So far, 53 participating businesses have reported resulting economic benefits in excess of $2 million.

Researchers awarded $2M NSF grant to develop Africa water-food-energy network

7/27/2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a three-institution team developing the “Sustainfood Network,” which links scientists, communities and policymakers to address challenges in Africa at the nexus of water, energy and food security.

Interim associate vice president for research named

7/26/2022

Phillip Savage, currently the head of Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering, has been named interim associate vice president for research and director of strategic initiatives in the Penn State Office of the Senior Vice President for Research (OSVPR), effective Aug. 22.

International society recognizes industrial engineering Penn Staters

7/26/2022

SME, formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, has named two Penn Staters to their 10th annual 30 Under 30 list, recognizing them as future leaders of manufacturing: Qianyu Hu and Rico Polim. The full list was published in the society’s magazine, Manufacturing Engineering.

Media mention: ‘Impact of Climate on River Chemistry Across the United States’

7/26/2022

A project led by Li Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was highlighted in Eos, a science news magazine. The project investigated how climate affects long-term river chemistry.

Mechanical engineer selected for distinguished nuclear energy program

7/25/2022

Amrita Basak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $625,000 Department of Energy (DOE) 2022 Distinguished Early Career Program award. She will use the grant to develop advanced manufacturing processes for metal additive manufacturing (AM) and enable more rapid implementation of AM techniques.

Nature-inspired protein creates stretchable, composite layered materials

7/25/2022

Nature creates layered materials like bone and mother-of-pearl that become less sensitive to defects as they grow. Now researchers have created — using biomimetic proteins patterned on squid ring teeth, circular appendages on the tentacles of squid that are used to grasp prey — composite layered 2D materials that are resistant to breaking and extremely stretchable.

WATCH: Justin Schwartz shares perspective on baseball, teamwork in video series

7/25/2022

In a video series titled “Perspective: Leaders at Penn State,” Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering, reflects on his passion for baseball as an opportunity to explore how individual success is derived from a team working well together.??

Penn State students earn multiple wins in international AutoDrive competition

7/22/2022

The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team finished the first leg of the four-year AutoDrive Challenge II, taking home seven top-three recognitions for their preliminary design and simulation demonstration of an autonomous vehicle. The competition took place June 6-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Engineering staff member receives Undergraduate Research Leadership Award

7/21/2022

Erin Hostetler, director of student research and graduate equity in the Penn State College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, was recently honored with the Undergraduate Research Leadership Award from the Engineering Division Councilors of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Researcher’s analysis could help with understanding, future development of multimodal sensors

7/19/2022

A study led by Larry Cheng, James L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, examined the ways to decouple input signals for multimodal sensors, which is important for avoiding complicated signal processing steps and allowing for high accuracy with the multimodal sensors.

Smart chip senses, stores, computes and secures data in one low-power platform

7/19/2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers developed a low-power, all-in-one device that can sense, store, compute and communicate information among connected devices, while keeping data encrypted and secure.

Agricultural engineers design early step for robotic, green-fruit thinning

7/18/2022

Penn State agricultural engineers have developed, for the first time, a prototype “end-effector” capable of deftly removing unwanted apples from trees. It’s the first step toward robotic green-fruit thinning.

Engineering faculty named director of research for the Penn State Water Council

7/18/2022

Alfonso Mejia, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named the director of research for the Penn State Water Council.

Faculty member to participate in National Academy of Engineering symposium

7/18/2022

Hee Jeung Oh, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, is one of 84 early-career engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)’s Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 U.S.-based symposium.

Researchers develop framework to study ozone levels on realistic indoor surfaces

7/18/2022

Penn State researchers develop a modeling framework to study how indoor ozone levels react with common indoor surfaces, such as carpet.

Engineering staff member earns highest level of certification in thermography

7/14/2022

Christopher Bereznak, an electrical systems specialist in the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute, earned his Level III Master Thermographer Certification, the highest recognized level in the thermography industry, from the Infrared Training Center.

Media mention: ‘Innovation for the Future’

7/14/2022

Houtan Jebelli, assistant professor of architectural engineering, was featured in the summer 2022 issue of the Keystone Contractor Association’s magazine, “The Keystone Contractor.” In the article, “Innovation for the Future,” Jebelli discusses the use of self-optimizing collaborative robots, artificially intelligent heavy machines and unmanned vehicles on construction sites. He highlights the challenges of robots operating in dynamic job sites, a focus of his work in Penn State’s Robotics, Automation, and Intelligent Sensing Lab, where Jebelli serves as the director.

National society recognizes biomedical engineering graduate student

7/13/2022

Sailahari V. Ponnaluri, a doctoral candidate in the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering, earned a 2022 Oral Abstract Award from the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO). She was recognized at the annual conference in Chicago on June 9.

Shelley Stoffels named associate dean of faculty

7/13/2022

Shelley Stoffels, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named associate dean for faculty in the Penn State College of Engineering, which she began on May 15. She will assist Anthony Atchley, incoming acting dean of the College of Engineering, with tenure-line and professional track faculty affairs.

Biomedical engineer receives NIH grant to help unlock biology of binge drinking

7/11/2022

Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study the neurobiology of binge alcohol drinking.

Thermally regenerative battery produces ample energy using low-grade waste heat

7/11/2022

Thermally regenerative ammonia batteries can produce electricity on demand from low-grade waste heat. A new process for creating these batteries improves their stability and affordability and may help address the country’s growing grid-scale energy storage problem, according to Penn State researchers.

Engineer to study gut-brain axis with Scialog grant

7/5/2022

Aida Ebrahimi, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and of biomedical engineering, has been selected as one of 13 researchers from seven multidisciplinary teams to receive a 2022 Scialog: Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease Award. The $55,000 grant will allow Ebrahimi to conduct research to expand the understanding of the gut-brain axis.

Media mention: ‘The future is soft’

7/5/2022

Cunjiang Yu, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and associate professor of biomedical engineering, recently was featured in a Happy Valley Industry Q&A

Bioinformatics data reduction techniques must be used with caution

7/1/2022

A team of Penn State data scientists and biologists published two papers that analyze data sketching tools used in bioinformatics, the field of study that analyzes the DNA sequencing, or genomes, of living organisms.

Faculty member receives grant, recognition from the U.S. Department of Defense

7/1/2022

Syed Rafiul Hussain, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, received recognition and a $1 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for his work to improve the security of 5G cellular networks.

Professor named to 25 Leaders Transforming Manufacturing list

7/1/2022

Hui Yang, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering and of biomedical engineering, was named to the annual SME 25 Leaders Transforming Manufacturing list.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics welcomes new head

6/30/2022

Vincent Meunier, professor of physics and materials science engineering and head of the Department of Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was named head of the Penn State College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. He will start on July 1.

Five engineering graduate students awarded 2022 NASA Space Grant Fellowships

6/30/2022

Five College of Engineering graduate students have received 2022 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant awards and been named graduate fellows.

Laser writing may enable ‘electronic nose’ for multi-gas sensor

6/30/2022

Sensors are a step closer to sniffing out various gases that could indicate disease or pollution, thanks to a Penn State collaboration. Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering, and Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of chemistry in Eberly College of Science, and their teams combined laser writing and responsive sensor technologies to fabricate the first highly customizable microscale gas sensing devices.

Media mention: ‘Study: Drilling waste on Pennsylvania roads bad for health, land’

6/30/2022

William Burgos, professor of environmental engineering, was recently quoted in a story by the Chesapeake Bay Journal discussing his research into the effectiveness of conventional oil and gas brine as a dust suppressant.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1

6/30/2022

Penn State announced academic promotions for non-tenure-line faculty members at the University. The promotions will take effect on July 1. The below lists are for non-tenure-line faculty promotions in engineering.

Bridging the gap to better infrastructure

6/29/2022

Bridge deterioration models to predict future bridge conditions

Engineering associate dean named fellow of Big Ten Academic Alliance leadership program

6/29/2022

Shelley Stoffels, associate dean for faculty in the Penn State College of Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named a fellow of the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Academic Leadership Program.

Global Engineering Engagement plans embedded course with travel to Antarctica

6/29/2022

The Center for Global Engineering Engagement has partnered with the College of Agricultural Sciences to develop a new embedded course that will give Penn State students an opportunity to explore Antarctica.

Penn State World Campus engineering students explore research at University Park

6/28/2022

Penn State students in the online Master of Engineering Additive Manufacturing and Design program at World Campus visited University Park from May 16-20, as a component of the three-credit core course, ME 566: Metal Additive Manufacturing Lab.

Justin Schwartz named interim Penn State executive vice president and provost

6/27/2022

Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering, will assume the role of interim executive vice president and provost at Penn State on Aug. 15 following a transitional period that will begin in mid-July.

College of Engineering names acting dean

6/27/2022

Anthony Atchley, currently senior associate dean in the Penn State College of Engineering, will serve as acting dean for the college starting Aug. 15. The appointment comes as Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering, transitions to serve as the interim executive vice president and provost for Penn State.

Media mention: ‘Microbes clean pollution from abandoned mines’

6/27/2022

William Burgos, professor of environmental engineering, was featured in a WPSU video discussing the acid mine discharge from abandoned Pennsylvania coal mines.

Suicide vulnerability index, machine learning model help predict counties’ risk

6/27/2022

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, but the models that have been used to predict suicide rates weight risk factors equally and rely on data for large geographic areas, limiting the precision of the predictions, according to Penn State researchers. Now, the researchers have developed a machine learning-based model that uses their newly developed suicide vulnerability index, which weights risk factors, to identify at-risk communities at the U.S. county level.

Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year

6/27/2022

Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering were named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year.

Eight Penn State engineering students receive Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowships

6/24/2022

Eight Penn State engineering graduate students received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship in Entrepreneurship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Alumnus and professor named new head of biomedical engineering

6/22/2022

Dan Hayes, Penn State alumnus, professor of biomedical engineering, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Nanotherapeutics and Regenerative Medicine and director for the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology, named new head of the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Media mention: 'Fern Hollow Bridge inspection troubling but did not suggest imminent danger, experts say'

6/22/2022

Kostas Papakonstantinou, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was featured in a Trib Live article that discussed the collapse of Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge, as well as the results of a routine inspection that took place before the collapse.

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones to step down

6/22/2022

Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost at Penn State, is stepping down from the role and will return to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering, was named as the interim executive vice president and provost.

Penn State wins third place at Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

6/21/2022

A team of engineering and architecture students from Penn State brought home third place in the Retrofit Housing Division of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge Competition on April 23 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Stacking the deck for computer security

6/20/2022

A new and more reliable method to defend vulnerable data on the stack, a major memory region responsible for storing computer program data for processes, has been developed by an international Penn State-led team. The researchers published their approach in the Proceedings of the Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium.

Extra dimension doubles power of standalone antenna system

6/17/2022

A Penn State-led team created a standalone 3D antenna system that wirelessly harvests radio frequency energy and converts it to electrical energy to power itself and on-board sensors.

Media mention: ‘Three burning questions about the first brain reference charts’

6/17/2022

Laura Cabrera, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Career Chair in Neuroethics, discussed the neuroethical implications of the first reference charts for the human brain.

Penn State takes third in vertical flight student competition

6/16/2022

Penn State’s Autonomous Robotics Competition Club placed third out of nine teams in the Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition, the Vertical Flight Society announced.

Professor emeritus reflects on 55 years of service in chemical engineering

6/16/2022

Emeritus Ron Danner has departed Penn State after 55 years as teacher, mentor and researcher in the chemical engineering field.

Remembering Mike Erdman, College of Engineering alumnus, professor

6/15/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering community is mourning the loss of Andrew Michael “Mike” Erdman, retired professor of practice, who died on May 29 at the age of 74. He earned an undergraduate degree in engineering science from the college in 1969, and his enduring dedication to Penn State and engineering was recognized with the college’s highest honor, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, in March.

Geosciences professor named director of Penn State planetary science consortium

6/14/2022

Effective July 1, Christopher House, professor of geosciences, will serve as director of the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Sciences and Technology, which includes researchers from the College of Engineering.

Media mention: ‘Penn State to undertake research on embodied carbon in cities’

6/14/2022

Mehrdad Mahdavi, Dorothy Quiggle Career Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was mentioned in an article on Archinect. The article discusses a project ? for which Mahdavi is a co-principal investigator ? to study the embodied carbon emissions associated with the building sector in cities.

Biomedical engineering student explains how Invent Penn State helped fund her nonprofit

6/13/2022

Sydney Gibbard, a biomedical engineering student, explains how Invent Penn State has helped fund her nonprofit, Girls Code the World.

Biotechnology platforms enable fast, customizable vaccine production

6/13/2022

COVID-19 created an urgent need for vaccines that could be made quickly, safely and cost-effectively. Novel biotechnology platform-based techniques for vaccine manufacturing are more robust, customizable and flexible than traditional vaccine development and manufacturing approaches.

Rubbery camouflage skin exhibits smart and stretchy behaviors

6/13/2022

A Penn State-led collaboration has created artificial skin that mimics both the elasticity and neurologic functions of cephalopod skin. Made entirely of rubber, this material has potential applications for neurorobotics, skin prosthetics, artificial organs and more.

Media Mention: 'We Need to Improve Indoor Air Quality: Here’s How and Why'

6/10/2022

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering and chair of the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Epidemic Task Force, was featured in a Scientific American article that discussed the importance and urgency behind upgrading buildings’ ventilation and filtration to decrease COVID-19 transmission and improve health and cognitive performance.

Winners announced for inaugural Advanced Instrumentation, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery conference

6/10/2022

The first international conference on Advanced Instrument, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery, held May 22-24 at Penn State, has announced its student winners for technical oral and poster presentations.

Engineering faculty members named Fulbright Scholars, Fulbright Specialist

6/9/2022

Three Penn State College of Engineering faculty have received Fulbright Awards for the 2022-23 academic year, according to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Another was named a Fulbright Specialist.

New waterproof sensors improve temperature and motion sensitivity, wearability

6/9/2022

Wearable sensors — an important tool for health monitoring and for training artificial intelligence — can be waterproof or can measure more than one stimuli, but combining these factors while maintaining a high level of precision in the measurements is difficult. Researchers co-led by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has created sensors that are waterproof — an important trait for exercise monitoring and for withstanding perspiration and all weather conditions — can measure temperature and motion on both small and large scales and can be attached to distal arteries such as the eyebrow or toe.

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — Finalist

6/9/2022

Four teams were recognized for outstanding innovation in service systems engineering with an international award co-sponsored by the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — First Place

6/9/2022

Four teams were recognized for outstanding innovation in service systems engineering with an international award co-sponsored by the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — Second Place

6/9/2022

Four teams were recognized for outstanding innovation in service systems engineering with an international award co-sponsored by the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — Third Place

6/9/2022

Four teams were recognized for outstanding innovation in service systems engineering with an international award co-sponsored by the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Service systems engineering projects highlighted with international award

6/9/2022

Four teams were recognized for outstanding innovation in service systems engineering with an international award co-sponsored by the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Engineer named Materials Research Institute’s associate, acting director

6/7/2022

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was chosen as associate and acting director of Penn State's Materials Research Institute.

Nuclear engineering graduate student receives scholarship, fellowship

6/7/2022

Will Searight, a doctoral student in nuclear engineering at Penn State, recently received the James F. Schumar Graduate Scholarship from the American Nuclear Society and a NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship, given by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

Professor receives professional society’s heat transfer award

6/7/2022

Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, was selected to receive the 2022 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Heat Transfer Memorial Award.

Real-time, accurate virus detection method could help fight next pandemic

6/7/2022

A method of highly accurate and sensitive virus identification using Raman spectroscopy, a portable virus capture device and machine learning could enable real-time virus detection and identification to help battle future pandemics, according to a team led by Penn State.

Scientists devise method to help prevent hospital infections

6/6/2022

A research team led by Penn State and the University of California, Los Angeles, developed a novel surface treatment for medical devices such as catheters to help prevent hospital infections from bacterial films that can form on these devices.

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni

6/3/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 11 early career alumni for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 17 at University Park.

Engineering student voted People’s Choice winner in libraries contest

6/3/2022

The winning submissions from Penn State University Libraries Short Stories’ “Written in the Stars” spring 2022 contest have been announced. Representing 50 submissions across 10 Penn State campuses, the latest writing contest encouraged students, faculty and staff across the commonwealth to submit their best “fate-themed” original short stories or poetry.

Engineer named first holder of Barry and Shirley Isett Professorship

6/2/2022

Li Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, was named the first Barry and Shirley Isett Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The professorship was established in 2019 as a $1 million gift by Barry and Shirley Isett.

Faculty featured on podcast discusses impact of biofilms on microplastics in water

6/2/2022

Margaret Byron, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was featured on a recent episode of IEE's Growing Impact podcast to discuss her research on how biofilms may impact the transport of microplastics through water.

Media mention: "Hydropower’s future is clouded ... it’s also essential to the US electric grid"

6/2/2022

Caitlin Grady, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Lauren Dennis, doctoral student in civil engineering, wrote an article that appeared on The Conversation, an online source of news stories and research reports with accompanying expert opinion and analysis.

Mechanical engineering student receives Department of Defense fellowship

6/1/2022

Bryan Habas, first-year doctoral student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been selected for the National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship Award.

Researchers evaluate bridge life cycle impact on remote community in Alaska

6/1/2022

Researchers traveled to Dillingham in April to study the social and engineering impacts of the Wood River Bridge on the surrounding rural community.

Toxic protein ‘variant’ may be the next target for ALS therapies

6/1/2022

A new study by Penn State researchers shows that ‘variant’ complexes of a protein implicated in ALS pathology form in separate pathways, a discovery which may make it easier for drug developers to design therapies to target the more harmful variant.

Career development award to assess risk factors of aneurysm rupture

5/31/2022

Melissa Brindise, Penn State assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a three-year, $231,000 career development award from the American Heart Association to study factors that may increase the risk of an aneurysm rupture.

Youth Engineering Solutions pilots curriculum at Massachusetts elementary school

5/31/2022

The YES team — which is led by Christine Cunningham, professor of practice in Penn State’s College of Education and College of Engineering — has been working with CPS since January and was featured in a recent article, published by the school district.

Engineering students get real-world look at aerodynamics at Penn State center

5/27/2022

Penn State undergraduate engineering students in the technical elective course, ME 427: Aerodynamics for Mechanical Engineers, recently took a field trip to the Penn State Aviation Center to explore the aircrafts and converse with pilots, crew members and staff. Tom Gorman, manager of aircraft maintenance at the center, taught the students about the practical side of aircraft maintenance and shared some of the center’s recent aerodynamics.

Penn State architectural engineers serve on editorial team for new book

5/27/2022

Houtan Jebelli, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, is part of a team from Penn State and the University of Michigan that recently had their book, Automation and Robotics in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry, published with Springer, a global publisher of scientific, technical and medical media.

Two industrial engineering students receive Alpha Pi Mu scholarships

5/27/2022

Two Penn State industrial engineering fourth-year undergraduate students received scholarships from Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering national honor society.

Engineering professor publishes two articles in international magazine

5/26/2022

Frank Koe, teaching professor of engineering entrepreneurship in the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, published two articles in Entrepreneurship magazine, an international publication with more than 2.5 million readers.

Oil and gas brine control dust ‘no better’ than rainwater, researchers find

5/26/2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published a report from Penn State researchers showing that spreading wastewater from conventional oil and gas wells on unpaved roads, a longstanding practice for dust suppression, works "no better" than rainwater and is harmful to the environment.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

5/25/2022

The College of Engineering recently awarded six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to faculty members, including one in partnership with the College of Health and Human Development and another with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

New breathable gas sensors may improve monitoring of health, environment

5/25/2022

Newly developed flexible, porous and highly sensitive nitrogen dioxide sensors that can be applied to skin and clothing have potential applications in health care, environmental health monitoring and military use, according to researchers.

New tool measures atomic scale defects, identifies transistor limitations

5/25/2022

A new take on a technique for studying defects in semiconductor materials could lead to improved speed, power and performance of electronic devices by revealing the atomic-level limitations of advanced materials.

Engineering faculty member part of team to study building emissions in cities

5/24/2022

Mehrdad Mahdavi, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is part of an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers that is studying the emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation and construction of building materials used in city buildings, as well as the demolition of those buildings, which is known as urban embodied carbon.

Engineering professor named Jefferson Science Fellow by National Academies

5/23/2022

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have named Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, as one of 14 members of the 2022-23 Jefferson Science Fellows class.

Media mention: ‘Nanomaterials design reduces off-target effects of cancer drugs'

5/23/2022

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, discusses nanomaterials research to combat the severe side-effects of chemotherapy drugs.

Media Mention: ‘Penn State, Westinghouse partner to advance science, nuclear engineering innovations’

5/23/2022

Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, discusses the partnership between Penn State and Westinghouse to explore science and nuclear engineering innovations to address societal needs.

School of EECS professors receive 2021 IEEE Computer Society research awards

5/23/2022

Two professors from the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were recently honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society’s Technical Community on Very Large Scale Integration. The IEEE-CS connects computer science and engineering professionals at all stages of their professional careers and its TCVLSI “addresses the interactions among the various aspects of VLSI design,” according to the society’s website.

College of Engineering Research Symposium announces 2022 winners

5/20/2022

The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council hosted their annual College of Engineering Research Symposium on April 6 from 9:30-4:00 at the Hyatt Place in downtown State College.

Media mention: ‘Bioprinting bone with genes for growth factors improves bone repair’

5/19/2022

Ibrahim Ozbolat, professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, was featured in an article by the National Science Foundation discussing his research to bioprint bone with encoding genes that enhance healing and regeneration.

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1

5/19/2022

Penn State announced academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at the University, including 33 in engineering. The promotions will take effect on July 1.

Researchers find imperfections provide protection for system symmetry

5/19/2022

An international research collaboration has discovered how to exploit certain defects to protect confined energy in acoustics systems. Their experimental approach provides a versatile platform to create at-will defects for further theoretical validation and to improve control of waves in other systems, such as light, according to principal investigator Yun Jing, associate professor of acoustics and of biomedical engineering at Penn State.

Westinghouse and Penn State to explore advancing sustainable micro-reactors

5/19/2022

Penn State and Westinghouse announced that they will partner on research and development efforts focused on exploring and applying nuclear engineering and science innovations to societal needs. They will also begin discussions about siting Westinghouse’s eVinci micro-reactor, a next-generation, small modular reactor designed to address sustainable power needs from immediate use in large communities to decentralized remote applications, at University Park.

Engineering Learning Factory announces spring showcase winners

5/18/2022

The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory has announced the winners from their spring showcase.

Engineering students awarded Department of Defense SMART scholarship

5/18/2022

Three Penn State engineering students have received Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarships from the U.S. Department of Defense.  

Penn State engineers’ work recognized with Naval Research Laboratory award

5/18/2022

Two Penn State researchers received a 2021 Annual Research Publications Award from the Naval Research Laboratory for their paper, “A Model for Coherent Communication Gain in Distributed Wireless Networks.”  

Communities, researchers join forces to design framework for sustainable housing

5/11/2022

With a two-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Boosting Research Ideas for Transformative and Equitable Advances in Engineering (BRITE) Synergy award, Obonyo is bringing the community voice to the forefront of design criteria by leading the project, “Developing and Validating a Framework for Measuring Resilience in Low-Income Housing in the Post-Pandemic World.”

Upcycling plastic waste into graphite provides possible alternative to landfills

5/11/2022

Upcycling plastic waste into graphite, used in electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, could positively contribute to the global economy, preserving resources, saving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to Penn State researchers. Under a seed grant from the Materials Research Institute, the researchers will explore ways to take single-use plastic waste and turn it into high-quality graphite.

Head, body, eye coordination conserved across animal kingdom, researchers find

5/10/2022

Fruit flies synchronize the movements of their heads and bodies to stabilize their vision and fly effectively, according to Penn State researchers who subjected flies to virtual-reality flight simulators. The finding appears to hold true in primates and other animals, the researchers say, indicating that animals evolved to move their eyes and bodies independently to conserve energy and improve performance.

Institute awards seed grants for computational, data science projects

5/10/2022

Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) has awarded eight new seed grants to bolster computational and data science research projects throughout the University. The support will benefit researchers from five Penn State campuses studying topics ranging from weather prediction, to forecasting mortgage loan closures, to exploring engineering approaches for battery materials.

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences names new associate director

5/10/2022

Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences announced that Mahmut Kandemir, distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named an associate director of the institute.

2022 Guentter Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award finalists, winner named

5/9/2022

Penn State University Libraries and the Schreyer Honors College recognized the 11th annual finalist presentations and winner of the recently endowed Robert F. Guentter Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award on Thursday, May 5, immediately following the three finalists’ presentations:

Architectural engineering students win top spots in international competition

5/9/2022

Penn State students won first place in four categories and second place in one category at the 2022 Architectural Engineering Institute International Student Design Competition in Arlington, Texas. The team, named CaliberX, comprises students majoring in architectural engineering, each with a focus in a construction, lighting/electrical, mechanical or structural option area.

Assistant professor selected for international leadership development program

5/9/2022

Guha Manogharan, Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was selected to join the 2022-23 Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE). Administered by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, this year’s international ECLIPSE class includes six early career engineers.

Chemical engineer honored with national ‘Outstanding Young Investigator’ award

5/9/2022

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was selected to receive the American Chemical Society’s 2022 Unilever Award for Outstanding Young Investigator in Colloid & Surfactant Science.

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

5/6/2022

Debbie Boyle, staff in the College of Engineering, was recognized in Penn State Today as part of the regular "We Are!" feature, where Penn Staters are recognized for going above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University.

College of Engineering hosts second annual Engineering Equity Summit

5/5/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion hosted its second annual Engineering Equity Summit on April 2 in the Hammond Building at University Park and virtually.

Combined ultrasound-photoacoustic simulations help AI improve image quality

5/5/2022

Combined ultrasound and photoacoustic (USPA) imaging can provide structural, functional and molecular information of deep biological tissue in real time, but its quantitative performance is affected by several unknown tissue parameters.

Engineer appointed to international advisory board on carbon capture

5/5/2022

The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center has appointed Bruce Logan, the Penn State Evan Pugh Professor in Engineering and the Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, to its advisory committee.

Engineering students get real-world look at aerodynamics at Penn State center

5/3/2022

Penn State undergraduate engineering students in the technical elective course, ME 427: Aerodynamics for Mechanical Engineers, recently took a field trip to the Penn State Aviation Center to explore the aircrafts and converse with pilots, crew members and staff.

Six Penn State engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

5/2/2022

The National Science Foundation has selected five current Penn State College of Engineering students as 2022 awardees for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and one College of Engineering student for an honorable mention.

Media mention: "‘Cloud squatters’ find data meant for previous tenants"

4/28/2022

Patrick McDaniel, holder of the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Eric Pauley, doctoral student in computer science and engineering, were recently quoted in the IT Brew story, ‘Cloud squatters’ find data meant for previous tenants.’

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recognizes Penn State student chapter

4/28/2022

The Penn State student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers was recognized by the national organization with a Fall 2021 Blue Chip Award, bestowed on chapters up to twice a year based on proven performance, as detailed in their chapter records.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recognizes Penn State student chapter

4/28/2022

The Penn State student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers was recognized by the national organization with a Fall 2021 Blue Chip Award, bestowed on chapters up to twice a year based on proven performance, as detailed in their chapter records.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recognizes Penn State student chapter

4/28/2022

The Penn State student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers was recognized by the national organization with a Fall 2021 Blue Chip Award, bestowed on chapters up to twice a year based on proven performance, as detailed in their chapter records.

Precise control of atomic arrangement may mean less waste in producing plastic

4/26/2022

Efficient, customizable catalytic reactions — where two metals are combined using a catalyst, or molecule that remains unchanged during a reaction — are an attractive alternative to fossil fuels when manufacturing plastics. Researchers have found a way to make catalytic reactions less wasteful by controlling the placement of each atom on the catalyst surface.

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to 21 interdisciplinary teams

4/25/2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) awarded seed grants to 21 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State for the 2021–22 cycle.

Civil engineering student receives Department of Defense fellowship

4/22/2022

Sarah Torhan, a second-year doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received a Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship to research and evaluate geospatial land use, demographic and hydrological information and analyze their effects on the access and availability of food-energy-water resources in Paraguay.

Stretchable, 3D antenna improves wearable tech performance

4/22/2022

A new stretchable wideband dipole antenna can improve the performance of wearable technology by changing its physical shape to adapt to body movements and pressure, according to Penn State researchers.

Five engineering students recognized with University-wide awards

4/21/2022

Penn State recently honored five Penn State engineering undergraduate students in recognition of their academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The University’s 2022 student award recipients exemplify best practices and achievements among students, reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service.

Industrial engineering professor named outstanding alumnus by alma mater

4/21/2022

Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, received a 2021 Outstanding Industrial Engineering Alumni Award from his alma mater, Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering.

Chemical engineer named "Young Investigator" by international society's polymer division

4/20/2022

Christian Pester, Thomas K. Hepler Early Career Professor in Chemical Engineering, was named to the 2022 class of the American Chemistry Society's Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Young Investigators.

Doctoral candidate wins best paper award at international conference

4/20/2022

Lauren Katch, doctoral candidate in engineering science and mechanics, won first place in the student paper contest at the Acoustical Society of America annual meeting in December 2021.

Engineer receives Humboldt Research Fellowship

4/20/2022

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Penn State Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, recently received a Humboldt Research Fellowship, where he will complete a research program in Germany over the course of two years.

First round of funded projects announced from the Benkovic Research Initiative

4/20/2022

The first round of projects to receive seed funding from the Patricia and Stephen Benkovic Research Initiative has been announced.

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients

4/20/2022

The Penn State Materials Research Institute has announced the 2022 recipients of seed grants that will enable University faculty to establish new collaborations with partners outside their own units for the exploration of transformative ideas for high-impact materials science and engineering.

Penn State to lead $7.5 million study of radiation effects on electronics

4/20/2022

To better predict and mitigate radiation-induced damage of wide bandgap semiconductors, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a Penn State-led team a five-year, $7.5 million Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Award.

Scholarship helps architectural engineering student pursue career goals

4/20/2022

Penn State architectural engineering student Madison Canter grew up watching her father work in facilities and property management. Now, the Turner Construction Company Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Architectural Engineering will give her the opportunity to pursue her career goals in project management.

Three engineering students receive awards at the 2022 Graduate Exhibition

4/20/2022

Three engineering graduate students received awards for their research and scholarship in the 37th annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition.

NASA features concrete project led by Penn State

4/19/2022

The Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification project, an ongoing endeavor run by the Concrete Research Group at Penn State, was recently featured on NASA’s website as one of five research studies contributing to deep space exploration.

2022 spring student marshal: Abigail Wagner

4/18/2022

Abigail Wagner has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for electrical engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Allison Cottle

4/18/2022

Allison Cottle has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for civil engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Amey Deotale

4/18/2022

Amey Deotale has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for computer science.

2022 spring student marshal: Andrea Castaneda

4/18/2022

Andrea Castaneda was named the spring 2022 student marshal for industrial engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Brandon Perdue

4/18/2022

Brandon Perdue has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for chemical engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Brian Druby

4/18/2022

Brian Druby has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for aerospace engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Casey Emler

4/18/2022

Casey Emler has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for nuclear engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: David Taglieri

4/18/2022

David Taglieri has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

2022 spring student marshal: Jeremy Keirn

4/18/2022

Jeremy Keirn has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for engineering science.

2022 spring student marshal: Justin Sembower

4/18/2022

Justin Sembower has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for architectural engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Kara Miller

4/18/2022

Kara Miller has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for biomedical engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Nikita Arbuzov

4/18/2022

Nikita Arbuzov has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for computer engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Samantha Link

4/18/2022

Samantha Link was named the 2022 spring student marshal for mechanical engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Yichen Shi

4/18/2022

Yichen Shi has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for data sciences.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2022 commencement

4/18/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2022 commencement ceremony. One student is selected to represent each of the 14 majors associated with the college and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Chemical engineering alumna stands tall at Smithsonian Institution

4/15/2022

Paula Garcia Todd, Penn State chemical engineering alumna, was featured in #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit, presented by Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Initiative. This exhibit comprises 120 life-size, 3D-printed statues of women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), making it the most statues of real women ever assembled together.

Women in Engineering Program director honored with presidential award

4/14/2022

Cheryl Knobloch, director of Penn State College of Engineering’s Women in Engineering Program, was one of 12 individuals across the country to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Architectural engineering professor honored by global society

4/12/2022

John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering, received the 2022 Computing in Civil Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the nation’s oldest engineering society. The award recognizes an ASCE member who has made an outstanding contribution to the application of computers to the practice of civil engineering, according to the ASCE website.

Bioprinting for bone repair improved with genes, researchers report

4/12/2022

An international Penn State-led team is bioprinting bone, along with two growth factor-encoding genes that help incorporate cells and heal defects, in the skulls of rats.

Cloud server leasing can leave sensitive data up for grabs

4/11/2022

Organizations’ failure to properly manage the servers they lease from cloud service providers can allow attackers to receive private data, according to researchers in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Media mention: 'Mismanaged cloud services put user data at risk'

4/11/2022

Eric Pauley, doctoral student in computer science and engineering, recently authored an article in The Conversation, "Mismanaged cloud services put user data at risk."

Penn State joins $360 million national water research effort

4/11/2022

Penn State will join a national consortium led by The University of Alabama to translate water research into operations that improve the country’s ability to predict weather-related hazards and effectively manage water resources. NOAA is funding the effort with $360 million.

Engineers honored with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards

4/8/2022

Ken Brentner, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aeroacoustics Award, while Karen Thole, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the AIAA Thermophysics Award.

International engineering collaboration makes the world their classroom

4/8/2022

Penn State students from the Center for Global Engineering Engagement and an Engineering Leadership Development course hosted a delegation of 25 students and faculty from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland’s (SUPSI) Medrisio and Lugano campuses for a week of events and workshops to kick off semester-long collaborative projects with Penn State students.

New tool allows for full-length reconstruction of RNA molecules in individual cells

4/8/2022

A new computational tool known as Scallop2 allows for accurate assembly of full-length RNA molecules at single-cell resolution, according to Penn State researchers. The results of this work were recently published in Nature Computation Science.

Researchers engineer electrically tunable graphene device to study rare physics

4/8/2022

An international team, co-led by researchers at The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) in the U.K. and the Penn State College of Engineering in the U.S., has developed a tunable graphene-based platform that allows for fine control over the interaction between light and matter in the terahertz (THz) spectrum to reveal rare phenomena known as exceptional points. The team published their results today (April 8) in Science.

Applications open for high-performance building summer camp for college students

4/5/2022

Applications are open for the inaugural High-Performance Building Summer Camp, an intensive three-week program that introduces participants to the design and construction principles of more sustainable, more efficient and healthier buildings. The day camp will take place from May 31 through June 17 in Pittsburgh, a city classified as a United Nations International Center of Excellence on High-Performance Building.

NSF grant funds institutes on next-generation display technology

4/4/2022

With a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant, Penn State and the University of Dayton will lead two advanced studies institutes in Taiwan on display technologies for engineering and science graduate students.

Built like a bird: Modeling aircraft after nature with young investigator grant

3/30/2022

Xin Ning, Penn State assistant professor of aerospace engineering, will develop morphable wings for unmanned aircraft inspired by bird flight in a three-year, $510,000 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members

3/30/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering has added 15 faculty members this semester, with 11 tenured or tenure-line members and four non-tenure-line members.

Corporate architectural engineering scholarship made personal

3/30/2022

Penn State alumnus David Angle’s 41-year career in the building industry has included overseeing everything from hotels and hospitals to universities and synagogues. Each project required different approaches and considerations, but Angle attributes these professional successes to the same strong foundation: his Penn State degree in architectural engineering. To help others have the same opportunity, Angle has established the David Angle Endowed Scholarship in Architectural Engineering.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor

3/30/2022

Eleven Penn State engineering graduates will be honored on April 4 at the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at Hyatt Place State College. Charlie Blenko, an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering, will serve as the event’s emcee.

Engineer testifies on microelectronics before congressional subcommittee

3/30/2022

Osama O. Awadelkarim, professor of engineering science and mechanics and the UNESCO Chair on Building Innovation and Manufacturing Capacities through Advanced Technology Education at Penn State, testified before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Research and Technology on Feb. 15. The hearing was titled “Strengthening the U.S. Microelectronics Workforce.”

From the ground up: Taking 3D printing technology to the next level

3/30/2022

Researchers at Penn State are at the leading edge of the field now known as additive manufacturing, working to advance the capabilities of 3D printing with a goal of addressing pressing problems in human health, housing and transportation, among other areas.

Penn State engineering alumnus named head of SEDTAPP

3/30/2022

David Mazyck, a three-time alumnus of the Penn State College of Engineering, has been named the next head of the college’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. Mazyck will also serve as a professor of engineering design, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He will start on May 16.

Penn State engineering rises in U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings

3/30/2022

In the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Engineering Programs rankings released today (March 29), engineering at Penn State University Park ranked No. 32 overall, advancing one place from last year’s report, and No. 18 among public institutions. Seven engineering specialty disciplines offered by the College of Engineering also climbed in the rankings, and eight are now ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Penn State to hold NSF-funded machine learning symposium on water resources

3/30/2022

Penn State will hold the first National Science Foundation-funded symposium on how machine learning can contribute to the field of hydrology. The event, titled “HydroML Symposium on Big Data Machine Learning in Hydrology and Water Resources,” will be held May 18-20 in person at University Park and online. Early registration ends on April 1, while regular registration ends on May 1.

Chemical engineering alumna receives Alumni Achievement Award

3/28/2022

Sienna Helfrich, a 2014 chemical engineering graduate, was selected to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from the Penn State Alumni Association. Awardees are nominated by an academic college or campus and invited by the president of the University to share their expertise with students and the Penn State community, according to the press release.

Engineering Learning Factory to host spring showcase in person and virtually

3/28/2022

The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory will host its end-of-semester showcase for senior engineering students to present their capstone design projects with both in-person and virtual formats.

Enhancing the electromechanical behavior of a flexible polymer

3/28/2022

Implementing piezoelectricity, a property that enables the conversion of mechanical stress into electricity, into certain materials can be difficult. Qiming Zhang, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, led an interdisciplinary research team to create a piezoelectric polymer that could one day be used in a number of sensing applications.

industryXchange to connect researchers, industry, government

3/28/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering will host its annual industryXchange event on May 24 – 25 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Industry members, Penn State faculty and government agencies will come together to explore collaboration opportunities for research and student engagement.

New method purifies hydrogen from heavy carbon monoxide mixtures

3/28/2022

Many industrial processes require purified hydrogen, but separating that hydrogen from a mix of other gases can be difficult. Penn State researchers propose using an electrochemical hydrogen pump to separate the hydrogen quickly and cost-effectively.

News Media mention: 'White House emphasizes indoor air quality as pandemic moves to new phase'

3/28/2022

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, was quoted in the New York Times story, "The White House emphasizes the importance of indoor air quality as the pandemic moves into a new phase."

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Michele Beisler

3/25/2022

Michele Beisler, deputy program manager for the NASA Rocket Propulsion Test program office, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Cherish Samuels

3/25/2022

Cherish Samuels, a principal engineer at Amazon, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Colleen S. Pritchett

3/25/2022

Colleen S. Pritchett, president of Hexcel Corporation, Americas Aerospace, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Jane L. Snowdon

3/25/2022

Jane L. Snowdon, deputy chief science officer for science operations at IBM Watson Health, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Lori Gordon

3/25/2022

Lori Gordon, partner in the intellectual property practice of Perkins Coie, LLP, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar

3/25/2022

Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, professor of nuclear engineering and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mike Erdman

3/25/2022

Mike Erdman, retired Penn State professor of practice, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Peter Kunz

3/25/2022

Peter “Pete” Kunz, vice president and chief engineer of Boeing Phantom Works, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Scott Patti

3/25/2022

Scott Patti, vice president of business planning, transformation and operations for Dell, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Shalini Govil Pai

3/25/2022

Shalini Govil Pai, general manager and vice president of Google TV, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Steve Spadt

3/25/2022

Steve Spadt, chief technology officer for the American College of Physicians, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Andisheh Ranjbari joins Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

3/25/2022

Andisheh Ranjbari joined Penn State as the Tracy Early Career Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering on Jan. 1. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran, a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology and a doctorate in transportation engineering from the University of Arizona.

Andrew Barnard joins acoustics

3/25/2022

Andrew Barnard joined the Penn State College of Engineering as professor and director of the graduate program in acoustics on Jan. 1. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a doctorate in acoustics from Penn State.

Christopher Dancy joins industrial and manufacturing engineering, computer science

3/25/2022

Christopher Dancy joined the Penn State College of Engineering as the Harold and Inge Marcus Industrial and Manufacturing Career Development Associate Professor on Jan. 1. Dancy is affiliated with both the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Cunjiang Yu joins engineering science and mechanics, biomedical engineering

3/25/2022

Cunjiang Yu joined the Penn State College of Engineering as the Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering on Jan. 1. Yu received his doctorate in mechanical engineering at Arizona State University and completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Debarati Das joins computer science and engineering

3/25/2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Debarati Das joined the Penn State College of Engineering as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering on Jan. 1. Das completed her doctorate in computer science at the Computer Science Institute of Charles University in Prague and earned a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Donald Ebeigbe joins School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

3/25/2022

Donald Ebeigbe joined the Penn State College of Engineering as an assistant professor of electrical engineering on Jan. 1. Ebeigbe received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University.

Ezra Clark joins Department of Chemical Engineering

3/25/2022

Ezra Clark joined Penn State as an assistant professor of chemical engineering on Jan. 1. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Federico Scurti joins nuclear engineering

3/25/2022

Federico Scurti joined Penn State as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering in the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering on March 1. Scurti received a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Gina Noh joins Department of Chemical Engineering

3/25/2022

Gina Noh joined Penn State as an assistant professor of chemical engineering on Jan. 1. She came to Penn State from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich where she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Ilya Kovalenko joins Department of Mechanical Engineering

3/25/2022

Ilya Kovalenko joined Penn State as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering on Jan. 1. He heads the Control and Automation for Intelligent Systems Lab at Penn State.

Wangda Zuo joins Department of Architectural Engineering

3/25/2022

Wangda Zuo recently joined the Penn State College of Engineering as a professor of architectural engineering on Jan. 1. He also serves as associate director for the Global Building Network, an initiative that aims to advance building science, construction process and building management in order to create an international framework that will make buildings more sustainable, efficient and healthier for people.

Engineer aims to support quantum computing’s future with $715,000 grants

3/23/2022

Quantum computers could be used one day to solve problems conventional computers can't, but the technology underlying them needs to be better understood, according to Swaroop Ghosh, Joseph and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Associate Professor in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ghosh received two National Science Foundation grants totaling $715,000 to improve quantum computing cybersecurity and curricula.

Architectural engineering memorial scholarship established, now accepting applications

3/21/2022

The BKM-Gary E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is open to students in good standing who are pursuing a degree in architectural engineering, mechanical option. Students who would like to be considered for the scholarship should submit a Department of Architectural Engineering scholarship application.

Inhalable aerogel triggers immunity to COVID-19 in mice, may block transmission

3/21/2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

New tool can predict material properties from chemical structure

3/21/2022

An international collaboration led by Penn State researchers has developed a new tool to reduce the time and resources involved in determining which materials can be best applied in wearable technology, including biomedical devices.

Media mention: 'Take this $715,000 and find security gaps in quantum computers, says NSF'

3/18/2022

Swaroop Ghosh, Joseph and Janice M Monkowski Career Development Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently quoted in the article, "Take this $715,000 and find security gaps in quantum computers, says NSF," from The Register.

Alumnus honors faculty mentor and his wife with establishment of scholarship

3/17/2022

Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus Bob Phillips is honoring Frank Schmidt, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, and his late wife, Mary, while also creating financial support opportunities for mechanical engineering students by establishing the Professor Frank and Mary Schmidt Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering.

Company founded on Penn State invention named winner of microfiber challenge

3/17/2022

A company spawned from Penn State research on a composite fiber from the proteins in squid ring teeth is a winner of the Microfiber Innovation Challenge. Tandem Repeat Technologies was named as one of five companies to win the contest.

Media mention: Adapting Origami to Create Nanoscopic Medical Tools

3/17/2022

Mary Frecker, head of the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, Riess Chair of Engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices, was quoted in an article on WebMD, "How Scientists Adapted an Ancient Art Form to Create Nanoscopic Medical Tools."

Building a great summer — and future — with an architectural engineering camp

3/15/2022

What if you had the opportunity, as a teenager, to design a building, learn how to program artificial intelligence for construction purposes, tour world-class labs and facilities, interact with top-of-their-field professionals and immerse yourself in the fast-paced world of architectural engineering? Now, high school students can do all of this and more at the AEspiring Architectural Engineering camp at Penn State.

Media mention: “Transparent Chip Provides View to Multimodal Imaging”

3/15/2022

Sri-Rajasekhar “Raj” Kothapalli, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, discusses his work to develop a transparent, biocompatible ultrasound transducer chip.

Understanding the early pandemic’s effect on engineering students’ learning

3/15/2022

In March 2020, first-year students in the hands-on, teamwork-based Engineering Design course found themselves learning online due to the pandemic. A research team led by Penn State investigated the effect of this shift on their ability to thrive in the virtual classroom.

New technique identifies cell phone vulnerabilities accurately and automatically

3/9/2022

A new security analysis technique allows researchers to test cellular modems for potential security vulnerabilities in cell phones in a fully automated approach that is also general enough to be applied to modems from different vendors.

Researchers find crystalline porous material can exist in one dimension

3/9/2022

Xueyi Zhang, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and his doctoral student, Xinyang Yin, contributed to a study led by researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Stockholm University that revealed crystalline porous materials widely used to produce chemicals, fuels and more can exist in one-dimensional nanotubular shapes. Called zeolites, the materials were previously only produced in two or three dimensions.

Two engineering faculty members selected as ASME fellows

3/8/2022

Two Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were named to the most recent class of fellows for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Jingjing Li, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering.

U.S. DOE awards nuclear engineer coveted supercomputing time

3/8/2022

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced allocations of supercomputer access to 51 high-impact computational science projects for 2022 through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, will lead one of these projects in collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Argonne National Laboratory.

Studying diseases with better delivery of gene-editing tools

3/7/2022

A Penn State-led team of interdisciplinary researchers developed a method that improved the lifespan and efficiency of CRISPR gene-editing tools after delivery into stem cells. Their findings were made available online ahead of official publication in Bioactive Materials. 

Engineering staff member receives professional development award

3/4/2022

Christopher Bereznak, an electrical systems specialist in the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute, received a College of Engineering Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) Staff Professional Development Award.

Marek Flaska named specialty chief editor for journal section

3/3/2022

Marek Flaska, associate professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, was named the specialty chief editor for the radiation measurements and safety section of Frontiers in Nuclear Engineering, a new journal planned to launch in spring 2022.

New geoscientific modeling tool gives more holistic results in predictions

3/3/2022

Chaopeng Shen, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, and other researchers have developed a new geoscientific model known as differentiable parameter learning that can be applied broadly and lead to more aggregated solutions. Their model, published in Nature Communications, is publicly available for researchers to use.

Penn State and UNECE renew Global Building Network

3/3/2022

With the goal of creating an international framework to make buildings more sustainable, more efficient and healthier, Penn State and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe renewed the Global Building Network, coordinated through the College of Engineering, for another three years.

Researchers publish how-to guide for monitoring and analyzing brain activity

3/3/2022

Penn State researchers have developed a set of tools and methods to better monitor and analyze sleep-related signals and fidgeting in rodent brain studies.

Aerospace engineering student earns Brooke Owens Fellowship

3/2/2022

Mya Guillaume, a third-year aerospace engineering student, was named a 2022 Brooke Owens fellow. The fellowship was founded in 2016 to honor the memory of D. Brooke Owens, an aerospace industry professional and pilot, and recognizes students from underrepresented gender backgrounds with a career interest in aerospace.

Machine learning offers shortcut to optimal HVAC operation

3/2/2022

Detailed control models for building heating, ventilation and air conditioning can optimize multiple variables such as energy efficiency and temperature but can take a long time to work. Penn State researchers developed a method that leverages machine learning to create controls that balance building energy cost, comfort and efficiency at a fast pace.

New Leonhard Center director, assistant dean in engineering named

3/2/2022

Sarah Zappe has been named the new director of the Penn State Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education, as well as assistant dean for teaching and learning in the College of Engineering.

Shell technology integration manager receives early career award for alumni

3/2/2022

Penn State alumnus Adam Mayernick is the recipient of the Department of Chemical Engineering’s 2021 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award.

2021 NSF CAREER Award: Bin Li

2/28/2022

Bin Li, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, earned a three and a half year, $505,900 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Wireless collaborative mixed reality networking: Foundations and algorithms for joint communication, computation and learning.”

2021 NSF CAREER Award: Nicholas Meisel

2/28/2022

Nicholas Meisel, assistant professor of engineering design at Penn State, earned a five-year, $556,586 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Consideration of manufacturability in early state design for additive manufacturing.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Antonio Blanca Pimentel

2/28/2022

Antonio Blanca Pimentel, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $500,000 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Sampling, learning and testing spin systems.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Chris Arges

2/28/2022

Chris Arges, associate professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $570,030 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled, “Electrochemical pumping with high-temperature ionomers for challenging gas separations.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Christian Pester

2/28/2022

Christian Pester, Thomas K. Hepler Early Career Professor in Chemical Engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $500,000 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Photocatalytic optical fibers.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Jing Du

2/28/2022

Jing Du, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $552,606 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Structures and Properties of Bone at Multiple Length Scales.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Margaret Byron

2/28/2022

Margaret Byron, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $815,671 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Liminal locomotion: Life at the air-water-land interface.” 

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Matthew Rau

2/28/2022

Matthew Rau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, earned a five year, $567,307 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “The impact of extracellular polymeric substances on particle transport in aquatic environments.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Mingfu Shao

2/28/2022

Mingfu Shao, Charles K. Etner Early Careere Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $749,867 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Algorithms and tools for allele-specific transcript assembly.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Spencer Szczesny

2/28/2022

Spencer Szczesny, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Penn State, earned a five-year, $654,682 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Studying tendon cell mechanobiology in the native tissue environment.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Yang Yang

2/28/2022

Yang Yang, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, earned a five-year, $550,000 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Characterization and understanding of point defect evolution during corrosion-induced grain boundary migration.” Yang is also affiliated with the Penn State Materials Research Institute.

Aerospace engineering faculty’s research highlighted on journal cover

2/28/2022

A research paper led by Xin Ning, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, was featured on the September 2021 cover of Advanced Materials Technologies, a technology-related materials applications journal.

Chemical engineering professor named fellow of North American Membrane Society

2/28/2022

The North American Membrane Society recently named Andrew Zydney, Penn State professor of chemical engineering, a fellow. He is being honored for his contributions to the society over a span of 30 years.

Engineering summer bridge program provides academic support, sense of community

2/28/2022

Part of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Engineering Ahead initiative to support underrepresented students in engineering across the university, Engineering Summer Bridge is a six-week summer program that helps incoming first-year University Park students prepare for engineering or science-based majors. The program provides students with academic support that introduces them to the college’s curriculum, as well as social and cultural events to encourage community building with their peers.

Insights from Experts: COVID-19 and gun violence increasing in PA

2/28/2022

Pennsylvania saw a 38% increase in the rate of gun violence during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was higher than the national average. This observation is based on the recent peer-reviewed study that enabled Penn State researchers to assess the rates of gun violence before the pandemic and compare them with the rates during the first year of the pandemic.

Media Mention: Penn State biomedical engineering research works to solve drug resistant cancer

2/28/2022

Justin Pritchard, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Entrepreneurial Assistant Professor and assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was quoted in an article published by the Daily Collegian on Feb. 28.

Nine engineers recognized with $5.5 million in NSF early career awards

2/28/2022

Nine faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering earned National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project funded ranges in duration from three and a half to five years, with grants from roughly $500,000 to more than $800,000.

Researchers establish first-of-its-kind framework to diagnose 3D printing errors

2/28/2022

A research team co-led by Penn State created a first-of-its-kind methodology for diagnosing 3D printing errors with machine learning in real time.

Media mention: 'Customizing alloy catalysts for hydrogenation'

2/27/2022

Michael Janik, associate department head and professor of chemical engineering, and Robert Roiux, Friedrich G. Helfferich Professor of Chemical Engineering, were quoted in an article on c&en, "Customizing alloy catalysts for hydrogenation."

Engineer named to MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 China list

2/25/2022

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, was named to the 2021 MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 China list.

Penn State engineering professor to give keynote at NASA's imaginAviation event

2/25/2022

Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, will present one of three keynote talks at NASA’s upcoming imaginAviation virtual event, set for March 1-3.

Penn State named "outstanding university" by professional society

2/25/2022

Penn State was recognized as a 2021 outstanding university by the American Concrete Institute. The distinction recognizes universities for their participation in select ACI-related activities and programs.

Registration opens for virtual reality and wearable technology summer camps

2/25/2022

The Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s summer camps are back, this time in person, for more hands-on learning and creating with virtual reality and wearable technology. Both camps are geared toward girls but open to participants of all identities.

Graduate students’ visually engaging research recognized at annual Vizzies

2/24/2022

The Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering recently celebrated its graduate students and their visually engaging research during the 2022 Vizzies.

Media mention: ‘Improve millions of lives’ through biomedical stroke rehabilitation

2/24/2022

Amir Sheiki, Penn State assistant professor of chemical and biomedical engineering and principal investigator for the Bio-Soft Materials Laboratory, and Juliana Dominick, former undergraduate research assistant at Penn State, were quoted in an article published by the Daily Collegian on Feb. 18.

Transparent ultrasound chip improves cell stimulation and imaging

2/24/2022

Penn State engineering researchers created an easier, more exact method to stimulate cells through ultrasound waves by creating a transparent, biocompatible ultrasound transducer chip upon which cells can be cultured and stimulated.

Six Penn State student startups set to compete for $30,000 in Inc.U Competition

2/23/2022

Six Penn State student startup teams have been selected as finalists in the Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition and are set to compete for $30,000 in funding on “The Investment,” a WPSU Shark Tank-like television production that will be livestreamed during Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC.

A giant leap for immersive learning: Creating a virtual reality classroom

2/22/2022

School-age children could one day take a class on the moon — with the help of virtual reality, that is. With a $1 million National Science Foundation grant, a multi-university team of researchers led by Bin Li, Penn State associate professor of electrical engineering, will work to expand the possibilities of remote education over wireless networks.

Assistant professor to discuss nuclear reactors’ role in combating climate change

2/22/2022

William Walters, assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, will discuss advanced nuclear reactors and their role in combating climate change during a talk on Monday, Feb. 21.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced

2/22/2022

The College of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory showcases for the fall 2021 semester took place virtually from Dec. 10 – 17 and in-person on Dec. 7. Students in the senior capstone design courses presented the culmination of their semester-long projects at the events.

Compressing gene libraries to expand accessibility, research opportunities

2/22/2022

A Penn State-led research team was inspired by the concept of image compression to develop a research method that could "compress" the size of genetic libraries. They aim to enable simpler experiments on a larger variety of cells to help advance cancer biology, biotechnology and more.

Media Mention: How to clear the air in the most polluted cities on Earth

2/22/2022

Wei Peng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of international affairs, was quoted in an article published by Vox on Feb. 20.

Seven liberal arts courses offered through Students Teaching Students

2/22/2022

This semester, there are 11 official Students Teaching Students courses being offered, with topics ranging from the menstrual equity movement and Kid Cudi to domestic violence in the LGBTQ+ community and gendered stereotypes in movies.

Engineering professor named senior member of the National Academy of Inventors

2/21/2022

Penn State Professor of Electrical Engineering Vishal Monga has been named a 2022 senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.

New workflow, tools allow viruses to be studied in near-native environments

2/21/2022

A study led by Penn State researchers shows new ways to view viruses and vaccine components in minute detail using liquid-electron microscopy, a new tool that allows for high-resolution imaging in near-native environments.

Researcher awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory materials science award

2/18/2022

Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and acoustics at Penn State, recently received the Institute for Materials Science Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Media mention: '3D Printing for Better Flame From a Gas Turbine Swirler'

2/17/2022

Jacqueline O’Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach at Penn State, was featured in the latest episode of Additive Manufacturing's "The Cool Parts Show" on February 17.

Penn State center gets 5G boost for digital connectivity research

2/17/2022

Verizon enabled 5G ultra-wideband capabilities at Penn State Innovation Park.

Penn State faculty members, student receive best paper award

2/17/2022

The Federal Highway Administration recently honored a student and two faculty members for their paper, “A State Based Markov Model Approach to Impact Echo Signal Classification,” which was selected as the first-place winner in the bridge category of the 2020-21 Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Student Data Analysis Contest.

Trustees committee recommends Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel renovation plan

2/17/2022

A proposal for an extensive renovation and expansion of the Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel Building on the University Park campus, a part of Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), was advanced today (Feb. 17) by the Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning. The proposal will be considered by the full board at its meeting on Feb. 18.

Media mention: Can super-fast battery charging fix the electric car?

2/15/2022

Chao-Yang Wang, professor and Diefenderfer Chair in the Penn State Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, was quoted in an article published by Wired on Feb. 9. Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/can-super-fast-battery-charging-fix-the-electric-car/

Architectural engineering alumni create student support fund

2/14/2022

Rob and Helen Diemer, both 1981 architectural engineering graduates, wanted to provide for students needing to cover a range of costs from unexpected family emergencies to enhanced educational experiences. The couple endowed the Rob and Helen Diemer Student Emergency Fund in the Department of Architectural Engineering to support those students.

Engineering students get creative with cardboard at entrepreneurship event

2/14/2022

In November 2021, the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) program hosted the first annual Cardboard Challenge. The event challenged teams of students to build a vending machine prototype out of cardboard boxes.

Study abroad program offers collaborative sustainability research experiences

2/11/2022

A new study abroad program at Penn State provides graduate students with leadership and professional development training before they embark on a research internship to collaborate with experts and local communities as they address complex sustainability challenges associated with interconnected water-energy-food systems.

Benkovics support pioneering research in chemistry and the life sciences

2/10/2022

The Patricia and Stephen Benkovic Research Initiative is a University-wide funding mechanism designed to directly support fresh, bold research projects at the interface of chemistry and the life sciences. Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biology and biomedical engineering, Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering, were funded in the first awarding cohort.

Center launches distinguished lecture series to bridge AI and neuroscience

2/10/2022

The Penn State Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems (CAFÉ) Distinguished Lecture Series showcases research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, computer science, neuroscience and electrical engineering. The weeklong virtual seminar series will take place daily from noon to 1 p.m., starting on Feb. 14.

Biomedical engineer named fellow of largest general scientific society

2/9/2022

Jian Yang, professor of biomedical engineering, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Fellowships are awarded in recognition of scientifically and socially distinguished achievements in the scientific enterprise, according to the AAAS press release.

Engineer to develop fingerprints into 3D holograms

2/9/2022

Fingerprints left at a crime scene are typically collected and stored as photographs — but do they have to be? Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, received a $300,000 grant from the Criminal Investigations and Analysis Center to develop a technique for creating 3D holograms from fingerprints.

Assistant professor named Rising Star in Biomedical Engineering Society

2/8/2022

Spencer Szczesny, Penn State assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was awarded the 2022 CMBE Rising Star Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group.

Engineers assess structural damage and resilience after Kentucky tornado

2/7/2022

Sometimes research means combing through data on a computer or studying a sample in a quiet lab. Other times, it means taking an unplanned, 12-hour road trip to don a hardhat and collect the data yourself. Faculty members and graduate students from the Penn State College of Engineering did the latter, traveling to Mayfield, Kentucky, to capture data on tornado destruction in the wake of the December 2021 Midwest Tornado series.

Reconfigured AI devices enable lifelong learning for machines

2/7/2022

By reconfiguring neural networks in artificial intelligence devices, a multi-institute team that included Penn State researchers facilitated AI systems to continually learn and adapt new data and tasks in ways that were not possible or practical before. The approach combines a novel algorithm with perovskite nickelate — a material so sensitive to subatomic changes, they can change its electrical properties — to overcome two of the main limitations of AI: catastrophic forgetting and high energy consumption.

Simulating a “net” flexible electronic

2/7/2022

Flexible electronics could lead to advancements in medical technology, smart devices and more, but their manufacturing must balance electric performance and stretchability, according to Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State.

A new, nanoscale, 3D structure to control light

2/4/2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Metamaterials, made up of small, repeated structures engineered to produce desired interactions with light or sound waves, can improve optical devices used in telecommunications, imaging and more. But the functionality of the devices can be limited by the corresponding design space, according to Lei Kang, assistant research professor of electrical engineering at Penn State.

Balancing sustainability, safety and comfort in engineered floor slabs

2/4/2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Using less material in floors is a viable strategy for improving sustainability in buildings, as it can reduce the structure’s environmental footprint. Prioritizing only this goal, however, can lead to unwanted effects — such as an echo in a room or noise traveling between floors, according to Nathan Brown, assistant professor of architectural engineering.

Penn State biomedical engineer’s work highlighted by international society

2/4/2022

Deb Kelly, professor of biomedical engineering, Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics and director of the Penn State Center for Structural Oncology, recently had her research highlighted by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

New research advances wearable medical sensors

2/3/2022

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, is working to improve health monitoring by creating self-powered, environmentally-friendly, wearable sensors that collect data for clinicians while limiting discomfort for patients.

Researchers aim to improve stroke recovery with new granular biomaterials

2/2/2022

Now, researchers at Penn State and The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation and the University of California Los Angeles are developing novel biomaterials to target post-stroke immune response and promote new blood vessel and axon — the part of the neuron that carries nerve impulses away from the cell’s processing center — formation at the site of the stroke.

Scientists develop ‘exceptional’ surface to explore exotic physics

2/1/2022

By demonstrating exceptional control of an open optical system, an international research team has provided a path to experimentally measure and test exotic phenomena and gain insights into new physics with exquisite sensitivity.

$2.5M grant awarded to flip the switch on lung cancer drug resistance

1/31/2022

Penn State engineering researchers, in collaboration with University of Massachusetts investigators, recently received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to build, model and failure-test customizable dual-switch gene drives that convert cancer cells into a "trojan horse" to kill other cancer cells that have become drug resistant.

Architectural engineering graduate student team recognized in lighting design contest

1/31/2022

A team of three graduate students from the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering was named the honorable mention for the 2021 Howard Brandston Lighting Design Education Grant, presented by the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Engineering research expenditures highly ranked by NSF

1/31/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering ranks fourth in the country for total research expenditures, according to the most recent National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures, released in January 2022.

Mechanical engineering students build science exhibits to foster community collaboration

1/31/2022

As part of the course work for ME 340: Mechanical Engineering Design Methodology, undergraduate students from the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering created children’s science exhibits for the Discovery Space Science Museum in State College.

SpotLESS Materials experiences growth selling super slippery coating technology

1/31/2022

Penn State-affiliated startup spotLESS Materials, which sells its super slippery coating technology as an assistive cleaning product, has raised more than $1.3 million of total venture capital funding to date, including $900,000 in a seed round that closed on Dec. 23, 2021.

Faculty member appointed to AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility

1/27/2022

Jennifer Wagner, Penn State assistant professor of law, policy and engineering in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, was appointed to serve on the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.

Interdisciplinary Penn State team places second in coastal design competition

1/27/2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State landscape architecture and civil engineering students was awarded second place in the biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Design Competition, which focused on coastal resilience planning in Hampton, Virginia.

U.S. News ranks Penn State World Campus engineering programs in "best" report

1/26/2022

U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State World Campus among its "Best Online Programs" for 2022, with the University’s online graduate engineering programs tied for No. 3 overall and for veterans.

Examining the opioid epidemic through the lens of crime data

1/24/2022

A new study published this month by Penn State researchers using crime incident data found that opioid-related crime incident rates were positively associated with rates of opioid-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and overdose mortality.

National society recognizes College of Engineering as 'academic ally'

1/24/2022

On behalf of the Penn State College of Engineering, Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering, and Esther Adhiambo Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering and director of the Global Building Network, received the Academic Ally award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) on Dec. 2, 2021.

Researchers use direct ink writing printer to 3D print biopolymer

1/24/2022

Penn State mechanical engineering researchers, including undergraduate student Dungan Adams, recently published results of their investigation into 3D printing a biopolymer.

Nanoscale window coating could help reduce energy costs

1/20/2022

Double-pane windows, which sandwich a layer of insulating air, can offer improved energy efficiency over single-pane windows, but replacing existing single-pane windows can be expensive or technically challenging.

Electrical engineering student team wins second place in international design contest

1/19/2022

Three 2021 graduates and two graduate students from the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science won second place in the student design contest at the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science Meeting in December.

Engineer named fellow of optics and photonics society

1/19/2022

Doug Werner, John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Industrial engineering doctoral student wins best paper award for statistics research

1/19/2022

Xueqi Zhao, industrial engineering doctoral student at Penn State, received the Best Student Paper Award in the Quality, Statistics and Reliability section at the 2021 Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) annual meeting.

International journal cover features engineering science and mechanics professor's work

1/19/2022

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, and his research team recently published a review paper that was featured on the cover of a special issue of the International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing.

Engineering scholarship opens doors for architectural engineering student

1/18/2022

Kelli Johnson, a fourth-year student in architectural engineering at Penn State, has been interested in art, science and math for as long as she can remember.

Penn State awarded $3.4 million contract to target plastic waste

1/18/2022

Penn State has been awarded a $3.4 million contract from the REMADE Institute, a public-private partnership established by the United States Department of Energy, to fund research targeting the inefficient methods currently used to process and upcycle mixed plastic waste.

Center for Research in Design and Innovation announces new director

1/17/2022

Scarlett Miller, director of the Engineering Design program and associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has been named director of the Penn State Center for Research in Design and Innovation (CRDI).

Solving the 'big problems' via algorithms enhanced by 2D materials

1/10/2022

Important optimization algorithms that are designed to solve large-scale problems such as airline schedules and supply chain logistics may soon get a boost from 2D materials that will enable the algorithms to better solve the problems and use less energy, according to Penn State researchers.

Engineered nanomaterial captures off-target cancer drug to prevent tissue damage

1/6/2022

Standard chemotherapies may efficiently kill cancer cells, but they also pose significant risks to healthy cells, resulting in secondary illness and a diminished quality of life for patients.

Engineers develop new software tool to aid material modeling research

1/6/2022

A new software tool can accelerate materials science research by cutting out tedious background research on material properties.

3D-printing surgical implants inspires engineering graduate student

1/5/2022

Advancements in additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, have the potential to significantly improve health care, allowing for surgical implants to be custom designed for each patient.

Engineer named fellow of international optics society

1/5/2022

Sahin K. Ozdemir, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was elected a 2022 fellow of Optica, the international professional society formerly known as OSA.

Speedy, on-site drug detection key to reducing impacts of addiction crisis

1/5/2022

Rapid, accessible and highly accurate detection of addictive substances such as opiates and cocaine is vital to reducing the adverse personal and societal impacts of addiction, something current drug detection systems can take too long to provide.

Alpha Chi Sigma alumni group creates $1.5 million in new scholarship endowments

1/3/2022

Penn State alumni of the national professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma have committed $1.5 million to endow scholarships in the three colleges where most of their members earned their degrees: the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Eberly College of Science.

Society of Women Engineers wins national award for eighth consecutive year

12/17/2021

For the eighth consecutive year, the Penn State Society of Women Engineers received the Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold Mission Award at the annual SWE national conference (WE21), the largest conference for women in engineering and technology.

College of Engineering fall 2021 student marshal named

12/16/2021

Harshin Hiten Shah, a dual major in computer science and mathematics, was named the College of Engineering’s student marshal for Penn State University Park's fall commencement on Dec. 18.

Mechanical engineer awarded grant to investigate supercurrent phenomena in heat

12/16/2021

The scientific advisory board of The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has announced $2.1 million in grants for early-career and established scientists at Pennsylvania universities.

Pauley named interim executive director of Faculty Senate

12/16/2021

Laura Pauley, professor of mechanical engineering and former Penn State Faculty Senate secretary, has been appointed the Faculty Senate's interim executive director.

Symposium provides undergrads a showcase for research, communication skills

12/14/2021

For the last two semesters, undergraduate students across Penn State's STEM fields joined research groups and conducted hands-on work, part of programs aimed at getting women, first-year students and other students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM their first exposure to research.

Remembering mechanical engineering professor Savas Yavuzkurt

12/13/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering community is mourning the loss of Savas Yavuzkurt, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, who died on Nov. 18 at the age of 70.

$500,000 gift supports creation of engineering entrepreneurship hub

12/9/2021

Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo believe engineers make great entrepreneurs. This personal principle motivated the couple to contribute to the College of Engineering West Campus expansion.

Deep learning to make nanoscale designs more robust against defects

12/9/2021

Optical metasurfaces, ultrathin interfaces made up of uniform nanoscale structures, change the behavior of light waves hitting them to produce effects ranging from unique reflection and transmission properties to lens distortion removal.

Grant enables research into catalysts for more sustainable hydrogen production

12/9/2021

Fuel cells running on hydrogen gas could serve as a gasoline alternative in cars of the future.

New chemical engineering faculty to explore sustainable fuels, depollution

12/9/2021

Two new faculty members will join the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering. Gina Noh and Ezra Clark will start in their new roles on Jan. 1, 2022.

Physics-informed deep learning to assess carbon dioxide storage sites

12/9/2021

Pumping carbon dioxide underground may help combat the warming of the atmosphere but finding appropriate underground sites that could safely serve as reservoirs can be complicated.

Flightpath to sustainable aircraft possible with $1.5M NASA grant

12/7/2021

In their latest effort to advance sustainability and decrease the carbon footprint of commercial aircrafts, researchers in Penn State's Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine Laboratory, known as the START Lab, received $1.5 million in funding from NASA through collaborations with Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies.

Leonhard Center faculty receive dual grants to advance engineering education

12/3/2021

Penn State College of Engineering's Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education recently received a grant from the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) to develop a new workshop series for engineering faculty.

Penn State faculty awarded funding to advance public good

12/2/2021

As public interest technology advances, more researchers across disciplines are working to apply technology to serve the public good, such as advancing equity and social justice through technology and fostering the integration of scientific insight into policymaking.

Engineering professor named Air Force Young Investigator

12/1/2021

The United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded Shengxi Huang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State, a Young Investigator Research Program grant to investigate fundamental, new ways to create next-generation sensors, with the goal of improving a myriad of applications in electromagnetics.

Air accessibility: Most commercial planes could accommodate personal wheelchairs

11/30/2021

Many U.S. passenger airplanes could accommodate personal powered wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs often customized to the user, according to a report?from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Biomedical engineers find neural activity during rest is highly organized

11/29/2021

When mice rest, individual neurons fire in seconds-long, coordinated cascades, triggering activity across the brain, according to research from Penn State and the National Institutes of Health.

New nuclear engineering professor plans to inspire students, progress department

11/22/2021

When Martin de Jesus Nieto-Perez, associate teaching professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, first learned about nuclear energy, he was immediately intrigued.

Research finds US adults have context-specific views on biometric technology use

11/22/2021

As the application of facial recognition and DNA technologies increases across industries and domains, questions arise concerning the public's comfort with biometric modalities, the acceptability of using biometrics in various societal contexts, and the public’s trust in public and private entities using biometric technologies.

Salvaging rare earth elements from electronic waste

11/22/2021

Manufacturers rely on rare earth elements, like neodymium, to create strong magnets used in motors for electronics including hybrid cars, aircraft generators, loudspeakers, hard drives and in-ear headphones.

Virtual Iron Lion Design Challenge opens a new world of design possibilities

11/22/2021

Run for years as an in-person event for Penn State graduate and undergraduate students to dust off their design skills during the summer, the Iron Lion Design Challenge is a multidisciplinary design competition sponsored by the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory.

Climate uncertainty colors flood risk assessment

11/19/2021

Understanding how climate change will affect the flooding of rivers may become easier with a new framework for assessing flood risk that's been developed by an interdisciplinary team from Penn State.

Engineering professor recognized for innovations in cybersecurity

11/19/2021

In recognition of his research in the field of cybersecurity, Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the Outstanding Innovation Award from the Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Penn State Breazeale Reactor expands in size and in opportunities

11/19/2021

Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering Center and the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering broke ground on a 10,000-square-foot, $9.5 million expansion of the Breazeale Reactor on Oct. 21.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to Highly Cited Researchers list

11/18/2021

For the third consecutive year, four faculty members in Penn State's College of Engineering were recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

Student startup works to pave the future of mental health care

11/18/2021

Mental health care workers often end up with a large amount of patient intake data -- including each patient's symptoms, health information, and screening assessment scores.

Study challenges standard ideas about piezoelectricity in ferroelectric crystals

11/18/2021

For years, researchers believed that the smaller the domain size in a ferroelectric crystal, the greater the piezoelectric properties of the material.

Engineering student recognized for success, supporting Hispanic STEM community

11/17/2021

Randy Blanco, a fifth-year student in the Penn State College of Engineering, was named an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader in Engineering by Great Minds in STEM.

$6.5 million in grants to advance antenna systems with metamaterials

11/16/2021

To create advanced electromagnetic and optical metamaterials -- artificial materials engineered to possess unique qualities not available in natural materials -- Penn State researchers have been awarded more than $6.5 million in funding for three projects.

Student entrepreneurs Q&A: Sydney Gibbard and Leo Girlando

11/16/2021

As Penn State has grown entrepreneurship education across the University, more than 19,000 students from have enrolled in at least one course offered in the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Penn State President Eric Barron told the Board of Trustees during a report today (Nov. 12).

Engineering professor named associate fellow for advancing aerospace industry

11/12/2021

Stephen Lynch, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, was selected as an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Penn State joins $72 million NASA consortium to study Earth system science

11/11/2021

Understanding how Earth and its atmosphere behave in their natural settings and under the impact of human influence is the focus of a new $72 million consortium funded by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

AI behind deepfakes may power materials design innovations, scientists say

11/10/2021

The person staring back from the computer screen may not actually exist, thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) capable of generating convincing but ultimately fake images of human faces.

Engineers use deep learning to predict earthquakes in the lab

11/10/2021

Earthquakes in the United States can cost lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure damage every year.

Going gold: Engineers to investigate using gold as catalyst in hydrogenation

11/10/2021

Everyday items, like prescription drugs, gasoline and plastics, all undergo several rounds of catalytic processes during manufacturing.

Penn State launches Center for Neurotechnology in Mental Health Research

11/10/2021

Penn State is launching a University-wide center to bridge fundamental research to understand the brain and mind with potential clinical applications for diagnosing and treating mental health disorders.

Engineer receives young professional award from global society

11/9/2021

Andrea Arguelles, Penn State assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, was selected as the 2021 American Society of Nondestructive Testing Young NDT Professional Recognition award recipient.

Engineers to sustainably mine rare earth elements from fertilizer byproduct

11/5/2021

Despite their name, rare earth elements are not actually that rare. The 17 metallic elements are ubiquitous in nature and are becoming even more common in technology, as a critical component of microchips and more.

Key to resilient energy-efficient AI/machine learning may reside in human brain

11/4/2021

A clearer understanding of how a type of brain cell known as astrocytes function and can be emulated in the physics of hardware devices, may result in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that autonomously self-repairs and consumes much less energy than the technologies currently do, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

New Stuckeman exhibition showcases multidisciplinary 3D printing research

11/4/2021

A new exhibition that highlights the multidisciplinary work researchers from the Stuckeman School and the College of Engineering at Penn State are doing to create sustainable housing solutions on Earth and beyond by using 3D-printing processes opened on Nov. 3 in the Willard G. Rouse Gallery as part of the school's Lecture and Exhibit Series.

Penn State research expenditures total $993 million

11/3/2021

Penn State's research expenditures reached a total of $993.1 million in fiscal year 2020-21, an overall 1.5% decrease from the previous year, according to Senior Vice President for Research Lora Weiss.

Drastically improved electric vehicle batteries possible with $2.9M grant

11/2/2021

In pursuit of commercially-adoptable electric vehicle batteries with twice the energy density and cycle life of current technology, Penn State researchers have been awarded $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Engineer receives Trailblazer grant to create smart skin grafts

11/1/2021

Nearly 35 million people in the United States with diabetes face a common effect of dysregulated glucose: chronic, slow-healing wounds.

Engineering professor recognized by UN for work in sustainable buildings

11/1/2021

James Freihaut, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, was recognized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy during the committee's 30th Jubilee Session on Sept. 22.

Facilities Engineering Institute assessment team completes BUILDER project

10/29/2021

After nearly three years of collecting inventory data and condition assessments at Army National Guard facilities across Pennsylvania, members of the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute’s Facilities Condition Assessment (FCA) team have finalized all pre-assessments and entered data into the BUILDER Sustainment Management System.

3D-printing grad student helps optimize emerging technology

10/28/2021

With several research advancements and an industry internship under her belt, Penn State graduate student Paula Clares feels prepared to make a sizable impact in the 3D-printing industry.

To the stars: Aerospace engineering students find a home in astrophysics lab

10/28/2021

Aerospace engineering students Logan Baker and Gooderham McCormick are finishing out their degrees in an unconventional way: By designing and building a spacecraft.

Environmental engineering alumna leads through inclusivity and communication

10/27/2021

As one of the few women who have had the opportunity to run a Fortune 500 company, distinguished Penn State engineering alumna Jacqueline Hinman understands the value of self-advocacy.

Materials Research Institute names five Roy Award winners

10/27/2021

Three Penn State faculty and two graduate students have received the 2021 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Celebrating Professional Women in Building Week at Penn State

10/26/2021

In celebration of the National Association of Home Builders Professional Women in Building Week, the PWB Council of Central Pennsylvania partnered with the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State to speak with undergraduate students from several majors in the architectural engineering course AE 470: Residential Building Design and Construction on Sept. 17.

Engineering alumnae knead engineering into baking on new Netflix series

10/26/2021

Making a cake involves mixing batter, baking a sponge and decorating, but what if that cake also needs to function as a boat sailing down a channel or a vehicle that can cross an obstacle course?

National Center for Healthy Housing director to give Hankin Lecture

10/26/2021

Amanda L. Reddy, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, will deliver the 2021 Hankin Distinguished Lecture, hosted by Penn State's residential construction program and the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center.

Engineer invited to present research at two international conferences

10/25/2021

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in Penn State’s College of Engineering, has been selected to present at two invite-only scientific conferences.

Engineering associate dean for equity and inclusion featured on NSF podcast

10/25/2021

Tonya Peeples, associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was featured in the third episode of "Collaborative Strategies for Inclusive Change," the official podcast of the National Science Foundation INCLUDES Coordination Hub.

Engineering dean keynotes UN Committee on Sustainable Energy session

10/22/2021

Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the Penn State College of Engineering, addressed the United Nations Committee on Sustainable Energy during its hybrid 30th session on Sept. 22 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Projects prep library spaces for new University Park student, research services

10/21/2021

Penn State University Libraries is preparing for its Engineering Library to move into the West 1 Building currently under construction.

U.S. gun violence increased 30 percent during COVID-19 pandemic

10/21/2021

Gun violence increased by more than 30% in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

YES introduces engineering to elementary and middle school youth

10/20/2021

Christine Cunningham believes today's young learners can become tomorrow's problem-solvers and engineers, if their natural creativity and curiosity about how things work is nurtured through their K-12 curriculum.

Getting a head start on a materials research career

10/19/2021

Faced with a growing workload in its research labs, the Materials Research Institute met the challenge by offering Penn State students an opportunity that most materials science and engineering undergraduates normally never receive.

The air travel revolution

10/19/2021

Commercial aviation is responsible for between 2 and 2.5% of the total global CO2 emissions, with large single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft responsible for 90% of those emissions.

Saliva-based COVID-19 test may provide at-home results in 30 minutes

10/15/2021

Penn State researchers plan to develop an affordable and accurate at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test, rivaling the simplicity and convenience of pregnancy tests and glucose monitors, but with higher sensitivity.

A new twist on 2D materials may lead to improved electronic, optical devices

10/14/2021

The two types of interfaces between layers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) 2D materials where the top layer is a Janus TMD with two types of atoms (selenium and sulfur) and the bottom layer is a regular TMD with one type of atom (sulfur).

Monitoring glucose levels, no needles required

10/14/2021

Noninvasive glucose monitoring devices are not currently commercially available in the United States, so people with diabetes must collect blood samples or use sensors embedded under the skin to measure their blood sugar levels.

University of Virginia and Penn State researchers to develop new hardware system

10/14/2021

Real-world needs for such complex services as efficient manufacturing, drug discovery, supply chain logistics and wireless communication have outpaced the computing resources of today's conventional computers.

Architectural engineering students win sustainable building design competition

10/13/2021

Design a two-story, 50,000-square-foot building complete with a cafeteria, office, kitchen and storage space to accommodate 3,000 college students per day.

New Penn State consortium launches to help fuel the energy revolution

10/12/2021

Energy production and use presents a multilayered challenge that includes technical, social and environmental intricacies. With such a complex challenge at hand, Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has launched a focused effort called the Consortium for Integrated Energy Systems (CIES).

Novel lighting system designed for machine vision module of agricultural robots

10/12/2021

A novel camera system using active lighting devised by Penn State researchers may be a crucial step in developing machine vision systems that allow robotic devices to more clearly "see" the agricultural targets with which they will react.

Wearable head scanner could allow for comfort, mobility during brain scans

10/12/2021

To collect accurate images of a patient's brain, the patient must be still and confined in a tube-like MRI scanner for a long period of time.

Assistant dean, director in engineering retires after 37 years at Penn State

10/11/2021

After 37 years of employment at Penn State and numerous professional achievements and contributions to the University, Tom Litzinger, assistant dean for educational innovation and accreditation and director of the Leonhard Center in the College of Engineering, will retire in May 2022

Taking steps toward more effective fitness trackers, more physical activity

10/8/2021

As the popularity of fitness trackers has increased, so have the opportunities to use such devices to not only track fitness goals but also increase the motivation to meet those goals.

Schreyer Scholar works to develop sustainable solution to food insecurity

10/7/2021

Vancie Peacock grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, but always dreamed of being on a farm. When she was 4 years old, she said, she became a vegetarian because she didn't want to eat animals.

Architectural engineer recognized with inaugural national award

10/5/2021

The National Institute of Building Sciences presented John Messner, the Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, with the inaugural NIBS Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting on Sept. 28.

Multi-institute team awarded NSF grant to develop dynamic architected materials

10/4/2021

A multi-institute collaboration including Yun Jing, associate professor of acoustics and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to design architected materials that are fine-tuned with dynamic behaviors.

Penn State to honor astronaut Colonel Guion 'Guy' Bluford Jr.

10/4/2021

Colonel Guion "Guy" Bluford Jr., who earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State in 1964 and became the first African American in space, will receive multiple honors from his alma mater this week in recognition of his significant professional achievements.

Podcast examines how indoor lighting can improve energy savings, human health

10/4/2021

On the latest episode of the Growing Impact podcast, two researchers discuss their seed grant project that investigates how indoor lighting can be adjusted to save energy on a building's heating and cooling and positively impact human health.

New aerospace engineering faculty launches multidisciplinary trajectory

10/1/2021

In the words of late computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra, "A picture may be worth a thousand words; a formula is worth a thousand pictures." Roshan Eapen, a new faculty member in the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, describes his research as such, aiming to leverage the geometry of complex phenomena to create mathematical frameworks.

$1.3M grant to study brain function during anesthesia-induced unconsciousness

9/30/2021

Anesthesia has been used for surgeries and procedures for almost two centuries, but scientists are just now making advances in determining what our brains do when we lose and recover consciousness.

Can machine learning lead to cleaner water and more efficient ionic separations?

9/30/2021

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $1.5 million to a Louisiana State University-Penn State research team to develop a smarter approach to ionic separations, critical chemical reactions needed for water treatment, resource recovery and energy production.

Engineering science and mechanics professor receives lifetime achievement award

9/30/2021

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recently honored Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, with the 2022 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award.

New tool predicts changes that may make COVID variants more infectious

9/30/2021

As SARS-CoV-2 continues to evolve, new variants are expected to arise that may have an increased ability to infect their hosts and evade the hosts’ immune systems.

Two student teams awarded $25,000 for using artificial intelligence for good

9/30/2021

A panel of judges named InsectEye and AI-powered Recycling the winning teams in the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge. The announcement was made during the AI for Good Expo on Sept. 28.

$2 million grant awarded for climate-adaptive infrastructure design

9/28/2021

In 2020, the U.S. experienced a record number of billion-dollar disaster events, with damages totaling approximately $95 billion.

Engineering science and mechanics head elected to two international posts

9/28/2021

Judith Todd, P.B. Breneman Chair, professor and department head of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was recently elected as president of ASM International and as planning chair for The Franklin Institute's Committee on Science and the Arts.

Mentoring experience inspires project to increase retention in master's programs

9/28/2021

Growing up with limited resources in a small town in Peru, Julio Urbina was not aware of the field of electrical engineering, let alone that he could have a successful research career in it.

Researcher to study the positives and negatives of carbon mitigation

9/28/2021

Controlling carbon release into the atmosphere will reduce carbon dioxide and slow global warming, but could there be unintended consequences for human health?

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