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A naturally inspired, reusable system that purifies water and builds itself

7/26/2021

In nature, the interaction of molecules at the boundary of different liquids can give rise to new structures.

From waste to wear: How squid may be key to material revolution

7/26/2021

With elongated bodies, large eyes and a combination of arms and tentacles, squid appear alien.

New architectural engineering mentoring program connects students to industry

7/26/2021

Mentorship and industry connections can be critical factors for engineering students when trying to obtain internships or start their careers.

Engineering alum 'returns favor' with gift to architectural engineering program

7/23/2021

Inspired by a motivational quote from Jonas Salk, developer of the first successful polio vaccine, Steve Heinz shaped his professional goals around one important question, "Am I being a good ancestor?"

Penn State's biotechnology community overcomes COVID-19 challenges

7/23/2021

One of the many Penn State units that adapted to the pandemic's challenges was the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB).

Professor awarded Test of Time award for paper on data privacy

7/23/2021

A 2011 paper on data privacy co-authored by Dan Kifer, professor of computer science and engineering, received the 2021 Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Management of Data (ACM SIGMOD) Test of Time award.

Aerospace student receives Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship

7/21/2021

Rachel Axten, a rising fourth-year doctoral student in aerospace engineering, was selected to receive the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

New assistant professor to measure impact in machinery, culture

7/21/2021

Mechanical engineering’s Tamy Guimaraes to explore enhanced instrumentation for machines and inspire, support underrepresented groups in engineering

Students use AI to support mental health, address unanswered calls for help

7/21/2021

"Help" is a word many people have a tough time saying, or when they do, there may not be anyone to listen.

Autonomous Robotics Competition Club wins $30K at drone contest

7/20/2021

A team of Penn State aerospace engineering graduate students interested in unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, recently won third place overall at the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge, taking home $30,000 in prize money.

Nuclear science, engineering spark collaborations across Penn State and beyond

7/20/2021

Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering Center (RSEC), home to the Breazeale Reactor, is expanding to accommodate an equipment donation valued at $9.8 million and to facilitate more advanced neutron beam research as well as the growth of nuclear engineering at Penn State.

Stretch into the future of health monitoring

7/20/2021

Wearable monitors are on their way to being more stretchable, flexible and capable of more precise measurements than ever before.

Diversification in supply chain crucial to avoid 'food shock' in cities

7/19/2021

Diversification in the sourcing of food into cities can go a long way to tempering "food shock" -- a sudden drop in food supply due to unforeseen events, according to a team of researchers from Penn State and Northern Arizona University.

Multidisciplinary precision health expert joins Law, Policy, and Engineering

7/16/2021

Jennifer K. Wagner, a multidisciplinary expert known on Twitter as @DNAlawyer, will join the Law, Policy, and Engineering initiative on Aug. 15 as assistant professor of law, policy and engineering in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.

West Campus groundbreaking ceremony to highlight new engineering buildings

7/16/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of two new West Campus buildings, West 1 and West 2, on Friday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The in-person, by-invitation ceremony will also be livestreamed for the Penn State community and general public.

Global Alumni Spotlight: Mohammed Al-Aufi

7/15/2021

Mohammed Al-Aufi graduated from Penn State with a degree in chemical engineering in 2018. After a short stint in the field, the pandemic altered the course of his career, and he recently opened a coffee shop in Oman, dedicated in many ways to his sister.

Red blood cell 'traffic' contributes to changes in brain oxygenation

7/15/2021

Adequate blood flow supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients, but the oxygenation tends to fluctuate in a distinct, consistent manner. The root of this varied activity, though, is poorly understood.

Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory award defense research seed grants

7/14/2021

In support of multidisciplinary research, the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) collaborated to create a new seed grant program.

Engineers find imaging technique could become treatment for deep vein thrombosis

7/14/2021

A Penn State research team found that their method of imaging clots may actually help treat them, too. They published their results in Advance Healthcare Materials.

Penn State research teams awarded seed grants to advance biodevices

7/12/2021

Interdisciplinary research teams from across Penn State recently received seed grants from the Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant program and the Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant program to fund their work in advancing biodevices.

Presidential Leadership Academy announces new class

7/12/2021

Each year, the Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) at Penn State chooses 30 exemplary first-year students and the academy is excited to celebrate the next round of standout members.

Still waiting at an intersection? Banning certain left turns helps traffic flow

7/12/2021

According to a Penn State engineer, well-placed left turn restrictions in certain busy intersections loosen many of the bottlenecks that hamper traffic efficiency.

Adding layers to improve design ideation

7/9/2021

When engineers design a product using traditional manufacturing processes, it is commonplace for them to alter or adjust concepts and visions to transform the design into reality.

Computer science and engineering researchers receive best paper award

7/9/2021

Three Penn State computer science and engineering researchers received the best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery's 2021 International Systems and Storage Conference.

Former Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost, John Brighton, dies

7/9/2021

John Brighton, former executive vice president and provost, died on June 28, 2021, after a long struggle with dementia. He was 87.

Normal brain growth curves for children developed

7/9/2021

In the United States, nearly every pediatric doctor's visit begins with three measurements: weight, height and head circumference.

Bacterium-derived compound from food shown to stimulate brain cell growth

7/8/2021

The old saying may ring true: You are what you eat. There is new evidence that the gut is linked to brain health, thanks to a bacterium-derived compound known as indole, according to an international team of researchers.

Electrical engineering alumnus receives IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Memorial Award

7/7/2021

Penn State electrical engineering alumnus John Tague received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA Harry Diamond Memorial Award.

Engineering professor named fellow of international society

7/1/2021

Slava V. Rotkin, Frontier Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics with an appointment in the Materials Research Institute, was named a 2021 fellow of the Electrochemical Society.

Head of architectural engineering elected to national institute board

7/1/2021

Sez Atamturktur Russcher, Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and head of the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering (AE), was elected to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Board of Directors.

National Institutes of Health funds neural engineering graduate training program

7/1/2021

Penn State has a new cross-disciplinary program to train graduate students interested in the complex landscape of the human brain, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Coming full circle: Service member works on doctoral degree to teach

6/30/2021

Robert Newton, an industrial engineering doctoral candidate and a current United States Air Force officer, has known the military his entire life: growing up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, he was surrounded by military personnel.

Industrial engineering students win first place in global simulation contest

6/30/2021

Justin Rist and Robert Newton, Penn State doctoral students in industrial engineering, won first place in the May 2021 Student Simulation Competition, hosted by Simio, a software company that develops tools for simulation, production planning and scheduling innovations.

International team develops predictive tool to help mitigate COVID-19 in Africa

6/29/2021

A Penn State-led international collaboration has developed a modeling tool to project how COVID-19 may spread in African countries.

Engineering virtual connections and collaborations

6/25/2021

ELD faculty members applied the same international virtual collaboration concepts taught in the ENGR 422 course to provide students with educational and culturally enhancing opportunities.

Penn State-led team to bolster communities impacted by climate change

6/25/2021

An international, Penn State-led consortium aims to improve infrastructure resiliency, along with sustainability and public health, in coastal areas most impacted by climate change.

Researchers worldwide find great value in ReaxFF reactive force field

6/25/2021

More than 1,600 researchers in six of the world's seven continents have requested parameters for a ReaxFF reactive force field developed by a Penn State researcher and used as a valuable research tool in fields as varied as biomaterials, polymers, batteries and 3D printing.

Underwater creatures could uncover secrets to advance tech

6/23/2021

Mechanical engineering's Margaret Byron received recognition and support from the Beckman Foundation and the National Science Foundation to explore the complex fluid dynamics of how comb jellies swim

College of Engineering names newly established assistant dean

6/22/2021

Ivan Esparragoza, director of engineering technology and commonwealth engineering (ETCE) and professor of engineering design at Penn State, has been named the assistant dean for curricular innovation and program assessment, a newly established position in the Penn State College of Engineering. He will begin on July 1.

Penn State takes first in Collegiate Wind Competition

6/22/2021

The Penn State Wind Energy Club won big at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home first overall in the competition and first in the project development contest.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

6/21/2021

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State for the 2020-21 award cycle.

Researchers earn grant to investigate how to reduce costs of antibody therapies

6/21/2021

Monoclonal antibodies, medications made from genetically engineered mammalian cells, can help treat a variety of conditions, including cancer, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease, and even COVID-19.

Student research sheds new light on inner ear disease

6/21/2021

The function and purpose of the Bast valve, a thin membrane in the inner ear, has largely been a mystery to medical professionals since it was discovered more than 100 years ago.

Biodiversity seed grants support innovative collaborations across Penn State

6/18/2021

Seven Penn State faculty teams have received seed grants for biodiversity research as part of the 2021 "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in a Decade of Action" symposium.

Researchers propose methods for additive manufacturing quality control

6/18/2021

Additive manufacturing offers an unprecedented level of design flexibility and expanded functionality, but the quality and process can drastically differ across production machines, according to Hui Yang, a professor of industrial engineering at Penn State.

54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education

6/17/2021

Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded to 54 undergraduate Penn State students to cover costs related to undergraduate research.

Eight scholars begin summer Translational Science Fellowship program

6/17/2021

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s 2021 Translational Science Fellowship summer program begins this week.

$1 million grant to address cold storage logistics in vaccine delivery

6/15/2021

With a $1 million grant, Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will study a new protein coating that could eliminate the need for drug refrigeration.

Chemical engineering alumnus receives Excellence in Government Award

6/15/2021

Anthony Burgard, a Penn State chemical engineering alumnus, received a 2021 Excellence in Government Award presented by the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board. Burgard’s recognition included a Gold Award in the Outstanding Contribution to Science category for his work in the development of new science-based computational modeling tools.

Department of Energy awards to support students researching nuclear energy

6/15/2021

Three students in the Penn State College of Engineering were selected to receive awards through the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy Integrated University Program.

New engineering faculty to study structural materials in extreme environments

6/15/2021

Yang Yang, a researcher in the field of structural materials and electron microscopy, joined the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics as an assistant professor on June 1.

Nuclear engineering student receives scholarship from global society

6/15/2021

Matthew Durbin, a nuclear engineering doctoral candidate, received a Graduate Scholarship award from the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society, a technical society within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Professor honored for work in adaptive structures and materials

6/15/2021

Mary Frecker, the Leighton Riess Chair in Engineering and professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Professor named emerging professional in materials testing for 3D printing

6/15/2021

Guha Manogharan, the Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, has been named an International Emerging Professional by the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Researchers work to increase speed, reliability of wireless communications

6/15/2021

The development of millimeter wave communication technologies could improve the speed, latency and reliability of wireless communications significantly, according to Penn State researchers.

Student team places second in autonomous vehicle challenge

6/15/2021

A team of students in the Penn State College of Engineering recently earned second place in the Shell Ecomarathon Autonomous Programming Challenge.

Electrical engineering grad student receives Electrochemical Society fellowship

6/11/2021

Derrick Butler, a third-year doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Electrical Engineering, was awarded the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Joseph W. Richards Summer Fellowship. The ECS summer fellowships were established to help support students pursuing work in the fields related to ECS during summer months.

Engineer pens article advocating for ban of left turns at busy intersections

6/11/2021

Vikash Gayah, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, recently authored an article for The Conversation advocating for the elimination of left turns at city intersections with heavy traffic.

Institute awards 14 computational and data sciences seed grants

6/11/2021

From making our roads safer to paving the way to exoplanet discovery, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) seed grants have funded 14 projects backed by researchers from across the disciplines and around the University.

New tissue-closure model may aid in promotion of faster wound healing

6/11/2021

The observation of a previously undetected biological mechanism for closing gaps in living tissue improves basic understanding of the wound-healing process and may one day inform strategies to speed healing after surgery, according to a team of Penn State and Singapore researchers.

Patrick Mather appointed dean of Penn State's Schreyer Honors College

6/10/2021

Patrick Mather, a Penn State alumnus and the Richard E. Garman Dean of Engineering and professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University, has been named the dean of Penn State's Schreyer Honors College, effective Aug. 16.

Industrial engineer named 'influential academic' by international society

6/8/2021

Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, was named one of the 20 Most Influential Academics in Smart Manufacturing by SME, formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Innovative batteries put flying cars on the horizon

6/8/2021

Penn State researchers are exploring the requirements for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and designing and testing potential battery power sources.

Penn State, University of Freiburg announce joint seed-grant recipients

6/8/2021

The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems, in partnership with the University of Freiburg's Cluster of Excellence for Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems, has announced the recipients of the inaugural Living Multifunctional Materials Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program.

Biological engineering student selected for Cargill Global Scholars Program

6/7/2021

Rising second-year biological engineering major Vancie Peacock was selected to be part of the Cargill Global Scholars Program, an international leadership program sponsored by global food corporation Cargill.

College of Engineering mourns the loss of faculty member Arzoo Katiyar

6/7/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering community mourns the loss of Arzoo Katiyar, assistant professor of computer science and engineering.

Nuclear engineering alumni aim to connect past and future with naming gift

6/7/2021

Nuclear engineering alumni Pat Loftus and Douglas Wood are collaborating on a contribution for the Nuclear Innovation Commons (NIC), a 5,000-square-foot nuclear engineering collaborative space under construction in Hallowell Building.

Penn State industrial engineering sponsors service systems engineering award

6/7/2021

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering co-sponsored the Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award competition during the annual spring Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering Conference and Expo from May 22-25.

Researchers awarded grant to advance geothermal energy science

6/7/2021

Over the last decade, geothermal energy has progressed throughout the world as an environmentally friendly, sustainable source of energy.

Graduate student finalists show their work during research pitch competition

6/4/2021

Six Penn State graduate students involved in materials or engineering research presented a concise rundown of their research, in two minutes or less, for judges from companies including PPG, Corning, Dow and Murata at the finals of the Millennium Café PPG Elevator Pitch Competition on May 18.

Coupled brain activity, cerebrospinal fluid flow could indicate Alzheimer's risk

6/1/2021

Penn State researchers may have discovered a potential marker to clinically evaluate patients’ risk for Alzheimer's disease through non-invasive imaging tests, according to a study published today (June 1) in PLOS Biology.

Industrial engineer receives career research award from international society

6/1/2021

Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, received the David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. He was honored at the IISE annual conference, held virtually May 22-25.

Architecture students and faculty contribute to Pan-African exhibition in France

5/27/2021

Penn State faculty members DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design, and Yasmine Abbas, assistant teaching professor of architecture and engineering design, have designed an architectural space within the "UFA - Universite des Futurs Africains [University of African Futures]" exhibition at the Le Lieu Unique, a national center for contemporary culture in Nantes, France.

Eco-friendly carbon-dioxide conversion process may revolutionize existing method

5/27/2021

A new, environmentally friendly, single-step process has been developed to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons using plasma, according to scientists and engineers.

Industrial engineer named international society fellow

5/27/2021

Hui Yang, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, was named a 2021 fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He was honored at the IISE annual conference, held virtually May 22-25.

Mechanical engineering graduate joins United States Space Force

5/27/2021

Recent mechanical engineering graduate Austin Learn was selected to join the United States Space Force, a new branch of the military chartered in 2019.

Remote boot camps scheduled for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Fulbright

5/27/2021

Remote boot camps are scheduled throughout the summer for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Annual substance-use conference examines cross-systems solutions

5/26/2021

The Penn State Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) hosted its second annual conference, "Addressing Substance Use: Cross-Systems Solutions," on Monday, May 3.

NSF renews funding for Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium

5/26/2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a renewal of funding for the Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) national user facility at Penn State’s Materials Research Institute (MRI), the Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium (2DCC).

University Libraries Research Awards honor 100 students from 19 campuses

5/26/2021

Penn State University Libraries presented its fourth annual Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy honors at the end of the spring 2021 semester to 100 students at nearly all undergraduate Penn State campuses.

Penn State-led team recognized for image relighting research

5/25/2021

A collaborative Penn State and Amazon team of researchers, led by Vishal Monga, professor of electrical engineering, recently received second place in an international image processing challenge.

Protein simulation, experiments unveil clues on origins of Parkinson's disease

5/25/2021

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem teamed up to study the different conformations of a protein called alpha-synuclein, which when combined to form harmful aggregates, may lead to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Electrical engineering alumni receive Best Student Paper Award

5/24/2021

A paper co-authored by two recent Penn State electrical engineering alumni received the Best Student Paper Award at the American Society for Engineering Education's MidAtlantic Spring 2021 conference.

New department head to lead mechanical engineering

5/21/2021

Following an international search, Mary Frecker, the Riess Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Penn State, has been named department head of the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Recent industrial engineering alumnus earns Alpha Pi Mu scholarship

5/21/2021

Terrence Saylor, a 2021 industrial engineering graduate and State College native, received a $1,000 scholarship from Alpha Pi Mu, the national industrial engineering honors society.

Residential Building Design & Construction Conference abstracts due May 31

5/21/2021

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host the sixth biennial Residential Building Design & Construction Conference (RBDCC) March 2-3, 2022, in State College.

Mechanical engineering professor earns student-administered teaching award

5/20/2021

Linxiao Zhu, John J. and Jean M. Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Assistant Professor at Penn State, was awarded the designation of "Top Professor" by the University's student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the spring of 2021.

Penn State researchers use AI to analyze patient satisfaction

5/20/2021

Patient satisfaction can determine the probability of a patient to come back for further care, the likelihood of following discharge instructions, and overall health conditions, but artificial intelligence (AI) might be able to improve satisfaction and health outcomes, according to a Penn State research team.

Artificial intelligence predicts river water quality with weather data

5/19/2021

A Penn-State led team developed an artificial intelligence model to forecast water quality in remote rivers and streams, which could lead to a better understanding of how rivers are reacting to human disturbances and climate change.

Call for proposals for Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge

5/19/2021

The Penn State PIT Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge limited submission competition.

Chemical engineering professor receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

5/19/2021

Hee Jeung Oh, Penn State assistant professor of chemical engineering, recently received the 2021 Non-Tenured Faculty Award from industrial and consumer technology company 3M.

Researcher advances sign language technology with NSF CAREER Award

5/19/2021

With a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, Mahanth Gowda, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering, and his students are working to create a wearable translation device to better facilitate communication between deaf and hard-of-hearing people who use American Sign Language.

Two faculty members receive Amazon Research Awards

5/19/2021

Penn State faculty members James Wang, professor of information sciences and technology, and Rui Zhang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, each received a 2020 Amazon Research Award, which was announced publicly in April of this year.

'Getting to Negative: Strategies, Ethics and Co-benefits' webinar on May 19

5/17/2021

Increasingly aggressive strategies are needed to reduce current and future carbon emissions and proactively remove carbon-based heat-trapping gasses that have been emitted to date.

'Seeing' previously unseen nano-level glass damage

5/17/2021

For the first time, the subsurface structural changes of silica glass due to nanoscale wear and damage has been revealed via spectroscopy, which may lead to improvements in glass products such as electronic displays and vehicle windshields, according to a team of international researchers.

Three student startups win $10,000 each in 'Shark Tank'-style competition

5/17/2021

Three Penn State student startups each won $10,000 for their startups in the annual "Shark Tank"-style Inc.U Competition hosted by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP).

What makes plant cell walls both strong and extensible?

5/17/2021

A plant cell wall's unique ability to expand without weakening or breaking -- a quality required for plant growth -- is due to the movement of its cellulose skeleton, according to new research that models the cell wall.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions

5/13/2021

Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering tenure-line faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1.

Kayyali establishes educational equity scholarship in Schreyer Honors College

5/13/2021

Basel Kayyali, an electrical engineering alumnus, and his wife, Andrea, are helping to support current and future students in the Honors College with a gift of $100,000 that established the Kayyali Family Educational Equity Honors Scholarship.

College of Engineering announces Learning Factory capstone project winners

5/12/2021

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the spring Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, which took place virtually for the second year in a row.

Bake-off breaks and virtual research: How an engineering lab beat Zoom fatigue

5/10/2021

When the pandemic began and Penn State moved to remote learning more than a year ago, the THRED Group research lab worked to keep students engaged in research and engaged with each other, virtually.

Graphene key for novel hardware security

5/10/2021

As more private data is stored and shared digitally, researchers are exploring new ways to protect data against attacks from bad actors.

New Abington engineering graduate secures job with global aerospace company

5/10/2021

A member of the Penn State Abington Class of 2021 secured her first professional position with Lockheed Martin, a global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies company.

West Deck opening at University Park on Monday, May 10

5/10/2021

Penn State Transportation Services will open the new West Deck located at University Park’s West Campus at 6 a.m. Monday, May 10, for both permit holder and visitor parking.

Engineering alumnus creates scholarship for EECS undergraduate students

5/7/2021

Penn State electrical engineering alumnus Don Kellmel is establishing the Dr. Donald and Eileen Kellmel Scholarship, which will support full-time undergraduate students majoring in electrical engineering or computer science and engineering who are from Luzerne County.

IBM executives join Service Enterprise Engineering advisory board

5/7/2021

Jim Spohrer and Utpal Mangla, executives with international computer company IBM, recently joined Service Enterprise Engineering's (SEE) advisory board.

Improved physical therapy for Achilles tendon injuries possible

5/7/2021

To enhance the recovery of patients with Achilles tendon injuries, Daniel Humberto Cortes Correales, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, received $600,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Trustees approve plans, funds for new West 1 engineering building

5/7/2021

The Board of Trustees today (May 7) approved the final plans and construction of a new engineering research and teaching space at the University Park campus.

Aerospace engineering student receives U.S. Department of Defense scholarship

5/6/2021

David Schwab, doctoral student in aerospace engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

June 9 webinar to focus on adaptive architecture research, collaboration

5/6/2021

The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems announced a webinar titled "Future Directions in Adaptive Architecture."

Philanthropist and business leader Skip Smith endows directorship for Arboretum

5/5/2021

Charles H. "Skip" Smith, the Penn State alumnus and philanthropist who launched construction on The Arboretum at Penn State with a landmark gift in 2007, has made a new $3 million commitment to ensure strong leadership for the Arboretum far into the future.

Empathy in design: Learning human factors for biomedical devices

5/4/2021

While working in the medical devices industry as a biomedical engineer, Michelle Hatch began shopping for graduate programs that she could complete in her spare time.

Engineering students and clubs recognized with leadership and service awards

5/3/2021

Penn State recognized its recipients for student service and leadership awards and student organization and involvement awards?during the week of April 26.

The micro-environment of breast cancer in three dimensions

5/3/2021

Penn State engineers used 3D bio printing to study how cancerous tumors communicate with their environment to aggressively invade.

College of Engineering hosts inaugural Engineering Equity Summit

4/30/2021

The inaugural Engineering Equity Summit, presented by the College of Engineering Diversity Student Round Table, took place virtually on April 10-11.

Electrical engineering researchers receive best paper award

4/30/2021

Three Penn State electrical engineering researchers were recently awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Electron Devices Technology and Manufacturing (EDTM) Conference first place best paper award.

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society

4/30/2021

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarships to three Penn State engineering students.

Aerospace engineering undergraduate joins inaugural Patti Grace Smith class

4/29/2021

The memory of Patti Grace Smith, a teen plaintiff in a United States Supreme Court case that resulted in the desegregation of Alabama schools who would later become head of Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, is continuing to inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers.

Lavender Recognition to be held on April 30

4/29/2021

The year 2021 marks the 20th celebration of LGBTQ+ graduates during the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity's Lavender Recognition ceremony.

Worker-centered human robot partnerships -- a new chapter in construction

4/29/2021

In the future, humans may interact with artificially intelligent heavy machines, self-optimizing collaborative robots, unmanned terrestrial and aerial vehicles, and other autonomous systems, according to a team of Penn State engineers.

10 engineering students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

4/28/2021

Ten outstanding students in the College of Engineering were recognized for their research and potential by the National Science Foundation.

Student team challenged to create and test fully autonomous car

4/28/2021

A cohort of students on the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team were selected for the 2021 AutoDrive Challenge, sponsored by SAE International and General Motors.

Skin and bones repaired by bioprinting during surgery

4/27/2021

Fixing traumatic injuries to the skin and bones of the face and skull is difficult because of the many layers of different types of tissues involved, but now, researchers have repaired such defects in a rat model using bioprinting during surgery, and their work may lead to faster and better methods of healing skin and bones.

College of Engineering announces Research Symposium winners

4/26/2021

The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of the College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Wednesday, April 14, on the virtual platform Gather.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals

4/26/2021

Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for Penn State’s spring commencement ceremony.

Penn State launches new artificial intelligence center for engineered systems

4/26/2021

A newly founded, interdisciplinary research center established to further foundational and applied artificial intelligence (AI) in engineered systems will bring together expertise from 75 researchers representing 24 academic units across Penn State.

Chen earns Frisbey International Student Award

4/23/2021

Ang Chen, a junior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State, and a Schreyer Scholar, has been awarded the University's 2021 Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Award for undergraduates.

Engineering assistant professor honored with President's Award for Engagement

4/23/2021

Jessica Menold, the Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering, was recently recognized for her student recruitment and retention efforts with the President's Award for Engagement.

McKay, Myers, Rosen, Santos, Wolfs named 2021 Oswald Award winners

4/23/2021

Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2021 John W. Oswald Award.

Penn State joins Public Interest Technology University Network

4/23/2021

Penn State has joined Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), a Public Interest Technology project focused on fostering collaborations between colleges and universities committed to growing the public interest technology field and educating the next generation of civic-minded technology experts.

2021 graduate launching career with the help of Engineering Ambassadors

4/22/2021

Mechanical engineering's Amanda Hildenbrand shares her passion for engineering and translates it to career success, bolstered by Raytheon Technologies.

Engel-Herbert honored with 2021 Support Staff Award

4/22/2021

Mandy Engel-Herbert, educational program assistant in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in College of Engineering, has been honored with Penn State's 2021 Support Staff Award.

Engineering doctoral student receives U.S. Department of Defense scholarship

4/22/2021

Sierra Yost, a first-year doctoral student in chemical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

Engineering faculty receives NSF CAREER Award for simulation analysis research

4/22/2021

Eunhye Song, Harold and Inge Marcus Early Career Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to support her work in simulation analysis and quantifying model risk in simulations.

Six faculty members receive 2021 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

4/22/2021

Six Penn State faculty members have received the 2021 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Smart Health Research Colloquium to be held April 28

4/22/2021

Penn State Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) will host its virtual Smart Health Research Colloquium from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on April 28.

A message from Dean Justin Schwartz

4/21/2021

Dean Justin Schwartz shared a message with the Penn State College of Engineering community following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award to advance robot ethics research

4/21/2021

Alan Wagner, Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to support his research in human-robot interactions.

Helpful, engineered 'living' machines in the future?

4/21/2021

Engineered, autonomous machines combined with artificial intelligence have long been a staple of science fiction, and often in the role of villain like the Cylons in the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, creatures composed of biological and engineered materials. But what if these autonomous soft machines were helpful?

Researcher named to international Mobile Security Hall of Fame

4/21/2021

Syed Rafiul Hussain, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has been named to the GSMA Mobile Security Hall of Fame for his contributions to exposing vulnerabilities in 4G and 5G cellular networks.

Engineering dean speaks on UN panel discussing high-performance buildings

4/20/2021

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which includes the United States, prefaced its 69th session with a special virtual panel on high-performance buildings at 10 a.m. ET on April 19.

Facilities Engineering Institute charges forward with a more sustainable fleet

4/19/2021

White paint, blue license plates and departmental fuel cards are synonymous with Penn State fleet vehicles. Over the next few years, Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) staff hope terms like electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) will also become commonplace within Penn State Fleet Operations.

Five startup teams selected for 2021 Summer Founders program

4/19/2021

The Summer Founders program selected five teams from a pool of applicants spanning eight different Penn State campuses, four academic colleges, and The Graduate School at Penn State.

Fundraising initiative to honor Rob Pangborn, benefit Student Success Center

4/16/2021

In the fall of 2020, as Rob Pangborn prepared to conclude his 41-year Penn State career and retire from his post as vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education in December, his friends, associates and colleagues launched an initiative to honor his legacy.

Penn State, central Pennsylvania host 'Remake Learning' events in April, May

4/16/2021

Penn State and central Pennsylvania will host more than 40 events this spring in conjunction with "Remake Learning Days Across America," a festival of innovation intended to encourage creativity, perseverance and curiosity among youth from pre-K through high school.

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees

4/15/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering has selected the first cohort of honorees as part of its new 40 Under 40 Alumni Award program, which recognizes graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact.

Lucas establishes scholarship for honors engineering students

4/15/2021

Patrick Lucas took multiple honors courses during his first two years at Penn State. His professors were often surprised to discover that the industrial engineering student wasn’t in the Schreyer Honors College.

Wind Energy Club prepares to compete in Collegiate Wind Competition

4/15/2021

Each year since 2014, the Penn State Wind Energy Club has competed in the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home more first place wins than any other team.

Stretching the boundaries of medical tech with wearable antennas

4/14/2021

Current research on flexible electronics is paving the way for wireless sensors that can be worn on the body and collect a variety of medical data. But where do the data go?

Next on 'Digging Deeper': 3D printing and Penn State's use of the technology

4/13/2021

Penn State President Eric Barron and University guests will talk about the advances that have been made in 3D printing, how it can be used to make a difference in people's lives, and what Penn State is doing with the technology during the next episode of WPSU's "Digging Deeper" on Sunday, April 18.

Three Penn State juniors named Goldwater Scholars

4/13/2021

Three Penn State juniors have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation, which recognizes undergraduate students in the fields of natural science, engineering and mathematics who are interested in a career in research.

Global Engineering Engagement hosts inaugural student-focused conference

4/12/2021

The Penn State Center for Global Engineering Engagement hosted its inaugural student-centered spring conference, "Engineering Your Global Experiences: Building Global Competencies for the Future Engineering Workforce," virtually on April 1.

Making meeting easier with the Sweet Spot Scheduler

4/12/2021

Most Penn State faculty and staff find Microsoft Outlook useful to schedule individual appointments, but they rarely enter their semester-long teaching schedules into the Outlook system, making it difficult to schedule departmental meetings.

NSF CAREER Award helps researcher light the way to better optical devices

4/12/2021

Xingjie Ni, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award to develop new architecture for smaller scale, on-chip optical devices that also have greater light controllability.

Grad student aims to improve structural monitoring in 3D printing

4/9/2021

Susheel Dharmadhikari, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the 2021 AT&T Graduate Fellowship to help determine the safety and stability of additively manufactured, or 3D-printed, metal components.

New digital badges add skill-enriching opportunities for engineering students

4/9/2021

In the ever-evolving engineering education landscape, the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) recognizes the role professional skills play in its students' future careers.

Antibody binding-site conserved across COVID-19 virus variants

4/8/2021

A tiny protein of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that gives rise to COVID-19, may have big implications for future treatments, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Dr. Robert Harbaugh earns national lifetime achievement award in neurosurgery

4/8/2021

Shortly before he applied to medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in the 1970s, Dr. Robert Harbaugh read a biography of Dr. Harvey Cushing, a pioneer in neurosurgery and the first doctor to identify the condition now known as Cushing's disease.

Engineering student gains real-world insight during internship experience

4/8/2021

With thousands of startup companies emerging each year -- many located in State College -- the need for qualified employees with a passion for entrepreneurship continues to grow.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at virtual awards ceremony

4/8/2021

Graduate student award recipients were celebrated during the annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony where 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Newly elected national aerospace leader reflects on industry trends

4/8/2021

Amy Pritchett, professor and head of Penn State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, was recently appointed chair of the Aerospace Department Chairs Association (ADCA) for a two-year term.

Architectural engineering professor receives grant for color science course

4/7/2021

Dorukalp "Alp" Durmus, assistant professor of architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, received a $30,000 grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education to establish a new color science course, "Color Science for Architecture, Design and Engineering."

Graduate student receives American Society of Civil Engineers award

4/7/2021

Min Liew, a doctoral candidate studying civil engineering at Penn State, has been named a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Central Pennsylvania Section 2020 Student Award.

Irmak to lead Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

4/7/2021

Suat Irmak, Harold W. Eberhard Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named head of Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, effective July 1.

Penn State partners to launch NSF's Engineering Research Visioning Alliance

4/7/2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering today (April 7) launched the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA), the first engineering research-visioning organization of its kind.

Students from around the world participate in a virtual version of HackPSU

4/7/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop 644 students from around the world from participating in a virtual version of HackPSU.

EarthTalks: Head of nuclear engineering looks to stars for clean energy

4/6/2021

The National Academy of Engineering identified the harnessing of energy from nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the sun, as one of the grand challenges of this century.

2021 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced

4/5/2021

Forty-three graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 36th Annual Graduate Exhibition.

Additive Manufacturing and Design Program names new director

4/5/2021

The additive manufacturing and design (AMD) program at Penn State has named Allison Beese, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, as its next director.

Subscription database for dancers pitch wins 2021 IdeaMakers Challenge

4/5/2021

On March 24, five interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students pitched their ideas during the final round of the IdeaMakers Challenge.

Exploring culture, gender and risk-taking in design

4/1/2021

As the demand for innovative and creative solutions to problems increases, so does the need for inventive and resourceful individuals.

Five Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation Grants

4/1/2021

Penn State has been awarded five grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative.

'Decoding Big Tech' webinar to offer conversations around policy and big tech

3/31/2021

Tackling issues in technology requires robust solutions that prioritize people's interest, but currently, there are many roadblocks to pass legislation to accomplish this.

Finding the way: Engineering students create a simpler scheduler

3/31/2021

With nearly 100 radioactive material labs that require routine support and annual surveys at Penn State's University Park campus, the Penn State Office of the Physical Plant (OPP) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) radiation protection group needed a tight, fast and effective schedule for workers to stay socially distanced.

New undergraduate engineering lab successfully stays 'hands-on' during pandemic

3/31/2021

When Penn State transitioned to online learning amid the pandemic, faculty sought ways to translate an engineering curriculum to an all-virtual environment.

Kirigami-style fabrication may enable new 3D nanostructures

3/30/2021

A new technique that mimics the ancient Japanese art of kirigami may offer an easier way to fabricate complex 3D nanostructures for use in electronics, manufacturing and health care.

Urban agriculture can help, but not solve, city food security problems

3/30/2021

While urban agriculture can play a role in supporting food supply chains for many major American cities -- contributing to food diversity, sustainability and localizing food systems -- it is unrealistic to expect rooftop gardens, community plots and the like to provide the majority of nutrition for the population of a metropolis.

Distinguished professor testifies before Congress on sustainable aviation

3/29/2021

As a leading expert in gas turbine technology, Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor and mechanical engineering department head at Penn State, provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives on March 24, highlighting a pathway for sustainable aviation.

Penn State student team earns top prize in national consulting competition

3/29/2021

A group of four Penn State students claimed first place in the Deloitte Undergraduate Case Competition.

Researchers harvest energy from radio waves to power wearable devices

3/29/2021

From microwave ovens to Wi-Fi connections, the radio waves that permeate the environment are not just signals of energy consumed but are also sources of energy themselves.

University-wide COVID-19 response initiative marks a year of solutions, impact

3/29/2021

One year ago, as physicians and administrators at Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prepared for the impact of COVID-19, a consortium of Penn State researchers joined together to make a positive impact.

Bardusch family establishes endowment to support IdeaMakers Challenge

3/26/2021

For Bob Bardusch, innovation and entrepreneurship have been integral to his career success.

Lion LaunchPad in search of incoming students for special living option

3/26/2021

Lion LaunchPad (LLP) is looking to attract incoming first-year students to its special living option for entrepreneurially minded students.

Smart materials could pose solution for big-data bottleneck in future cities

3/25/2021

In smart cities of the future, sensors distributed throughout buildings and bridges could monitor infrastructure health.

Wireless sensors track sanitizer use, optimize replacement and refill operations

3/25/2021

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Penn State deployed nearly 6,000 hand sanitizer stations across its campuses for the fall 2020 semester, with almost 3,000 stations installed at the University Park campus.

New computational methods allow for accurate determination of gene expression

3/24/2021

A more accurate measurement and interpretation of gene activities, using large volumes of sequencing data, may be possible with a new computational framework and set of algorithms currently being developed by Penn State researchers.

Alumna recognized for her impact in combustion engines and fuels

3/23/2021

Penn State alumna Elana Chapman, senior fuels and biofuels engineer at General Motors, has been recognized for her impacts within the fuel industry.

Facilities Engineering Institute helps Commonwealth of Pennsylvania source solar

3/23/2021

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is leading by example to reduce carbon emissions, thanks in part to the work of the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) energy team.

Propulsion expert joins aerospace engineering faculty

3/23/2021

The first thing David Hall noticed about Penn State was the collaboration among faculty and students.

Antibody injections could become more affordable with new production method

3/22/2021

Antibody injections are a highly desirable treatment for people with chronic diseases such as cancer, psoriasis, Crohn's disease and arthritis.

Building better human-bot cybersecurity teams

3/22/2021

A multi-university team has won a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Award.

Chemical engineering professor named fellow of national society

3/22/2021

Bryan Vogt, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was named a 2021 fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE).

Stewart Kurtz remembered for his impact on materials research at Penn State

3/22/2021

Penn State faculty, staff and students are mourning the loss of Stewart Kurtz, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, who died Feb. 13 at age 89.

Hands-on curriculum to electrify undergraduate engineering

3/19/2021

When Tim Kane, Penn State professor of electrical engineering, thinks about the important components of undergraduate engineering curriculum, he says keeping the big picture in mind is key.

Center for Socially Responsible AI announces inaugural seed funding awards

3/17/2021

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the recipients of its inaugural round of seed funding.

Class of 2025 invited to attend 'A Virtual Welcome to the Penn State Community'

3/17/2021

Accepted students and their families, as well as students and families considering applying to Penn State, are invited to watch the livestream event, "Class of 2025: A Virtual 'Welcome to the Penn State Community,'" to be held at 4 p.m. ET on March 25.

Engineering faculty, staff and alumni honored for exceptional contributions

3/17/2021

The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) is recognizing the below faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Engineering for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Schreyer Scholar looking to apply machine learning to track viral diseases

3/17/2021

Chris Vo knows it can be easy to get caught up in the stress of grades or exams. But the Schreyer Scholar and computer science major tries not to lose sight of his larger academic goal.

Inexpensive tin packs a big punch for the future of supercapacitors

3/16/2021

A sustainable, powerful micro-supercapacitor may be on the horizon, thanks to an international collaboration of researchers from Penn State and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

Fund supports aerospace engineering students' hands-on learning

3/15/2021

Aerospace engineering students across the country can explore a myriad of challenges in their courses, from designing their own drone to developing technology that could be installed on the moon. At Penn State, students can take these engineering projects one step further.

Men's hockey forward finds a home in industrial engineering

3/15/2021

Adam Pilewicz, number 24 on the Penn State men’s hockey team, has put in four years of hard work on the team, and opponents and fans alike have taken notice.

Sincerely, Xobni founder Matt Brezina to speak during Startup Week

3/15/2021

From State College to Silicon Valley, Matt Brezina (class of 2003) is one of Penn State's most successful tech entrepreneurs, founding multimillion-dollar companies that include Sincerely and Xobni.

Co-keynotes to share value of Penn State Alumni Network

3/12/2021

With more than 700,000 alumni alive today, the Penn State network can play a pivotal role in helping fuel students' career growth.

Mentor Collective connects and empowers engineering students

3/12/2021

For engineering students, navigating the ins and outs of their academic experience can be a hefty task, even with help from professors and academic advisers.

$100K nuclear engineering alumnus gift supports reactor licensing program

3/11/2021

For Don and Julie Moul, Penn State has been the touchstone in their lives, the place that feels most like home amidst career changes and moves.

Intern builds confidence through work with startup in entrepreneurship program

3/10/2021

For Jeanette Debek, the problem-solving nature of entrepreneurship sparks a special type of excitement.

Neuroethics researcher and professor joins Penn State

3/9/2021

Laura Cabrera, a researcher in neuroethics and neurotechnologies, joined the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics as an associate professor on March 1.

Penn State IST course teaches theory behind COVID-19 public health guidelines

3/9/2021

Wash your hands. Stay six feet apart. Wear a mask. These are the messages that have been conveyed by public health officials for the past year to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Professor receives IEEE Computer Society technical achievement award

3/9/2021

Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, A. Robert Noll Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society's 2021 Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award.

Sushi-like rolled 2D heterostructures may lead to new miniaturized electronics

3/9/2021

The recent synthesis of one-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures, a type of heterostructure made by layering two-dimensional materials that are one atom thick, may lead to new, miniaturized electronics that are currently not possible, according to a team of Penn State and University of Tokyo researchers.

Addressing the energy, environmental complexities of urban areas

3/8/2021

Cities can be paradoxes when it comes to energy and the environment. For example, in a city, people live in a dense infrastructure of housing and businesses. In this scenario, one possible positive opportunity is the reduction of transportation and the pollution and energy use that come with it.

Architecture professor's firm named Emerging Voices competition winner

3/8/2021

Low Design Office (LOWDO), an architecture and integrated design firm co-founded by DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State, has been named a winner of the Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices 21 competition.

Climate dynamics seminar examines data, disasters and urban supply chains

3/8/2021

Keeping grocery store shelves stocked in cities after heat waves cause crop and livestock losses is a challenge.

Global Building Network online bibliography produced by University Libraries

3/8/2021

Penn State University Libraries' Open Publishing unit recently published a digital bibliography, Global Building Network, which houses resources to support the Global Building Network (GBN), a joint initiative between Penn State and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Materials Research Institute announces seed grant recipients

3/8/2021

The Penn State Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the 2021 recipients of seed grants that will enable University faculty to establish new collaborations with partners outside their own units for exploration of transformative ideas for high-impact materials science and engineering.

Student teams to compete on WPSU's 'The Investment'

3/8/2021

The top six Penn State student startup teams have been selected for the 2021 Inc.U Competition and will compete on WPSU's Shark Tank-style TV show "The Investment" for a chance at a share of up to $30,000 in funding for their startup.

Uncomfortably uncertain: Understanding 'and' in COVID-19 research

3/8/2021

Bill Warren, Penn State alumnus and now the vice president and leader of a biotech unit embedded within the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, often refers to the 13th-century poet Rumi in his work focused on accelerating next-generation influenza vaccine projects.

Engineering science and mechanics professor named 2021 Scialog Fellow

3/5/2021

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been named a 2021 Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

From secondary teachers to architectural engineering researchers

3/4/2021

In Pennsylvania, secondary education standards are designed to help students understand and use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as the fields evolve.

Hands-on education and evaluation equate to hands-on efficacy

3/4/2021

To navigate the evolving industry landscape, today’s engineers complement their technical breath, theoretical understanding and practical application abilities with professional proficiencies such as innovation, creativity and interpersonal skills.

Preventing injuries and improving recovery with micro-Doppler radars

3/4/2021

Micro-Doppler radars could soon be used in clinical settings to predict injury risk and track recovery progress, according to Penn State researchers.

Aerospace engineering alumna selected as 2021 NASA flight director

3/3/2021

Since second grade, Chloe Mehring dreamed of space. She went to Space Camp in junior high, researched NASA careers in high school and studied aerospace engineering in college to follow her aspirations.

Engineering researcher receives CAREER Award to develop straintronic tech

3/3/2021

With a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Saptarshi Das, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, plans to develop a new nanoelectronic technology to reduce the energy consumed by computing on a global scale.

Study aids local decision-making in reopening places of worship amidst COVID-19

3/3/2021

Under Pennsylvania COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, places of worship are not specified, leaving it to the discretion of leaders to decide when and how to reopen their buildings to in-person worship while still following masking and physical distancing protocols.

Engineering science student receives Acoustical Society of America award

3/2/2021

Nathan Kizer, a senior studying engineering science in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, received a $500 award for his honors thesis work from the Acoustical Society of America.

Engineering students flex their communication skills at speaking contest

3/2/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering's Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education held its semiannual speaking contest on Feb. 10, showcasing students' skills in translating complex technical knowledge into engaging narratives.

Penn State researchers receive patent for light-altering acoustic technology

3/2/2021

From navigating ships and submarines using sonar to imaging organs in the human body using ultrasound technology, scientists and engineers have studied the numerous applications of sound waves for decades.

Engineering dean speaks on panel about equity in engineering education

3/1/2021

Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering at Penn State, highlighted the college's efforts to improve equity in engineering during a virtual forum hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Feb. 24.

Penn State tied for first nationally in NSF rankings reflecting research breadth

2/26/2021

Penn State's research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields in science and engineering, released in January 2021.

Second Energy University forum to focus on education March 5

2/26/2021

Penn State faculty, staff and students are invited to take part in the second forum designed to discuss how Penn State can continue to strengthen its position as an energy leader.

School of EECS to host two virtual summer camps for girls

2/25/2021

One individual designed and built her own radio. Another created a hat that lit up in response to different movements. Others experimented with the equipment in a Motion Capture Lab, and many taught robots how to dance.

Doctoral student applies smart maintenance techniques to industry

2/24/2021

For Kai-Wen Tien, doctoral candidate in the Penn State College of Engineering's Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), a conversation with his former professor about manufacturing in his home country inspired his passion for engineering.

EarthTalks examines the carbon footprint of the built environment

2/24/2021

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering at Penn State, will discuss ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment at 4 p.m. Monday, March 1.

Lion LaunchPad restarts microgrant program for entreprenuerial students

2/24/2021

Teams of entrepreneurial undergraduate Penn State students can apply for microgrants of up to $500 in seed money to help get their ideas off the ground.

Taking future wireless technology from science fiction to scientific reality

2/24/2021

Self-driving cars that "see" through obstacles and maneuver accordingly. A sensor that scans a liquid for calorie count and dangerous or poisonous content. A drone that detects exact amounts of soil moisture while hovering above crop fields. All of these futuristic-sounding devices are moving closer to reality, thanks to research being conducted by Mahanth Gowda, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, with a three-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation grant.

Designing and developing the future

2/22/2021

After spending four years as a mechanical design engineer at Allegion in Bengaluru, India, Sharath Ramachandran wanted to find a way to enrich his undergraduate mechanical engineering education.

Virtual lecture series to highlight women advancing river research

2/22/2021

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State is co-hosting a new series of virtual lectures to feature the contributions of women to river research.

$2.2 million raised to date for construction engineering and management program

2/19/2021

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State recently reached $2.2 million in its fundraising campaign to reestablish a program in construction engineering and management (CEM) for civil engineering undergraduate students.

Chemical engineering professor named 'Young Observer' by international union

2/18/2021

Christian Pester, Thomas K. Hepler Early Career Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, has been selected for the 2021 Young Observer Program by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Engineering professor named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

2/18/2021

Jean-Michel Mongeau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow -- the first Penn State College of Engineering researcher to receive the distinction.

Biomedical engineer elected to two national societies

2/17/2021

Keefe Manning, professor of biomedical engineering and surgery at Penn State, has been elected as a fellow of both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

FacultyXchange connects biodevices researchers in academia, industry

2/17/2021

The Center for Biodevices in the College of Engineering at Penn State hosted its second annual Faculty Xchange on Feb. 10. More than 165 researchers and clinicians attended the virtual event.

Mechanical engineering faculty member named distinguished professor

2/16/2021

In recognition of his contributions to Penn State and to the knowledge surrounding reactive force fields, Adri van Duin has been named a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering.

A new course among early achievements for aerospace engineering faculty member

2/15/2021

Since joining Penn State's College of Engineering in August 2019, Daning Huang has made quick work of advancing his research and teaching mission as assistant professor of aerospace engineering.

Army grant could advance high-grade steel 3D printing

2/15/2021

Researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering received $434,000 from the United States Army to develop additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, techniques for high strength steels and alloys.

Chemical engineering faculty member named distinguished professor

2/15/2021

Seong Kim has been named a distinguished professor of chemical engineering by the Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs for his academic contributions to the Penn State community.

Engineer testifies on COVID-19 mitigation before congressional committee

2/15/2021

William P. Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, testified as an expert witness during the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's hearing, "Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps," on Feb. 4.

Engineering science and mechanics researcher named International Chair Professor

2/15/2021

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM), was recently named International Chair Professor of the National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) in Taiwan.

Industrial engineering faculty receives a distinguished professorship

2/15/2021

Jose Ventura has been promoted to distinguished professor of industrial engineering at Penn State. His new appointment began Jan. 15.

NSF CAREER Award to be used for developing new method of nucleic acid testing

2/15/2021

The development of more sensitive, portable and fully electronic nucleic acid testing (NAT) is underway, with efforts led by Weihua Guan, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State and recipient of a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for this research.

Researchers awarded $1.5M to create stem cell predictive model

2/11/2021

Stem cells are the building blocks of the body, according to Penn State researchers. Though similar to one another at their origins, stem cells take on unique characteristics as they mature, becoming specialized cells throughout the body -- such as bone, muscle, ligament, tissue or other organ cells.

Aerospace engineer takes fluid approach for creative problem-solving

2/10/2021

To Mark Miller, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, engineering is about imagination.

Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

2/10/2021

Growing the right crop in the right place within an impaired watershed can achieve significant water quality improvements, according to Penn State researchers, who conducted a novel study in the drainage of a Susquehanna River tributary in an agricultural area in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Explaining patterns, one model at a time

2/10/2021

A flock of birds moves in a way that seems random yet orderly. A ceiling fan rattles at a certain speed. Exploring the patterns of everyday phenomena is what piqued Joe Cusumano's interest in dynamics.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center Housing Conference to be held March 3-4

2/9/2021

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host the 29th annual PHRC Housing Conference from March 3-4 online.

Research at Penn State aims to improve air quality in cage-free poultry houses

2/4/2021

Research carried out by faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping commercial poultry operations -- some with multiple buildings each housing between 20,000 and 50,000 hens -- convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems while safeguarding animal and employee safety.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

2/4/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering recently awarded more than $300,000 to six project teams through its Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants program.

Machine learning algorithm may be the key to timely, inexpensive cyber-defense

2/4/2021

Attacks on vulnerable computer networks and cyber-infrastructure -- often called zero-day attacks -- can quickly overwhelm traditional defenses, resulting in billions of dollars of damage and requiring weeks of manual patching work to shore up the systems after the intrusion.

National conference featured architectural engineering department with virtual tour

2/4/2021

The Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) hosted a virtual tour during the Partners in Science Conference on Jan. 16.

Penn State selects four juniors for Goldwater Scholarship

2/3/2021

Penn State recently announced its four candidates for the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive national award given to undergraduates in the fields of natural science, engineering and mathematics who are interested in a career in research.

Transistors built from ultra-thin 2D materials take a step forward

2/3/2021

Two-dimensional materials can be used to create smaller, high-performance transistors traditionally made of silicon, according to Saptarshi Das, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in Penn State's College of Engineering.

IST course aims to build impactful user-friendly tech

2/2/2021

Helping users interact with information technology in a way that could potentially impact the world was the objective of a semester-long fall project in HCI: The User and Technology, a graduate level course in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Undergrad student makes strides in mobility research

2/2/2021

Hannah Luben, a Penn State mechanical engineering senior, said, "I'm passionate about two things -- mechanical engineering and helping people."

Investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance mystery with neutrons

2/1/2021

It was 11-year-old Logan's turn to choose a television show to watch with his dad, Daniel Beck, in October of 2020. Logan turned on the National Geographic channel, which was airing the 2019 documentary "Expedition Amelia."

Wearable sensor monitors health, administers drugs using saliva and tears

2/1/2021

A new kind of wearable health device would deliver real-time medical data to those with eye or mouth diseases, according to Huanyu ?"Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM).

$8 million NASA grant pilots course to hybrid-powered aircraft

1/29/2021

Leading a diverse, collaborative coalition that spans universities, industry and disciplines, Penn State has been awarded $8 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to chart the course for hybrid electric aircraft.

Aerospace engineering student named fellow for international program

1/29/2021

Jason Cornelius, doctoral student in aerospace engineering, has been selected as a Stanford United States-Russia Forum (SURF) fellow for the 2020-21 program.

Computer science and engineering faculty member named distinguished professor

1/29/2021

Mahmut Taylan Kandemir, professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, has been named a distinguished professor, one of the highest professorial distinctions at the University.

Engineering design faculty member awarded Hartz early career professorship

1/29/2021

Jessica Menold, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering at Penn State, recently received the Hartz Family Career Development Professorship in Engineering.

Mechanical engineering professor named ASME fellow

1/29/2021

Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Biomedical engineering professor named 'Rising Star' by professional society

1/28/2021

Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, received a 2021 Rising Star Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group (CMBE SIG).

How we talk about energy

1/28/2021

Complex units for measurement, uneven accounting systems and regional energy dependencies all make it difficult to understand how energy is used around the world, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Engineering.

Penn State vies in finals of international collegiate cybersecurity competition

1/28/2021

For the second consecutive year, Penn State advanced to the international finals of the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, the world's largest offensive-based collegiate cybersecurity competition.

Toxin-antitoxin function fuels antibiotic-resistance research

1/28/2021

Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are now known to negatively control plasmid replication, according to Thomas Wood, Biotechnology Endowed Chair and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering.

$500,000 grant funds creation of institute to advance AI for materials science

1/27/2021

A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will help lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary institute that encourages the use of artificial intelligence-enabled materials discovery, design and synthesis, according to a team of researchers.

Multidisciplinary researcher bridges Penn State departments as first joint hire

1/27/2021

Nina Lauharatanahirun joined Penn State’s College of Engineering and College of Health and Human Development on Jan. 1 as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and biobehavioral health.

Therapeutic cell researcher joins biomedical engineering and Huck Institutes

1/27/2021

Yuguo "Leo" Lei joined the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering as an associate professor and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences as the inaugural faculty director of the Sartorius Cell Culture Facility in a joint appointment on Jan. 1.

Engineering design faculty member awarded early career professorship

1/26/2021

Christopher McComb, assistant professor of engineering design in the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), recently received the James L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Professorship.

Mechanical engineering undergrad named to petroleum collegiate council

1/26/2021

Tyler Adams, an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been appointed to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Petroleum Division Collegiate Council.

NASA engineer turned faculty member inspires the next aerospace generation

1/26/2021

In the short time since Eric Greenwood joined Penn State's College of Engineering, he has worked to inspire his students to foster their creativity to solve real-world problems in the classroom and in the laboratory.

Pushing the boundary forward: Researcher's achievements honored with two awards

1/26/2021

As a high school student in China, Jing Yang, now assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, said she faced pressure from her community and her family to not go into a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.

U.S. News ranks Penn State among the best institutions for online programs

1/26/2021

For the fifth straight year, Penn State is the most recognized university in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of the best online degree programs in the country.

Chemical engineering alumnus named to Forbes '30 Under 30' list

1/25/2021

Penn State chemical engineering alumnus and Schreyer Scholar Paul Suhey has been named to the 2021 Forbes "30 Under 30" list for the consumer technology industry.

Virtual undergraduate lab shows promise, enhances learning

1/25/2021

Bolstering their efforts to transform the undergraduate laboratory curriculum, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) recently published their innovative methods to engage students and enhance their learning in the American Society of Engineering Education's Advances in Engineering Education.

Merging technologies with color to avoid design failures

1/21/2021

Various software packages can be used to evaluate products and predict failure; however, these packages are extremely computationally intensive and take a significant amount of time to produce a solution. Quicker solutions mean less accurate results.

Inexpensive battery charges rapidly for electric vehicles, reduces range anxiety

1/19/2021

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are looking at lithium iron phosphate batteries that have a range of 250 miles with the ability to charge in 10 minutes.

Increased blood flow during sleep tied to critical brain function

1/18/2021

Our brains experience significant changes in blood flow and neural activity during sleep, according to Penn State researchers.

Let's talk about mentoring: Program prepares engineers for life after graduation

1/18/2021

A rush of questions often enter the minds of engineering students as they prepare for their careers: "What courses should I take?" "How do I write a resume?" "How can I improve my interviewing skills?"

Remembering Gifford Albright, first architectural engineering department head

1/18/2021

Gifford "Giff" Albright, the first head of the Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) in Penn State's College of Engineering, died on Dec. 30, 2020, in State College.

Report calls for multipronged action to mitigate small aircraft lead emissions

1/15/2021

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released on Jan. 12 a congressionally mandated report on reducing lead emissions from small aircraft -- the single largest lead emitter in the United States.

Connecting heat transfer, additive manufacturing motivates undergrad researcher

1/13/2021

As a senior majoring in mechanical engineering (ME) at Penn State, Nicholas Evich is confident in his ability as a researcher.

Engineer awarded NSF grant to investigate acoustic graphene properties

1/13/2021

Penn State researchers received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to further explore the characteristics of an acoustic technology inspired by nanoscale electronics.

Engineering and physical plant partner to keep campus clean

1/13/2021

In spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought in-person classes at Penn State to a halt, as the semester moved remote after spring break for the remainder of the academic year.

$541K Office of Naval Research grant could enhance aircraft performance

1/12/2021

Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering received $541,167 to accelerate the designs of higher performing, more efficient and safer aircraft for the United States Navy.

New engineering scholarship honors parents

1/12/2021

Neither Bernard nor Florence Rokosz attended college. Bernard worked long hours as a truck driver and Florence was a bookkeeper to ensure all four of their daughters would graduate from college without debt.

Mechanical engineering alumnus' legacy honored through student scholarships

1/11/2021

As a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, Guntas Malhotra was drawn to automotive engineering. After graduating with a master's degree in 2010, he helped to pioneer new technology for Chrysler vehicles.

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition

1/8/2021

Mahabubul Alam, a doctoral candidate in electrical engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded second place in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design.

Engineering professor named Microscopy Society of America president-elect

1/8/2021

Deborah Kelly, Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics and professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, was elected president of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). Her three-year commitment as first president-elect, then president, then past president, began in January.

Engineers find antioxidants improve nanoscale visualization of polymers

1/8/2021

Reactive molecules, such as free radicals, can be produced in the body after exposure to certain environments or substances and go on to cause cell damage. Antioxidants can minimize this damage by interacting with the radicals before they affect cells.

Penn State graduate recognized for impactful doctoral dissertation

1/8/2021

Nasim Imtiaz Khan, who received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Penn State in 2019, recently received the 2020 Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC) Edward J McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award for his dissertation, "Assuring Security and Reliability of Emerging Non-Volatile Memories."

Penn State professors study ways to 'disrupt malevolent creativity'

1/8/2021

Funding from Department of Homeland Security allows psychology professor Sam Hunter and engineering professor Scarlett Miller to study malevolent creativity and ways to disrupt, hamper -- and even stop -- it

Sustainable sign-off: Engineering faculty member retires after 37 years

1/8/2021

Following an academic career spanning 37 years with Penn State's College of Engineering, Andy Lau, associate professor of engineering, retired on Dec. 31, 2020.

Mechanical engineering professor named Bashore Faculty Development Professor

1/7/2021

Guha Manogharan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and industrial engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Professorship.

Resist the resistance: Fighting the good fight against bacteria

1/7/2021

Drug-resistant bacteria could lead to more deaths than cancer by 2050, according to a report commissioned by the United Kingdom in 2014 and jointly supported by the U.K. government and the Wellcome Trust.

Service systems engineering award seeking submissions

1/7/2021

Penn State's Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) is co-sponsoring the Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award competition during the annual spring Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Conference and Expo.

Engineering students draw inspiration from art to test COVID-19 biodevice

1/6/2021

As a discipline, engineering often challenges students to fuse technical skills with creative design. During the fall semester, a Penn State College of Engineering senior capstone design group took this notion one step further through a collaboration with Bonnie Collura, professor of art and sculpture in the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Industrial engineering alumnus creates clean energy jobs in Africa

1/6/2021

For many, the idea of being one’s own boss is appealing -- you can make your hours, run the business and see to it that your vision is being carried forward.

Engineering professor named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

1/4/2021

Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, A. Robert Noll Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, has been named a 2020 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins national award

1/4/2021

The Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the seventh consecutive year at the virtual WE20 National Conference.

The complex mystery of membranes

12/31/2020

A desalination membrane acts as a filter for salty water: push the water through the membrane, get clean water suitable for agriculture, energy production and even drinking.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced

12/21/2020

The College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase for the fall semester took place virtually from Friday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 18. Students shared the culmination of their semester-long projects on the showcase's website.

Engineering leadership development alumna supports excellence through new award

12/21/2020

When Abby Dodson, a 2012 bachelor of science in engineering science and engineering leadership development (ELD) minor alumna, reflects on pivotal experiences during her time as an undergraduate engineering student at Penn State, she thinks of the ELD program.

Penn State and UTADEO faculty partner to support rural development in Colombia

12/21/2020

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Colombia seed grant program has announced the selection of three research projects led by faculty from Penn State and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia, to support research and development work with three departments in Colombia.

Penn State's industryXchange explores collaborations in artificial intelligence

12/21/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering hosted the fourth annual industryXchange on Dec. 7-8. The virtual event brought together members of industry, Penn State faculty and students, and government agencies to explore collaboration opportunities on this year’s focus, "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning."

Setting the cornerstone for engineering students

12/18/2020

The engineering design (DESIGN) program, housed in the College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), provides undergraduate engineering students with what is often their first exposure to engineering concepts and skills.

Architectural engineering alumnus organizes donation for people without homes

12/17/2020

When a cold snap plunged Los Angeles, California, into temperatures below 30 degrees in early November, Charles (Chip) Israel thought about the many people without homes that he sees regularly on his commute.

Fibrous protein finding may lead to improved bioprinting, tissue engineering

12/17/2020

Fibrous proteins such as collagen and fibrinogen form a thin solid layer on the surface of an aqueous solution similar to the "skin" that forms on warm milk, according to a team of Penn State researchers, who believe this finding could lead to more efficient bioprinting and tissue engineering.

Some neurons target tiny cerebral blood vessel dilation

12/16/2020

Neurons control blood flow in tiny vessels in the brain, but researchers know little about this relationship. Now a team of Penn State engineers has found a connection between nitric oxide expressing neurons and changes in arterial diameters in mice, which may shed light on brain function and aging.

$2 million estate gift to create faculty chair in aerospace engineering

12/15/2020

Building community is important, according to Robert "Bob" Lengel, and it has to start with strong leadership. A 1968 Penn State graduate in aerospace engineering, Bob and his wife, Sandy, have recently committed approximately $2 million of their estate to build the engineering community and share Bob's message of effective leadership and communication.

Filling the gap: Engineering students help design new furniture

12/15/2020

When designing the Leonhard Commons, a new study and lounge space within the Leonhard Building located on Penn State University Park's West Campus, project architects realized that their intended computer station design was not readily available on the market.

Engineering professor recognized as 'emerging leader' in biomaterials field

12/14/2020

The editorial board of Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, the flagship journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), recently recognized Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, as an emerging leader in his field.

Penn State researchers engineer cells to better target cancer

12/14/2020

In cell-based immunotherapy, a treatment being explored for cancer, the body’s immune cells are modified to eliminate cancer cells more effectively. Immune cells can kill cancer cells on their own but have some difficulty recognizing the substance produced by tumors that provides information on what cells to target.

Researchers to redesign microprocessors to increase computing power

12/11/2020

Increasing computing power is critical for many technological developments. However, the traditional method of increasing computing power -- namely, adding more transistors to microprocessors -- is reaching its limit of physical scaling.

Chemical engineering alumna named Woman of the Year in Engineering

12/10/2020

Penn State chemical engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumna Paula Garcia Todd has been named Woman of the Year in Engineering by Women in Technology.

ENtern program provides startup experience to entrepreneurship students

12/10/2020

Though businesses differ in product and service offerings, structure, missions and goals, behind every startup is an entrepreneur with the drive and determination to create a solution to a problem.

Newly discovered toxin-antitoxin system abundant in one-cell organisms

12/10/2020

Bacteria are always hungry, according to Thomas Wood, Biotechnology Endowed Chair and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering. If you gave a single bacterium all the food it wanted, it would obtain the mass of the Earth in about two days.

Webinar to discuss new living materials seed-grant program

12/10/2020

The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems will host an informational webinar in support of its inaugural Living Multifunctional Materials Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program.

A virtual Materials Day maintains a spirit of engagement while social distancing

12/9/2020

When Materials Day 2020 was in the planning stages back in 2019, none of the Materials Research Institute (MRI) faculty and staff involved in developing Penn State’s marquee materials science and engineering event had any thoughts about doing any part of it virtually -- until a pandemic hit.

Understanding COVID-19 infection and possible mutations

12/9/2020

The binding of a SARS-CoV-2 virus surface protein spike -- a projection from the spherical virus particle -- to the human cell surface protein ACE2 is the first step to infection that may lead to COVID-19 disease.

Algorithms and automation: Making new technology faster and cheaper

12/8/2020

Additive manufacturing (AM) machinery has advanced over time, however, the necessary software for new machines often lags behind. To help mitigate this issue, Penn State researchers designed an automated process planning software to save money, time and design resources.

New nuclear engineering faculty to investigate materials through computation

12/8/2020

Miaomiao "Mia" Jin will join the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering faculty as an assistant professor on Jan. 1, 2021.

Stretchable micro-supercapacitors to self-power wearable devices

12/8/2020

A stretchable system that can harvest energy from human breathing and motion for use in wearable health-monitoring devices may be possible, according to an international team of researchers, led by Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Chemical engineering student earns technical entrepreneurship fellowship

12/7/2020

Christopher Yehl, a chemical engineering doctoral candidate, recently received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the Penn State College of Engineering for the 2020-21 academic year.

Engineering student marshal eager to make positive impacts

12/7/2020

Madison Reddie, a student graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, has been named the fall 2020 student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering.

First-year engineering professor earns student-administered teaching award

12/7/2020

Satadru Dey, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, was awarded the designation of "Top Professor" by the University's student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the fall of 2020.

Researchers receive Hall of Fame award for seminal paper on smartphone security

12/7/2020

A multi-institution team of researchers recently received a Hall of Fame Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) for their 2010 paper that was the first to expose the ways in which smartphone applications use personal data.

Newly established director for international engineering student support named

12/4/2020

Melika Sharifironizi, former assistant research professor in Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, has been named director for international engineering programs.

Alumnus wins achievement award for work on military aircraft program

12/3/2020

Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus Eric Fallabel was recently awarded a Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award in Test and Evaluation from the Department of Defense for his work on flight testing for the CH-53K helicopter development program for the Marine Corps.

Penn State seed grant leads to NSF funding to study stress wave mitigation

12/3/2020

Seismic waves make the Earth quake, shaking the developments on the planet’s surface. But what if there were a way to stop those seismic waves from reaching buildings, bridges or entire towns? What if the energy from the waves could potentially be redirected or even harnessed, just by building a structure on the ground?

Six engineering graduate students named Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows

12/3/2020

Six engineering graduate students were recently selected to receive the Leighton Riess Graduate Fellowship in Engineering. This fellowship is coordinated by the Penn State Center for Biodevices, housed in the College of Engineering.

Stuckeman School researchers receive interdisciplinary research grant

12/3/2020

Elena Vazquez, an architecture doctoral candidate, and Jose Duarte, director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, were recently awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upjohn Research Initiative grant for $25,000 to help further their research.

Three Penn State researchers win 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Awards

12/3/2020

The Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the three winners of the 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Engineering student chapter recognized for member dedication

12/2/2020

The Penn State student chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) has been recognized with the organization's second-highest student honor: the Magna Cum Laude award.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to 2020 'Highly Cited Researchers' list

12/2/2020

Four faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering were recently recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

One chemical engineering faculty, three alumni honored as rising stars

12/2/2020

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, chemical engineering's professional society, has selected a Penn State chemical engineering faculty member and three chemical engineering alumni for its 2020 "35 Under 35" Award.

Researchers aim to 'upcycle' nutrient waste on farms using duckweed

12/2/2020

With a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Penn State researchers will investigate how duckweed could be grown on Pennsylvania farms to limit nutrient pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.

Alumnus' artisan watch startup earns shout out from 'Shark Tank' TV star

12/1/2020

What began in 2013 as a simple golf course conversation about watch preferences between two Penn State students, R.T. Custer and Tyler Wolfe, has grown into the nationally recognized high-end wristwatch engineering and manufacturing company, Vortic Watch Company.

Biomedical engineers find active particles swim against the current

12/1/2020

Researchers are beginning to understand the behavior of so-called "active" particles, which, if it can be controlled, has potential implications for engineered drug delivery systems and smart 3D printing, according to an interdisciplinary Penn State research team.

Navy grant to support diversity, strengthen Department of Mechanical Engineering

12/1/2020

The Office of Naval Research recently awarded Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor at Penn State and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), a $200,000 grant to help develop a diverse and inclusive future naval workforce.

Nuclear engineering alumnus named director of Idaho National Laboratory

12/1/2020

John Wagner, a Penn State nuclear engineering alumnus, has been selected director of Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He will begin his new role on Dec. 11.

New funding program to help advance living multifunctional materials

11/30/2020

The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems has announced the inaugural Living Multifunctional Materials Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program 2021.

University community invited to participate in energy forum

11/30/2020

A series of energy forums will be held to discuss how Penn State can continue to strengthen its position as an energy leader.

Penn State food scientist gets grant to study novel metal food can coatings

11/25/2020

Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science, recently received a grant from the USDA to conduct a study of alternative coatings for metal food cans. Also involved in the research are Helene Hopfer, Rasmussen Career Development Professor in Food Science, and Elzbieta Sikora, associate teaching professor of engineering science and mechanics.

Seven Penn State faculty named AAAS Fellows

11/25/2020

Seven Penn State faculty members in areas ranging from atmospheric science and engineering to medicine and computer science have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

Andrew Zydney virtually visits the University of Alabama

11/24/2020

Although the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology and its director, Andrew Zydney, are typically known for their collaboration with renowned industrial biotech companies, they also strive to work together with other top-tier research universities.

Engineering professor receives association's Outstanding Contributions Award

11/23/2020

Trent Jaeger, professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently awarded the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control Outstanding Contributions Award.

Professor honored for paper at American Chemical Society meeting

11/23/2020

Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering with a co-appointment in the Materials Research Institute, was recently honored with the Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymeric Materials.

Tech-based entrepreneurship student's 'failure resume' inspires scooter project

11/23/2020

When Braden Heisler received a "failure resume" assignment for his ENGR 407: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship class, he took the project seriously, creating an "anti-resume" that listed all his presumed failures -- from failed ideas to skills which he believes he lacks.

Civil engineering graduate student receives transportation fellowship

11/20/2020

Rebeka Yocum, a Penn State civil engineering doctoral candidate, was recently awarded a fellowship in the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday

11/20/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering invites alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the power of giving back as part of #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Engineering professor named as new Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse director

11/20/2020

Paul Griffin, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering and recently returning Penn State faculty member, will become the next interim director of the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse beginning in summer 2021.

Architectural engineer on mission to enable zero-carbon buildings

11/19/2020

Greg Pavlak's ultimate goal as an architectural engineer is to develop high-performing and environmentally sustainable solutions for buildings.

Chemical engineering professor receives professional leadership scholarship

11/19/2020

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded the John C. Chen Young Professional Leadership Scholarship from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Penn State researchers to help revive manufacturing enterprises

11/19/2020

A team of Penn State researchers, in collaboration with Texas A&M University and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), has received funding from the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) to help small- and medium-sized American manufacturers be at the forefront of new smart technologies to improve their processes.

Novel cellulose finding may lead to new chemicals, biofuels

11/18/2020

A multi-institutional research group led by two Penn State faculty members has identified, for the first time, how cellulose crystals orient themselves relative to the cell wall in plants, with potential implications for chemical and energy development.

Tungsten develops layers under fusion reactor extreme heat conditions

11/18/2020

In tokamaks, magnetic confinement devices being explored for use as nuclear fusion reactors, anomalous events can cause a transfer of energy with 10 million times the intensity of the solar radiation on Earth's surface.

Biochar from agricultural waste products can adsorb contaminants in wastewater

11/17/2020

Biochar -- a charcoal-like substance made primarily from agricultural waste products -- holds promise for removing emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals from treated wastewater.

Engineering professor named chair of NIH study section

11/17/2020

Deborah Kelly, Penn State Lloyd & Dottie Foehr Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics, director of the Penn State Center for Structural Oncology and professor of biomedical engineering, has accepted an appointment as chair of the National Institutes of Health's Macromolecular Structure and Function B Study Section, directed by the Center for Scientific Review.

Researchers apply nanoscale graphene 'magic' angle to acoustics

11/17/2020

Two atomically thin carbon sheets stacked on top of each other, called bilayer graphene, exhibit unique properties when one of the layers is twisted at a certain angle -- a "magic" angle.

Enhanced human-AI collaboration possible through new grant

11/16/2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a team of researchers $5.6 million to merge the strengths of artificial and human intelligence, with the goal of advancing the utility of relevant cyber-physical systems.

New industrial engineering space to invigorate learning

11/16/2020

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State is adding a new student-centered space within the Leonhard Building.

Putting reality in virtual additive manufacturing education

11/16/2020

As the engineering industry evolves, so must the education of future engineers. Advances in additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, continue to propel engineering sectors toward innovative production capabilities, but access to cutting-edge machinery isn’t always available to undergraduate engineering students.

Schreyer Scholar helping to nurture young students' interest in STEM

11/16/2020

Sydney Gibbard's parents and teachers helped encourage her interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Penn State biomedical engineering and premedicine student and Schreyer Honors Scholar is now working to help elementary school students develop similar interests and maintain them throughout their lives.

$1 million grant awarded to additive manufacturing researchers

11/12/2020

The additive manufacturing industry might soon have new technology in its toolkit. Christopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, is investigating the use of ultrasonic sensors in additive manufacturing to enable precise control of the microscopic structure of metal parts.

'Smart Wrap' implant may help people better control their bladders

11/12/2020

An implantable smart wrap that fits safely and securely around the bladder may one day help people who have under-active bladders, a condition that hinders patients from urinating regularly and comfortably, according to an international team of researchers.

Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference to be held Dec. 9-11

11/12/2020

Transportation professionals from around the country will sign in from home and office computers next month, when the annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) is held virtually for the first time in history. 

Implantable sensor could measure bodily functions -- and then safely biodegrade

11/10/2020

Sensors that monitor a patient’s condition during and after medical procedures can be expensive, uncomfortable and even dangerous.

Engineering professor receives Frontiers of Materials award

11/9/2020

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was recently selected to receive the 2021 Frontiers of Materials Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Engineering science and mechanics Early Career Recognition awardee selected

11/9/2020

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State has named Muhammad Faryad the recipient of the 2020 Early Career Recognition Award.

Penn State joins national effort to develop more inclusive, diverse STEM faculty

11/9/2020

Penn State is one of 19 universities joining a three-year institutional change effort to develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices.

Professor emeritus awarded honor from the University of Freiburg, Germany

11/9/2020

Martin Trethewey, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and acoustics at Penn State, has been awarded the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg - University Medal for his efforts in forging a global collaboration between the two universities.

First-generation engineering student finds diverse opportunities

11/6/2020

When Carlos Antoine Norman, Jr., a first-generation college student, was looking at universities, a West Allegheny high school teacher's recommendation led him to Penn State.

Engineering associate dean and alumna recognized for their contributions in STEM

11/5/2020

Tonya Peeples, associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering, and Penn State chemical engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumna Paula Garcia Todd recently received Million Women Mentors (MWM) Trailblazer Awards.

Imitating the brain to make computers more efficient

11/5/2020

Computers can perform operations much faster than the human brain and store more information. Despite these disadvantages, the human brain is a more efficient computer than the most sophisticated supercomputers -- by a factor of a million, according to Saptarshi Das, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State.

Researchers develop sensors that detect human biomarkers and toxic gas

11/5/2020

A new understanding of nanomaterials, sensor design and fabrication approaches could help advance stretchable, wearable gas sensors that monitor gaseous biomarkers in humans and toxic gas in an exposed environment, according to Penn State researchers.

Shining a light on first-generation students at Penn State

11/5/2020

This week, Penn State joins colleges and universities across the nation in recognizing National First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8.

Model for acid-tolerant yeast helps guide industrial organic acid production

11/4/2020

Microbes and other microscopic organisms could serve as sustainable "factories" to create many types of industrial materials because they naturally convert nutrients such as sugars into byproducts.

New Open Doors engineering science and mechanics scholarship created

11/3/2020

When Patrick Mather arrived at Penn State as a student in the College of Engineering in 1985, he didn’t know what to expect. A first-generation college student, he had little idea of how to navigate the academic world of college or what undergraduate research was, and he was surprised when he received his invitation to the engineering science honors program.

Engineering students win awards for innovating the human experience

11/2/2020

Two graduate students at Penn State have individually received awards from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) during the virtual annual meeting from Oct. 5 to 9 for their work to improve various technical aspects within the field of human factors.

New bacterial testing method to improve health care, food safety and more

11/2/2020

Detecting viable bacteria is important for various fields, from food safety to medical diagnosis. The existing techniques to conduct antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) -- testing that, for example, allows health care providers to prescribe the correct dose of antibiotics for a particular infection -- are slow, require skilled personnel or utilize bulky and expensive instruments.

Research lays groundwork for ultra-thin, energy efficient photodetector on glass

11/2/2020

Though we may not always realize it, photodetectors contribute greatly to the convenience of modern life. Also known as photosensors, photodetectors convert light energy into electrical signals to complete tasks such as opening automatic sliding doors and automatically adjusting a cell phone’s screen brightness in different lighting conditions.

Five engineering students receive scholarships

10/30/2020

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recently announced its scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 academic year. Five students from various disciplines in the Penn State College of Engineering were awarded scholarships.

Penn State education sets course for Navy rear admiral

10/30/2020

As commander of the submarine force of the U.S Navy’s Pacific Fleet, Rear Admiral Blake L. Converse, 1987 mechanical engineering alumnus, understands the importance of creative problem solving and effective leadership.

Graphene-based memory resistors show promise for brain-based computing

10/29/2020

As progress in traditional computing slows, new forms of computing are coming to the forefront. At Penn State, a team of engineers is attempting to pioneer a type of computing that mimics the efficiency of the brain's neural networks while exploiting the brain's analog nature.

New sulfur dioxide conversion method may transform current industrial techniques

10/29/2020

A single-step, plasma-enhanced catalytic process to convert sulfur dioxide to pure sulfur from tail gas streams may provide a promising, more environmentally-friendly alternative to current multistage thermal, catalytic and absorptive processes, according to scientists at Penn State.

Schreyer Honors College dean Peggy A. Johnson to retire from Penn State

10/29/2020

Peggy A. Johnson, dean of the Schreyer Honors College and a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, has announced her intention to retire from Penn State in August 2021.

Two-hour sepsis test in development at Penn State

10/29/2020

One in three people who die in U.S. hospitals have sepsis, the body's extreme response to infection that can lead to multiple organ failure. Diagnosis can take up to five days, but death may take only hours from the initial onset of sepsis.

Faster medical testing possible through graduate student's NSF-funded internship

10/28/2020

To potentially make medical testing faster and more efficient, Denise Widdowson, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has earned a spot in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program.

Architectural engineering student selected for ASTM International program

10/27/2020

Tyler Demyan, fifth-year student in the integrated architectural engineering bachelor's and master's program in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently selected to participate in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Emerging Professionals Program.

Cold vibrations: Researchers to study the movement of thawing Arctic permafrost

10/27/2020

With rising temperatures in the Arctic, communities in Alaska's North Slope Borough are seeing the ground beneath their feet melt away.

Penn State Law, Policy, and Engineering hosts election security panel discussion

10/27/2020

With less than two weeks left until the 2020 election, officials across the United States are preparing for unique and unusual circumstances -- increased mail-in voting, safety concerns related to in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, security fears and foreign influence threats.

2020 Hankin Lecture to emphasize importance of indoor air quality in U.S. homes

10/26/2020

Brett C. Singer, staff scientist, head of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems and lead of the Indoor Environment Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, will deliver the 2020 Hankin Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Modeling safer, more effective cardio implant devices

10/26/2020

A Penn State researcher has received a $459,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a computer model that could lead to safer implantable cardiovascular devices.

Penn State, University of Freiburg to deepen ties at Virtual Materials Day

10/26/2020

Penn State and the University of Freiburg will showcase their close collaboration in the field of living materials during the upcoming Materials Day on Nov. 10-11.

Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices

10/26/2020

New possibilities for future developments in electronic and optical devices have been unlocked by recent advancements in two-dimensional (2D) materials, according to Penn State researchers.

Volcano watching, wearable health monitoring research earn best poster awards

10/23/2020

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State announced the two winners for the 2020 ICDS Symposium's virtual poster presentation.

Mechanical engineering grad student charges ahead through research

10/22/2020

Xiaoyue Zhao, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), envisions a future where small and portable electronics can be powered simply by the act of walking.

Researchers use NSF Convergence Accelerator to shorten drug discovery timeline

10/22/2020

A $960,000, nine-month National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator grant has been awarded to Penn State researchers to explore faster and more cost-efficient methods of discovering pharmaceuticals using quantum artificial intelligence.

Alumna named Engineering Leader Under 40 by Plant Engineering

10/21/2020

Since Jayashri Aja graduated from Penn State with her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, she has been working to create opportunities for female representation and cultural diversity in the field of automation and manufacturing.

App developed by Penn State students is central to literacy boot camp in Kenya

10/21/2020

Nyansapo, an app developed by Penn State students, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assist children in learning literacy skills. The app was launched in August during a 10-day boot camp in Kenya where reported results showed participants increased their level of literacy.

Engineering professor named editor-in-chief of nondestructive evaluation journal

10/21/2020

Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and acoustics, was named editor-in-chief of Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, the research journal of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

Novel bioresorbable, tissue-healing surgical device approved by FDA

10/21/2020

A new surgical tendon fixation system that not only re-attaches damaged tissues but also facilitates healing as it is absorbed by the body has been granted 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, indicating that the device is "as safe and effective" as other legally marketed devices and is ready to go to market.

Architectural engineering transforms engineering studio into classroom

10/19/2020

Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering brought together a unique blend of faculty expertise to find innovative solutions to challenges posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- including the transformation of an engineering design studio space into a mixed-mode, socially distanced classroom.

Chemical engineer brings real-world experiences to students virtually

10/19/2020

For Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, an emphasis on remote learning modes has given him a new appreciation and application for a teaching tool he’s used -- and created -- extensively in the past: educational videos.

Eight Penn State faculty teams awarded seed grants for AI research

10/19/2020

Multi-Disciplinary Research Grants were recently awarded to eight research groups from across Penn State's colleges and campuses conducting research related to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Penn State powers up with solar

10/19/2020

This month Penn State began purchasing renewable electricity generated from three Lightsource bp solar farms that have completed construction in Franklin County.

The human factor: Empowering engineering education

10/19/2020

Mohammad AlSager AlZayed always knew that he wanted to be an engineer, but he didn’t realize his passion for engineering education until he began his academic career at Penn State.

Acoustics associate professor to explore new materials and imaging with sound

10/16/2020

As a child, Yun Jing loved music. Sitting in his room, he listened to Dvorak's New World Symphony over and over, without getting bored. He studied piano from an early age and later became interested in singing. When the time came to choose his undergraduate major, Jing’s adoration of music led him to study acoustics.

Gel instrumental in 3D bioprinting biological tissues

10/16/2020

The eventual creation of replacement biological parts requires fully three-dimensional capabilities that two-dimensional and three-dimensional thin-film bioprinting cannot supply.

Building a landslide prediction tool with Google and AI

10/15/2020

In their 2019 AI Impact Challenge, Google asked nonprofits, social enterprises and research institutions around the world, "How would you use artificial intelligence (AI) for social good?"

College of Engineering kicks off 125th anniversary with virtual celebration

10/15/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering will begin a yearlong celebration of its upcoming 125th anniversary with a virtual event at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Inexpensive and rapid testing of drugs for resistant infections possible

10/15/2020

A rapid and simple method for testing the efficacy of antibacterial drugs on infectious microbes has been developed and validated by a team of Penn State researchers.

Researchers explore at-home testing method of viral loads for HIV patients

10/15/2020

Development of a new method to monitor the effectiveness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment at home instead of in hospitals is underway by Penn State researchers.

NSF grant supports research on 3D-printing analysis methods

10/14/2020

Researchers at Penn State and the University of Cincinnati received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to advance quality control methods for parts produced through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

Global Alumni Profile: Uzair Qadeer

10/13/2020

For Penn State alumnus Uzair Qadeer, there was never really any question of whether he would lead a global life.

To boldly go: Penn State launches planetary science consortium

10/13/2020

The quest to understand our place in the universe is one of the most enduring scientific pursuits. A new interdisciplinary planetary science initiative will focus efforts at Penn State on exploring and seeking out life in the solar system and far into the cosmos.

Engineering professors selected as 2021 AIAA Associate Fellows

10/9/2020

Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach, and Sven Schmitz, associate professor of aerospace engineering, were chosen as 2021 Associate Fellows by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Engineers print wearable sensors directly on skin without heat

10/9/2020

Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users.

Nuclear engineering department head speaks on fusion pilot plant panel

10/9/2020

Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, was invited by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to speak at a panel discussion on the key goals and innovations needed for development of the first fusion energy pilot plant in the country.

Virtual seminar to address initiative's effects on air quality, health outcomes

10/9/2020

Wei Peng, assistant professor of international affairs and civil and environmental engineering, will discuss the potential health-related benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for Pennsylvania and the region at noon Friday, Oct. 16.

Engineering mourns death of aerospace engineering's Michael Micci

10/8/2020

Faculty, staff and students in the Penn State College of Engineering are mourning the loss of Michael Micci, professor of aerospace engineering, who died on Sept. 21, in State College after an eight-month battle with cancer.

Nuclear engineering professor receives American Nuclear Society award

10/8/2020

Kenan Ünlü, director of Penn State's Radiation Science and Engineering Center and professor of nuclear engineering, was selected to receive the 2020 Radiation Science and Technology Award from the American Nuclear Society Isotopes and Radiation Division.

Fighting COVID-19 gives graduate students invaluable research experience

10/7/2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to sweep across the world, many researchers shifted focus to fight the virus.

Harvesting vegetation on riparian buffers barely reduces water-quality benefits

10/7/2020

Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers will not significantly impede the ability of those streamside tracts to protect water quality by capturing nutrients and sediment -- and it will boost farmers' willingness to establish buffers.

Penn State receives $3 million to contribute to national Center of Excellence

10/7/2020

The national Center of Excellence for Thermal Fluids Applications in Nuclear Energy at Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory has a new member.

Space adjoining Marriott Foundation Building named for distinguished alumnus

10/7/2020

As renovations near completion on the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Building, an alumnus with deep roots in the Penn State community has stepped forward with a gift to realize the full impact of the project.

Four new faculty members join Department of Chemical Engineering

10/6/2020

Four new researchers are joining the faculty of Penn State’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

Penn State hosts virtual Engineering Ambassadors Network conference

10/6/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering recently hosted the Northeast Engineering Ambassadors Network (EAN) conference.

Schreyer grant to enhance mechanical engineering undergrad curriculum

10/6/2020

Faculty in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have received a grant from the University's Schreyer Institute of Teaching Excellence, further advancing the department's mission to ensure a cutting-edge and impactful undergraduate curriculum.

New method enables automated protections for sensitive data

10/5/2020

Just as people need to protect their sensitive data, such as social security numbers, manufacturing companies need to protect their sensitive corporate data.

Students encouraged in October to embrace academic integrity all year

10/5/2020

This month, Penn State will join colleges and universities across North America in celebrating Academic Integrity Month.

Assistant professor intends to bridge gap between humans and robots

10/1/2020

Katie Fitzsimons will join the Penn State College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2021.

Bacteria virus combo may be cause of neonatal brain infections in Uganda

10/1/2020

A newly identified bacteria and a common virus may be the underlying cause of infection-induced hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to an international team of researchers.

Engineering virtual summer programs support and connect first-year students

10/1/2020

Every summer, the Penn State College of Engineering hosts numerous orientation programs that are designed to support and welcome first-year engineering students as they begin their collegiate career.

Chemical engineering selects 2020 Early Career Alumni award winner

9/30/2020

Rajib Saha, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Penn State chemical engineering alumnus, has received the 2020 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award from the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Nine faculty members join School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

9/30/2020

The Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) welcomes nine new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year.

Engineers investigate additive manufacturing quality control with grant from 3M

9/29/2020

An interdisciplinary team of researchers in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and College of Engineering was awarded a $180,000 grant to investigate comprehensive quality control methods for additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, of metals.

Four student teams use AI for good to win 2020 Nittany AI Challenge

9/29/2020

Nyansapo, OpenVessel, AI Guide and Cyclone are the winners of the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge. Each of the student teams created a minimum viable product (MVP) using artificial intelligence (AI) for good and were selected by a panel of judges to share a pool of $25,000 to continue to move their solutions forward.

Generating renewable hydrogen fuel from the sea

9/29/2020

The power of the sun, wind and sea may soon combine to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel, according to a team of Penn State researchers. The team integrated water purification technology into a new proof-of-concept design for a sea water electrolyzer, which uses an electric current to split apart the hydrogen and oxygen in water molecules.

Nuclear engineer receives $3.6 million in grants to improve reactors

9/29/2020

In nuclear fusion reactors, the nuclei of atoms fuse to generate more energy than is consumed. This energy-producing plasma is roughly the temperature of the sun, which is powered by the same fusion energy principles. The sun, however, does not need to be confined in the way fusion plasma requires on Earth.

Students engage with professionals at Bristol Myers Squibb

9/29/2020

Despite it being the first crisp Friday afternoon of the fall semester in Happy Valley on Sept. 18, The Society of Industrial Biotechnology (SIB), a diverse group of Penn State undergraduate students who are interested in biotechnology, were hard at work, networking with professionals from Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), one of the world's leaders in innovative medicine.

Mechanical engineering assistant professor eyes enhanced diagnostics

9/28/2020

With the goal of tackling complex measurement problems to improve technology, Samuel Grauer will join the Penn State College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) as an assistant professor in January 2021.

Assistant professor earns Shuman Early Career Professorship

9/28/2020

Catherine Berdanier, assistant professor and director of online programs in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), has recently been named the Clyde W. Shuman Jr. and Nancy Shuman Early Career Professor.

Civil and environmental engineering professor granted emeritus status

9/28/2020

Fred Cannon, recently retired professor of civil and environmental engineering, was granted emeritus status in recognition of his distinguished career at Penn State.

UV-light research to investigate aerosol disinfection in unoccupied classrooms

9/28/2020

As students continue in-person learning, classrooms are a focus of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. A new $125,000 grant, funded by Penn State’s Office of the Physical Plant (OPP), is helping researchers investigate the possibility of aerosol disinfection of classrooms using ultraviolet, or UV, light.

David Geselowitz, who contributed to artificial heart development, dies

9/24/2020

Penn State faculty, staff and students are mourning the loss of David Geselowitz, distinguished alumni professor emeritus of bioengineering and professor emeritus of medicine, who died on Aug. 22 at age 90.

Four Penn State researchers join the Social Science Research Institute

9/24/2020

Four Penn State researchers have joined the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse, part of the Social Science Research Institute, including faculty members from the colleges of Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Health and Human Development.

Penn State Microbiome Center elects new executive committee

9/24/2020

The Penn State Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences recently elected six new members to join its executive committee.

Penn State researchers receive Best Paper award at the 2020 ASEE conference

9/24/2020

A group of Penn State researchers led by Swaroop Ghosh, Joseph R. and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division Best Paper award by the American Society for Engineering Education at the 2020 annual conference.

Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, to retire

9/24/2020

Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, has announced his intention to retire in December 2020 after almost 15 years leading Undergraduate Education and more than 41 years of dedicated service to Penn State.

Wastewater sampling may give advanced warning of potential COVID-19 outbreaks

9/24/2020

Wastewater sampling for coronavirus on campus and in the surrounding community could alert University decision makers to a potential outbreak several days before individuals exhibit symptoms of an infection.

A multishot lensless camera in development could aid disease diagnosis

9/23/2020

A new type of imaging that does not require a lens and uses reconfigurable particle-based masks to take multiple shots of an object is being developed by researchers at Penn State.

Energy Law and Policy webinars to focus on Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

9/23/2020

Pennsylvania has taken the first steps towards joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an agreement among almost a dozen states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants.

Engineering professor uses AFRL fellowship to research additive manufacturing

9/23/2020

For 12 weeks over the summer, Christopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, conducted research as part of the?2020 U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) at AFRL-Materials and Manufacturing.

Getting the code to bring Happy Valley's soup to a store near you

9/22/2020

In 2016, Happy Valley Soup Company expanded its gourmet dried soup mix operations and entered the mass retail market, selling the mixes in grocery stores in seven states and online through Amazon.

Celebrating Professional Women in Building Week at Penn State

9/21/2020

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 to offer an insightful discussion for students in an architectural engineering course.

Doctoral student receives American Society for Composites scholarship

9/21/2020

Rudy Haluza, a Penn State engineering science and mechanics doctoral candidate, was awarded a 2020-21 scholarship from the American Society for Composites.

Grassroots data science initiative seeks to create connections, collaborations

9/21/2020

Dave Hunter knows how valuable a serendipitous connection can be. Throughout his career, Hunter, professor of statistics at Penn State, said that "being at the right place at the right time" helped him find new partnerships and projects to advance his science and his academic career.

Penn State's research expenditures top $1 billion mark

9/21/2020

Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded the $1 billion mark in fiscal year 2019-20.

Trustees approve plans and funds for part of engineering expansion

9/18/2020

As the next stage of a proposed, decade-long initiative that will transform the Penn State College of Engineering and its facilities, the Board of Trustees approved final design plans and authorized expenditures of $88 million for a new research and teaching building near the western edge of the University Park campus.

Biomedical engineering doctoral student receives NSF-funded internship

9/16/2020

Yue “Lilly” Yan, a Penn State doctoral student in biomedical engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program. The award will support a five-month internship experience with spotLESS Materials, a Penn State spin-out company co-founded by mechanical engineering alumna Birgitt Boschitsch, in State College.

Engineers imitate human hands to make better sensors

9/16/2020

An international research team has developed "electronic skin" sensors capable of mimicking the dynamic process of human motion.

Penn State mechanical engineering breaks ground on innovative undergrad lab

9/16/2020

To fully reimagine its undergraduate lab experience, the Penn State College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) broke ground on a 5,700-square-foot space in the basement of the Reber Building.

Return and Get it

9/16/2020

The making, unmaking, and remaking of Agbogbloshie, a 20-acre scrapyard in the city of Accra, Ghana.

Theoretically, two layers are better than one for solar-cell efficiency

9/16/2020

Solar cells have come a long way, but inexpensive, thin film solar cells are still far behind more expensive, crystalline solar cells in efficiency. Now, a team of researchers suggests that using two thin films of different materials may be the way to go to create affordable, thin film cells with about 34% efficiency.

College of Engineering, three programs rise in U.S. News undergraduate rankings

9/15/2020

In the recently released 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks number 22 in the country, advancing three places from last year’s report. Three engineering specialty disciplines also climbed in the rankings.

Engineering department head elected vice president of ASM International

9/15/2020

Judith Todd, head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently elected vice president of ASM International at the society’s annual meeting on Sept. 14.

Virtual symposium on design thinking to be held Sept. 25

9/15/2020

The Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC) is collaborating with the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) at Penn State to bring its annual Flash Symposium and Open House to the virtual environment on Sept. 25. The theme of the 2020 online event is “Design Thinking.”

Abington summer program supports diversity in future engineers

9/14/2020

Penn State Abington is supporting the next generation of engineers through the Engineering Ahead program. The goal of the four-week summer program is to increase retention among a diverse group of engineering students by enhancing their academic preparedness.

Driving robust decision making: General Motors seeks academic expertise

9/14/2020

In the automotive industry, content decisions ranging from engine selection to the style of seats can affect a vehicle’s market sales. Automakers need to anticipate vehicle trims and options that customers will want to purchase from dealer lots. Failing to deliver the preferred combinations of content features may cause General Motors (GM) to lose customers to competitors or experience delayed purchases.

Engineering professor honored by two national societies

9/14/2020

Charles Bakis, distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics (ESM) and director of the Penn State Composite Materials Laboratory, was selected for the 2020 Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Lecture and Award by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee D30 on Composite Materials.

Five researchers join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

9/14/2020

Five Penn State researchers have joined the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. This includes faculty members from the colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Architecture, the Liberal Arts and Penn State Law. More than 60 cofunded faculty members work to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges through interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration.

Researchers fuse novel devices with biological inspiration for future AI systems

9/14/2020

In order to develop more intelligent and efficient artificial intelligence (AI) systems, computer scientists use neuromorphic computing, a field that relies on mimicking the human nervous system in order to create efficient and intelligent computing systems. However, researchers in the nascent field are still working toward success, and the sought-after power efficiencies have yet to be achieved.

Penn State researchers to study novel coronavirus potential to infect livestock

9/11/2020

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enable Penn State researchers to study the potential for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, to infect and spread among livestock.

Engineering student earns fellowship to support entrepreneurial spirit

9/10/2020

Jia Zhu, a doctorate student in engineering science and mechanics, recently received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the Penn State College of Engineering.

Self-powered biosensors may open up new paths to medical tracking, treatments

9/10/2020

Wearable and implantable devices are currently used for a variety of functions, including health tracking and monitoring. However, supplying energy usually requires cumbersome batteries and downtime due to recharging.

Engineering researchers strive to optimize metal additive manufacturing

9/9/2020

In pursuit of an improved, less expensive way to additively manufacture, or 3D print, complex metal components, Penn State researchers have received $546,806 from the National Science Foundation.

First Outcomes Day to connect, educate researchers on biodevices

9/9/2020

The Penn State Center for Biodevices, led by the College of Engineering, will hold its first Outcomes Day on Sept. 24.

Chemical engineering professor awarded Langmuir Lectureship

9/8/2020

The American Chemistry Society Colloid & Surface Division recently awarded the 2020 Langmuir Lectureship to Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State Merrell Fenske Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of physics.

Engineering professor named fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society

9/8/2020

Jian Yang, professor of biomedical engineering and Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Regenerative Engineering at Penn State, was named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

To make a better sensor, just add noise

9/4/2020

Adding noise to enhance a weak signal is a sensing phenomenon common in the animal world but unusual in manmade sensors.

Engineering lab part of new AI-based Molecular Maker Lab Institute

9/3/2020

A multi-institute team was awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the NSF Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy and Manufacturing (Molecule Maker Lab Institute or MMLI).

Penn State Health receives grant to mitigate COVID-19 in care facilities

9/3/2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has awarded Penn State $22.9 million to participate in its Regional Response Health Collaboration Program, which aims to mitigate and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Eye of a fly: Researchers reveal secrets of fly vision for rapid flight control

9/2/2020

By examining how fruit flies use eye movements to enhance flight control with a staggeringly fast reaction speed -- about 30 times faster than the blink of an eye -- Penn State researchers have detailed a framework to mimic this ability in robotics.

10 new biotechnologies revealed at inaugural Penn State BioTech Discovery Day

9/1/2020

On June 12, the first Penn State BioTech Discovery Day brought together Penn State researchers, industry experts and venture investors for a day of technology reveals and networking opportunities focused on accelerating the transfer of Penn State's top BioTech innovations to the marketplace.

Biomedical engineering graduate student receives Blue Flame Award

9/1/2020

Lauren Randolph, a graduate research assistant in biomedical engineering at Penn State, has received the Blue Flame Award, given by Addgene, a non-profit plasmid repository.

New nuclear engineering faculty to focus on next-generation nuclear power plants

9/1/2020

In January 2020, Xing Wang joined the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering.

Stitching it together: Two engineering students spend summer with IBM

9/1/2020

This summer, two industrial engineering graduate students received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to supplement their academic research with industrial training.

Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams

9/1/2020

Invent Penn State's 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week student startup accelerator, wrapped up Aug. 12 in a virtual showcase after funding seven student-startup teams with $15,000 each to work on their startup, nonprofit, or social good full time over the summer.

Algorithm aims to alert consumers before they use illicit online pharmacies

8/28/2020

Consumers are expected to spend more than $100 billion at online pharmacies in the next few years, but not all of these businesses are legitimate.

An improved wearable, stretchable gas sensor using nanocomposites

8/28/2020

A stretchable, wearable gas sensor for environmental sensing has been developed and tested by researchers at Penn State, Northeastern University and five universities in China.

Architectural engineering researcher to study COVID-19 aerosol transmission

8/27/2020

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not seem to be disappearing anytime soon. But now research on mechanical systems in buildings may help to better understand how the disease spreads indoors.

Nuclear engineering professor receives national 2020 Lewis F. Moody Award

8/27/2020

Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Lewis F. Moody Award by the fluid engineering division (FED) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels

8/26/2020

Plant-based biofuels can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing these crops in certain landscapes offers net climate benefits compared to other land use options, according to a team of international scientists.

Thin layer protects battery, allows cold charging

8/26/2020

In the search for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles, a self-assembling, thin layer of electrochemically active molecules may be the solution, according to a team of researchers.

Associate director of global program innovation joins College of Engineering

8/25/2020

Kati Csoman has been named associate director of global program innovation in the Office of Global Engineering Engagement in the Penn State College of Engineering.

Canceled summer internships turn into interstellar opportunities

8/24/2020

Due to complications from COVID-19, many Penn State engineering students lost internships or full-time offers for summer 2020.

Chemical engineering professor receives educator award

8/24/2020

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers has named Andrew Zydney, Penn State Bayard D. Kunkle Chair, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology, as their 2020 recipient of the Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education.

Locust swarm could improve collision avoidance

8/24/2020

Plagues of locusts, containing millions of insects, fly across the sky to attack crops, but the individual insects do not collide with each other within these massive swarms.

New associate professor to explore the creation of soft, autonomous materials

8/20/2020

Ryan Harne, previously an associate professor at Ohio State, has joined the Penn State College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering as the James F. Will Career Development Associate Professor.

Alumnus and wife establish endowment in architectural engineering

8/19/2020

Rob Banas attributes much of his career success in the building industry to the education he received as an undergraduate student in Penn State's architectural engineering program.

Penn State to lead $30 million university research alliance

8/19/2020

The Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded a combined total of $51.1 million to two university research alliances to counter threats of destruction, with a specific focus on improving current and developing future warfighter technology.

Two teams of engineering students emerge as capstone project award winners

8/19/2020

Two undergraduate teams at Penn State were recognized by the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's Service Enterprise Engineering Initiative for their capstone projects that embodied the initiative's motto, "engineering the 21st century service economy."

Anything is possible for girls in electrical engineering, including virtual camp

8/17/2020

In July, the Department of Electrical Engineering in Penn State's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science hosted its third Anything is POssible for Girls in Electrical Engineering (APOGEE) camp.

Chemical engineering department head receives environmental award

8/17/2020

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Environmental Division has awarded the 2020 Lawrence K. Cecil Award to Phillip Savage, head of the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair.

New nuclear engineering faculty aims to expand student research, collaboration

8/17/2020

Saya Lee, former associate research engineer at Texas A&M University, will join the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering as an assistant professor on Aug. 17.

Mechanical systems design expert joins engineering design program

8/14/2020

Jared Butler will join the Penn State College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs as an assistant professor of engineering design on Aug. 15.

Engineer developing out-of-this-world solutions for COVID-19 challenges

8/13/2020

Xin Ning, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering, specializes in developing materials for use in space.

2019-20 Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellows project wrap-up

8/12/2020

Last academic year, four Penn State instructors worked with teams from Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) to enhance the spaces where students learn.

From the human body to the human mind: Soccer player turned engineer

8/12/2020

Noriana Radwan, a former kinesiology student and division one soccer player, knew that she wanted to help others reach peak athletic performance with her degree -- or so she thought.

Learning Factory virtual summer programs focus on diversity, professional growth

8/11/2020

With many students losing summer internships and career development opportunities because of COVID-19, the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory was determined to provide these students with continuing education and professional development opportunities.

Living materials webinar partners Penn State, University of Freiburg researchers

8/11/2020

More than 100 registered participants met July 22-23 for a virtual webinar organized by the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems.

Electrical engineering major selected as College of Engineering student marshal

8/10/2020

Is'haq Al Hajri, an electrical engineering major with an energy business and finance minor, has been named the Penn State College of Engineering's student marshal for the 2020 summer commencement.

Director of engineering technology and commonwealth engineering redefined

8/7/2020

To continue to enhance the robust relationship between Penn State's College of Engineering and the University's array of engineering programs across its Commonwealth Campuses, the college recently redefined its director of engineering technology and commonwealth engineering position located within the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.

Engineering team wins top prize in entrepreneur program for flex heal product

8/7/2020

A team of four College of Engineering students, one College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student and one engineering faculty member recently won the top prize in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ State College program.

Highly sensitive dopamine detector uses 2D materials

8/7/2020

A supersensitive dopamine detector can help in the early diagnosis of several disorders that result in too much or too little dopamine, according to a group led by Penn State and including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and universities in China and Japan.

How to train your infrastructure

8/6/2020

When an engineer chooses to inspect, repair or replace a large, deteriorating structure, that decision could be optimized through a sequential decision-making framework based on artificial intelligence (AI), according to Penn State researchers.

New ag engineering fabrication shop ready to enhance Penn State fruit research

8/5/2020

Research aimed at helping growers improve efficiency, reduce costs and overcome labor shortages will be enhanced with the recent completion of a new agricultural engineering shop at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center.

NIH grant recipients to develop novel coronary heart disease treatment

8/4/2020

The National Institutes of Health awarded Penn State and University of Akron researchers a $2 million grant to develop a novel implant patch that can release protein drugs as needed for improved treatment of coronary heart disease.

Podcast features three women at the forefront of cryo-EM research

8/4/2020

The latest episode of The Symbiotic Podcast features the bleeding-edge research of three Penn State scientists working at the convergence of materials and life sciences, at the university’s best-in-class cryogenic electron microscopy facility.

The Learning Factory is 'taking summer back' with at-home engineering challenges

8/3/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory is helping students take their summer back, after months in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through an international competition, “The Great Learning Factory Make Off.”

Researchers aim to create thriving agricultural systems in urbanizing landscapes

7/31/2020

Agricultural systems in metropolitan regions and in adjacent, nonmetro counties account for more than two-thirds of U.S. net farm income and 97% of net farm income in Pennsylvania.

Swim like a fish, sense like a robot

7/31/2020

Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded $426,285 from the United States Army Research Office (ARO) to probe how to use fish-inspired robots to sense and perceive underwater environments.

Assistant professor joins Penn State to pave the way for smart cities

7/30/2020

In August, Satadru Dey will join the Penn State College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor.

Faculty teams awarded seed grants to fund biodevice development

7/29/2020

Faculty teams from across multiple disciplines recently received Penn State Biodevices Seed Grants and Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants to support work on the development of biodevices.

Water-energy-food research event to explore US-Colombian partnership

7/28/2020

As part of Penn State’s ongoing support of research in the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, an online information session focused specifically on WEF nexus efforts in Colombia will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 6. Interested individuals must register for the online event.

Assistant professor joins mechanical engineering to advance clean energy

7/28/2020

In August, Linxiao Zhu will join the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor and the John J. and Jean M. Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professor.

Engineering alumnus leverages his master's for government innovation

7/28/2020

Ken Corl managed to get a residential master's of IE when the department didn't have an online option.

Novel cutting mechanism devised for automated, robotic apple-tree pruning system

7/28/2020

The first robotic cutting mechanism — or “end-effector” — for a fully automated, computerized pruning system for modern apple orchards has been designed by a Penn State research team, an early step in the creation of a technology aimed at easing challenges facing tree-fruit growers.

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