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Penn State World Campus engineering students explore research at University Park

6/28/2022

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

Justin Schwartz named interim Penn State executive vice president and provost

6/27/2022

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

College of Engineering names acting dean

6/27/2022

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

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

6/27/2022

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

Seven Penn State engineering students receive Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowships

6/24/2022

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

Alumnus and professor named new head of biomedical engineering

6/22/2022

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

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

6/22/2022

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

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

6/22/2022

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

Penn State wins third place at Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

6/21/2022

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

Stacking the deck for computer security

6/20/2022

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

Extra dimension doubles power of standalone antenna system

6/17/2022

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

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

6/17/2022

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

Penn State takes third in vertical flight student competition

6/16/2022

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

Professor emeritus reflects on 55 years of service in chemical engineering

6/16/2022

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

Remembering Mike Erdman, College of Engineering alumnus, professor

6/15/2022

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

Geosciences professor named director of Penn State planetary science consortium

6/14/2022

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

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

6/13/2022

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

Biotechnology platforms enable fast, customizable vaccine production

6/13/2022

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

Rubbery camouflage skin exhibits smart and stretchy behaviors

6/13/2022

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

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

6/10/2022

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

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

6/10/2022

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

New waterproof sensors improve temperature and motion sensitivity, wearability

6/9/2022

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

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — Finalist

6/9/2022

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

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — First Place

6/9/2022

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

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — Second Place

6/9/2022

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

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — Third Place

6/9/2022

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

Service systems engineering projects highlighted with international award

6/9/2022

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

Engineer named Materials Research Institute’s associate, acting director

6/7/2022

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

Nuclear engineering graduate student receives scholarship, fellowship

6/7/2022

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

Professor receives professional society’s heat transfer award

6/7/2022

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

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

6/7/2022

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

Scientists devise method to help prevent hospital infections

6/6/2022

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

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni

6/3/2022

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

Engineering student voted People’s Choice winner in libraries contest

6/3/2022

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

Engineer named first holder of Barry and Shirley Isett Professorship

6/2/2022

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

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

6/2/2022

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

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

6/2/2022

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

Mechanical engineering student receives Department of Defense fellowship

6/1/2022

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

Researchers evaluate bridge life cycle impact on remote community in Alaska

6/1/2022

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

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

6/1/2022

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

Career development award to assess risk factors of aneurysm rupture

5/31/2022

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

Youth Engineering Solutions pilots curriculum at Massachusetts elementary school

5/31/2022

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

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

5/27/2022

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

Penn State architectural engineers serve on editorial team for new book

5/27/2022

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

Two industrial engineering students receive Alpha Pi Mu scholarships

5/27/2022

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

Engineering professor publishes two articles in international magazine

5/26/2022

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

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

5/26/2022

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

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

5/25/2022

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

New breathable gas sensors may improve monitoring of health, environment

5/25/2022

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

New tool measures atomic scale defects, identifies transistor limitations

5/25/2022

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

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

5/24/2022

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

Engineering professor named Jefferson Science Fellow by National Academies

5/23/2022

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

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

5/23/2022

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

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

5/23/2022

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

School of EECS professors receive 2021 IEEE Computer Society research awards

5/23/2022

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

College of Engineering Research Symposium announces 2022 winners

5/20/2022

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

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1

5/19/2022

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

Researchers find imperfections provide protection for system symmetry

5/19/2022

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

Westinghouse and Penn State to explore advancing sustainable micro-reactors

5/19/2022

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

Engineering Learning Factory announces spring showcase winners

5/18/2022

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

Engineering students awarded Department of Defense SMART scholarship

5/18/2022

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

Penn State engineers’ work recognized with Naval Research Laboratory award

5/18/2022

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

Communities, researchers join forces to design framework for sustainable housing

5/11/2022

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

Upcycling plastic waste into graphite provides possible alternative to landfills

5/11/2022

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

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

5/10/2022

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

Institute awards seed grants for computational, data science projects

5/10/2022

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

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences names new associate director

5/10/2022

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

2022 Guentter Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award finalists, winner named

5/9/2022

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

Architectural engineering students win top spots in international competition

5/9/2022

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

Assistant professor selected for international leadership development program

5/9/2022

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

Chemical engineer honored with national ‘Outstanding Young Investigator’ award

5/9/2022

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

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

5/6/2022

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

College of Engineering hosts second annual Engineering Equity Summit

5/5/2022

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

Combined ultrasound-photoacoustic simulations help AI improve image quality

5/5/2022

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

Engineer appointed to international advisory board on carbon capture

5/5/2022

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

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

5/3/2022

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

Six Penn State engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

5/2/2022

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

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

4/28/2022

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

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recognizes Penn State student chapter

4/28/2022

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

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recognizes Penn State student chapter

4/28/2022

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

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers recognizes Penn State student chapter

4/28/2022

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

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

4/26/2022

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

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to 21 interdisciplinary teams

4/25/2022

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

Civil engineering student receives Department of Defense fellowship

4/22/2022

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

Stretchable, 3D antenna improves wearable tech performance

4/22/2022

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

Five engineering students recognized with University-wide awards

4/21/2022

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

Industrial engineering professor named outstanding alumnus by alma mater

4/21/2022

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

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

4/20/2022

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

Doctoral candidate wins best paper award at international conference

4/20/2022

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

Engineer receives Humboldt Research Fellowship

4/20/2022

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

First round of funded projects announced from the Benkovic Research Initiative

4/20/2022

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

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients

4/20/2022

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

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

4/20/2022

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

Scholarship helps architectural engineering student pursue career goals

4/20/2022

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

Three engineering students receive awards at the 2022 Graduate Exhibition

4/20/2022

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

NASA features concrete project led by Penn State

4/19/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Abigail Wagner

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Allison Cottle

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Amey Deotale

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Andrea Castaneda

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Brandon Perdue

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Brian Druby

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Casey Emler

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: David Taglieri

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Jeremy Keirn

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Justin Sembower

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Kara Miller

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Nikita Arbuzov

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Samantha Link

4/18/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Yichen Shi

4/18/2022

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

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2022 commencement

4/18/2022

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

Chemical engineering alumna stands tall at Smithsonian Institution

4/15/2022

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

Women in Engineering Program director honored with presidential award

4/14/2022

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

Architectural engineering professor honored by global society

4/12/2022

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

Cloud server leasing can leave sensitive data up for grabs

4/11/2022

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

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

4/11/2022

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

Penn State joins $360 million national water research effort

4/11/2022

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

Engineers honored with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards

4/8/2022

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

International engineering collaboration makes the world their classroom

4/8/2022

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

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

4/8/2022

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

Researchers engineer electrically tunable graphene device to study rare physics

4/8/2022

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

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

4/5/2022

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

NSF grant funds institutes on next-generation display technology

4/4/2022

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

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

3/30/2022

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

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members

3/30/2022

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

Corporate architectural engineering scholarship made personal

3/30/2022

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

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor

3/30/2022

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

Engineer testifies on microelectronics before congressional subcommittee

3/30/2022

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

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

3/30/2022

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

Penn State engineering alumnus named head of SEDTAPP

3/30/2022

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

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

3/30/2022

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

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

3/30/2022

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

Chemical engineering alumna receives Alumni Achievement Award

3/28/2022

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

Engineering Learning Factory to host spring showcase in person and virtually

3/28/2022

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

Enhancing the electromechanical behavior of a flexible polymer

3/28/2022

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

industryXchange to connect researchers, industry, government

3/28/2022

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

New method purifies hydrogen from heavy carbon monoxide mixtures

3/28/2022

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

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

3/28/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Michele Beisler

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Cherish Samuels

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Colleen S. Pritchett

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Jane L. Snowdon

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Lori Gordon

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mike Erdman

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Peter Kunz

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Scott Patti

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Shalini Govil Pai

3/25/2022

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

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Steve Spadt

3/25/2022

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

Andisheh Ranjbari joins Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

3/25/2022

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

Andrew Barnard joins acoustics

3/25/2022

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

Christopher Dancy joins industrial and manufacturing engineering, computer science

3/25/2022

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

Cunjiang Yu joins engineering science and mechanics, biomedical engineering

3/25/2022

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

Debarati Das joins computer science and engineering

3/25/2022

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

Donald Ebeigbe joins School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

3/25/2022

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

Ezra Clark joins Department of Chemical Engineering

3/25/2022

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

Federico Scurti joins nuclear engineering

3/25/2022

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

Gina Noh joins Department of Chemical Engineering

3/25/2022

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

Ilya Kovalenko joins Department of Mechanical Engineering

3/25/2022

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

Wangda Zuo joins Department of Architectural Engineering

3/25/2022

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

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

3/23/2022

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

Architectural engineering memorial scholarship established, now accepting applications

3/21/2022

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

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

3/21/2022

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

New tool can predict material properties from chemical structure

3/21/2022

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

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

3/18/2022

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

Alumnus honors faculty mentor and his wife with establishment of scholarship

3/17/2022

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

Company founded on Penn State invention named winner of microfiber challenge

3/17/2022

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

Media mention: Adapting Origami to Create Nanoscopic Medical Tools

3/17/2022

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

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

3/15/2022

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

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

3/15/2022

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

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

3/15/2022

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

New technique identifies cell phone vulnerabilities accurately and automatically

3/9/2022

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

Researchers find crystalline porous material can exist in one dimension

3/9/2022

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

Two engineering faculty members selected as ASME fellows

3/8/2022

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

U.S. DOE awards nuclear engineer coveted supercomputing time

3/8/2022

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

Studying diseases with better delivery of gene-editing tools

3/7/2022

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

Engineering staff member receives professional development award

3/4/2022

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

Marek Flaska named specialty chief editor for journal section

3/3/2022

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

New geoscientific modeling tool gives more holistic results in predictions

3/3/2022

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

Penn State and UNECE renew Global Building Network

3/3/2022

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

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

3/3/2022

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

Aerospace engineering student earns Brooke Owens Fellowship

3/2/2022

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

Machine learning offers shortcut to optimal HVAC operation

3/2/2022

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

New Leonhard Center director, assistant dean in engineering named

3/2/2022

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

Shell technology integration manager receives early career award for alumni

3/2/2022

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

2021 NSF CAREER Award: Bin Li

2/28/2022

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

2021 NSF CAREER Award: Nicholas Meisel

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Antonio Blanca Pimentel

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Chris Arges

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Christian Pester

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Jing Du

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Margaret Byron

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Matthew Rau

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Mingfu Shao

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Spencer Szczesny

2/28/2022

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

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Yang Yang

2/28/2022

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

Aerospace engineering faculty’s research highlighted on journal cover

2/28/2022

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

Chemical engineering professor named fellow of North American Membrane Society

2/28/2022

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

Engineering summer bridge program provides academic support, sense of community

2/28/2022

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

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

2/28/2022

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

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

2/28/2022

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

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

2/28/2022

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

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

2/28/2022

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

Media mention: 'Customizing alloy catalysts for hydrogenation'

2/27/2022

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

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

2/25/2022

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

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

2/25/2022

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

Penn State named "outstanding university" by professional society

2/25/2022

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

Registration opens for virtual reality and wearable technology summer camps

2/25/2022

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

Graduate students’ visually engaging research recognized at annual Vizzies

2/24/2022

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

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

2/24/2022

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

Transparent ultrasound chip improves cell stimulation and imaging

2/24/2022

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

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

2/23/2022

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

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

2/22/2022

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

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

2/22/2022

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

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced

2/22/2022

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

Compressing gene libraries to expand accessibility, research opportunities

2/22/2022

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

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

2/22/2022

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

Seven liberal arts courses offered through Students Teaching Students

2/22/2022

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

Engineering professor named senior member of the National Academy of Inventors

2/21/2022

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

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

2/21/2022

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

Researcher awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory materials science award

2/18/2022

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

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

2/17/2022

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

Penn State center gets 5G boost for digital connectivity research

2/17/2022

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

Penn State faculty members, student receive best paper award

2/17/2022

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

Trustees committee recommends Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel renovation plan

2/17/2022

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

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

2/15/2022

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

Architectural engineering alumni create student support fund

2/14/2022

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

Engineering students get creative with cardboard at entrepreneurship event

2/14/2022

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

Study abroad program offers collaborative sustainability research experiences

2/11/2022

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

Benkovics support pioneering research in chemistry and the life sciences

2/10/2022

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

Center launches distinguished lecture series to bridge AI and neuroscience

2/10/2022

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

Biomedical engineer named fellow of largest general scientific society

2/9/2022

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

Engineer to develop fingerprints into 3D holograms

2/9/2022

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

Assistant professor named Rising Star in Biomedical Engineering Society

2/8/2022

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

Engineers assess structural damage and resilience after Kentucky tornado

2/7/2022

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

Reconfigured AI devices enable lifelong learning for machines

2/7/2022

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

Simulating a “net” flexible electronic

2/7/2022

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

A new, nanoscale, 3D structure to control light

2/4/2022

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

Balancing sustainability, safety and comfort in engineered floor slabs

2/4/2022

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

Penn State biomedical engineer’s work highlighted by international society

2/4/2022

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

New research advances wearable medical sensors

2/3/2022

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

Researchers aim to improve stroke recovery with new granular biomaterials

2/2/2022

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

Scientists develop ‘exceptional’ surface to explore exotic physics

2/1/2022

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

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

1/31/2022

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

Architectural engineering graduate student team recognized in lighting design contest

1/31/2022

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

Engineering research expenditures highly ranked by NSF

1/31/2022

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

Mechanical engineering students build science exhibits to foster community collaboration

1/31/2022

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

SpotLESS Materials experiences growth selling super slippery coating technology

1/31/2022

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

Faculty member appointed to AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility

1/27/2022

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

Interdisciplinary Penn State team places second in coastal design competition

1/27/2022

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

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

1/26/2022

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

Examining the opioid epidemic through the lens of crime data

1/24/2022

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

National society recognizes College of Engineering as 'academic ally'

1/24/2022

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

Researchers use direct ink writing printer to 3D print biopolymer

1/24/2022

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

Nanoscale window coating could help reduce energy costs

1/20/2022

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

Electrical engineering student team wins second place in international design contest

1/19/2022

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

Engineer named fellow of optics and photonics society

1/19/2022

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

Industrial engineering doctoral student wins best paper award for statistics research

1/19/2022

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

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

1/19/2022

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

Engineering scholarship opens doors for architectural engineering student

1/18/2022

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

Penn State awarded $3.4 million contract to target plastic waste

1/18/2022

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

Center for Research in Design and Innovation announces new director

1/17/2022

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

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

1/10/2022

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

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

1/6/2022

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

Engineers develop new software tool to aid material modeling research

1/6/2022

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

3D-printing surgical implants inspires engineering graduate student

1/5/2022

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

Engineer named fellow of international optics society

1/5/2022

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

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

1/5/2022

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

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

1/3/2022

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

Society of Women Engineers wins national award for eighth consecutive year

12/17/2021

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

College of Engineering fall 2021 student marshal named

12/16/2021

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

Mechanical engineer awarded grant to investigate supercurrent phenomena in heat

12/16/2021

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

Pauley named interim executive director of Faculty Senate

12/16/2021

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

Symposium provides undergrads a showcase for research, communication skills

12/14/2021

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

Remembering mechanical engineering professor Savas Yavuzkurt

12/13/2021

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

$500,000 gift supports creation of engineering entrepreneurship hub

12/9/2021

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

Deep learning to make nanoscale designs more robust against defects

12/9/2021

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

Grant enables research into catalysts for more sustainable hydrogen production

12/9/2021

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

New chemical engineering faculty to explore sustainable fuels, depollution

12/9/2021

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

Physics-informed deep learning to assess carbon dioxide storage sites

12/9/2021

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

Flightpath to sustainable aircraft possible with $1.5M NASA grant

12/7/2021

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

Leonhard Center faculty receive dual grants to advance engineering education

12/3/2021

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

Penn State faculty awarded funding to advance public good

12/2/2021

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

Engineering professor named Air Force Young Investigator

12/1/2021

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

Air accessibility: Most commercial planes could accommodate personal wheelchairs

11/30/2021

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

Biomedical engineers find neural activity during rest is highly organized

11/29/2021

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

New nuclear engineering professor plans to inspire students, progress department

11/22/2021

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

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

11/22/2021

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

Salvaging rare earth elements from electronic waste

11/22/2021

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

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

11/22/2021

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

Climate uncertainty colors flood risk assessment

11/19/2021

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

Engineering professor recognized for innovations in cybersecurity

11/19/2021

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

Penn State Breazeale Reactor expands in size and in opportunities

11/19/2021

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

Four College of Engineering faculty named to Highly Cited Researchers list

11/18/2021

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

Student startup works to pave the future of mental health care

11/18/2021

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

Study challenges standard ideas about piezoelectricity in ferroelectric crystals

11/18/2021

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

Engineering student recognized for success, supporting Hispanic STEM community

11/17/2021

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

$6.5 million in grants to advance antenna systems with metamaterials

11/16/2021

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

Student entrepreneurs Q&A: Sydney Gibbard and Leo Girlando

11/16/2021

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

Engineering professor named associate fellow for advancing aerospace industry

11/12/2021

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

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

11/11/2021

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

AI behind deepfakes may power materials design innovations, scientists say

11/10/2021

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

Engineers use deep learning to predict earthquakes in the lab

11/10/2021

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

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

11/10/2021

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

Penn State launches Center for Neurotechnology in Mental Health Research

11/10/2021

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

Engineer receives young professional award from global society

11/9/2021

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

Engineers to sustainably mine rare earth elements from fertilizer byproduct

11/5/2021

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

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

11/4/2021

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

New Stuckeman exhibition showcases multidisciplinary 3D printing research

11/4/2021

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

Penn State research expenditures total $993 million

11/3/2021

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

Drastically improved electric vehicle batteries possible with $2.9M grant

11/2/2021

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

Engineer receives Trailblazer grant to create smart skin grafts

11/1/2021

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

Engineering professor recognized by UN for work in sustainable buildings

11/1/2021

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

Facilities Engineering Institute assessment team completes BUILDER project

10/29/2021

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

3D-printing grad student helps optimize emerging technology

10/28/2021

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

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

10/28/2021

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

Environmental engineering alumna leads through inclusivity and communication

10/27/2021

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

Materials Research Institute names five Roy Award winners

10/27/2021

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

Celebrating Professional Women in Building Week at Penn State

10/26/2021

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

Engineering alumnae knead engineering into baking on new Netflix series

10/26/2021

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

National Center for Healthy Housing director to give Hankin Lecture

10/26/2021

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

Engineer invited to present research at two international conferences

10/25/2021

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

Engineering associate dean for equity and inclusion featured on NSF podcast

10/25/2021

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

Engineering dean keynotes UN Committee on Sustainable Energy session

10/22/2021

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

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

10/21/2021

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

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

10/21/2021

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

YES introduces engineering to elementary and middle school youth

10/20/2021

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

Getting a head start on a materials research career

10/19/2021

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

The air travel revolution

10/19/2021

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

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

10/15/2021

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

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

10/14/2021

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

Monitoring glucose levels, no needles required

10/14/2021

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

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

10/14/2021

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

Architectural engineering students win sustainable building design competition

10/13/2021

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

New Penn State consortium launches to help fuel the energy revolution

10/12/2021

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

Novel lighting system designed for machine vision module of agricultural robots

10/12/2021

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

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

10/12/2021

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

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

10/11/2021

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

Taking steps toward more effective fitness trackers, more physical activity

10/8/2021

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

Schreyer Scholar works to develop sustainable solution to food insecurity

10/7/2021

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

Architectural engineer recognized with inaugural national award

10/5/2021

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

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

10/4/2021

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

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

10/4/2021

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

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

10/4/2021

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

New aerospace engineering faculty launches multidisciplinary trajectory

10/1/2021

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

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

9/30/2021

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

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

9/30/2021

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

Engineering science and mechanics professor receives lifetime achievement award

9/30/2021

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

New tool predicts changes that may make COVID variants more infectious

9/30/2021

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

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

9/30/2021

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

$2 million grant awarded for climate-adaptive infrastructure design

9/28/2021

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

Engineering science and mechanics head elected to two international posts

9/28/2021

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

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

9/28/2021

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

Researcher to study the positives and negatives of carbon mitigation

9/28/2021

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

$1.25M grant lays groundwork for synthetic tendon and ligament implants

9/23/2021

Torn ligaments and tendons are the bane of athletes and runners, difficult to heal and often taking months or years of rehab.

$500,000 gift to support diversity in architectural engineering

9/23/2021

The Clayco Foundation has endowed a $500,000 scholarship in Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering (AE).

22 Penn State alumni to receive Alumni Fellow Award

9/23/2021

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 22 Penn Staters on Oct. 6 with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

Aerospace engineering design team places second in vertical flight competition

9/23/2021

A Penn State undergraduate design team took second place at the Vertical Flight Society's 38th Annual Student Design Competition, edging out other competitors with their autonomous vertical takeoff and landing aircraft named "Albatross."

An experimental loop for simulating nuclear reactors in space

9/23/2021

Nuclear thermal propulsion, which uses heat from nuclear reactions as fuel, could be used one day in human spaceflight, possibly even for missions to Mars.

Chemical engineer receives grant to develop novel tumor-mimicking biomaterial

9/23/2021

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States, with brain cancer causing the most fatalities.

Institute sponsors four co-funded faculty positions in AI and data science

9/23/2021

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), in partnership with four academic colleges -- the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science -- will sponsor four co-funded faculty positions focused on the development of novel methods or advanced applications in data science.

NASA grant to enable explorations of concrete behavior in Moon-like gravity

9/23/2021

Concrete is a promising material for building structures on the moon or even Mars due to its strength, quick forming and ability to be made with ingredients already existing in those remote places.

Professor recognized by ASME for furthering engineering design education

9/23/2021

Timothy W. Simpson, interim head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs and the Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing at Penn State, was recently recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his impact on engineering design education and his role as a mentor for engineering educators and students.

Engineering industry engagement director elected to international board

9/22/2021

Priya Baboo, senior director of corporate and industry engagement in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently elected to the board of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers.

How Penn State is addressing climate change on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper' Sept. 26

9/22/2021

The ways Penn State is addressing global climate change will be discussed during the eighth season premiere of President Eric Barron's monthly WPSU show, "Digging Deeper," on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Advice from many at Penn State led new engineering alumna to fellowship success

9/20/2021

In her undergraduate career at Penn State, Autumn Deitrick had both an eye on the future and an ear open for advice

Barron discusses broad impact of Penn State research for trustees

9/20/2021

From detecting subatomic particles that usher in new discoveries in astrophysics at the South Pole to driving economic development in communities across Pennsylvania, Penn State research is transforming society by furthering our understanding of the world and helping people in our own backyard, according to Penn State President Eric J. Barron.

Collaborative climate project provides research opportunities to undergrads

9/17/2021

Julio Urbina, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, can sum up the issue of climate change succinctly: "We saw the latest report, and it said time is up.

Concrete world: Engineers to improve reinforced steel to contain nuclear waste

9/16/2021

Metals embedded in concrete can erode, rusting, and weakening until the concrete splits and the structure it supports falls.

Ribbon-cutting marks new era for mechanical engineering undergraduates

9/16/2021

On Sept. 10, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest facility, the ME Knowledge Lab.

Undergraduate engineering programs once again rank among nation's best

9/16/2021

In the recently released 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks No. 21 in the country, advancing one place from last year's report.

State-driven emissions controls only slightly more expensive

9/15/2021

Sometimes, doing things close to home may be more feasible than doing them on a grand scale, even if they cost a bit more.

Physical distance may not be enough to prevent viral aerosol exposure indoors

9/13/2021

Eighteen months ago, stickers began to dot the floors of most shops, spaced about six feet apart, indicating the physical distance required to avoid the COVID-19 virus an infected person may shed when breathing or speaking.

Building expert joins national STEM diversity and inclusion program

9/10/2021

Esther Obonyo, director of the Penn State Global Building Network and associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, was recently named a fellow in the third cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy.

COSTARS members save on electricity costs

9/10/2021

Members of COSTARS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program, are set to save big on electric utility costs following an electricity shopping event, recently hosted by the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI).

New civil engineering faculty examines how technology impacts the way we travel

9/10/2021

Navigating by smartphone is commonplace today, so it may be easy to forget that not long ago, drivers found their destinations using folded maps stuffed in glove boxes.

Penn State nuclear engineering opens new collaboration, learning space

9/10/2021

The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Nuclear Innovation Commons (NIC) on Sept. 17.

Engineering professor recognized for contributions to fuel cell research

9/9/2021

Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer Chair in Mechanical Engineering and professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering, was recognized for his research in fuel cell technology, which has enabled advancements in hydrogen-powered vehicles.

New engineering leadership project offers real-world experience

9/9/2021

Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) students embark on a leadership journey in the program’s ENGR 408: Leadership Principles course, learning about the importance self-awareness, team dynamics and project management on design solutions -- all to become technical leaders ready to impact innovation and creativity in a global workforce.

Schreyer Scholar researches ways to mitigate risk of nuclear accidents

9/9/2021

John Barton is a big fan of clean energy sources like wind and solar power. He is also a fan of contingency plans.

Engineer to measure the efficiency of comfortable, useful lighting

9/8/2021

Does a light shine if no one sees it? Yes, and it wastes a lot of power, according to Dorukalp Durmus, assistant professor in the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, who was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) grant.

Penn State's first Schlumberger fellow aims to 3D print a sustainable future

9/8/2021

Eden Binega was browsing doctoral programs in additive manufacturing when she spotted a story on NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge, in which Penn State came second with a 3D-printed concrete dome-like structure.

Grant to investigate stronger, greener carbon fiber-reinforced plastics

9/7/2021

Commercial planes burn hundreds of gallons of jet fuel per hour of flight, which can be costly for both airlines and the environment.

New faculty named Electrochemical Society and Toyota Young Investigator Fellow

9/7/2021

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) has named Christopher Arges, who joined the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering as an associate professor on Aug. 15, as one of five 2021-22 ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship for Projects in Green Energy Technology recipients.

School launches graduate degree at the intersection of engineering, law, policy

9/7/2021

A new professional master of engineering degree in engineering, law and policy (MELP), housed in the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), has launched.

Thole scholarship continues to support underrepresented groups in engineering

9/7/2021

With a new cohort of recipients, the Professor Karen A. Thole Annual Scholarship for Diversity in Engineering continues to support underrepresented students in engineering and encourage a more equitable workforce.

Call for researchers to participate in health, built environment workshop series

9/3/2021

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment, through its Health and the Environment thematic area, is inviting members of the Penn State research community to participate in a series of four workshops on topics related to health and the built environment.

Engineering alumnus to use gift to inspire collaboration and mentorship

9/3/2021

Davis Mullholand always looks for ways to collaborate with those around him and help others succeed.

Penn State, Freiburg faculty collaborate on early cancer diagnostics

9/3/2021

In 2019, Penn State and the University of Freiburg conducted the third year of their Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-grant-funded program designed to facilitate collaborative research and teaching projects to become sustainable, self-supporting, long-term activities.

Six faculty members join School of EECS this fall

9/3/2021

The Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) welcomed six new faculty members in August.

Task force created to significantly reduce Penn State's carbon emissions

9/3/2021

Over the last 15 years, Penn State has cut its carbon emissions by more than 35%, putting the University ahead of schedule to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas outputs to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Dual grants totaling $2.25 million help students take a byte out of data science

9/2/2021

All of the data produced or used in 2020 was estimated to be about 59 zettabytes, each of which equals a billion terabytes. If each terabyte represents a mile, 59 zettabytes would allow for almost 10 full round trips from Earth to Pluto.

Graphene made with lasers for wearable health devices

9/2/2021

Graphene, hexagonally arranged carbon atoms in a single layer with superior pliability and high conductivity, could advance flexible electronics according to a Penn State-led international research team.

Penn State researchers create educational program to inspire young engineers

9/2/2021

Engineering job availability is expected to grow in the next decade, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, according to a research team led by Penn State, current statistics suggest that engineering college attendance rates, lack of diversity and retirement rates may result in a shortage of employees in the industry.

Ferroelectrics everywhere?

9/1/2021

A new family of materials that could result in improved digital information storage and uses less energy may be possible thanks to a team of Penn State researchers who demonstrated ferroelectricity in magnesium-substituted zinc oxide.

Industrial engineering faculty leverages industry experience

8/30/2021

Srinivas Subramanya Tamvada, a 2001 Penn State computer science alumnus, joined the College of Engineering's Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering as an assistant teaching professor on Aug. 15.

Summer Founders provides Penn State student founders with $15,000

8/30/2021

The Invent Penn State Summer Founders program completed its 13-week student startup accelerator with a virtual Startup Showcase on Aug. 11, featuring student founders from across five Penn State colleges and the Graduate School at Penn State.

With time on their hands, undergraduate inventors create smartwatch for students

8/30/2021

At the onset of the pandemic, Penn State engineering students Alessandro Placitelli and Rene Cantu had some extra time on their hands.

Nuclear engineering student wins innovation award for machine learning research

8/26/2021

Matthew Durbin, a nuclear engineering doctoral candidate at Penn State, was recently awarded a first-place prize in the 2021 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards for his research paper, "K-Nearest Neighbors Regression for the Discrimination of Gamma Rays and Neutrons in Organic Scintillators."

Researchers use stem cells to make insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells

8/26/2021

The human body can be genetically inclined to attack its own cells, destroying the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin, which helps convert sugar into energy.

Biomedical engineer to lead Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology

8/25/2021

The Penn State Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology's (CoEIB) fourth fall semester is its first under the leadership of Dan Hayes.

Associate director named for Penn State Center for Biodevices

8/24/2021

The Penn State Center for Biodevices has a new associate director who will further cement its cross-disciplinary goals: Gregory Lewis, associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, with courtesy appointments in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering science and mechanics.

Engineer pens first chapters of two volumes for Royal Society of Chemistry

8/24/2021

Cellulose, the main component of plant cell walls, is the most abundant polymer in the world. A carbohydrate made of at least 3,000 glucose molecules, cellulose is used in everything from food and medicine to paper and clothes.

Aerospace engineering graduate student recognized by Aviation Week Network

8/20/2021

Kriston Ramdass, an aerospace engineering master's student at Penn State, recently received the Aviation Week Network's 2021 20 Twenties Award.

New director of Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics named

8/20/2021

Andrew Barnard, a Penn State alumnus and current associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, will join Penn State as the director of the Graduate Program in Acoustics, housed within the College of Engineering, on Jan. 1, 2022.

Penn State professor to head new National Academy of Engineering committee

8/20/2021

Christine Cunningham, professor of practice in Penn State’s College of Education and College of Engineering, has been named chair of a newly established National Academy of Engineering (NAE) committee titled Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable Engineering for All (IDEEA).

Better, sustainable early building designs may be possible with NSF grant

8/19/2021

In the past, when conceptualizing a new building, architects would create designs by hand, mostly using their experience and creativity.

Penn State Service Systems Engineering sponsors conference, student competition

8/19/2021

Penn State Service Systems Engineering (SSE), housed within the College of Engineering, recently co-sponsored the 2021 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Conference on Service Science that took place virtually Aug. 10-12.

School of EECS hosts two summer camps for girls with national participation

8/19/2021

This summer, as in several previous summers, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) hosted two camps geared toward middle- and high-school girls.

Electrical engineering grad student wins award in international poster contest

8/17/2021

Kaustav Chatterjee, a third-year electrical engineering doctoral student at Penn State, received second place in the graduate student poster contest at the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society (IEEE PES) general meeting, held virtually from July 26-29.

Assistant professor named DESIGN associate director for graduate programs

8/16/2021

Nicholas Meisel, assistant professor of engineering design, was recently named the engineering design (DESIGN) program's associate director for graduate programs in support of DESIGN'S growing graduate initiatives.

Paying it forward: Engineer training to support future engineers

8/12/2021

Salvador Ordorica, a Penn State architectural engineering alumnus and major in the United States Air Force, spent his childhood weekends differently than most kids.

Block by block: Researchers use Minecraft to advance artificial intelligence

8/11/2021

Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, and Sarah Rajtmajer, assistant professor of information sciences and technology, recently received a $900,000 grant from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) skills.

Building DREAMs: Smart structures expert joins Engineering Design

8/11/2021

On July 1, Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto joined Penn State's Engineering Design program, an interdisciplinary education and research program housed within the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), as an assistant professor.

Computer science major named College of Engineering student marshal

8/11/2021

Xunyi Zhou, a computer science major in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in mathematics, has been named the College of Engineering's student marshal for summer 2021 commencement.

Researcher's novel work on machine learning receives international recognition

8/11/2021

In 2019, Ting He, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, and her fellow researchers published a paper in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Journal on Selected Areas in Communications detailing the ways in which they -- successfully and for the first time -- optimized a specific type of machine learning technique known as federated learning.

Industrial engineering student invited to present at national conference

8/9/2021

Hannah Nolte, an industrial engineering doctoral candidate, was selected to participate in the Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) Early-Career Faculty Symposium.

Nuclear engineering doctoral student receives graduate fellowship

8/9/2021

Jonathan Balog, a nuclear engineering doctoral student, was selected by the South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation (SCUREF) to receive the Rickover Fellowship.

Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence renewed for sixth time

8/9/2021

The Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) was awarded another five years of funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and NASA.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers announces fellow, conference honoree

8/6/2021

A College of Engineering faculty member and student were recently honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Penn State researchers receive best paper award at international conference

8/6/2021

Three Penn State researchers were awarded the best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International 2021 Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI).

Printing circuits on irregular surfaces with pulses of light

8/5/2021

Printable electronics could cause a proliferation of smart, connected devices, from household appliances that can communicate with each other to medical diagnostic sensors that can be placed on the body to forgo invasive procedures.

New professor to advance the understanding of brain aneurysms, heart disease

8/4/2021

Mechanical engineering's Melissa Brindise will explore the fluid mechanics of the cardiovascular system, in the hopes of improving the diagnosis and treatment of these life-threatening conditions.

Penn State team earns second place in international entrepreneurship competition

8/4/2021

A team composed of Penn State students and partners from other universities recently claimed second place in the Creating Shared Value Challenge, an international competition which invited student teams from around the world to pitch business ideas that promised to advance social good.

Hypersonic, autonomous flight research bolstered by $1.5 million grant

8/2/2021

Hypersonic vehicles, which fly more than five times the speed of sound, are constrained by an important aspect: computational power.

Intentional cracks and wrinkles provide low-cost option for medical screening

7/30/2021

From identifying pathogens to screening for drug treatments, the ability to quickly identify and separate particles based on their size is an increasingly important tool in diagnosing and treating patients, according to Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

First architectural engineering World Bank scholarship recipients selected

7/29/2021

The first World Bank-sponsored Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering graduate scholarships have been awarded to two incoming international students.

Novel method of imaging silicon anode degradation may lead to better batteries

7/29/2021

A novel method of characterizing the structural and chemical evolution of silicon and a thin layer that governs battery stability may help resolve issues that prevent using silicon for high-capacity batteries, according to a group of researchers.

Researchers film human viruses in liquid droplets at near-atomic detail

7/29/2021

In an effort to expand the tools scientists have to study the microscopic world, researchers led by Penn State Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics and Professor of Biomedical Engineering Deb Kelly recorded live, 20-second-long movies of human viruses floating in liquid at near-atomic detail in an electron microscope.

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.

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