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Walter L. Robb, Penn State alumnus and philanthropist, remembered

4/8/2020

Penn State and the College of Engineering faculty, staff and students are mourning the loss of alumnus and longtime supporter Walter L. Robb, who died on March 23, at age 91 from complications from COVID-19 in Schenectady, New York.

Acoustics graduate student receives National Science Foundation fellowship

4/7/2020

Eric Rokni, a doctoral candidate in the Penn State College of Engineering's Graduate Program in Acoustics, was recently awarded the 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research in acoustics for a three-year period.

Fault diagnosis: Innovation in machine learning for manufacturing

4/7/2020

As a doctoral candidate in the Penn State College of Engineering's Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), Toyosi Ademujimi's work with manufacturing and machine learning has been a lifelong fascination.

Architectural engineering students, faculty resilient in the face of change

4/2/2020

A few weeks ago, architectural engineering seniors at Penn State packed for spring break, not knowing it would be the last time they worked in the labs, studios and classrooms that had become like a second home, according to Ryan Solnosky, associate teaching professor of architectural engineering.

Assistant professor recognized for green stormwater infrastructure research

4/1/2020

Lauren McPhillips, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State, was recently named a recipient of the 2020 Best Paper Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment.

New seed grant open for research focused on artificial intelligence

4/1/2020

The 2020 industryXchange, an annual University-wide event hosted by Penn State's College of Engineering and focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), is now soliciting interdisciplinary research seed grant proposals from across the University.

Penn State engineer developing device that may be able to test for COVID-19

4/1/2020

A point-of-care testing device to help diagnose the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is under development by Weihua Guan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering.

Bevilacqua, Gray, Scherer named 2020 Penn State Teaching Fellows

3/31/2020

Gary Gray, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering, is one of three Penn State faculty members who have received the Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and have been named 2020 Penn State Teaching Fellows.

Electrical engineering assistant professor selected as SPARC fellow

3/31/2020

Aida Ebrahimi, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently awarded a Stimulating Partnerships among Researchers and Clinicians (SPARC) Clinical-Research Exchange Fellowship.

Graduate student to broaden impact, applications of magnetic 3D printing

3/31/2020

Corey Breznak, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the 2020 AT&T Graduate Fellowship.

Mechanical engineering draws from existing success in online teaching

3/31/2020

When the global coronavirus pandemic prompted the transition to remote learning at Penn State, faculty and administrators in the Department of Mechanical Engineering were ready for the challenge.

Alumni Spotlight: Laura Itle

3/30/2020

Laura Itle is an Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) research staff member and the project leader for IDA's support of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of SAFETY (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act Implementation.

Engineering professor offers stability and community during remote period

3/30/2020

While Penn State students adjust to the change in learning, some engineering students are finding comfort and joy in their remote classes.

Five receive Faculty Scholar Medals

3/30/2020

Five University faculty members have received 2020 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.

Penn State team explores creative solutions for health provider safety

3/30/2020

An interdisciplinary team of more than 100 Penn State faculty, staff and students has mobilized to address the widespread shortage of protective gear as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating fast and scalable solutions for sterilizing and manufacturing PPEs.

Professor celebrates successful remote learning with video parody

3/30/2020

Jesse McTernan, assistant teaching professor in Penn State's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, is giving us the opportunity to laugh with a video parody he created.

Remote teaching, with a dash of empathy

3/30/2020

The task ahead was daunting: how do you plan and upload an online curriculum worthy of Penn State engineering students in a matter of days?

Building systems researcher joins architectural engineering

3/26/2020

Yuqing Hu, a researcher who specializes in building systems engineering and building information modeling, will join the Penn State College of Engineering's Department of Architectural Engineering as assistant professor on July 1 with an affiliation with the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences.

College of Engineering welcomes new Engineering Leadership Development director

3/26/2020

Paul Mittan will join the Penn State College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs as the new director of the Engineering Leadership Development program.

Entrepreneurship program for underrepresented groups in STEM to expand

3/26/2020

VentureWell, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering future inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, has awarded researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs $24,000 to support and expand an existing extracurricular program in the College of Engineering, Boosting Undergraduate Innovation and Leadership through Design (BUILD).

New scholarship to support students studying engineering and education

3/25/2020

Ronald A. Williams, Penn State electrical engineering alumnus, and Patricia Maurer Williams, Penn State education alumna, have agreed to fund the Dr. Ronald A., Patricia Maurer, and Thomas F. Williams Scholarship in memory of Ronald Williams' late brother, Thomas F. Williams, a 1970 Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus.

Engineers model mutations causing drug resistance

3/24/2020

Whether it is a drug-resistant strain of bacteria, or cancer cells that no longer react to the drugs intended to kill them, diverse mutations make cells resistant to chemicals, and "second generation" approaches are needed. Now, a team of Penn State engineers may have a way to predict which mutations will occur in people, creating an easier path to create effective pharmaceuticals.

NASA selects Penn State student team to build technology for lunar missions

3/23/2020

Penn State students from the Student Space Programs Laboratory comprise one of eight university teams recently selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop new technology to study the surface of the moon.

Chemical engineering alumnus recognized with multiple honors

3/19/2020

Raj Shah, who graduated with a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Penn State College of Engineering in 1995, has received four high honors from a variety of international engineering organizations in the last six months for his contributions to the field of fuels, lubricants and greases.

Engineers in Action: Student group builds bridges for people in need

3/19/2020

Years before they graduate or get their Professional Engineering license, students in Engineers in Action design and build bridges for people in need.

Wearable biosensors may pave the way for personalized health and wellness

3/19/2020

Penn State engineers are using computational power and data sciences to work on stretchable, flexible and wearable devices that could lead to innovations in the health and wellness fields.

Architecture professor's firm named one of Domus magazine's 50 best in 2020

3/18/2020

Low Design Office, an architecture and integrative design studio that was cofounded by DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State, has been named to Domus magazine's 50 Best Architecture Firms in 2020 list.

Industrial engineering alumna selected as keynote speaker at national conference

3/17/2020

Pooja Dewan, a Penn State industrial engineering alumna, has been named a keynote speaker for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Annual Conference, scheduled to be held in New Orleans from May 30 to June 2, 2020.

Knowing why bacteria are great upstream swimmers may prevent serious infections

3/17/2020

New findings on how bacteria can maintain persistent and fast upstream swimming motion over distances comparable with many human organs, may help prevent life-threatening infections, according to a team of international researchers.

Researcher to study evacuation scenarios at Rocky Mountain National Park

3/13/2020

Penn State researchers were recently awarded a research grant by Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Divide Research Learning Center to study evacuation times and strategies in two high-traffic park areas.

Early career engineering faculty member selected to attend Lindau conference

3/10/2020

Huanyu (Larry) Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in Penn State's College of Engineering, has been selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 28 to July 3 in Lindau, Germany.

Machine sucks up tiny tissue spheroids and prints them precisely

3/6/2020

A new method of bioprinting uses aspiration of tiny biologics such as spheroids, cells and tissue strands, to precisely place them in 3D patterns either on scaffolding or without to create artificial tissues with natural properties, according to Penn State researchers.

High energy Li-Ion battery is safer for electric vehicles

3/5/2020

A lithium-ion battery that is safe, has high power and can last for 1 million miles has been developed by a team in Penn State's Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center.

EMT and engineer: How one Penn State student made it work

3/4/2020

For industrial engineering senior Alex Salzinger, the sound of an ambulance means a rush to be on call as an emergency medical technician for Penn State Emergency Medical Services.

Researchers identify breaking point of conducting material

3/4/2020

An improved method to predict the temperature when plastics change from supple to brittle, which could potentially accelerate future development of flexible electronics, was developed by Penn State College of Engineering researchers.

Service at the heart of electrical contracting student chapter

3/4/2020

A student group in Penn State College of Engineering's Department of Architectural Engineering is making an impact, both in the lives of its student members and in the surrounding community.

Aerospace engineer recognized with lifetime achievement award

3/3/2020

Mark Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering, is being recognized for the third time by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with the 2020 AIAA Aerodynamics Award.

Schreyer Honors scholar applies neural networks to better predict severe storms

3/2/2020

Kyle Bradley's introduction to research at Penn State came during the summer after his sophomore year, when he took a job at the Applied Research Lab.

American Concrete Institute student chapter recognized as outstanding in 2019

2/28/2020

The Penn State chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has been named an ACI Outstanding University for 2019.

Engineering a successful business

2/28/2020

Ryan Laverty and Sal Campisi, two 2016 Penn State Smeal College of Business graduates, said they were concerned that alcoholic beverages often lacked nutritional information or ingredients lists. Equipped with skills from an entrepreneurial leadership course they took in the Penn State College of Engineering, they had the motivation and know-how to tackle this lack of transparency and create their own alcoholic beverage company, one which values premium ingredients and honesty above all else.

Engineering undergrad brings research impacts to Kenya

2/28/2020

When Lucy Spicher first saw her mother's wireless insulin pod, it was an emotional experience.

University Transportation Center selects competitive research projects for 2020

2/28/2020

The Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS) has selected 15 research projects for the years 2020 to 2021.

Chemical engineering professor receives membrane research award

2/27/2020

The North American Membrane Society has named Andrew Zydney, Penn State Bayard D. Kunkle Chair, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology, as their 2020 recipient of the Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology.

Mechanical engineering professor chosen as ASME fellow

2/27/2020

Stephen Lynch, the Shuman Family Early Career Professor and associate professor of mechanical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering, has received the designation of fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers .

Penn State to host international conference on turbomachinery

2/26/2020

The Penn State Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach, in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame, will host the first Advanced Instrumentation, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery Conference from May 17-20 on the University Park campus.

New directors of SEDTAPP's engineering design program named

2/25/2020

Scarlett Miller, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering at Penn State, has been named the new director of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs' engineering design program; and Sarah Ritter, associate teaching professor of engineering design at the University, was recently appointed associate director of the engineering design program.

Trio of female mechanical engineering professors to lead new research centers

2/25/2020

Three professors from the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been selected as the directors of newly announced research centers at the University, where they will continue to make tangible impacts in research and grow the representation of women in STEM leadership.

Disrupting the sleep market was all in a day's work for alumnus JT Marino

2/21/2020

After graduating in 2012, College of Engineering alumnus John-Thomas "JT" Marino co-founded Tuft & Needle, a direct-to-consumer online mattress retailer.

Engineering student holds key role in ensuring a successful THON

2/21/2020

Chemical engineering senior Rebecca Aloi serves as director of the Rules and Regulations Fundraising Safety committee for the 2020 THON, to be held Feb. 21-23 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

Identifying the sources of salt pollution

2/21/2020

Nathanial Warner, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will research new methods of collecting water-quality data, including the development of sensors built with open-source hardware and software.

Lighting, color science researcher joins architectural engineering

2/21/2020

Alp Durmus, a researcher who specializes in color science, lighting quality, the visual perception of architectural spaces and next-generation lighting systems, will join the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering as assistant professor in mid-March.

Committee recommends building to be named after astronaut engineering alumnus

2/20/2020

A building at Innovation Park at Penn State was recommended to be named in honor of Guion S. Bluford, Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus and internationally renowned astronaut and engineering leader.

Department of Energy technology manager, alumnus honored with early career award

2/20/2020

Michael Weismiller, a triple Penn State alumnus who earned doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Outstanding Early Career Award from the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society.

Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise

2/19/2020

The breadth of Penn State's research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019.

Family of ag engineering alumnus creates lasting legacy with naming opportunity

2/18/2020

The family of the late Lloyd E. Thomas, a 1961 University alumnus in agricultural engineering, has named the Lloyd E. Thomas Family Department Head Suite in the renovated Agricultural Engineering Building.

Mechanical and biomedical engineering alumnus chosen as TED fellow

2/18/2020

Khalil Ramadi, who graduated with his bachelor's degree in mechanical and biomedical engineering from Penn State in 2014, has been named a TED fellow.

New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence

2/18/2020

Penn State will be well positioned to recognize and interpret the social implications of artificial intelligence (AI), thanks to a new, multi-unit research center launched this spring.

Penn State industrial engineering to host national simulation workshop

2/18/2020

The Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, in collaboration with the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems in the Smeal College of Business, will host the 2020 INFORMS Simulation Society Workshop from June 21 to 24 on the University Park campus.

Professor to lead Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach

2/18/2020

Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, will lead the newly created Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach.

Engineering science and mechanics M.D./Ph.D. student's work featured on journal cover

2/17/2020

Work by Scott Tucker, a third-year medical student in Penn State College of Medicine’s M.D./Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program, was featured on the cover of the November 2019 Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Introducing girls to engineering

2/17/2020

Building on the success of previous years, the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) will host two week-long summer camps geared toward girls in middle and high school.

Engineering professor named director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices

2/14/2020

Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Riess Chair in the College of Engineering.

Plant visit makes chemical engineering classroom concepts come alive

2/14/2020

What were once concepts on a page or formulas on a whiteboard became actual experiences in a real-world setting when a group of chemical engineering graduate students visited the BASF plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania, last November.

New department head named to lead industrial engineering

2/13/2020

Steven Landry, professor of industrial engineering and associate department head of the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, has been named department head of the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Aerospace engineering department head named AIAA fellow

2/12/2020

Amy Pritchett, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest aerospace professional society.

New class of materials shows strange electron properties

2/12/2020

A method to observe a new class of topological materials, called Weyl semimetals, was developed by researchers at Penn State, MIT, Tohoku University, Japan and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

Penn State team places third in Inter-Collegiate Business Competition

2/12/2020

Two students representing the Penn State Smeal College of Business placed third recently in the ethics stream of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) hosted by the Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

What happened in Iowa? A conversation with a cybersecurity expert

2/12/2020

Because of Patrick McDaniel’s nationally recognized expertise in the area of cybersecurity, Sarah Small, communications strategist from the College of Engineering, sat down with him on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to better understand some of the technical flaws with the reporting app that delayed results for the Iowa caucus.

$2.8M grant to fund bioprinting for reconstruction of face, mouth, skull tissues

2/11/2020

Penn State researchers are investigating methods to 3D bioprint and grow the appropriate tissues for craniomaxillofacial reconstruction.

A picture is worth a thousand data points

2/11/2020

On Feb. 7, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering celebrated its graduate students and their visually engaging research contributions during the 2020 Vizzies.

College of Engineering awards five Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

2/11/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering awarded the 2020 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to five faculty research teams across the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Industrial engineering alumna uses education as toolkit to solve societal issues

2/11/2020

For Gretchen Macht, Penn State industrial engineering alumna, finding a major wasn't easy until her eye-opening conversation with Elena Joshi, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering undergraduate coordinator.

NSF CAREER Award research aims to transform metal casting for the 21st century

2/11/2020

Guha Manogharan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, is embarking on a new research project that has the potential to transform the fundamentals of casting science by studying 3D design principles through the introduction of 3D sand printing.

$15.5 million investment creates engineering scholars program at Penn State

2/10/2020

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation has committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the Penn State College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need.

From the ground up: Energy resilience begins with our buildings

2/10/2020

Sez Atamturktur, Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and head of Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering, says our national conversation about energy issues starts from the wrong vantage point, with residential and commercial buildings viewed as passive consumers of electricity that is produced far away and distributed by centralized systems.

Penn State receives five-year $3.7 million grant to study virus evolution

2/10/2020

The evolution of viruses will be the focus of a five-year $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation's new program on convergence research, to an interdisciplinary team led by Penn State.

PHRC Housing Conference to be held March 4-5

2/10/2020

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host the 28th annual PHRC Housing Conference from March 4-5 in State College at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Researcher to discuss threats to machine learning and AI applications

2/7/2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are vulnerable to potentially dangerous hacks and manipulations, according to Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Zoubeida Ounaies named director of Penn State Center for Living Material Systems

2/7/2020

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor and associate head for administration in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the inaugural director of the Penn State Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems.

Electrical engineering practitioner joins architectural engineering

2/5/2020

Dave Stabler, a 1978 Penn State architectural engineering alumnus and former senior electrical engineer for Facility Dynamics Engineering, joined the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) on Jan. 2 as assistant teaching professor.

Jablokow bound for the Beltway as National Science Foundation program director

2/5/2020

Kathryn W. Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering and associate chief academic officer, Penn State Great Valley, is headed to Alexandria, Virginia, for a two-year term as program director for the National Science Foundation's Engineering Design and Systems Engineering program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation.

Maker Ambassador program sponsored by Lockheed Martin aims to increase diversity

2/5/2020

A $20,000 gift from Lockheed Martin has helped to establish and support the continued advancement of the Maker Ambassador program, an initiative designed to engage women and minority engineers interested in making and leading.

Academia-enterprise partnership aims to help people with diabetes

2/4/2020

For a healthy person, a minor cut on the leg or foot is no big deal, something that only requires a bit of antiseptic and a small bandage. For a person with diabetes, it can become a much bigger problem.

Engineering science and mechanics M.D./Ph.D. student named to "20 in their 20s" list

2/4/2020

Harrisburg Young Professionals and local news publication TheBurg named a student in Penn State College of Medicine's M.D./Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program as part of their "20 in their 20s" list for 2019.

Electrical engineering assistant professor named 2020 Scialog Fellow

2/3/2020

Aida Ebrahimi, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has been named a 2020 Scialog Fellow.

Energy team recognized for innovative procurement services

2/3/2020

The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) energy team has been recognized by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for its work in procuring third-party energy supply for the Department of General Services (DGS).

Energy, chemical engineering professor receives fellowship

2/3/2020

Hilal Ezgi Toraman, assistant professor of energy engineering and chemical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering and Fuel Science Program.

Engineering professor optimizes chemical manufacturing processes on Fulbright

2/3/2020

Enrique Del Castillo, distinguished professor of industrial engineering and professor of statistics at Penn State, has returned from his Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, where he conducted research at the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal.

Online master's program in mechanical engineering ranked among world's best

2/3/2020

The master of science in mechanical engineering (MSME) program offered online by the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering and Penn State World Campus has been ranked no. 2 by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Professor to study food-energy-water decision-making

2/3/2020

Caitlin Grady, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, will examine the influences and interconnections between food, energy and water (FEW) systems thanks to a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Cunningham appointed to board overseeing Nation’s Report Card

1/30/2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has appointed Christine Cunningham, professor of practice in education and engineering at Penn State, along with two others to three-year terms on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the only continuing, nationally representative evaluation of U.S. students’ knowledge.

Emerging organic contaminant levels greatly influenced by stream flows, seasons

1/30/2020

Flow rates and time of year must be taken into account to better understand the potential risks posed by emerging organic contaminants in rivers and streams, according to Penn State researchers who studied contaminant concentrations and flow characteristics at six locations near drinking water intakes in the Susquehanna River basin.

Existing structures, data science researcher joins architectural engineering

1/30/2020

Rebecca Napolitano, a researcher who specializes in monitoring, diagnostics and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, will join the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) as assistant professor on July 1.

Researchers look at novel methods to enhance battery performance

1/30/2020

Researchers at Penn State are looking at innovative ways to improve energy storage in an effort to better utilize renewable energy technologies.

Undergraduates invited to explore research opportunities at Penn State

1/29/2020

The University Fellowships Office and University Libraries are continuing their series of events focused on helping undergraduates learn about and navigate the world of research opportunities at Penn State.

Mechanical engineering alumna named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Science

1/28/2020

In the year since she graduated with her doctorate in mechanical engineering, Penn State alumna Birgitt Boschitsch's life has been a nonstop whirlwind as the co-founder and chief executive officer of the startup spotLESS Materials.

Alumni spotlight: Paula Garcia Todd

1/27/2020

Paula Garcia Todd, global strategic marketing manager of drug delivery technologies with DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemical engineering at Penn State in 2003.

Chemical engineering professor lands global research fellowship

1/27/2020

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, received an inaugural Institute of International Education’s (IEE) Global Research Fellowship. The fellowships are jointly awarded by the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) in Brazil and the IEE to five faculty members from universities across the Unites States and Canada.

Governor proposes $2.35 million in funding for Invent Penn State

1/27/2020

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a proposal to provide $2.35 million in funding for Invent Penn State as part of a $12.35 million spending initiative focused on technology and innovation programs.

Student merges his love of football and engineering

1/27/2020

Penn State fans travel far and wide to attend the University’s football games each fall semester, but few get to see the behind-the-scenes coordination that it takes to get the players ready for game day.

Undergraduate team wins asphalt pavement mix design competition

1/27/2020

Three undergraduate students studying civil engineering at Penn State have been honored with the top prize for their work in the Inaugural Northeast Regional Council Mix Competition, sponsored by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA).

Architectural engineering announces new micro-credentialing sessions

1/24/2020

Micro-credentials are on the rise in the higher education market, and architectural engineering students are some of the first to take part.

The future of nuclear engineering at Penn State and beyond

1/24/2020

The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering is newly named, once more independent and under new leadership.

CAREER award to help researcher understand, optimize walking for stroke patients

1/23/2020

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Anne Martin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to study how both healthy and post-stroke individuals walk.

Engineering associate dean receives lifetime achievement award

1/23/2020

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has named George Lesieutre, associate dean for research and graduate programs and professor of aerospace engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, the recipient of the 2020 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials (SSM) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Industrial engineering receives sensors to enhance student education

1/22/2020

Students in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State will learn how wireless sensors and cloud computing can impact the manufacturing field, thanks to a recent gift from KCF Technologies.

Aspiring neurosurgeon mapping cancer-suppressing protein

1/21/2020

Madison Evans is a Penn State biomedical engineering major who would like to become a neurosurgeon.

Biological engineering student wins Genentech Pharmaceutical Technical Development Student Award

1/21/2020

Morgan Roggenbaum, a junior studying biological engineering, is the recipient of the prestigious Genentech Pharmaceutical Technical Development Outstanding Student Award for 2020.

Mechanical engineering professor receives grant to explore soft smart materials

1/21/2020

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor and associate head for administration in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct fundamental research into a new class of soft responsive materials, in collaboration with the University of Illinois.

Penn State students participate in University Innovations Fellows program

1/21/2020

Before their selection as University Innovation Fellows, Penn State students Hayden Long and Michael Miller knew they had a passion for entrepreneurship.

Discovering the secret life of cancer cells

1/20/2020

Deb Kelly, professor of biomedical engineering and director of Penn State's new Center for Structural Oncology, and her research team have made groundbreaking discoveries regarding the gene mutations that cause cancer.

Transparency discovered in crystals with ultrahigh piezoelectricity

1/20/2020

Use of an AC rather than a DC electric field can improve the piezoelectric response of a crystal. Now, an international team of researchers say that cycles of AC fields also make the internal crystal domains in some materials bigger and the crystal transparent.

Architectural engineering professor continues work on sustainable windows

1/17/2020

Windows accentuate and beautify commercial or residential buildings, according to Julian Wang, associate professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, but they also?are vulnerable to the elements.

Pitch competition offers $30,000 in funding for student entrepreneurs

1/17/2020

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) at Penn State is looking for undergraduate entrepreneurs from any Penn State campus to compete in the 2020 Inc.U Competition.

Using machine learning to improve traffic congestion

1/17/2020

Researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology are advancing work that utilizes machine learning methods to improve traffic signal control at urban intersections around the world.

New method breaks the reciprocity of light propagation

1/16/2020

A novel method to prevent light from reflecting back in optical devices could allow advancements in several scientific fields, including optical communications, laser systems and electronics, according to a team of Penn State electrical engineers led by Xingjie Ni, assistant professor of electrical engineering.

NSF grant funds research to study nature-based solutions for river restoration

1/16/2020

As communities look to restore their waterways after centuries of human alteration, many are turning to nature for inspiration.

A wearable gas sensor for health and environmental monitoring

1/15/2020

A highly sensitive, wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers at Penn State and Northeastern University.

Aerospace engineering professor recognized for influence in astrodynamics

1/15/2020

Robert Melton, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, has been selected to receive the American Astronautical Society’s 2019 Dirk Brouwer Award for his substantial contributions to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics.

Mechanical engineering grad student innovates gas turbine heat sensors

1/15/2020

Shawn Siroka, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, is using his talents to innovate new heat flux sensors in gas turbine engines. In the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory, he is one of many researchers focused on advancing turbine energy production by understanding how they mitigate and handle extreme temperatures.

Penn State nominates four for Goldwater Scholarship

1/15/2020

The Penn State University Fellowships Office announced the names of the four undergraduate students that are the University's nominees to the 2020 Goldwater Scholarship, an award for U.S. undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in research.

Professor named International Society for Optics and Photonics fellow

1/15/2020

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering and associate department head for administration in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Online engineering student uses education to fuel personal business

1/14/2020

By day, Tim Ayres is an employee at Lockheed Martin working on airplanes, fluid systems and hydraulic parts. By evening, Ayres is a 3D printing entrepreneur and a Penn State World Campus graduate student.

Online graduate engineering programs rank in top 10 in U.S. News' 2020 Best Online Programs

1/14/2020

Penn State received six top-10 rankings in U.S. News and World Report's 2020 Best Online Programs, the most of any college or university in the country for the fourth consecutive year.

Architectural engineering's Makers Space bolstered by alumnus gift

1/13/2020

Ted Lynch, architectural engineering alumnus and CEO of Southland Industries, and his wife, Sarah, recently contributed $100,000 to enhance Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) facilities.

Award fund established to honor late electrical engineering alumnus, professor

1/13/2020

The A. J. Ferraro Graduate Research Award in the Department of Electrical Engineering will become an endowed award, thanks to a gift from Carol M. Ferraro in honor of her late husband, Anthony J. Ferraro, an alumnus and professor emeritus at Penn State.

Summer Founders Program offers $15,000 to student startup teams

1/13/2020

The 2020 Summer Founders program provides selected Penn State entrepreneurial teams (founders) $15,000 to work full time on their startup, social good or nonprofit idea. Working over the summer, the program provides workspace and a plethora of resources and support.

Blocking blackouts

1/10/2020

Electrical engineer Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, an expert on power grids, heads a Penn State team that won a $999,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore ways to prevent and deal with the "cascading failures" that lead to massive blackouts.

A new method to study lithium dendrites could lead to better, safer batteries

1/9/2020

Lithium ion batteries often grow needle-like structures between electrodes that can short out the batteries and sometimes cause fires. Now, an international team of researchers has found a way to grow and observe these structures to understand ways to stop or prevent their appearance.

A summer in Germany pays off for biomedical engineering undergraduate

1/9/2020

Matthew Aronson, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering at Penn State, spent the summer of 2019 in Germany as a scholar in the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program.

Battling for an A: Mechanical engineering students build dueling robots

1/8/2020

On Dec. 11 during the ME 340: Mechanical Engineering Design Methodology final exam, there were no blue books or pencils in sight. The quiet and concentration typical of an intensive exam was nowhere to be found.

Seven engineering faculty members receive ROCKET Seed Grant to fund new research

1/7/2020

Seven Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were awarded the College of Engineering’s 2020 Research Opportunities for mid-Career Knowledge EnhancemenT (ROCKET) Seed Grant to fund exploration of new or existing research areas.

Team of engineering researchers to help improve Pennsylvania's foundries

1/7/2020

A team of Penn State engineering faculty and students is working with small-to-medium-sized foundries across Pennsylvania to aid in the transition away from using harmful silica sands in the metal casting process and to reduce costs through 3D printing.

2020 Nittany AI Challenge to showcase artificial intelligence's power for good

1/6/2020

Idea submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge. Student teams with a wide variety of skill sets are invited to submit their ideas for using artificial intelligence to improve the world by providing solutions for problems within the areas of education, health, sustainability, climate change and humanitarian challenges.

Architectural engineering professor-led team will study digital modeling on capital projects

1/6/2020

John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, is leading a $240,000 Construction Industry Institute (CII)-funded project to study building projects that have utilized digital modeling and to compile recommended best practices for organizing, retrieving and analyzing project data.

Civil engineering assistant professor to receive new faculty award

1/6/2020

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) recently named Ilgin Guler, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, as the recipient of its 2020 Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award.

Mechanical engineering student awarded Sloan Minority Graduate Scholarship

1/6/2020

Cody A. Gonzalez, a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Graduate Scholarship.

New director of Engineering Entrepreneurship program joins college

1/6/2020

Ted Graef has joined the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) as the director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) program at Penn State.

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