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Scalable model makes for more efficient, smarter grid use, researchers report


A Penn State-led research collaboration developed a scalable model specifically to control large groups of buildings and their energy demand in realistic operational settings. They published their approach in the Journal of Energy Storage.

Yiqi Zhang recognized for contributions to human factors engineering in transportation


Yiqi Zhang, assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State, was awarded the Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award by the Surface Transportation Technical Group (STTG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).

Media mention: ‘The White House’s ‘AI Bill of Rights’ outlines five principles'


Christopher Dancy, Harold and Inge Marcus Industrial and Manufacturing Career Development Associate Professor, wrote an article that appeared on The Conversation, an online source of news stories and research reports with accompanying expert opinion and analysis.

Tim Simpson receives ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award


Tim Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the Penn State College of Engineering, has received the Design Theory and Methodology Award from the Design Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Industrial engineering graduate earns MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award


Lois Jung, a 2022 Penn State graduate in industrial and manufacturing engineering, was awarded the 2022 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Supply Chain Excellence Award, for which she received a $25,000 scholarship.

Medical history may help predict autism in young children, researchers find


An interdisciplinary Penn State research team developed machine learning models that assess the connections among hundreds of clinical variables, including doctor visits and health care services for seemingly unrelated medical conditions, to predict the likelihood of autism spectrum disorder in young children. They published the results in BMJ Health & Care Informatics, and a related team earned a NIH grant to pursue the work further.

28 new faculty members join the College of Engineering


Twenty-eight new faculty members have joined the Penn State College of Engineering since the end of the spring semester. The 17 tenured or tenure-line members and 11 non-tenure-line members represent 12 units and departments and include two new department heads.

Industrial engineering student interns at Boeing


Josephine Pindro, a third-year Penn State undergraduate student in industrial engineering, received a grant from Penn State’s Student Engagement Network to support her summer 2022 internship at Boeing, a leader in aircraft manufacturing.

Research center will help industries connect with Penn State’s AI prowess


Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences has announced the creation of the Center for Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Industry, which will connect experienced artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers at Penn State with industry partners to identify and pursue collaborative, industry-sponsored, exploratory research projects.

Engineering faculty member, student win journal award for research paper


Enrique del Castillo, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and professor of statistics, and former Penn State industrial engineering doctoral student Xueqi Zhao received the Youden award, which honors the best paper from the annual edition of Technometrics.

Media Mention: ‘Americans are larger. Should the FAA stop airplane seats from shrinking?’


Matthew Parkinson, professor of engineering design, mechanical engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering, was quoted in a Washington Post article about the debate surrounding standard airplane seat sizing.

Four engineering faculty named fellows for STEM leadership program


Four Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were selected as part of the 2022-23 cohort of Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program. The one-year, part-time leadership program provides training and development for women faculty and administrators.

Penn State ranks 31st among national public universities in U.S. News ranking


Penn State ranked 22 out of 212 schools in "Best Engineering Programs" at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. The University also ranked well in a number of engineering specialties.

Students engineer solutions to airport aggravations


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

International society recognizes industrial engineering Penn Staters


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

Professor named to 25 Leaders Transforming Manufacturing list


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

Penn State World Campus engineering students explore research at University Park


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.

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


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.

Eight Penn State engineering students receive Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowships


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

Biotechnology platforms enable fast, customizable vaccine production


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.

Engineering faculty members named Fulbright Scholars, Fulbright Specialist


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

Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award — Finalist


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


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


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


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


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.

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni


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


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.

Two industrial engineering students receive Alpha Pi Mu scholarships


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

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1


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.

Six Penn State engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships


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.

Five engineering students recognized with University-wide awards


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


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.

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients


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.

Three engineering students receive awards at the 2022 Graduate Exhibition


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

2022 spring student marshal: Andrea Castaneda


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

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members


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.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor


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.

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


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 rises in U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings


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.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Jane L. Snowdon


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.

Christopher Dancy joins industrial and manufacturing engineering, computer science


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.

Ilya Kovalenko joins Department of Mechanical Engineering


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.

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


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.

Two engineering faculty members selected as ASME fellows


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.

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


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.

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


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.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced


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.

Engineering research expenditures highly ranked by NSF


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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