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Annual substance use conference focuses on future of cannabis, tobacco use

7/2/2024

The Social Science Research Institute’s Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction hosted its fifth annual conference in the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub at the University Park campus in April.

Project aims to build strong manufacturing workforce with immersive technology

6/17/2024

The Richard King Mellon Foundation recently awarded $392,000 to two researchers at Penn State to build a strong science- and technology-focused (STF) workforce in the state’s Mon Valley region through collaboration and virtual, augmented and mixed reality trainings and tools.

Scarlett Miller named Cocoziello Institute of Real Estate Innovation director

6/13/2024

Scarlett Miller, professor of industrial engineering and of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State, was recently appointed director of Penn State’s Cocoziello Institute of Real Estate Innovation.

Professor Russell Barton authors predictive analytics textbook

6/10/2024

Russell Barton, Penn State professor of industrial engineering in the College of Engineering and distinguished professor of supply chain and information systems in the Smeal College of Business, authored a recently published textbook.

From rock climbing to dining, students use engineering to improve accessibility

6/7/2024

A capstone course taught in the spring of 2024 focused specifically on adaptive technology, which is a device or piece of technology designed to provide physical or cognitive assistance.

$4.4 million investment will expand metals-based outreach programs at Penn State

5/28/2024

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and the Department of Defense will invest $4.4 million in several metals-based manufacturing programs at Penn State’s Behrend and University Park campuses, where researchers are creating workforce development programs that will strengthen the U.S. metal casting and forging industries.

Comprehensive scholarship program graduates first class of engineering leaders

5/3/2024

In 2020, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need. This spring, the first cohort of A. James Clark Scholars will graduate from the Penn State College of Engineering.

Designing and assessing market designs to improve electrical grid reliability

4/30/2024

A project co-led by two Penn State professors has been selected to receive up to $815,959 from the Grid Deployment Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The team will evaluate prospective market design changes to efficiently integrate batteries and other unconventional resources into wholesale electricity markets, with the aim of improving electrical grid reliability.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2024 commencement

4/25/2024

The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2024 commencement ceremony.

Novel robotic training program reduces physician errors placing central lines

4/17/2024

More than 5 million central lines are placed in patients who need prolonged drug delivery, such as those undergoing cancer treatments, in the United States every year, yet the common procedure can lead to a bevy of complications in almost a million of those cases. To help decrease the rate of infections, blood clots and other complications associated with placing a central line catheter, Penn State researchers developed an online curriculum coupled with a hands-on simulation training to provide trainee physicians with more practice.

Soundar Kumara recognized with Pearson’s digital pioneer award

4/17/2024

Soundar Kumara, the Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering, won a Pearson Excellence in Higher Education Award in the digital pioneer category. The digital pioneer category honors an educator who uses “Pearson digital platform(s) to engage students and provide a personalized learning experience,” according to an award announcement.

Undergraduates named semi-finalists in ethics in engineering competition

4/4/2024

A team of Penn State undergraduate students were semi-finalists in Lockheed Martin’s seventh annual Ethics in Engineering Competition that took place Feb. 26-28 at Lockheed Martin’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

Twelve alumni recognized with College of Engineering’s highest honor

3/18/2024

Twelve Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the Penn State College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Q&A with Larry Cheng: Monitoring neurological conditions in real time

3/11/2024

A team of researchers led by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, the James L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Penn State, created a highly-sensitive and cost-effective sensor to better monitor the concentration of dopamine and tyrosine — a neurotransmitter and an amino acid, respectively, that are present in the brain — in sweat or urine.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras names Soundar Kumara distinguished alumnus

3/4/2024

Soundar Kumara, the Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering, was named one of 14 recipients of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras’s (IIT Madras) 2024 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Penn State World Campus engineering programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News

2/7/2024

Several master’s in engineering programs offered through Penn State’s World Campus earned top recognitions from the 2024 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Programs” rankings, released today (Feb. 7).

Guha Manogharan named co-director of Penn State’s additive manufacturing center

2/2/2024

Guha Manogharan, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, was named co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D). Manogharan replaces Tim Simpson, the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing, who has served in the position since the center’s founding in 2012.

IME Alumnus to receive Distinguished Alumni Award in 2024

1/8/2024

Gregory T. Lucier, a Penn State College of Engineering alumnus, is one of eight Penn State alumni selected by the University's Board of Trustees to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the institution's highest honor presented to its alumni.

Researchers to develop early warning system for emerging substance use threats

1/4/2024

Qiushi Chen, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, leads a four-year, interdisciplinary project to develop an early warning system for identifying and responding to emerging substance use threats.

Engineering student wins award at Society of Medical Decision Making conference

11/16/2023

Zixuan Feng, doctoral student of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Penn State, won a presentation award at the 45th annual Society of Medical Decision Making meeting held Oct. 22-25 in Philadelphia.

Q&A: Enhancing physicians’ colonoscopy training for early cancer prevention

11/15/2023

Using a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, researchers from the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine will develop a novel colonoscopy training system that integrates automated personalized learning with a manikin embedded with sensors that may help make the routine procedure safer, more accurate and cost-efficient.

Learning Factory equips students with lifelong skills

11/10/2023

Steven White Jr., engineering support specialist with the Learning Factory; Melina Trautman, fourth-year mechanical engineering student and Becca Baker, fourth-year industrial engineering student, discuss how the Learning Factory’s safety and skills training programs set students up for success during their time on campus and throughout their future careers.

Penn State partners with Gov. Shapiro to shape AI governance and strategy

10/20/2023

With the growing impact of artificial intelligence, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has announced a partnership with Penn State to leverage faculty expertise and receive advisory support on artificial intelligence (AI)-related topics such as organizational strategy, risk assessment and governance.

$2.5 million gift to solidify vibrant future at Penn State Hillel

10/9/2023

Inge Marcus, a longtime donor to the College of Engineering, committed $2.5 million to the Penn State Hillel Enrichment Fund. The fund was established in 2004 by Inge and her late husband, Harold "Hal" J. Marcus, to affirm the presence of Jewish life on campus and beyond. Hal graduated from Penn State in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Engineering graduate students recognized with University fellowships

10/5/2023

The Graduate School at Penn State recognized 114 students as recipients of the 2023-24 University Graduate Fellowships and Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, including 22 students from the College of Engineering.

Thicker, denser, better: New electrodes may hold key to advanced batteries

8/16/2023

To improve battery performance and production, Penn State researchers and collaborators have developed a new fabrication approach that could make for more efficient batteries that maintain energy and power levels, resulting in more energy-efficient electric vehicles.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition

8/11/2023

Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

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