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Doctoral student applies smart maintenance techniques to industry

2/24/2021

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

Designing and developing the future

2/22/2021

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

FacultyXchange connects biodevices researchers in academia, industry

2/17/2021

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

Industrial engineering faculty receives a distinguished professorship

2/15/2021

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

IST course aims to build impactful user-friendly tech

2/2/2021

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

Merging technologies with color to avoid design failures

1/21/2021

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

Engineering and physical plant partner to keep campus clean

1/13/2021

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

Penn State professors study ways to 'disrupt malevolent creativity'

1/8/2021

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

Mechanical engineering professor named Bashore Faculty Development Professor

1/7/2021

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

Service systems engineering award seeking submissions

1/7/2021

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

Industrial engineering alumnus creates clean energy jobs in Africa

1/6/2021

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

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced

12/21/2020

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

Filling the gap: Engineering students help design new furniture

12/15/2020

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

Algorithms and automation: Making new technology faster and cheaper

12/8/2020

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

Engineering student chapter recognized for member dedication

12/2/2020

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

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

12/1/2020

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

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

11/23/2020

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

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday

11/20/2020

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

Engineering professor named as new Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse director

11/20/2020

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

Penn State researchers to help revive manufacturing enterprises

11/19/2020

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

New industrial engineering space to invigorate learning

11/16/2020

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

Putting reality in virtual additive manufacturing education

11/16/2020

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

First-generation engineering student finds diverse opportunities

11/6/2020

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

Engineering students win awards for innovating the human experience

11/2/2020

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

Alumna named Engineering Leader Under 40 by Plant Engineering

10/21/2020

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

Eight Penn State faculty teams awarded seed grants for AI research

10/19/2020

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

The human factor: Empowering engineering education

10/19/2020

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

College of Engineering kicks off 125th anniversary with virtual celebration

10/15/2020

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

Global Alumni Profile: Uzair Qadeer

10/13/2020

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

New method enables automated protections for sensitive data

10/5/2020

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

Four Penn State researchers join the Social Science Research Institute

9/24/2020

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

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

9/22/2020

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

Trustees approve plans and funds for part of engineering expansion

9/18/2020

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

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

9/15/2020

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

Driving robust decision making: General Motors seeks academic expertise

9/14/2020

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

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

9/3/2020

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

Stitching it together: Two engineering students spend summer with IBM

9/1/2020

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

Algorithm aims to alert consumers before they use illicit online pharmacies

8/28/2020

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

Canceled summer internships turn into interstellar opportunities

8/24/2020

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

Two teams of engineering students emerge as capstone project award winners

8/19/2020

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

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

8/12/2020

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

Engineering alumnus leverages his master's for government innovation

7/28/2020

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

Alumnus uses education and exposure in industry to foster success at Amazon

7/20/2020

For Penn State alumnus Athul Krishna, class of 2016, choosing to pursue engineering was a no brainer. The real question was which direction to go after his undergraduate degree.

Industrial engineering faculty receives a promotion

7/14/2020

The Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) is pleased to announce the promotion of Hui Yang to the academic rank of professor of industrial engineering.

Saving time and money via engineering: Manufacturing design

7/6/2020

A new method for machining hole patterns has implications for cost and time savings in automobile, construction and tech companies, according to a team of researchers from the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State.

Industrial engineering students find 'presidential' success

6/16/2020

Penn State industrial engineers are known for their ability to tackle topics such as sustainability, innovation and best practices with a goal of creating systems that help businesses and other organizations run seamlessly.

Engineering professor selected for competitive leadership fellowship

6/11/2020

Jingjing Li, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, has been selected for the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) Fellowship at Drexel University.

Four engineering faculty named fellows for STEM leadership program

6/10/2020

Four Penn State College of Engineering faculty were named to the 2020-21 class of fellows for Drexel University's Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel) program.

Industrial Laser Solutions welcomes Timothy W. Simpson to editorial advisory board

6/9/2020

Industrial Laser Solutions announces that Timothy W. Simpson is now a member of the publication's International Editorial Advisory Board.

Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge

6/9/2020

A team of Penn State researchers is part of the first round of winners for the Department of Energy's Grid Optimization Competition.

Industrial engineering receives funding to revolutionize PA manufacturing

6/2/2020

Five faculty research projects in the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering have received funding from the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program to leverage their knowledge to improve Pennsylvania's manufacturing industry.

Industrial engineering department pivots to address COVID-19

5/27/2020

In response to the current pandemic, faculty members in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State have rapidly shifted their attention to aid in developing various scalable solutions for COVID-19.

New method analyzes images to improve health care and manufacturing

5/20/2020

Patterns appear in both natural and human made systems, but they can be difficult for humans to recognize and analyze, especially in dynamic systems like the human heart or factory machines.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced

5/15/2020

With the shift to a virtual format for this year's College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, students shared their semester's hard work on the showcase’s newly developed website.

Industrial engineering students receive scholarships for academic excellence

5/11/2020

Three industrial engineering students in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State have been selected to receive scholarships from the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. for the 2020-21 academic year.

Institute awards 32 computational and data sciences seed grants

5/8/2020

Understanding polarized political opinions, predicting Arctic Sea ice levels, and accelerating quantum computing with machine learning -- these are just a few focuses of the dozens of new Penn State research projects that have been funded by Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants.

Student balances research with the joys of being a Penn Stater

5/3/2020

Matthew Hoffman, a fourth-year industrial engineering (IE) student at Penn State, is the embodiment of the age-old saying, "You only have four years in college, so make the most of it."

Biesecker named industrial engineering student marshal

5/1/2020

Christopher Allen Biesecker was named the student marshal for the industrial engineering baccalaureate degree program.

Health systems engineering expert returns to industrial engineering

4/24/2020

Paul Griffin, an expert in health systems engineering, will return to the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) as a professor on Aug. 15.

Industrial engineering department unites virtually for a 'Night of Togetherness'

4/24/2020

Students, faculty and staff from the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State came together this month for a virtual evening of togetherness.

COVID-19 response at Penn State propelled by interdisciplinary connections

4/22/2020

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19 (MASC) Initiative was launched at Penn State in March.

Engineering associate professor develops safer, quicker data processing method

4/14/2020

A novel algorithm to solve big data resource sharing problems over large networks, developed by researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering, may also have implications for energy savings and data security.

COVID-19: Researchers to model novel coronavirus for spread mitigation

4/9/2020

In an effort to help mitigate the disruptive effects of the deadly COVID-19 virus, an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers are developing a novel methodology to analyze its spread and the impacts on policy with a goal of creating better-prepared and more-resilient health care systems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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