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Empathy in design: Learning human factors for biomedical devices

5/4/2021

While working in the medical devices industry as a biomedical engineer, Michelle Hatch began shopping for graduate programs that she could complete in her spare time.

Engineering students and clubs recognized with leadership and service awards

5/3/2021

Penn State recognized its recipients for student service and leadership awards and student organization and involvement awards?during the week of April 26.

College of Engineering hosts inaugural Engineering Equity Summit

4/30/2021

The inaugural Engineering Equity Summit, presented by the College of Engineering Diversity Student Round Table, took place virtually on April 10-11.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals

4/26/2021

Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for Penn State’s spring commencement ceremony.

Engel-Herbert honored with 2021 Support Staff Award

4/22/2021

Mandy Engel-Herbert, educational program assistant in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in College of Engineering, has been honored with Penn State's 2021 Support Staff Award.

Engineering faculty receives NSF CAREER Award for simulation analysis research

4/22/2021

Eunhye Song, Harold and Inge Marcus Early Career Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to support her work in simulation analysis and quantifying model risk in simulations.

Smart Health Research Colloquium to be held April 28

4/22/2021

Penn State Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) will host its virtual Smart Health Research Colloquium from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on April 28.

Five startup teams selected for 2021 Summer Founders program

4/19/2021

The Summer Founders program selected five teams from a pool of applicants spanning eight different Penn State campuses, four academic colleges, and The Graduate School at Penn State.

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees

4/15/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering has selected the first cohort of honorees as part of its new 40 Under 40 Alumni Award program, which recognizes graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact.

Lucas establishes scholarship for honors engineering students

4/15/2021

Patrick Lucas took multiple honors courses during his first two years at Penn State. His professors were often surprised to discover that the industrial engineering student wasn’t in the Schreyer Honors College.

Making meeting easier with the Sweet Spot Scheduler

4/12/2021

Most Penn State faculty and staff find Microsoft Outlook useful to schedule individual appointments, but they rarely enter their semester-long teaching schedules into the Outlook system, making it difficult to schedule departmental meetings.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at virtual awards ceremony

4/8/2021

Graduate student award recipients were celebrated during the annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony where 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement.

2021 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced

4/5/2021

Forty-three graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 36th Annual Graduate Exhibition.

Additive Manufacturing and Design Program names new director

4/5/2021

The additive manufacturing and design (AMD) program at Penn State has named Allison Beese, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, as its next director.

Exploring culture, gender and risk-taking in design

4/1/2021

As the demand for innovative and creative solutions to problems increases, so does the need for inventive and resourceful individuals.

Five Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation Grants

4/1/2021

Penn State has been awarded five grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative.

Finding the way: Engineering students create a simpler scheduler

3/31/2021

With nearly 100 radioactive material labs that require routine support and annual surveys at Penn State's University Park campus, the Penn State Office of the Physical Plant (OPP) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) radiation protection group needed a tight, fast and effective schedule for workers to stay socially distanced.

Class of 2025 invited to attend 'A Virtual Welcome to the Penn State Community'

3/17/2021

Accepted students and their families, as well as students and families considering applying to Penn State, are invited to watch the livestream event, "Class of 2025: A Virtual 'Welcome to the Penn State Community,'" to be held at 4 p.m. ET on March 25.

Engineering faculty, staff and alumni honored for exceptional contributions

3/17/2021

The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) is recognizing the below faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Engineering for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Men's hockey forward finds a home in industrial engineering

3/15/2021

Adam Pilewicz, number 24 on the Penn State men’s hockey team, has put in four years of hard work on the team, and opponents and fans alike have taken notice.

Student teams to compete on WPSU's 'The Investment'

3/8/2021

The top six Penn State student startup teams have been selected for the 2021 Inc.U Competition and will compete on WPSU's Shark Tank-style TV show "The Investment" for a chance at a share of up to $30,000 in funding for their startup.

Hands-on education and evaluation equate to hands-on efficacy

3/4/2021

To navigate the evolving industry landscape, today’s engineers complement their technical breath, theoretical understanding and practical application abilities with professional proficiencies such as innovation, creativity and interpersonal skills.

Study aids local decision-making in reopening places of worship amidst COVID-19

3/3/2021

Under Pennsylvania COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, places of worship are not specified, leaving it to the discretion of leaders to decide when and how to reopen their buildings to in-person worship while still following masking and physical distancing protocols.

Penn State tied for first nationally in NSF rankings reflecting research breadth

2/26/2021

Penn State's research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields in science and engineering, released in January 2021.

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.

College of Engineering calls for nominations for 40 Under 40 Alumni Award

7/2/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering is soliciting nominations for the 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. This award will recognize numerous College of Engineering alumni 40 years of age and younger for their professional achievements.

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.

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