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Architectural engineering students win sustainable building design competition


Design a two-story, 50,000-square-foot building complete with a cafeteria, office, kitchen and storage space to accommodate 3,000 college students per day.

Architectural engineer recognized with inaugural national award


The National Institute of Building Sciences presented John Messner, the Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, with the inaugural NIBS Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting on Sept. 28.

Podcast examines how indoor lighting can improve energy savings, human health


On the latest episode of the Growing Impact podcast, two researchers discuss their seed grant project that investigates how indoor lighting can be adjusted to save energy on a building's heating and cooling and positively impact human health.

$500,000 gift to support diversity in architectural engineering


The Clayco Foundation has endowed a $500,000 scholarship in Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering (AE).

Concrete world: Engineers to improve reinforced steel to contain nuclear waste


Metals embedded in concrete can erode, rusting, and weakening until the concrete splits and the structure it supports falls.

Physical distance may not be enough to prevent viral aerosol exposure indoors


Eighteen months ago, stickers began to dot the floors of most shops, spaced about six feet apart, indicating the physical distance required to avoid the COVID-19 virus an infected person may shed when breathing or speaking.

Building expert joins national STEM diversity and inclusion program


Esther Obonyo, director of the Penn State Global Building Network and associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, was recently named a fellow in the third cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy.

Engineer to measure the efficiency of comfortable, useful lighting


Does a light shine if no one sees it? Yes, and it wastes a lot of power, according to Dorukalp Durmus, assistant professor in the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, who was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) grant.

Penn State's first Schlumberger fellow aims to 3D-print a sustainable future


Eden Binega was browsing doctoral programs in additive manufacturing when she spotted a story on NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge, in which Penn State came second with a 3D-printed concrete dome-like structure.

Call for researchers to participate in health, built environment workshop series


The Institutes of Energy and the Environment, through its Health and the Environment thematic area, is inviting members of the Penn State research community to participate in a series of four workshops on topics related to health and the built environment.

Engineering alumnus to use gift to inspire collaboration and mentorship


Davis Mullholand always looks for ways to collaborate with those around him and help others succeed.

Dual grants totaling $2.25 million help students take a byte out of data science


All of the data produced or used in 2020 was estimated to be about 59 zettabytes, each of which equals a billion terabytes. If each terabyte represents a mile, 59 zettabytes would allow for almost 10 full round trips from Earth to Pluto.

Graphene made with lasers for wearable health devices


Graphene, hexagonally arranged carbon atoms in a single layer with superior pliability and high conductivity, could advance flexible electronics according to a Penn State-led international research team.

Penn State researchers create educational program to inspire young engineers


Engineering job availability is expected to grow in the next decade, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, according to a research team led by Penn State, current statistics suggest that engineering college attendance rates, lack of diversity and retirement rates may result in a shortage of employees in the industry.

Better, sustainable early building designs may be possible with NSF grant


In the past, when conceptualizing a new building, architects would create designs by hand, mostly using their experience and creativity.

Paying it forward: Engineer training to support future engineers


Salvador Ordorica, a Penn State architectural engineering alumnus and major in the United States Air Force, spent his childhood weekends differently than most kids.

First architectural engineering World Bank scholarship recipients selected


The first World Bank-sponsored Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering graduate scholarships have been awarded to two incoming international students.

New architectural engineering mentoring program connects students to industry


Mentorship and industry connections can be critical factors for engineering students when trying to obtain internships or start their careers.

Engineering alum 'returns favor' with gift to architectural engineering program


Inspired by a motivational quote from Jonas Salk, developer of the first successful polio vaccine, Steve Heinz shaped his professional goals around one important question, "Am I being a good ancestor?"

West Campus groundbreaking ceremony to highlight new engineering buildings


The Penn State College of Engineering will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of two new West Campus buildings, West 1 and West 2, on Friday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The in-person, by-invitation ceremony will also be livestreamed for the Penn State community and general public.

Head of architectural engineering elected to national institute board


Sez Atamturktur Russcher, Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and head of the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering (AE), was elected to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Board of Directors.

Penn State-led team to bolster communities impacted by climate change


An international, Penn State-led consortium aims to improve infrastructure resiliency, along with sustainability and public health, in coastal areas most impacted by climate change.

Department of Energy awards to support students researching nuclear energy


Three students in the Penn State College of Engineering were selected to receive awards through the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy Integrated University Program.

Institute awards 14 computational and data sciences seed grants


From making our roads safer to paving the way to exoplanet discovery, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) seed grants have funded 14 projects backed by researchers from across the disciplines and around the University.

Trustees approve plans, funds for new West 1 engineering building


The Board of Trustees today (May 7) approved the final plans and construction of a new engineering research and teaching space at the University Park campus.

June 9 webinar to focus on adaptive architecture research, collaboration


The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems announced a webinar titled "Future Directions in Adaptive Architecture."

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society


The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarships to three Penn State engineering students.

Worker-centered human robot partnerships -- a new chapter in construction


In the future, humans may interact with artificially intelligent heavy machines, self-optimizing collaborative robots, unmanned terrestrial and aerial vehicles, and other autonomous systems, according to a team of Penn State engineers.

College of Engineering announces Research Symposium winners


The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of the College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Wednesday, April 14, on the virtual platform Gather.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals


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

Engineering dean speaks on UN panel discussing high-performance buildings


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which includes the United States, prefaced its 69th session with a special virtual panel on high-performance buildings at 10 a.m. ET on April 19.

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees


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.

Engineering student gains real-world insight during internship experience


With thousands of startup companies emerging each year -- many located in State College -- the need for qualified employees with a passion for entrepreneurship continues to grow.

Architectural engineering professor receives grant for color science course


Dorukalp "Alp" Durmus, assistant professor of architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, received a $30,000 grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education to establish a new color science course, "Color Science for Architecture, Design and Engineering."

Bardusch family establishes endowment to support IdeaMakers Challenge


For Bob Bardusch, innovation and entrepreneurship have been integral to his career success.

Lion LaunchPad in search of incoming students for special living option


Lion LaunchPad (LLP) is looking to attract incoming first-year students to its special living option for entrepreneurially minded students.

Smart materials could pose solution for big-data bottleneck in future cities


In smart cities of the future, sensors distributed throughout buildings and bridges could monitor infrastructure health.

Wireless sensors track sanitizer use, optimize replacement and refill operations


To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Penn State deployed nearly 6,000 hand sanitizer stations across its campuses for the fall 2020 semester, with almost 3,000 stations installed at the University Park campus.

Center for Socially Responsible AI announces inaugural seed funding awards


The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the recipients of its inaugural round of seed funding.

Global Building Network online bibliography produced by University Libraries


Penn State University Libraries' Open Publishing unit recently published a digital bibliography, Global Building Network, which houses resources to support the Global Building Network (GBN), a joint initiative between Penn State and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

From secondary teachers to architectural engineering researchers


In Pennsylvania, secondary education standards are designed to help students understand and use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as the fields evolve.

EarthTalks examines the carbon footprint of the built environment


Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering at Penn State, will discuss ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment at 4 p.m. Monday, March 1.

FacultyXchange connects biodevices researchers in academia, industry


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.

Engineer testifies on COVID-19 mitigation before congressional committee


William P. Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, testified as an expert witness during the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's hearing, "Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps," on Feb. 4.

National conference featured architectural engineering department with virtual tour


The Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) hosted a virtual tour during the Partners in Science Conference on Jan. 16.

Remembering Gifford Albright, first architectural engineering department head


Gifford "Giff" Albright, the first head of the Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) in Penn State's College of Engineering, died on Dec. 30, 2020, in State College.

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins national award


The Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the seventh consecutive year at the virtual WE20 National Conference.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced


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.

Penn State's industryXchange explores collaborations in artificial intelligence


The Penn State College of Engineering hosted the fourth annual industryXchange on Dec. 7-8. The virtual event brought together members of industry, Penn State faculty and students, and government agencies to explore collaboration opportunities on this year’s focus, "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning."

Architectural engineering alumnus organizes donation for people without homes


When a cold snap plunged Los Angeles, California, into temperatures below 30 degrees in early November, Charles (Chip) Israel thought about the many people without homes that he sees regularly on his commute.

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday


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.

Architectural engineer on mission to enable zero-carbon buildings


Greg Pavlak's ultimate goal as an architectural engineer is to develop high-performing and environmentally sustainable solutions for buildings.

Five engineering students receive scholarships


The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recently announced its scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 academic year. Five students from various disciplines in the Penn State College of Engineering were awarded scholarships.

Architectural engineering student selected for ASTM International program


Tyler Demyan, fifth-year student in the integrated architectural engineering bachelor's and master's program in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently selected to participate in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Emerging Professionals Program.

Volcano watching, wearable health monitoring research earn best poster awards


The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State announced the two winners for the 2020 ICDS Symposium's virtual poster presentation.

Architectural engineering transforms engineering studio into classroom


Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering brought together a unique blend of faculty expertise to find innovative solutions to challenges posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- including the transformation of an engineering design studio space into a mixed-mode, socially distanced classroom.

Eight Penn State faculty teams awarded seed grants for AI research


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).

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