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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).

Space adjoining Marriott Foundation Building named for distinguished alumnus


As renovations near completion on the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Building, an alumnus with deep roots in the Penn State community has stepped forward with a gift to realize the full impact of the project.

UV-light research to investigate aerosol disinfection in unoccupied classrooms


As students continue in-person learning, classrooms are a focus of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. A new $125,000 grant, funded by Penn State’s Office of the Physical Plant (OPP), is helping researchers investigate the possibility of aerosol disinfection of classrooms using ultraviolet, or UV, light.

Return and Get it


The making, unmaking, and remaking of Agbogbloshie, a 20-acre scrapyard in the city of Accra, Ghana.

Architectural engineering researcher to study COVID-19 aerosol transmission


SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not seem to be disappearing anytime soon. But now research on mechanical systems in buildings may help to better understand how the disease spreads indoors.

Alumnus and wife establish endowment in architectural engineering


Rob Banas attributes much of his career success in the building industry to the education he received as an undergraduate student in Penn State's architectural engineering program.

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