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Professor Wangda Zuo receives two recognitions from building-simulation association


Wangda Zuo, professor of architectural engineering and of mechanical engineering, received the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA)-USA Outstanding Researcher Award. Zuo was recognized at the SimBuild 2024 conference in May in Denver, where he also received the best poster award for one of his papers.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2024 commencement


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

Engineering student startups selected for $15,000 Invent Penn State program


Six Penn State startups, all of which were founded or co-founded by students in the College of Engineering, have been selected to participate in the 2024 Invent Penn State Summer Founders program.

Greener power solutions for communities


Jim Freihaut, professor and interim head of Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering, was recently awarded a three-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that advances distributed energy systems in communities.

Vigeant-Haas recognized with Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award


Michelle Vigeant-Haas, associate professor of acoustics and architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, is the recipient of the 2024 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

Twelve alumni recognized with College of Engineering’s highest honor


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


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.

3D printing affordable, sustainable and resilient housing in Alaska


Alaska needs an estimated 27,500 new housing units over the next 10 years to alleviate overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, according to the Alaska Housing Foundation Corporation. A Penn State interdisciplinary team that includes researchers from the College of Engineering is looking to alleviate some of that stress with a $376,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

Alp Durmus selected as member of lighting industry’s 40 Under 40


Alp Durmus, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, was selected as a member of the 2023 group of 40 Under 40.

EarthTalks: Obonyo to discuss sustainable and resilient buildings, Jan. 22


Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, and director of the Global Building Network, will give the talk, “Building SURE (Sustainable and Resilient) Communities,” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.

BR+A establishes architectural engineering memorial scholarship


The legacy of Eugene "Gene" Bard, a 1968 alumnus of Penn State architectural engineering, will live on through a new scholarship, established in his memory by BR+A Consulting Engineers.

William Bahnfleth wins Editor’s Choice Award at Climate Control Awards 2023


William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, won the Editor’s Choice Award at the 13th annual Climate Control Awards. Bahnfleth was honored for his stewardship in the drafting of the recently released ASHRAE Standard 241.

$1M NSF grant funds project to prepare autistic students for careers in AI


Richard Kubina, professor of special education, is part of a team that is leading a project to provide career opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math students on the autism spectrum. Somayeh Asadi, associate professor of architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering is also involved in the project.

Engineering alumni society recognizes awardee’s outstanding contributions


At its annual awards ceremony, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) recognized engineering faculty, staff and alumni members for outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Engineering student selected as 'future leader' by national building society


Zahra Ghorbani, a doctoral candidate in architectural engineering at Penn State, was selected to receive the Future Leaders Award from the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Engineering graduate students recognized with University fellowships


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.

Former DuPont Laureate Theresa Weston highlights innovation in Hankin Lecture


Theresa Weston, founder of The Holt Weston Consultancy and a building science research professional specializing in the durability and energy efficiency of buildings, will deliver the 2023 Hankin Distinguished Lecture on November 1 at 4 p.m.

Setting a breathable standard: Q&A with architectural engineer William Bahnfleth


Led by William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) approved Standard 241, which establishes minimum requirements for building owners, operators and professionals to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of disease transmission through infectious aerosols. Bahfleth explained the new standard in a Q&A.

Penn State announces faculty recipients of 2023-24 U.S. Fulbright Scholar awards


Two faculty in the Penn State College of Engineering have received Fulbright Scholar Awards for the 2023-24 academic year, according to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Engineering graduate student selected as ‘rising star’ in cyber-physical systems


Zahra Ghorbani, an architectural engineering doctoral candidate, was one of 34 people selected nationally to participate in the 2023 Cyber-Physical Systems Rising Stars Workshop, held in May at the University of Virginia and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Beyond buildings: Architectural engineers work to preserve heritage


Joe Kallas, a doctoral candidate in the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, led an emergency mission to document historic structures damaged in an explosion in Beirut in 2020. He has now partnered with Rebecca Napolitano, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, to present the Beirut blast as a case study demonstrating how image-based 3D modeling can serve as a prioritization tool to inform disaster recovery decision making in the Journal of Cultural Heritage.

William Bahnfleth honored with international society service award


William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, received the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award from ASHRAE, formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, on June 24 at the society’s annual conference in Tampa, Florida.

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