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Media mention: ‘DIY box helps clear indoor air of the coronavirus’


William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article about air filtration devices and how they can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Researchers awarded $2M NSF grant to develop Africa water-food-energy network


An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a three-institution team developing the “Sustainfood Network,” which links scientists, communities and policymakers to address challenges in Africa at the nexus of water, energy and food security.

Researchers develop framework to study ozone levels on realistic indoor surfaces


Penn State researchers develop a modeling framework to study how indoor ozone levels react with common indoor surfaces, such as carpet.

Media mention: ‘Innovation for the Future’


Houtan Jebelli, assistant professor of architectural engineering, was featured in the summer 2022 issue of the Keystone Contractor Association’s magazine, “The Keystone Contractor.” In the article, “Innovation for the Future,” Jebelli discusses the use of self-optimizing collaborative robots, artificially intelligent heavy machines and unmanned vehicles on construction sites. He highlights the challenges of robots operating in dynamic job sites, a focus of his work in Penn State’s Robotics, Automation, and Intelligent Sensing Lab, where Jebelli serves as the director.

Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year


Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering were named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year.

Penn State wins third place at Solar Decathlon Design Challenge


A team of engineering and architecture students from Penn State brought home third place in the Retrofit Housing Division of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge Competition on April 23 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Media Mention: “We Need to Improve Indoor Air Quality: Here’s How and Why”


William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering and chair of the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Epidemic Task Force, was featured in a Scientific American article that discussed the importance and urgency behind upgrading buildings’ ventilation and filtration to decrease COVID-19 transmission and improve health and cognitive performance.

Engineering faculty members named Fulbright Scholars, Fulbright Specialist


Three Penn State College of Engineering faculty have received Fulbright Awards for the 2022-23 academic year, according to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. Another was named a Fulbright Specialist.

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni


The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 11 early career alumni for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 17 at University Park.

Researchers evaluate bridge life cycle impact on remote community in Alaska


Researchers traveled to Dillingham in April to study the social and engineering impacts of the Wood River Bridge on the surrounding rural community.

Penn State architectural engineers serve on editorial team for new book


Houtan Jebelli, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, is part of a team from Penn State and the University of Michigan that recently had their book, Automation and Robotics in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry, published with Springer, a global publisher of scientific, technical and medical media.

Communities, researchers join forces to design framework for sustainable housing


With a two-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Boosting Research Ideas for Transformative and Equitable Advances in Engineering (BRITE) Synergy award, Obonyo is bringing the community voice to the forefront of design criteria by leading the project, “Developing and Validating a Framework for Measuring Resilience in Low-Income Housing in the Post-Pandemic World.”

Architectural engineering students win top spots in international competition


Penn State students won first place in four categories and second place in one category at the 2022 Architectural Engineering Institute International Student Design Competition in Arlington, Texas. The team, named CaliberX, comprises students majoring in architectural engineering, each with a focus in a construction, lighting/electrical, mechanical or structural option area.

Six Penn State engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships


The National Science Foundation has selected five current Penn State College of Engineering students as 2022 awardees for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and one College of Engineering student for an honorable mention.

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients


The Penn State Materials Research Institute has announced the 2022 recipients of seed grants that will enable University faculty to establish new collaborations with partners outside their own units for the exploration of transformative ideas for high-impact materials science and engineering.

Scholarship helps architectural engineering student pursue career goals


Penn State architectural engineering student Madison Canter grew up watching her father work in facilities and property management. Now, the Turner Construction Company Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Architectural Engineering will give her the opportunity to pursue her career goals in project management.

NASA features concrete project led by Penn State


The Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification project, an ongoing endeavor run by the Concrete Research Group at Penn State, was recently featured on NASA’s website as one of five research studies contributing to deep space exploration.

2022 spring student marshal: Justin Sembower


Justin Sembower has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for architectural engineering.

Architectural engineering professor honored by global society


John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering, received the 2022 Computing in Civil Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the nation’s oldest engineering society. The award recognizes an ASCE member who has made an outstanding contribution to the application of computers to the practice of civil engineering, according to the ASCE website.

Applications open for high-performance building summer camp for college students


Applications are open for the inaugural High-Performance Building Summer Camp, an intensive three-week program that introduces participants to the design and construction principles of more sustainable, more efficient and healthier buildings. The day camp will take place from May 31 through June 17 in Pittsburgh, a city classified as a United Nations International Center of Excellence on High-Performance Building.

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members


The Penn State College of Engineering has added 15 faculty members this semester, with 11 tenured or tenure-line members and four non-tenure-line members.

Corporate architectural engineering scholarship made personal


Penn State alumnus David Angle’s 41-year career in the building industry has included overseeing everything from hotels and hospitals to universities and synagogues. Each project required different approaches and considerations, but Angle attributes these professional successes to the same strong foundation: his Penn State degree in architectural engineering. To help others have the same opportunity, Angle has established the David Angle Endowed Scholarship in Architectural Engineering.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates will be honored on April 4 at the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at Hyatt Place State College. Charlie Blenko, an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering, will serve as the event’s emcee.

From the ground up: Taking 3D printing technology to the next level


Researchers at Penn State are at the leading edge of the field now known as additive manufacturing, working to advance the capabilities of 3D printing with a goal of addressing pressing problems in human health, housing and transportation, among other areas.

News Media mention: 'White House emphasizes indoor air quality as pandemic moves to new phase'


William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, was quoted in the New York Times story, "The White House emphasizes the importance of indoor air quality as the pandemic moves into a new phase."

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Cherish Samuels


Cherish Samuels, a principal engineer at Amazon, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Wangda Zuo joins Department of Architectural Engineering


Wangda Zuo recently joined the Penn State College of Engineering as a professor of architectural engineering on Jan. 1. He also serves as associate director for the Global Building Network, an initiative that aims to advance building science, construction process and building management in order to create an international framework that will make buildings more sustainable, efficient and healthier for people.

Architectural engineering memorial scholarship established, now accepting applications


The BKM-Gary E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is open to students in good standing who are pursuing a degree in architectural engineering, mechanical option. Students who would like to be considered for the scholarship should submit a Department of Architectural Engineering scholarship application.

Building a great summer — and future — with an architectural engineering camp


What if you had the opportunity, as a teenager, to design a building, learn how to program artificial intelligence for construction purposes, tour world-class labs and facilities, interact with top-of-their-field professionals and immerse yourself in the fast-paced world of architectural engineering? Now, high school students can do all of this and more at the AEspiring Architectural Engineering camp at Penn State.

Penn State and UNECE renew Global Building Network


With the goal of creating an international framework to make buildings more sustainable, more efficient and healthier, Penn State and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe renewed the Global Building Network, coordinated through the College of Engineering, for another three years.

Machine learning offers shortcut to optimal HVAC operation


Detailed control models for building heating, ventilation and air conditioning can optimize multiple variables such as energy efficiency and temperature but can take a long time to work. Penn State researchers developed a method that leverages machine learning to create controls that balance building energy cost, comfort and efficiency at a fast pace.

Nine engineers recognized with $5.5 million in NSF early career awards


Nine faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering earned National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project funded ranges in duration from three and a half to five years, with grants from roughly $500,000 to more than $800,000.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced


The College of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory showcases for the fall 2021 semester took place virtually from Dec. 10 – 17 and in-person on Dec. 7. Students in the senior capstone design courses presented the culmination of their semester-long projects at the events.

Architectural engineering alumni create student support fund


Rob and Helen Diemer, both 1981 architectural engineering graduates, wanted to provide for students needing to cover a range of costs from unexpected family emergencies to enhanced educational experiences. The couple endowed the Rob and Helen Diemer Student Emergency Fund in the Department of Architectural Engineering to support those students.

Engineers assess structural damage and resilience after Kentucky tornado


Sometimes research means combing through data on a computer or studying a sample in a quiet lab. Other times, it means taking an unplanned, 12-hour road trip to don a hardhat and collect the data yourself. Faculty members and graduate students from the Penn State College of Engineering did the latter, traveling to Mayfield, Kentucky, to capture data on tornado destruction in the wake of the December 2021 Midwest Tornado series.

Balancing sustainability, safety and comfort in engineered floor slabs


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Using less material in floors is a viable strategy for improving sustainability in buildings, as it can reduce the structure’s environmental footprint. Prioritizing only this goal, however, can lead to unwanted effects — such as an echo in a room or noise traveling between floors, according to Nathan Brown, assistant professor of architectural engineering.

Architectural engineering graduate student team recognized in lighting design contest


A team of three graduate students from the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering was named the honorable mention for the 2021 Howard Brandston Lighting Design Education Grant, presented by the Illuminating Engineering Society.

National society recognizes College of Engineering as 'academic ally'


On behalf of the Penn State College of Engineering, Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering, and Esther Adhiambo Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering and director of the Global Building Network, received the Academic Ally award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) on Dec. 2, 2021.

Nanoscale window coating could help reduce energy costs


Double-pane windows, which sandwich a layer of insulating air, can offer improved energy efficiency over single-pane windows, but replacing existing single-pane windows can be expensive or technically challenging.

Engineering scholarship opens doors for architectural engineering student


Kelli Johnson, a fourth-year student in architectural engineering at Penn State, has been interested in art, science and math for as long as she can remember.

Engineering professor recognized by UN for work in sustainable buildings


James Freihaut, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, was recognized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy during the committee's 30th Jubilee Session on Sept. 22.

Engineering dean keynotes UN Committee on Sustainable Energy session


Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the Penn State College of Engineering, addressed the United Nations Committee on Sustainable Energy during its hybrid 30th session on Sept. 22 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.

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