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Q&A with Jessica Menold, a ‘new voice’ for scientific collaboration


Jessica Menold, Penn State associate professor of engineering design and of mechanical engineering, was named a member of the 2024-26 New Voices cohort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

A Note from Neeli: February 2024


Neeli Bendapudi shares the story of “Together, Tacit,” an inspiring interdisciplinary research and creative collaboration between the College of Arts and Architecture and College of Engineering. This research project combines the strength of our interdisciplinary focus, the dedication of our amazing faculty, and the tenacity of a remarkable student.

Mechanical engineering graduate student receives National Academies fellowship


Luis Delgado Jr., a mechanical engineering doctoral student, is the recipient of a 2024 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship.

Penn State World Campus engineering programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News


Several master’s in engineering programs offered through Penn State’s World Campus earned top recognitions from the 2024 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Programs” rankings, released today (Feb. 7).

$4M grant funds project to make robotic prostheses more like biological limbs


Prosthetic hands that incorporate robotics can perform dexterous self-care tasks, but they are often hard to operate, requiring a user’s constant attention with a limited number of hand functions. With a five-year, $4 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant, Penn State researchers aim to make robotic protheses more useful for people living with amputations.

Guha Manogharan named co-director of Penn State’s additive manufacturing center


Guha Manogharan, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, was named co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D). Manogharan replaces Tim Simpson, the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing, who has served in the position since the center’s founding in 2012.

Media mention: ‘A fly enters a virtual reality chamber, and insect science may never be the same’


An article in the journal Science discusses a recently published study led by Penn State researchers that investigated the optomotor response in flies. The article focuses on the work of Jean-Michel Mongeau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering doctoral student Benjamin Cellini.

Penn State undergraduates win innovation award for lunar technology


A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory won the 2023 Innovation Award at NASA’s annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

Amrita Basak wins early career award for gas turbine research


Amrita Basak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was selected as the 2024 Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Engineering Award winner by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Gas Turbine Institute.

New scholarship to benefit engineering students from the Coal Region


A mechanical engineering alumnus honored his late brothers and their Coal Region roots through an $800,000 gift to establish a scholarship in the College of Engineering. The Robert, John, and Edward Mitchell Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering will help engineering students who hail from Pennsylvania’s Coal Region – or Schuylkill, Carbon, Columbia and Northumberland Counties – in their pursuit to become engineers.

Penn State alumnus Qifeng Liu named Schwarzman Scholar


Penn State alumnus Qifeng Liu has been named a Schwarzman Scholar, which provides one year of study at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Pak Kin Wong elected member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts


Pak Kin Wong, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in class VI – Technical and Environmental Sciences.

Doctoral candidate presents to National Academies meeting


Maria Rozman, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Penn State, presented to the National Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Meeting held October 17-18. Rozman briefed the audience on her turbine efficiency research.

Q&A: Enhancing defense readiness with renewable energy and sensor materials


Penn State has been selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) as a partner for two of the four newly created DoD research centers of excellence. The Penn State principal investigators discuss Penn State's role in the centers and the research they plan to conduct.

Engineering faculty and students among 2023 Materials Research Award winners


One faculty member and two graduate students from the Penn State College of Engineering are among the six materials researchers that received the 2023 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Karen Thole named fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society


The Royal Aeronautical Society named Karen Thole, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a fellow.

Adri van Duin among Penn State faculty elected as American Physical Society fellows


Adri van Duin, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the world’s largest organization dedicated to physics.

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.

Q&A: Enhancing physicians’ colonoscopy training for early cancer prevention


Using a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, researchers from the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine will develop a novel colonoscopy training system that integrates automated personalized learning with a manikin embedded with sensors that may help make the routine procedure safer, more accurate and cost-efficient.

START Lab expansion aims to make aviation greener


Karen Thole, director of the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Lab, and doctoral student Chad Schaeffer discussed their work on gas turbines and next-generation hybrid electric propulsion at the Penn State Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 10.

Capstone design projects challenge students to apply knowledge and skills


The Learning Factory provides a unique opportunity for students to partner with industry sponsors with a shared goal — to educate the next generation of world-class engineers using state-of-the-art facilities for design, prototyping and fabrication.

Learning Factory equips students with lifelong skills


Steven White Jr., engineering support specialist with the Learning Factory; Melina Trautman, fourth-year mechanical engineering student and Becca Baker, fourth-year industrial engineering student, discuss how the Learning Factory’s safety and skills training programs set students up for success during their time on campus and throughout their future careers.

Penn State students build on success in international AutoDrive competition


The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team (AVT) competed in the second year of competition for AutoDrive Challenge II from June 4-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After a successful showing in year one of competition, Penn State AVT returned to take home eight top-three recognitions in year two.

Five engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


The Graduate School at Penn State welcomed 20 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2023-24 academic year. Five College of Engineering graduate students received the fellowship, and two engineering graduate students were recognized as honorable mentions.

Video: Take a virtual tour of the Mechanical Engineering Knowledge Lab


Take a tour of Mechanical Engineering Knowledge Lab located in Reber Building. This fly-through virtual tour provides a look at some of the hands-on, collaborative work made possible by this reimagined space.

Six Penn State graduate students receive prestigious defense fellowship


Six Penn State graduate students received a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The NDSEG fellowship program provides fellows with the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.

Nine newly promoted engineering faculty honored through library books


Nine newly tenured or promoted faculty members in the College of Engineering were asked to select a book title for the University Libraries’ permanent collection and to submit a personal statement explaining why they chose that book.

Penn State World Campus students learn about research in University Park visit


Students from the online Master of Engineering Additive Manufacturing and Design (AMD) program visited the University Park campus to learn about and participate in additive manufacturing research activities.

Media mention: ‘3D-Printed Ceramics Can Increase Gas Turbine Efficiency’


Stephen Lynch, director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach and associate professor of mechanical engineering, was featured in a Q&A by Tech Briefs.

How Penn State World Campus helps develop the work forces of the future


This article originally appeared on Penn State News. The partnership between the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program and aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is highlighted. A recent graduate discusses the opportunities the collaboration provided her.

Penn State receives $3M grant to address insect biodiversity crisis


A team of Penn State researchers has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to spearhead a new initiative to create novel monitoring systems for insect populations.

Engineering researcher joining Institutes of Energy and the Environment


Derek Hall, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, is joining the Institutes of Energy and the Environment on Aug. 15. Hall’s research interests include electrochemical energy conversion systems, electrochemical sensors, and the study of liquid-solid interfaces.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition


Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Q&A: Carbon voyage


Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering received a $2 million grant from the Navy Decarbonization Research Consortium to study shipboard carbon capture and alternative fuel utilization. The project is summarized in a Q&A with Associate Professor Brian Fronk.

Kathryn Jablokow elected to national society's board of governors


Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering was elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors for the 2023-26 term.

Mechanical engineering doctoral student named 2023 Amelia Earhart Fellow


Jennifer Colborn, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been selected to receive the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Non-tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 20 engineering faculty members.

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant announces its 2023 fellowship, scholarship winners


Fourteen graduate students from Penn State have been awarded research fellowships from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, including three from the College of Engineering.

Penn State rises 10 places in 2024 QS World University Rankings


Story summary (1-2 sentences; appears as the blurb in Penn State News/COE News and used in social): Penn State ranked No. 83 in the world — a jump of 10 positions from No. 93 last year — in the recently released 2024 QS World University Rankings, placing the University in the top 6% worldwide among the 1,500 institutions ranked by QS.

Follow the leader: Researchers identify mechanism of cancer invasion


A Penn State-led research team identified a molecular marker to predict the invasiveness of a cancerous tumor and how the cells may invade elsewhere in the body.

Stephen Lynch receives achievement award from international mechanical engineering society


Stephen Lynch, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the George Westinghouse Silver Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

3D-printed ceramics may increase gas turbine fuel efficiency, researchers report


A team that includes Penn State researchers recently 3D printed a turbine component with ceramics, which are more heat tolerant than the conventional metals. The resulting component has complex internal cooling features that enable it to withstand higher temperatures and, as a result, increase fuel efficiency.

Daniel Cortes receives inaugural ASME bioengineering team science medal


Daniel Cortes, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, is a member of the research team that received the inaugural Edward Grood Interdisciplinary Team Science Medal in Bioengineering from the bioengineering division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

College of Engineering recognizes 2023 Early Career Award recipients


The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 10 alumni with the Early Career Award for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 16 at University Park.

NASA-funded student team builds microwave system to smelt metal on the moon


A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory, housed in the College of Engineering’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was one of seven university teams selected to receive funding from NASA to build a prototype in the BIG Idea Challenge. Penn State received $130,000 to develop a microwave system that can smelt metal on the moon.

Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Tenured and tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 25 engineering faculty members.

Penn State mechanical engineering student Ian Rivera earns Astronaut Scholarship


Ian Rivera, a third-year Millennium Scholar from Caguas, Puerto Rico, majoring in mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has earned a 2023 Astronaut Scholarship.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows announced


The Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program announced six new 2023-24 fellows from Penn State, including two from the College of Engineering.

Mary Frecker receives American Society of Mechanical Engineers mentorship award


Mary Frecker, department head and professor of mechanical engineering, Riess Chair of Engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices, received the 2023 McDonald Mentoring Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Media mention: ‘What Will It Take to Charge Electric Vehicles Faster?’


Christopher Rahn, J. Lee Everett professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted in a Smithsonian Magazine article about electric vehicles, range anxiety and the technology needed to improve EV charge times.

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to interdisciplinary research teams


Nineteen interdisciplinary research teams received funding through the Institutes of Energy and the Environment’s (IEE) Seed Grant Program for 2023. This includes more than 75 researchers who are affiliated with 10 colleges and research units across seven Penn State campuses.

Scarlett Miller selected as Administrative Fellow for 2023-2024


The Administrative Fellows Program offers Penn State faculty and staff the opportunity to work with senior University officers to gain knowledge and experiences pertaining to leadership in the academic community. Scarlett Miller, professor of engineering design, of industrial engineering and of mechanical engineering, was named one of three Fellows for the 2023-24 year.

Berks students take first place in Women in Engineering Design Competition


Penn State Berks students Lillie Mohn, a mechanical engineering major, and Jenicy Strong, a computer engineering major, took first place in the fourth Women in Engineering Design Competition at Penn State Altoona.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2023 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2023 commencement ceremony. One student is selected to represent each of the 14 majors associated with the college and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Engineering graduate students earn prizes at 2023 Graduate Exhibition


Seven Penn State engineering graduate students earned first-, second- or third-place prizes at the 2023 Graduate Exhibition, held March 20-24 on the University Park campus and online.

Fish-inspired, compliant power sources may help power space applications 


A research lab at Penn State will equally share a three-year, $2.55 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to develop a framework for the design and production of soft, self-charging, bio-inspired power sources for applications in space.

Mechanical engineering graduate student recognized with outstanding teaching award


Penn State has announced that 10 graduate students have been selected as recipients of the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. One of the recipients was Ankit Saxena, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering.

Penn State team to participate in NASA's Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project


A team co-led by the Penn State Student Space Programs Lab has been selected as one of 70 teams to participate in the 2023-24 Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project, co-sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Seven graduate students recognized with University awards


Forty Penn State graduate students, seven of whom are students in the College of Engineering, were named recipients of Penn State’s annual graduate student awards, administered by the Graduate School in collaboration with several Penn State units.

Mechanical engineering undergraduate wins global society poster competition


Caleb Fronk, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at Penn State, won first prize in the undergraduate poster competition at TMS 2023 in San Diego.

Five student startups win funding in Inc.U Competition


Undergraduate students from the College of Engineering at Penn State were among the winners of the 2023 Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition.

Mechanical engineering takes steps to prepare students for modern job market


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers published an article highlighting the importance of leadership skills for engineering students. The article mentions the skill building resources available to Penn State students through the department of mechanical engineering.

Online engineering degrees help students and alumni find career success


Penn State World Campus highlighting online engineering degrees as part of the celebration of its 25th anniversary

Student capstone project highlighted by industry consulting company


Hannah Luben, who graduated from Penn State with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 2021, had her senior capstone project featured in a story by Lab Midwest, an education consulting company.

$26M START Lab expansion to advance sustainable power and propulsion


Pratt & Whitney, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Lab (DOE-NETL) and Penn State have joined together in a project involves a $26 million commitment to support the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine Lab in both expanding the existing capabilities, as well as adding a new, two-stage turbine rig referred to as START+ at University Park.

Propelling the future: A Q&A with START Lab Director Karen Thole


A $26 million commitment from Pratt & Whitney, the Federal Aviation Administration the DOE-NETL and Penn State will support the expansion of the START Lab and the creation of START+. START Lab Director and Penn State Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karen Thole answered a few questions about gas turbine technologies, the START Lab and the upcoming expansion.

Jacqueline O'Connor wins international award from Combustion Institute


Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach at Penn State, is a recipient of The Combustion Institute’s 2023 Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award.

Leonhard Center speaking contest showcases students’ communication skills


The Penn State College of Engineering’s Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education held its biannual speaking contest on Feb. 7, showcasing students’ skills in translating technical knowledge into engaging presentations.

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Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering's highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 13 at The Penn Stater.

A Spotlight on Women in Engineering


Alumni and students of Penn State’s graduate engineering programs shared insights into why they wanted to pursue an advanced degree.

Berks LaunchBox co-working companies celebrate major milestones


Two Penn State Berks LaunchBox co-working companies are celebrating major milestones for their startups this week.

3D printing of medical devices focus of $2 million NSF grant


Researchers from Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin have received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's LEAP-HI program to tackle the challenge of designing and 3D printing smart devices using multiple materials.

Five engineers recognized with NSF early career awards


Five faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering were recognized with National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project ranges in duration from three and a half to five years, funded by grants worth roughly $500,000.

Graduate students win best paper awards at international acoustics conference


Four Penn State graduate students received best paper awards at recent meetings of the Acoustical Society of America.

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