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Students invited to apply to new propulsion and power summer research program


Applications are now being accepted for a summer 2023 undergraduate research experience in the Penn State College of Engineering. Students from across the country can conduct next-generation propulsion and power research and work closely with leading academic experts through the new program.

Mechanical engineer Jing Du receives young leader award from global society


Jing Du, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, was selected for the Young Leaders Professional Development Award by the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

Fruit flies use corrective movements to maintain stability after injury


Fruit flies can quickly compensate for catastrophic wing injuries, researchers found, maintaining the same stability after losing up to 40% of a wing. This finding could inform the design of versatile robots, which face the similar challenge of having to quickly adapt to mishaps in the field.

Penn State student selected for Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering workshop


Mechanical engineering doctoral student Xiaoyue Zhao was selected to participate in the Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering workshop, held Oct. 6-7 at Stanford University.

Michael Barringer selected as ASME fellow


Michael Barringer, associate research professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, was named to the most recent class of fellows for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Professor Emeritus Martin Trethewey receives Freiburg University Medal


On Sept. 22, University of Freiburg Rector Kerstin Krieglstein presented the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg’s University Medal to Martin Trethewey, Penn State professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, for his efforts in forging a global collaboration between the two universities.

Tim Simpson receives ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award


Tim Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the Penn State College of Engineering, has received the Design Theory and Methodology Award from the Design Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Battery tech breakthrough paves way for mass adoption of affordable electric car


A breakthrough in electric vehicle battery design has enabled a 10-minute charge time for a typical EV battery. The record-breaking combination of a shorter charge time and more energy acquired for longer travel range was announced today (Oct. 12) in the journal Nature.

28 new faculty members join the College of Engineering


Twenty-eight new faculty members have joined the Penn State College of Engineering since the end of the spring semester. The 17 tenured or tenure-line members and 11 non-tenure-line members represent 12 units and departments and include two new department heads.

Engineer earns DARPA Young Faculty Award for multi-laser additive manufacturing


Amrita Basak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has received a two-year, $498,235 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for her work predicting and preventing thermal deformation in multi-laser additive manufacturing.

Penn State Scranton dedicates new Engineering Building


Penn State Scranton dedicated its new Engineering Building on Thursday, Oct. 6, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi as a keynote speaker and approximately 100 guests, including University and community leaders, donors, faculty, staff and students.

Media Mention: ‘Americans are larger. Should the FAA stop airplane seats from shrinking?’


Matthew Parkinson, professor of engineering design, mechanical engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering, was quoted in a Washington Post article about the debate surrounding standard airplane seat sizing.

Four engineering faculty named fellows for STEM leadership program


Four Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were selected as part of the 2022-23 cohort of Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program. The one-year, part-time leadership program provides training and development for women faculty and administrators.

Mechanical engineer to lead floatplane optimization project in the Amazon


The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund awarded Tamy Guimarães, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, a yearlong $34,000 grant to optimize amphibious aircraft for operations in the Amazon Rainforest. The project, in partnership with Brazilian institutes Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Centro Universitário SENAI CIMATEC, received roughly $125,000 in total funding.

Penn State shares $25M DOE grant to study climate change impacts and adaptation


Penn State was named a collaborating institution in a $66 million U.S. Department of Energy Urban Integrated Field Program designed to study the impacts of climate change on American cities. Bruce Logan, Evan Pugh University Professor and Kappe Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is one of 21 Penn State faculty members working on the grant.

Designed to adapt: Living materials are the future of sustainable building


Working together across disciplines, researchers from Penn State and the University of Freiburg are applying materials that adapt, respond to the environment, self-power and regenerate to meet the challenges of adaptive architecture.

Penn State ranks 31st among national public universities in U.S. News ranking


Penn State ranked 22 out of 212 schools in "Best Engineering Programs" at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. The University also ranked well in a number of engineering specialties.

Students engineer solutions to airport aggravations


Students taking a leadership course in Penn State’s School of Engineering Design Technology, and Professional Programs placed in the Airport Cooperative Research Program, a national engineering competition that aims to solve problems and inconveniences common to airports.

New granular hydrogel bioink could expand possibilities for tissue bioprinting


Penn State researchers have developed a novel nanoengineered granular hydrogel bioink that could be used to to develop biomaterials that can be three-dimensionally (3D) printed as complex organ shapes, capable of hosting cells and forming tissues.

Researchers engineer novel material capable of ‘thinking’


A Penn State-led research team has created the first example of a soft, polymer material that acts like a brain, simultaneously sensing, thinking and acting upon mechanical stress without requiring additional circuits to process these signals.

Kathryn Jablokow receives National Science Foundation Director’s Award


Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, recently received a National Science Foundation Director’s Award as part of the team that created the Engineering Research Initiation program.

Mechanical engineering student receives Chapel Executive Internship funding


Benjamin Burlovic, a fourth-year Penn State Schreyer Scholar majoring in mechanical engineering and economics, completed an internship with consulting firm Deloitte this summer using Chapel Executive Internship funding.

Penn State engineering ranks highly in Academic Ranking of World University Subjects


Penn State ranks in the top 50 in 16 subject area rankings — two of which are from the College of Engineering — and in the top 100 in the world in an additional 14 subjects — including three related to the College of Engineering — according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Mechanical engineer selected for distinguished nuclear energy program


Amrita Basak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $625,000 Department of Energy (DOE) 2022 Distinguished Early Career Program award. She will use the grant to develop advanced manufacturing processes for metal additive manufacturing (AM) and enable more rapid implementation of AM techniques.

Penn State students earn multiple wins in international AutoDrive competition


The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team finished the first leg of the four-year AutoDrive Challenge II, taking home seven top-three recognitions for their preliminary design and simulation demonstration of an autonomous vehicle. The competition took place June 6-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Thermally regenerative battery produces ample energy using low-grade waste heat


Thermally regenerative ammonia batteries can produce electricity on demand from low-grade waste heat. A new process for creating these batteries improves their stability and affordability and may help address the country’s growing grid-scale energy storage problem, according to Penn State researchers.

Five engineering graduate students awarded 2022 NASA Space Grant Fellowships


Five College of Engineering graduate students have received 2022 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant awards and been named graduate fellows.

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


Penn State announced academic promotions for non-tenure-line faculty members at the University. The promotions will take effect on July 1. The below lists are for non-tenure-line faculty promotions in engineering.

Penn State World Campus engineering students explore research at University Park


Penn State students in the online Master of Engineering Additive Manufacturing and Design program at World Campus visited University Park from May 16-20, as a component of the three-credit core course, ME 566: Metal Additive Manufacturing Lab.

Winners announced for inaugural Advanced Instrumentation, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery conference


The first international conference on Advanced Instrument, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery, held May 22-24 at Penn State, has announced its student winners for technical oral and poster presentations.

Engineer named Materials Research Institute’s associate, acting director


Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was chosen as associate and acting director of Penn State's Materials Research Institute.

Professor receives professional society’s heat transfer award


Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, was selected to receive the 2022 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Heat Transfer Memorial Award.

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.

Faculty featured on podcast discusses impact of biofilms on microplastics in water


Margaret Byron, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was featured on a recent episode of IEE's Growing Impact podcast to discuss her research on how biofilms may impact the transport of microplastics through water.

Mechanical engineering student receives Department of Defense fellowship


Bryan Habas, first-year doctoral student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been selected for the National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship Award.

Career development award to assess risk factors of aneurysm rupture


Melissa Brindise, Penn State assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a three-year, $231,000 career development award from the American Heart Association to study factors that may increase the risk of an aneurysm rupture.

Engineering students get real-world look at aerodynamics at Penn State center


Penn State undergraduate engineering students in the technical elective course, ME 427: Aerodynamics for Mechanical Engineers, recently took a field trip to the Penn State Aviation Center to explore the aircrafts and converse with pilots, crew members and staff. Tom Gorman, manager of aircraft maintenance at the center, taught the students about the practical side of aircraft maintenance and shared some of the center’s recent aerodynamics.

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1


Penn State announced academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at the University, including 33 in engineering. The promotions will take effect on July 1.

Upcycling plastic waste into graphite provides possible alternative to landfills


Upcycling plastic waste into graphite, used in electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, could positively contribute to the global economy, preserving resources, saving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to Penn State researchers. Under a seed grant from the Materials Research Institute, the researchers will explore ways to take single-use plastic waste and turn it into high-quality graphite.

Head, body, eye coordination conserved across animal kingdom, researchers find


Fruit flies synchronize the movements of their heads and bodies to stabilize their vision and fly effectively, according to Penn State researchers who subjected flies to virtual-reality flight simulators. The finding appears to hold true in primates and other animals, the researchers say, indicating that animals evolved to move their eyes and bodies independently to conserve energy and improve performance.

Assistant professor selected for international leadership development program


Guha Manogharan, Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was selected to join the 2022-23 Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE). Administered by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, this year’s international ECLIPSE class includes six early career engineers.

Engineering students get real-world look at aerodynamics at Penn State center


Penn State undergraduate engineering students in the technical elective course, ME 427: Aerodynamics for Mechanical Engineers, recently took a field trip to the Penn State Aviation Center to explore the aircrafts and converse with pilots, crew members and staff.

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.

Five engineering students recognized with University-wide awards


Penn State recently honored five Penn State engineering undergraduate students in recognition of their academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The University’s 2022 student award recipients exemplify best practices and achievements among students, reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service.

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.

Three engineering students receive awards at the 2022 Graduate Exhibition


Three engineering graduate students received awards for their research and scholarship in the 37th annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition.

2022 spring student marshal: Samantha Link


Samantha Link was named the 2022 spring student marshal for mechanical engineering.

Engineers honored with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards


Ken Brentner, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aeroacoustics Award, while Karen Thole, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the AIAA Thermophysics Award.

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.

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.

Penn State engineering rises in U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings


In the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Engineering Programs rankings released today (March 29), engineering at Penn State University Park ranked No. 32 overall, advancing one place from last year’s report, and No. 18 among public institutions. Seven engineering specialty disciplines offered by the College of Engineering also climbed in the rankings, and eight are now ranked in the top 20 nationally.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Michele Beisler


Michele Beisler, deputy program manager for the NASA Rocket Propulsion Test program office, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Ilya Kovalenko joins Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ilya Kovalenko joined Penn State as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering on Jan. 1. He heads the Control and Automation for Intelligent Systems Lab at Penn State.

Alumnus honors faculty mentor and his wife with establishment of scholarship


Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus Bob Phillips is honoring Frank Schmidt, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, and his late wife, Mary, while also creating financial support opportunities for mechanical engineering students by establishing the Professor Frank and Mary Schmidt Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering.

Media mention: Adapting Origami to Create Nanoscopic Medical Tools


Mary Frecker, head of the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, Riess Chair of Engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices, was quoted in an article on WebMD, "How Scientists Adapted an Ancient Art Form to Create Nanoscopic Medical Tools."

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Jing Du


Jing Du, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $552,606 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Structures and Properties of Bone at Multiple Length Scales.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Margaret Byron


Margaret Byron, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $815,671 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Liminal locomotion: Life at the air-water-land interface.” 

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Matthew Rau


Matthew Rau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, earned a five year, $567,307 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “The impact of extracellular polymeric substances on particle transport in aquatic environments.”

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.

Penn State engineering professor to give keynote at NASA's imaginAviation event


Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, will present one of three keynote talks at NASA’s upcoming imaginAviation virtual event, set for March 1-3.

Graduate students’ visually engaging research recognized at annual Vizzies


The Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering recently celebrated its graduate students and their visually engaging research during the 2022 Vizzies.

Transparent ultrasound chip improves cell stimulation and imaging


Penn State engineering researchers created an easier, more exact method to stimulate cells through ultrasound waves by creating a transparent, biocompatible ultrasound transducer chip upon which cells can be cultured and stimulated.

Six Penn State student startups set to compete for $30,000 in Inc.U Competition


Six Penn State student startup teams have been selected as finalists in the Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition and are set to compete for $30,000 in funding on “The Investment,” a WPSU Shark Tank-like television production that will be livestreamed during Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC.

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.

Media mention: '3D Printing for Better Flame From a Gas Turbine Swirler'


Jacqueline O’Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach at Penn State, was featured in the latest episode of Additive Manufacturing's "The Cool Parts Show" on February 17.

Media mention: Can super-fast battery charging fix the electric car?


Chao-Yang Wang, professor and Diefenderfer Chair in the Penn State Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, was quoted in an article published by Wired on Feb. 9. Read more:

Engineering research expenditures highly ranked by NSF


The Penn State College of Engineering ranks fourth in the country for total research expenditures, according to the most recent National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures, released in January 2022.

Mechanical engineering students build science exhibits to foster community collaboration


As part of the course work for ME 340: Mechanical Engineering Design Methodology, undergraduate students from the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering created children’s science exhibits for the Discovery Space Science Museum in State College.

SpotLESS Materials experiences growth selling super slippery coating technology


Penn State-affiliated startup spotLESS Materials, which sells its super slippery coating technology as an assistive cleaning product, has raised more than $1.3 million of total venture capital funding to date, including $900,000 in a seed round that closed on Dec. 23, 2021.

U.S. News ranks Penn State World Campus engineering programs in "best" report


U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State World Campus among its "Best Online Programs" for 2022, with the University’s online graduate engineering programs tied for No. 3 overall and for veterans.

Researchers use direct ink writing printer to 3D print biopolymer


Penn State mechanical engineering researchers, including undergraduate student Dungan Adams, recently published results of their investigation into 3D printing a biopolymer.

3D-printing surgical implants inspires engineering graduate student


Advancements in additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, have the potential to significantly improve health care, allowing for surgical implants to be custom designed for each patient.

Mechanical engineer awarded grant to investigate supercurrent phenomena in heat


The scientific advisory board of The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has announced $2.1 million in grants for early-career and established scientists at Pennsylvania universities.

Pauley named interim executive director of Faculty Senate


Laura Pauley, professor of mechanical engineering and former Penn State Faculty Senate secretary, has been appointed the Faculty Senate's interim executive director.

Symposium provides undergrads a showcase for research, communication skills


For the last two semesters, undergraduate students across Penn State's STEM fields joined research groups and conducted hands-on work, part of programs aimed at getting women, first-year students and other students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM their first exposure to research.

Remembering mechanical engineering professor Savas Yavuzkurt


The Penn State College of Engineering community is mourning the loss of Savas Yavuzkurt, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, who died on Nov. 18 at the age of 70.

Flightpath to sustainable aircraft possible with $1.5M NASA grant


In their latest effort to advance sustainability and decrease the carbon footprint of commercial aircrafts, researchers in Penn State's Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine Laboratory, known as the START Lab, received $1.5 million in funding from NASA through collaborations with Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies.

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