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Learning Factory virtual summer programs focus on diversity, professional growth


With many students losing summer internships and career development opportunities because of COVID-19, the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory was determined to provide these students with continuing education and professional development opportunities.

Living materials webinar partners Penn State, University of Freiburg researchers


More than 100 registered participants met July 22-23 for a virtual webinar organized by the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems.

Engineering team wins top prize in entrepreneur program for flex heal product


A team of four College of Engineering students, one College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student and one engineering faculty member recently won the top prize in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ State College program.

The Learning Factory is 'taking summer back' with at-home engineering challenges


The Penn State College of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory is helping students take their summer back, after months in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through an international competition, “The Great Learning Factory Make Off.”

Swim like a fish, sense like a robot


Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded $426,285 from the United States Army Research Office (ARO) to probe how to use fish-inspired robots to sense and perceive underwater environments.

Assistant professor joins Penn State to pave the way for smart cities


In August, Satadru Dey will join the Penn State College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor.

Professor joins mechanical engineering to advance clean energy


In August, Linxiao Zhu will join the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor and the John J. and Jean M. Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professor.

Two Penn State teams reach finals in international business idea competition


Teams led by Penn State students again this year made a strong showing in an online international competition hosted by Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel, and in partnership with The Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship (CPSSE).

Enhanced water repellent surfaces discovered in nature


Through the investigation of insect surfaces, Penn State researchers have detailed a previously unidentified nanostructure that can be used to engineer stronger, more resilient water repellent coatings.

New gift will support students in mechanical engineering


Helen L. Van Pelt, a friend of Penn State, has made an estate commitment in honor of her late husband, Carl Schaukowitch, a 1973 Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus.

Single-patient stethoscopes show heartbeat of Penn State's COVID-19 response


In close collaboration with Penn State Health and the Center for Medical Innovation at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State College of Engineering faculty and students organized to design and deliver disposable stethoscopes to help equip front-line health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

NIH grant recipients to study why some blood clots can't be cleared


A team of Penn State and U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers have received a four-year, $2.49 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand why certain blood clots that cause strokes cannot be removed.

Design method may boost semiconductor performance by better handling heat


Finding ways to manage the flow of heat in silicon could boost the performance of semiconductors, but, so far, discovering the right design has remained elusive.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program inducts six new fellows


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program (ALP) in 2020-21 will include six new fellows from Penn State.

Four engineering faculty named fellows for STEM leadership program


Four Penn State College of Engineering faculty were named to the 2020-21 class of fellows for Drexel University's Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel) program.

Industrial Laser Solutions welcomes Timothy W. Simpson to editorial advisory board


Industrial Laser Solutions announces that Timothy W. Simpson is now a member of the publication's International Editorial Advisory Board.

Penn State, University of Freiburg living materials partnership begins virtually


Faculty members from Penn State and the University of Freiburg met and shared their work in two joint webinar sessions on May 27 and 28.

Research professor earns award for advancing turbomachinery


Reid Berdanier, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been selected by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Gas Turbine Institute as the 2020 Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Engineer Award winner.

New urine testing method holds promise for kidney stone sufferers


An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature and proposed by researchers from Penn State and Stanford University may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead of the current turnaround time of a week or more.

Students explore solution to create a reliable broadband in rural communities


In rural communities across the United States, delivering reliable broadband internet to customers remains problematic for service providers.

Graphene-reinforced carbon fiber may lead to affordable, stronger car materials


A new way of creating carbon fibers -- which are typically expensive to make -- could one day lead to using these lightweight, high-strength materials to improve safety and reduce the cost of producing cars, according to a team of researchers.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced


With the shift to a virtual format for this year's College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, students shared their semester's hard work on the showcase’s newly developed website.

2020 Summer Founders Program draws record number of teams and increases amount


A record number of student startups from across Penn State campuses are getting ready for the 2020 Summer Founders program.

Institute awards 32 computational and data sciences seed grants


Understanding polarized political opinions, predicting Arctic Sea ice levels, and accelerating quantum computing with machine learning -- these are just a few focuses of the dozens of new Penn State research projects that have been funded by Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants.

Early career professorship established in mechanical engineering


On April 20, the Penn State mechanical engineering community gathered virtually for a surprise celebration. Ed Auslander, retired chief executive officer and board director of LORD Corporation and a double Penn State alumnus, announced a $400,000 gift to the department that will establish the Martin W. Trethewey Early Career Professorship.

Virtual speaker series in May to focus on impact of COVID-19


The Penn State Law, Policy and Engineering (LPE) initiative is hosting a virtual speaker series titled "Technology, Policy and Law during COVID-19" that will consist of six sessions throughout the month of May.

Student leaders in mechanical engineering recognized


The Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering is honoring several outstanding undergraduate students through its annual awards.

Heatherington named mechanical engineering student marshal


Evan Heatherington has been selected as the student marshal representing the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State's spring 2020 commencement ceremony, held virtually on May 9. Heatherington, an accomplished student with a 4.0 GPA, hails from Gibsonia.

Penn State mechanical engineering to innovate curriculum


In its educational mission to prepare students for an impactful and successful career in a rapidly changing technological landscape, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) has announced several curriculum changes to be implemented in the fall of 2020.

Penn State donates 10K pieces of personal protective equipment


When Pennsylvania medical facilities communicated a need for additional personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State leapt into action.

Engineering capstone design showcase to be held virtually


Each semester, Penn State senior engineering students present their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Showcase. This semester, to coordinate with the shift to all online courses, the showcase will take place entirely online from Friday, May 1, to Friday, May 8.

Enhanced climate change models possible through NSF grant


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Matthew Rau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, $410,000 to better understand how particulate matter behaves in the ocean.

COVID-19 response at Penn State propelled by interdisciplinary connections


In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19 (MASC) Initiative was launched at Penn State in March.

Graduate student earns NSF Research Fellowship to innovate metal casting


Philip King, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP).

Penn State team develops prototype for testing site protective booth


A team of faculty, graduate students and staff from the Stuckeman School and the College of Engineering at Penn State have teamed up to design and build a "glove box nursing booth" prototype that could potentially be used by health care providers working at drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites.

Penn State Center for Biodevices mobilizes for COVID-19 response


Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and the Riess Chair in Engineering at Penn State, felt much of the same trepidation and anxiety that most are grappling with facing the emergence of COVID-19.

Engineering student charts course with NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


Andrew Scott White, an undergraduate student majoring in mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Graduate student to broaden impact, applications of magnetic 3D printing


Corey Breznak, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the 2020 AT&T Graduate Fellowship.

Mechanical engineering draws from existing success in online teaching


When the global coronavirus pandemic prompted the transition to remote learning at Penn State, faculty and administrators in the Department of Mechanical Engineering were ready for the challenge.

Five receive Faculty Scholar Medals


Five University faculty members have received 2020 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.

Penn State team explores creative solutions for health provider safety


An interdisciplinary team of more than 100 Penn State faculty, staff and students has mobilized to address the widespread shortage of protective gear as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating fast and scalable solutions for sterilizing and manufacturing PPEs.

Entrepreneurship program for underrepresented groups in STEM to expand


VentureWell, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering future inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, has awarded researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs $24,000 to support and expand an existing extracurricular program in the College of Engineering, Boosting Undergraduate Innovation and Leadership through Design (BUILD).

New scholarship to support students studying engineering and education


Ronald A. Williams, Penn State electrical engineering alumnus, and Patricia Maurer Williams, Penn State education alumna, have agreed to fund the Dr. Ronald A., Patricia Maurer, and Thomas F. Williams Scholarship in memory of Ronald Williams' late brother, Thomas F. Williams, a 1970 Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus.

High energy Li-Ion battery is safer for electric vehicles


A lithium-ion battery that is safe, has high power and can last for 1 million miles has been developed by a team in Penn State's Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center.

Multidisciplinary, collaborative defense research team to be led by Penn State


Leading a collaborative frontier research team will be the focus of a nine-year, $54 million potential cooperative agreement from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) new Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter University Research Alliance program (IIRM-URA).

Engineering undergrad brings research impacts to Kenya


When Lucy Spicher first saw her mother's wireless insulin pod, it was an emotional experience.

Mechanical engineering professor chosen as ASME fellow


Stephen Lynch, the Shuman Family Early Career Professor and associate professor of mechanical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering, has received the designation of fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers .

Penn State to host international conference on turbomachinery


The Penn State Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach, in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame, will host the first Advanced Instrumentation, Diagnostics and Controls for Applications in Turbomachinery Conference from May 17-20 on the University Park campus.

Trio of female mechanical engineering professors to lead new research centers


Three professors from the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been selected as the directors of newly announced research centers at the University, where they will continue to make tangible impacts in research and grow the representation of women in STEM leadership.

Department of Energy technology manager, alumnus honored with early career award


Michael Weismiller, a triple Penn State alumnus who earned doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Outstanding Early Career Award from the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society.

Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise


The breadth of Penn State's research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019.

Mechanical and biomedical engineering alumnus chosen as TED fellow


Khalil Ramadi, who graduated with his bachelor's degree in mechanical and biomedical engineering from Penn State in 2014, has been named a TED fellow.

Professor to lead Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach


Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, will lead the newly created Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach.

Engineering professor named director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices


Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Riess Chair in the College of Engineering.

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