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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.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to Highly Cited Researchers list


For the third consecutive year, four faculty members in Penn State's College of Engineering were recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

Engineering student recognized for success, supporting Hispanic STEM community


Randy Blanco, a fifth-year student in the Penn State College of Engineering, was named an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader in Engineering by Great Minds in STEM.

Engineering professor named associate fellow for advancing aerospace industry


Stephen Lynch, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, was selected as an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

AI behind deepfakes may power materials design innovations, scientists say


The person staring back from the computer screen may not actually exist, thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) capable of generating convincing but ultimately fake images of human faces.

Engineers use deep learning to predict earthquakes in the lab


Earthquakes in the United States can cost lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure damage every year.

Drastically improved electric vehicle batteries possible with $2.9M grant


In pursuit of commercially-adoptable electric vehicle batteries with twice the energy density and cycle life of current technology, Penn State researchers have been awarded $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

3D-printing grad student helps optimize emerging technology


With several research advancements and an industry internship under her belt, Penn State graduate student Paula Clares feels prepared to make a sizable impact in the 3D-printing industry.

The air travel revolution


Commercial aviation is responsible for between 2 and 2.5% of the total global CO2 emissions, with large single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft responsible for 90% of those emissions.

New Penn State consortium launches to help fuel the energy revolution


Energy production and use presents a multilayered challenge that includes technical, social and environmental intricacies. With such a complex challenge at hand, Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has launched a focused effort called the Consortium for Integrated Energy Systems (CIES).

Assistant dean, director in engineering retires after 37 years at Penn State


After 37 years of employment at Penn State and numerous professional achievements and contributions to the University, Tom Litzinger, assistant dean for educational innovation and accreditation and director of the Leonhard Center in the College of Engineering, will retire in May 2022

22 Penn State alumni to receive Alumni Fellow Award


The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 22 Penn Staters on Oct. 6 with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

Professor recognized by ASME for furthering engineering design education


Timothy W. Simpson, interim head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs and the Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing at Penn State, was recently recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his impact on engineering design education and his role as a mentor for engineering educators and students.

Ribbon-cutting marks new era for mechanical engineering undergraduates


On Sept. 10, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest facility, the ME Knowledge Lab.

Undergraduate engineering programs once again rank among nation's best


In the recently released 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks No. 21 in the country, advancing one place from last year's report.

Engineering professor recognized for contributions to fuel cell research


Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer Chair in Mechanical Engineering and professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering, was recognized for his research in fuel cell technology, which has enabled advancements in hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Thole scholarship continues to support underrepresented groups in engineering


With a new cohort of recipients, the Professor Karen A. Thole Annual Scholarship for Diversity in Engineering continues to support underrepresented students in engineering and encourage a more equitable workforce.

Penn State, Freiburg faculty collaborate on early cancer diagnostics


In 2019, Penn State and the University of Freiburg conducted the third year of their Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-grant-funded program designed to facilitate collaborative research and teaching projects to become sustainable, self-supporting, long-term activities.

Associate director named for Penn State Center for Biodevices


The Penn State Center for Biodevices has a new associate director who will further cement its cross-disciplinary goals: Gregory Lewis, associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, with courtesy appointments in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering science and mechanics.

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.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers announces fellow, conference honoree


A College of Engineering faculty member and student were recently honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

New professor to advance the understanding of brain aneurysms, heart disease


Mechanical engineering's Melissa Brindise will explore the fluid mechanics of the cardiovascular system, in the hopes of improving the diagnosis and treatment of these life-threatening conditions.

Penn State team earns second place in international entrepreneurship competition


A team composed of Penn State students and partners from other universities recently claimed second place in the Creating Shared Value Challenge, an international competition which invited student teams from around the world to pitch business ideas that promised to advance social good.

Hypersonic, autonomous flight research bolstered by $1.5 million grant


Hypersonic vehicles, which fly more than five times the speed of sound, are constrained by an important aspect: computational power.

From waste to wear: How squid may be key to material revolution


With elongated bodies, large eyes and a combination of arms and tentacles, squid appear alien.

New assistant professor to measure impact in machinery, culture


Mechanical engineering’s Tamy Guimaraes to explore enhanced instrumentation for machines and inspire, support underrepresented groups in engineering

Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory award defense research seed grants


In support of multidisciplinary research, the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) collaborated to create a new seed grant program.

Penn State research teams awarded seed grants to advance biodevices


Interdisciplinary research teams from across Penn State recently received seed grants from the Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant program and the Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant program to fund their work in advancing biodevices.

Former Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost, John Brighton, dies


John Brighton, former executive vice president and provost, died on June 28, 2021, after a long struggle with dementia. He was 87.

Engineering virtual connections and collaborations


ELD faculty members applied the same international virtual collaboration concepts taught in the ENGR 422 course to provide students with educational and culturally enhancing opportunities.

Researchers worldwide find great value in ReaxFF reactive force field


More than 1,600 researchers in six of the world's seven continents have requested parameters for a ReaxFF reactive force field developed by a Penn State researcher and used as a valuable research tool in fields as varied as biomaterials, polymers, batteries and 3D printing.

Underwater creatures could uncover secrets to advance tech


Mechanical engineering's Margaret Byron received recognition and support from the Beckman Foundation and the National Science Foundation to explore the complex fluid dynamics of how comb jellies swim

Penn State takes first in Collegiate Wind Competition


The Penn State Wind Energy Club won big at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home first overall in the competition and first in the project development contest.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE


The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State for the 2020-21 award cycle.

Student research sheds new light on inner ear disease


The function and purpose of the Bast valve, a thin membrane in the inner ear, has largely been a mystery to medical professionals since it was discovered more than 100 years ago.

Biodiversity seed grants support innovative collaborations across Penn State


Seven Penn State faculty teams have received seed grants for biodiversity research as part of the 2021 "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in a Decade of Action" symposium.

Researchers propose methods for additive manufacturing quality control


Additive manufacturing offers an unprecedented level of design flexibility and expanded functionality, but the quality and process can drastically differ across production machines, according to Hui Yang, a professor of industrial engineering at Penn State.

54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education


Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded to 54 undergraduate Penn State students to cover costs related to undergraduate research.

Professor honored for work in adaptive structures and materials


Mary Frecker, the Leighton Riess Chair in Engineering and professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Professor named emerging professional in materials testing for 3D printing


Guha Manogharan, the Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, has been named an International Emerging Professional by the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Student team places second in autonomous vehicle challenge


A team of students in the Penn State College of Engineering recently earned second place in the Shell Ecomarathon Autonomous Programming Challenge.

Innovative batteries put flying cars on the horizon


Penn State researchers are exploring the requirements for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and designing and testing potential battery power sources.

Penn State, University of Freiburg announce joint seed-grant recipients


The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems, in partnership with the University of Freiburg's Cluster of Excellence for Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems, has announced the recipients of the inaugural Living Multifunctional Materials Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program.

Mechanical engineering graduate joins United States Space Force


Recent mechanical engineering graduate Austin Learn was selected to join the United States Space Force, a new branch of the military chartered in 2019.

NSF renews funding for Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium


The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a renewal of funding for the Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) national user facility at Penn State’s Materials Research Institute (MRI), the Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium (2DCC).

New department head to lead mechanical engineering


Following an international search, Mary Frecker, the Riess Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Penn State, has been named department head of the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical engineering professor earns student-administered teaching award


Linxiao Zhu, John J. and Jean M. Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Assistant Professor at Penn State, was awarded the designation of "Top Professor" by the University's student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the spring of 2021.

'Getting to Negative: Strategies, Ethics and Co-benefits' webinar on May 19


Increasingly aggressive strategies are needed to reduce current and future carbon emissions and proactively remove carbon-based heat-trapping gasses that have been emitted to date.

'Seeing' previously unseen nano-level glass damage


For the first time, the subsurface structural changes of silica glass due to nanoscale wear and damage has been revealed via spectroscopy, which may lead to improvements in glass products such as electronic displays and vehicle windshields, according to a team of international researchers.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions


Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering tenure-line faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1.

College of Engineering announces Learning Factory capstone project winners


The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the spring Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, which took place virtually for the second year in a row.

Bake-off breaks and virtual research: How an engineering lab beat Zoom fatigue


When the pandemic began and Penn State moved to remote learning more than a year ago, the THRED Group research lab worked to keep students engaged in research and engaged with each other, virtually.

Improved physical therapy for Achilles tendon injuries possible


To enhance the recovery of patients with Achilles tendon injuries, Daniel Humberto Cortes Correales, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, received $600,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Trustees approve plans, funds for new West 1 engineering building


The Board of Trustees today (May 7) approved the final plans and construction of a new engineering research and teaching space at the University Park campus.

Department of Mechanical Engineering recognizes exceptional undergrads


The Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering is recognizing the achievements of several undergraduate students through its annual awards.

Engineering students and clubs recognized with leadership and service awards


Penn State recognized its recipients for student service and leadership awards and student organization and involvement awards?during the week of April 26.

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society


The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarships to three Penn State engineering students.

10 engineering students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships


Ten outstanding students in the College of Engineering were recognized for their research and potential by the National Science Foundation.

Student team challenged to create and test fully autonomous car


A cohort of students on the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team were selected for the 2021 AutoDrive Challenge, sponsored by SAE International and General Motors.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals


Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for Penn State’s spring commencement ceremony.

Engineering assistant professor honored with President's Award for Engagement


Jessica Menold, the Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering, was recently recognized for her student recruitment and retention efforts with the President's Award for Engagement.

McKay, Myers, Rosen, Santos, Wolfs named 2021 Oswald Award winners


Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2021 John W. Oswald Award.

2021 graduate launching career with the help of Engineering Ambassadors


Mechanical engineering's Amanda Hildenbrand shares her passion for engineering and translates it to career success, bolstered by Raytheon Technologies.

Helpful, engineered 'living' machines in the future?


Engineered, autonomous machines combined with artificial intelligence have long been a staple of science fiction, and often in the role of villain like the Cylons in the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, creatures composed of biological and engineered materials. But what if these autonomous soft machines were helpful?

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees


The Penn State College of Engineering has selected the first cohort of honorees as part of its new 40 Under 40 Alumni Award program, which recognizes graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact.

Insights into hummingbird-inspired robots the focus of award-winning thesis


Suyash Agrawal, a mechanical engineering graduate student, has earned a Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award from the Penn State Graduate School for his research exploring hummingbird flight to mimic their mobility in robotics.

Grad student aims to improve structural monitoring in 3D printing


Susheel Dharmadhikari, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the 2021 AT&T Graduate Fellowship to help determine the safety and stability of additively manufactured, or 3D-printed, metal components.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at virtual awards ceremony


Graduate student award recipients were celebrated during the annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony where 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Additive Manufacturing and Design Program names new director


The additive manufacturing and design (AMD) program at Penn State has named Allison Beese, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, as its next director.

Subscription database for dancers pitch wins 2021 IdeaMakers Challenge


On March 24, five interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students pitched their ideas during the final round of the IdeaMakers Challenge.

Exploring culture, gender and risk-taking in design


As the demand for innovative and creative solutions to problems increases, so does the need for inventive and resourceful individuals.

Five Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation Grants


Penn State has been awarded five grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative.

New undergraduate engineering lab successfully stays 'hands-on' during pandemic


When Penn State transitioned to online learning amid the pandemic, faculty sought ways to translate an engineering curriculum to an all-virtual environment.

Distinguished professor testifies before Congress on sustainable aviation


As a leading expert in gas turbine technology, Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor and mechanical engineering department head at Penn State, provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives on March 24, highlighting a pathway for sustainable aviation.

Penn State student team earns top prize in national consulting competition


A group of four Penn State students claimed first place in the Deloitte Undergraduate Case Competition.

University-wide COVID-19 response initiative marks a year of solutions, impact


One year ago, as physicians and administrators at Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prepared for the impact of COVID-19, a consortium of Penn State researchers joined together to make a positive impact.

Alumna recognized for her impact in combustion engines and fuels


Penn State alumna Elana Chapman, senior fuels and biofuels engineer at General Motors, has been recognized for her impacts within the fuel industry.

Engineering faculty, staff and alumni honored for exceptional contributions


The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) is recognizing the below faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Engineering for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Materials Research Institute announces seed grant recipients


The Penn State Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the 2021 recipients of seed grants that will enable University faculty to establish new collaborations with partners outside their own units for exploration of transformative ideas for high-impact materials science and engineering.

Hands-on education and evaluation equate to hands-on efficacy


To navigate the evolving industry landscape, today’s engineers complement their technical breath, theoretical understanding and practical application abilities with professional proficiencies such as innovation, creativity and interpersonal skills.

Engineering students flex their communication skills at speaking contest


The Penn State College of Engineering's Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education held its semiannual speaking contest on Feb. 10, showcasing students' skills in translating complex technical knowledge into engaging narratives.

Penn State tied for first nationally in NSF rankings reflecting research breadth


Penn State's research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields in science and engineering, released in January 2021.

Lion LaunchPad restarts microgrant program for entreprenuerial students


Teams of entrepreneurial undergraduate Penn State students can apply for microgrants of up to $500 in seed money to help get their ideas off the ground.

Engineering professor named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow


Jean-Michel Mongeau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow -- the first Penn State College of Engineering researcher to receive the distinction.

FacultyXchange connects biodevices researchers in academia, industry


The Center for Biodevices in the College of Engineering at Penn State hosted its second annual Faculty Xchange on Feb. 10. More than 165 researchers and clinicians attended the virtual event.

Mechanical engineering faculty member named distinguished professor


In recognition of his contributions to Penn State and to the knowledge surrounding reactive force fields, Adri van Duin has been named a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering.

Army grant could advance high-grade steel 3D printing


Researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering received $434,000 from the United States Army to develop additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, techniques for high strength steels and alloys.

Researchers awarded $1.5M to create stem cell predictive model


Stem cells are the building blocks of the body, according to Penn State researchers. Though similar to one another at their origins, stem cells take on unique characteristics as they mature, becoming specialized cells throughout the body -- such as bone, muscle, ligament, tissue or other organ cells.

Research at Penn State aims to improve air quality in cage-free poultry houses


Research carried out by faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping commercial poultry operations -- some with multiple buildings each housing between 20,000 and 50,000 hens -- convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems while safeguarding animal and employee safety.

Undergrad student makes strides in mobility research


Hannah Luben, a Penn State mechanical engineering senior, said, "I'm passionate about two things -- mechanical engineering and helping people."

$8 million NASA grant pilots course to hybrid-powered aircraft


Leading a diverse, collaborative coalition that spans universities, industry and disciplines, Penn State has been awarded $8 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to chart the course for hybrid electric aircraft.

Engineering design faculty member awarded Hartz early career professorship


Jessica Menold, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering at Penn State, recently received the Hartz Family Career Development Professorship in Engineering.

Mechanical engineering professor named ASME fellow


Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

How we talk about energy


Complex units for measurement, uneven accounting systems and regional energy dependencies all make it difficult to understand how energy is used around the world, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Engineering.

$500,000 grant funds creation of institute to advance AI for materials science


A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will help lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary institute that encourages the use of artificial intelligence-enabled materials discovery, design and synthesis, according to a team of researchers.

Mechanical engineering undergrad named to petroleum collegiate council


Tyler Adams, an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been appointed to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Petroleum Division Collegiate Council.

Virtual undergraduate lab shows promise, enhances learning


Bolstering their efforts to transform the undergraduate laboratory curriculum, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) recently published their innovative methods to engage students and enhance their learning in the American Society of Engineering Education's Advances in Engineering Education.

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