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Research professor earns award for advancing turbomachinery

6/1/2020

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

5/26/2020

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

5/19/2020

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

5/18/2020

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

5/15/2020

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

5/8/2020

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

5/8/2020

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

5/4/2020

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

5/4/2020

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

5/3/2020

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

Heatherington named mechanical engineering student marshal

5/1/2020

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

4/29/2020

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

4/28/2020

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

4/27/2020

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

4/23/2020

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

4/22/2020

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

4/22/2020

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

4/14/2020

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

4/13/2020

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

4/10/2020

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

3/31/2020

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

3/31/2020

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

3/30/2020

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

Penn State team explores creative solutions for health provider safety

3/30/2020

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

3/26/2020

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

3/25/2020

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

3/5/2020

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.

Engineering undergrad brings research impacts to Kenya

2/28/2020

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

Mechanical engineering professor chosen as ASME fellow

2/27/2020

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

2/26/2020

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

2/25/2020

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

2/20/2020

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

2/19/2020

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

2/18/2020

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

2/18/2020

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

2/14/2020

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

A picture is worth a thousand data points

2/11/2020

On Feb. 7, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering celebrated its graduate students and their visually engaging research contributions during the 2020 Vizzies.

College of Engineering awards five Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

2/11/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering awarded the 2020 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to five faculty research teams across the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

NSF CAREER Award research aims to transform metal casting for the 21st century

2/11/2020

Guha Manogharan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, is embarking on a new research project that has the potential to transform the fundamentals of casting science by studying 3D design principles through the introduction of 3D sand printing.

Zoubeida Ounaies named director of Penn State Center for Living Material Systems

2/7/2020

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor and associate head for administration in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the inaugural director of the Penn State Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems.

Jablokow bound for the Beltway as National Science Foundation program director

2/5/2020

Kathryn W. Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering and associate chief academic officer, Penn State Great Valley, is headed to Alexandria, Virginia, for a two-year term as program director for the National Science Foundation's Engineering Design and Systems Engineering program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation.

Maker Ambassador program sponsored by Lockheed Martin aims to increase diversity

2/5/2020

A $20,000 gift from Lockheed Martin has helped to establish and support the continued advancement of the Maker Ambassador program, an initiative designed to engage women and minority engineers interested in making and leading.

Online master's program in mechanical engineering ranked among world's best

2/3/2020

The master of science in mechanical engineering (MSME) program offered online by the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering and Penn State World Campus has been ranked no. 2 by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

Researchers look at novel methods to enhance battery performance

1/30/2020

Researchers at Penn State are looking at innovative ways to improve energy storage in an effort to better utilize renewable energy technologies.

Mechanical engineering alumna named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Science

1/28/2020

In the year since she graduated with her doctorate in mechanical engineering, Penn State alumna Birgitt Boschitsch's life has been a nonstop whirlwind as the co-founder and chief executive officer of the startup spotLESS Materials.

CAREER award to help researcher understand, optimize walking for stroke patients

1/23/2020

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Anne Martin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to study how both healthy and post-stroke individuals walk.

Mechanical engineering professor receives grant to explore soft smart materials

1/21/2020

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor and associate head for administration in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct fundamental research into a new class of soft responsive materials, in collaboration with the University of Illinois.

Penn State students participate in University Innovations Fellows program

1/21/2020

Before their selection as University Innovation Fellows, Penn State students Hayden Long and Michael Miller knew they had a passion for entrepreneurship.

Mechanical engineering grad student innovates gas turbine heat sensors

1/15/2020

Shawn Siroka, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, is using his talents to innovate new heat flux sensors in gas turbine engines. In the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory, he is one of many researchers focused on advancing turbine energy production by understanding how they mitigate and handle extreme temperatures.

Professor named International Society for Optics and Photonics fellow

1/15/2020

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering and associate department head for administration in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named a fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Online engineering student uses education to fuel personal business

1/14/2020

By day, Tim Ayres is an employee at Lockheed Martin working on airplanes, fluid systems and hydraulic parts. By evening, Ayres is a 3D printing entrepreneur and a Penn State World Campus graduate student.

Battling for an A: Mechanical engineering students build dueling robots

1/8/2020

On Dec. 11 during the ME 340: Mechanical Engineering Design Methodology final exam, there were no blue books or pencils in sight. The quiet and concentration typical of an intensive exam was nowhere to be found.

Seven engineering faculty members receive ROCKET Seed Grant to fund new research

1/7/2020

Seven Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were awarded the College of Engineering’s 2020 Research Opportunities for mid-Career Knowledge EnhancemenT (ROCKET) Seed Grant to fund exploration of new or existing research areas.

Architectural engineering professor-led team will study digital modeling on capital projects

1/6/2020

John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, is leading a $240,000 Construction Industry Institute (CII)-funded project to study building projects that have utilized digital modeling and to compile recommended best practices for organizing, retrieving and analyzing project data.

Mechanical engineering student awarded Sloan Minority Graduate Scholarship

1/6/2020

Cody A. Gonzalez, a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Graduate Scholarship.

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