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Women in Engineering Program fosters community, opportunities that beget success


Earlier this year, Penn State's Women in Engineering Program was honored with the Women in Engineering Program Award by the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, in which it was recognized as “an outstanding women in engineering program that serves as a model for other institutions.”

Amir Sheikhi chosen to serve on NIH Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Biomaterials and Regenerative Engineering, was invited to serve as a member of the Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section of the Bioengineering Sciences & Technologies Integrated Review Group, which is part of the Center of Scientific Review for the National Institutes of Health.

Cold sintering may rescue plastic, ceramics, battery components from landfills


In three recent papers, Penn State researchers outline new uses for cold sintering— the process of combining powder-based materials into dense forms at low temperatures through applied pressure using solvents — that allows materials to be recycled again and again.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2024 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2024 commencement ceremony.

Winners announced for 16th annual Materials Visualization Competition


Six members of the College of Engineering are among the winners of the 16th annual Materials Visualization Competition (MVC), a scientific visual and artistic competition sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI) at Penn State.

Amir Sheikhi receives early investigator award for work in polymer engineering


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Biomaterials and Regenerative Engineering at Penn State, received the 2024 PMSE Early Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.

Chemical engineering graduate student wins first place at Three Minute Thesis contest


Aditya Sapre, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering, won first place in the final round of Penn State’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, held on March 23 at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. He won a $1,000 cash prize and will advance to represent Penn State at the regional Three Minute Thesis competition at the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.?

Two engineering faculty members receive 2024 Faculty Scholar Medals


Two engineering faculty members were among the six recipients of the 2024 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement. Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and by courtesy materials science and engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Tak-Sing Wong, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, were both recognized with the award.

Twelve alumni recognized with College of Engineering’s highest honor


Twelve Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the Penn State College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Is life based on a seeming violation of Newton’s law in molecular interactions?


It turns out that every action may not have an equal and opposite reaction, despite what Newton’s third law of motion says, according to new research conducted by a team from Penn State and the University of Maine. The finding could offer insight into how certain molecular interactions could have evolved in a pre-life world.

Five engineering students finalists in Graduate School Three Minute Thesis contest


Five Penn State College of Engineering graduate students have been selected for the final round of the inaugural Penn State Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Researcher works to lower cost of hydrogen production


Hydrogen gas, while a potentially greener alternative to fossil fuels, is currently expensive to produce. Penn State doctoral candidate in chemical engineering Arash Emdadi and his lab mates are working to improve the hydrogen production method to make it more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Combining novel biomaterial and microsurgery might enable faster tissue recovery


For soft tissue to recover and regrow, it needs blood vessels to grow to deliver oxygen and nutrients. Sluggish vascularization, however, can slow or even prevent recovery and regrowth of lost or damaged soft tissue after a severe injury or serious illness such as cancer. To speed up the formation and patterning of new blood vessels, Penn State researchers have combined a novel biomaterial with a microsurgical approach used in reconstructive surgery, enabling improved recovery of soft tissue.

Membrane research moves forward with additional five years of NSF funding


The Membrane Applications, Science and Technology Center, an industry-university cooperative research center supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and co-led by Penn State, recently received five additional years of funding. The funding will allow for an expansion of the center at Penn State, which has served as one of four of the center’s partner academic institutions since 2019.

Research 'Growing Impact' examines PFAS water contamination, evaluation of existing tech


The latest episode of the "Growing Impact" podcast explores PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and their impact on drinking water. For decades, PFAS have been manufactured and used in thousands of products that people use every day. Emerging evidence has associated PFAS exposure with potential negative health outcomes. This prompted a research team to evaluate existing technologies, designed to decontaminate drinking water, to determine if they can also remove PFAS.

Amir Sheikhi named 2024 Scialog Fellow


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Biomaterials and Regenerative Engineering, has been named a 2024 Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Christian Pester named Rising Star in polymer research


Christian Pester, associate professor of chemical engineering, was recognized as a 2023 Rising Star in Polymers by ACS Polymers Au, a publication of the American Chemical Society.

Modified soft material promises better bioelectronics, researchers say


Soft bioelectronic devices hold potential for many advances in the health care field, but researchers have faced hurdles in identifying materials that are biocompatible while still maintaining all necessary characteristics to operate effectively. A team co-led by Penn State researchers has now taken a step toward achieving such a material.

Enrique Gomez selected as fellow for polymeric materials division of chemical society


Enrique Gomez, interim associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering, was selected as a 2024 fellow by The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.

Making healthy food accessible: Student leads pay-what-you-can farmer’s market


Driven by a personal commitment to a healthy lifestyle, third-year student Jimmy Alamia has led a collaboration between the Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm and the Lion's Pantry to make healthy eating easy and affordable for the campus community. He spearheaded the launch of the Feed the People Market Stand at University Park, a pay-what-you-can farmers market offering fresh, campus-grown produce to students, faculty and staff.

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.

Peeples named dean of Penn State’s College of Engineering


Tonya L. Peeples has been named the permanent Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

NIH diversity grant to fund student’s 3D bioprinting research


Angie Castro, a chemical engineering doctoral student, researches 3D printing granular scaffolds for tissue engineering and regeneration to meet precise medical needs through the Bio-Soft Materials Laboratory (B-SMaL). Now, her work is supported by a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to her adviser and B-SMaL director, Amir Sheikhi.

Mechanics of breast cancer metastasis discovered, offering target for treatment


New research led by Penn State reveals for the first time the mechanics behind how breast cancer cells may invade healthy tissues. The discovery offers new clinical targets against metastasis and has the potential to fundamentally change how cancer is treated.

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters


Amir Sheikhi was recognized as part of Penn State News' "We Are!" feature, which recognizes Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University.

Engineering graduate students recognized with University fellowships


The Graduate School at Penn State recognized 114 students as recipients of the 2023-24 University Graduate Fellowships and Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, including 22 students from the College of Engineering.

Janik named associate director of Institute of Energy and the Environment


Michael Janik has been named an associate director of the?Institute of Energy and the Environment?(IEE) at Penn State.?Janik is a professor of chemical engineering?whose work includes understanding and designing catalysts for alternative energy conversion systems. His role as associate director began on Oct. 1.?

Media mention: ‘Penn State scientists unlock the key to clean energy storage’


Bert Chandler, professor of chemical engineering, led a team of researchers who discovered how and why hydrogen spillover occurs. He discusses these findings in an article by Interesting Engineering.

Striking gold with molecular mystery solution for potential clean energy


With some luck and a lot of work, Chandler said, a Penn State-led research team has discovered how and why hydrogen spillover occurs and provided the first quantitative measurement of the process. They published their findings in Nature Catalysis.

Media mention: ‘Researchers develop mussel-inspired coating that can extract rare earth elements’


Research led by Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical and of biomedical engineering, was featured in an article by The Chemical Engineer, the member magazine of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

One Health Microbiome Center's 2023-24 Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellows


Sina Kherabadi, doctoral student in chemical engineering, was named an Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellow for the 2023-24 term. Kherabadi is advised by Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of biomedical engineering.

Mussels inspire an eco-friendly way to extract critical rare earth elements


Penn State researchers found inspiration under the sea: mussel stickiness. By mimicking this natural glue, the researchers developed a new mussel-inspired nanocellulose coating that has demonstrated the ability to recover rare earth elements from secondary sources such as industrial wastewater without using a high amount of energy.

New approach to fuel cell manufacturing could reduce cost, increase availability


A Penn State-led team of researchers developed a potentially promising approach to make fuel cells more affordable. The new method reduces the amount of platinum-group metal (PGM) loadings by replicating a process used in computer chip manufacturing.

Soft tissue restoration, blood vessel formation focus of $3M grant


The ability to regenerate and pattern blood vessels, the literal lifelines extending deep into soft tissues, remains an elusive milestone in regenerative medicine. Known as tissue revascularization, stimulating blood vessel growth and pattern formation in damaged or diseased tissues could accelerate the field of regenerative medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

Ezgi Toraman named to Chemical & Engineering News’ ‘Talented 12’ list


Ezgi Toraman, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State, is one of 12 early-career scientists named to Chemical & Engineering News’ (C&EN) 2023 “Talented 12” list that highlights early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who are tackling difficult global problems.

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