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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.

Engineering doctoral student receives Alumni Association scholarship award


Zhenyuan Yuan, a third-year doctoral student in electrical engineering, has been awarded the Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School.

Wind Energy Club prepares to compete in Collegiate Wind Competition


Each year since 2014, the Penn State Wind Energy Club has competed in the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home more first place wins than any other team.

Three Penn State juniors named Goldwater Scholars


Three Penn State juniors have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation, which recognizes undergraduate students in the fields of natural science, engineering and mathematics who are interested in a career in research.

Global Engineering Engagement hosts inaugural student-focused conference


The Penn State Center for Global Engineering Engagement hosted its inaugural student-centered spring conference, "Engineering Your Global Experiences: Building Global Competencies for the Future Engineering Workforce," virtually on April 1.

New digital badges add skill-enriching opportunities for engineering students


In the ever-evolving engineering education landscape, the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) recognizes the role professional skills play in its students' future careers.

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.

Antibody injections could become more affordable with new production method


Antibody injections are a highly desirable treatment for people with chronic diseases such as cancer, psoriasis, Crohn's disease and arthritis.

Chemical engineering professor named fellow of national society


Bryan Vogt, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was named a 2021 fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE).

Center for Socially Responsible AI announces inaugural seed funding awards


The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the recipients of its inaugural round of seed funding.

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.

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.

Chemical engineering professor named 'Young Observer' by international union


Christian Pester, Thomas K. Hepler Early Career Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, has been selected for the 2021 Young Observer Program by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

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.

Chemical engineering faculty member named distinguished professor


Seong Kim has been named a distinguished professor of chemical engineering by the Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs for his academic contributions to the Penn State community.

Penn State selects four juniors for Goldwater Scholarship


Penn State recently announced its four candidates for the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive national award given to undergraduates in the fields of natural science, engineering and mathematics who are interested in a career in research.

Toxin-antitoxin function fuels antibiotic-resistance research


Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are now known to negatively control plasmid replication, according to Thomas Wood, Biotechnology Endowed Chair and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering.

Chemical engineering alumnus named to Forbes '30 Under 30' list


Penn State chemical engineering alumnus and Schreyer Scholar Paul Suhey has been named to the 2021 Forbes "30 Under 30" list for the consumer technology industry.

Inexpensive battery charges rapidly for electric vehicles, reduces range anxiety


Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are looking at lithium iron phosphate batteries that have a range of 250 miles with the ability to charge in 10 minutes.

Engineers find antioxidants improve nanoscale visualization of polymers


Reactive molecules, such as free radicals, can be produced in the body after exposure to certain environments or substances and go on to cause cell damage. Antioxidants can minimize this damage by interacting with the radicals before they affect cells.

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins national award


The Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the seventh consecutive year at the virtual WE20 National Conference.

The complex mystery of membranes


A desalination membrane acts as a filter for salty water: push the water through the membrane, get clean water suitable for agriculture, energy production and even drinking.

Penn State's industryXchange explores collaborations in artificial intelligence


The Penn State College of Engineering hosted the fourth annual industryXchange on Dec. 7-8. The virtual event brought together members of industry, Penn State faculty and students, and government agencies to explore collaboration opportunities on this year’s focus, "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning."

Engineering professor recognized as 'emerging leader' in biomaterials field


The editorial board of Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, the flagship journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), recently recognized Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, as an emerging leader in his field.

Chemical engineering alumna named Woman of the Year in Engineering


Penn State chemical engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumna Paula Garcia Todd has been named Woman of the Year in Engineering by Women in Technology.

Newly discovered toxin-antitoxin system abundant in one-cell organisms


Bacteria are always hungry, according to Thomas Wood, Biotechnology Endowed Chair and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering. If you gave a single bacterium all the food it wanted, it would obtain the mass of the Earth in about two days.

Understanding COVID-19 infection and possible mutations


The binding of a SARS-CoV-2 virus surface protein spike -- a projection from the spherical virus particle -- to the human cell surface protein ACE2 is the first step to infection that may lead to COVID-19 disease.

Chemical engineering student earns technical entrepreneurship fellowship


Christopher Yehl, a chemical engineering doctoral candidate, recently received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the Penn State College of Engineering for the 2020-21 academic year.

Three Penn State researchers win 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Awards


The Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the three winners of the 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to 2020 'Highly Cited Researchers' list


Four faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering were recently recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

One chemical engineering faculty, three alumni honored as rising stars


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, chemical engineering's professional society, has selected a Penn State chemical engineering faculty member and three chemical engineering alumni for its 2020 "35 Under 35" Award.

Researchers aim to 'upcycle' nutrient waste on farms using duckweed


With a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Penn State researchers will investigate how duckweed could be grown on Pennsylvania farms to limit nutrient pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.

Andrew Zydney virtually visits the University of Alabama


Although the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology and its director, Andrew Zydney, are typically known for their collaboration with renowned industrial biotech companies, they also strive to work together with other top-tier research universities.

Professor honored for paper at American Chemical Society meeting


Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering with a co-appointment in the Materials Research Institute, was recently honored with the Arthur K. Doolittle Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Polymeric Materials.

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday


The Penn State College of Engineering invites alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the power of giving back as part of #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Chemical engineering professor receives professional leadership scholarship


Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded the John C. Chen Young Professional Leadership Scholarship from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Novel cellulose finding may lead to new chemicals, biofuels


A multi-institutional research group led by two Penn State faculty members has identified, for the first time, how cellulose crystals orient themselves relative to the cell wall in plants, with potential implications for chemical and energy development.

New industrial engineering space to invigorate learning


The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State is adding a new student-centered space within the Leonhard Building.

Engineering associate dean and alumna recognized for their contributions in STEM


Tonya Peeples, associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering, and Penn State chemical engineering and Schreyer Scholar alumna Paula Garcia Todd recently received Million Women Mentors (MWM) Trailblazer Awards.

Model for acid-tolerant yeast helps guide industrial organic acid production


Microbes and other microscopic organisms could serve as sustainable "factories" to create many types of industrial materials because they naturally convert nutrients such as sugars into byproducts.

Chemical engineer brings real-world experiences to students virtually


For Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, an emphasis on remote learning modes has given him a new appreciation and application for a teaching tool he’s used -- and created -- extensively in the past: educational videos.

College of Engineering kicks off 125th anniversary with virtual celebration


The Penn State College of Engineering will begin a yearlong celebration of its upcoming 125th anniversary with a virtual event at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Four new faculty members join Department of Chemical Engineering


Four new researchers are joining the faculty of Penn State’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

Chemical engineering selects 2020 Early Career Alumni award winner


Rajib Saha, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Penn State chemical engineering alumnus, has received the 2020 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award from the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Students engage with professionals at Bristol Myers Squibb


Despite it being the first crisp Friday afternoon of the fall semester in Happy Valley on Sept. 18, The Society of Industrial Biotechnology (SIB), a diverse group of Penn State undergraduate students who are interested in biotechnology, were hard at work, networking with professionals from Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), one of the world's leaders in innovative medicine.

College of Engineering, three programs rise in U.S. News undergraduate rankings


In the recently released 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks number 22 in the country, advancing three places from last year’s report. Three engineering specialty disciplines also climbed in the rankings.

Five researchers join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment


Five Penn State researchers have joined the Institutes of Energy and the Environment. This includes faculty members from the colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Architecture, the Liberal Arts and Penn State Law. More than 60 cofunded faculty members work to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges through interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration.

Penn State researchers to study novel coronavirus potential to infect livestock


A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enable Penn State researchers to study the potential for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, to infect and spread among livestock.

Chemical engineering professor awarded Langmuir Lectureship


The American Chemistry Society Colloid & Surface Division recently awarded the 2020 Langmuir Lectureship to Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State Merrell Fenske Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of physics.

Engineering lab part of new AI-based Molecular Maker Lab Institute


A multi-institute team was awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the NSF Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy and Manufacturing (Molecule Maker Lab Institute or MMLI).

Thin layer protects battery, allows cold charging


In the search for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles, a self-assembling, thin layer of electrochemically active molecules may be the solution, according to a team of researchers.

Chemical engineering professor receives educator award


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers has named Andrew Zydney, Penn State Bayard D. Kunkle Chair, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology, as their 2020 recipient of the Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education.

Chemical engineering department head receives environmental award


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Environmental Division has awarded the 2020 Lawrence K. Cecil Award to Phillip Savage, head of the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair.

Researchers offer solution for one of synthetic biology's biggest problems


A team of Penn State and University of Washington researchers recently developed a new algorithm to help prevent the failure of engineered genetic systems, or organisms engineered to have new capabilities.

A path to a meaningful chemical engineering career by way of Iceland


For Kayley Waltz, a Penn State rising senior in chemical engineering, a trip to Iceland in early spring 2019 was less about a spring break vacation and more about a big step toward a career goal of making an impact via developing new forms of renewable energy.

Engineering student researches antibiotic removal method for water supply


Penn State Schreyer Scholar David Kennedy, a rising senior in chemical engineering and chemistry, is using an Erickson Discovery Grant to work on a growing problem: rising drug resistance potentially due to increasing amounts of antibiotics found in the water supply.

Penn State professor receives 2020 International Metabolic Engineering Award


The International Metabolic Engineering Society has recognized Costas D. Maranas, the Donald B. Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, with the 2020 International Metabolic Engineering Award.

College of Engineering calls for nominations for 40 Under 40 Alumni Award


The Penn State College of Engineering is soliciting nominations for the 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. This award will recognize numerous College of Engineering alumni 40 years of age and younger for their professional achievements.

Course prepares chemical engineering students to be valued work team members


Teaching students teamwork skills that they can later apply in the workplace is the focus of the capstone design course CHE 470: Design of Chemical Plants, offered in the spring and fall by the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering.

Alumni spotlight: Ratul Chowdhury


After receiving his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India, Ratul Chowdhury came to Penn State in 2013 as a doctoral student in chemical engineering.

Penn State engineering associate dean inducted as AIMBE fellow


The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has inducted Tonya L. Peeples, associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, to its College of Fellows.

Ava Self earns Astronaut Scholarship


Penn State rising senior Ava Self is a 2020 recipient of the competitive Astronaut Scholarship, which rewards students for their work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Engineering alumna named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow


Penn State alumna Susan Fullerton, Bicentennial Board of Visitors Faculty Fellow, vice chair for graduate education, and assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected as a 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry.

Moving a lab course online during a pandemic


As classes shifted to online teaching in March, two Penn State chemical engineering faculty faced a unique challenge: How do you move a lab course online that requires special equipment and facilities for class experiments?

Computer models may add sizzle to plans to make cultivated meat alternatives


Experts predict that producing meat in a lab using tissue engineering techniques -- or lab-cultured meat -- will one day be a much more sustainable, nutritionally equivalent and without the ethical concerns of typical meat production.

Joshua Pezzulo receives Outstanding Senior Award


Penn State chemical engineering senior Joshua Pezzulo recently received the 2020 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outstanding Senior Award.

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.

Matuszkiewicz named chemical engineering student marshal


Lauren Matuszkiewicz has been selected as the student marshal for the chemical engineering baccalaureate degree program for Penn State's spring commencement, to be held virtually on May 9.?Matuszkiewicz will receive a?bachelor of science?degree in chemical engineering.

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