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NASA grant to enable explorations of concrete behavior in Moon-like gravity


Concrete is a promising material for building structures on the moon or even Mars due to its strength, quick forming and ability to be made with ingredients already existing in those remote places.

How Penn State is addressing climate change on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper' Sept. 26


The ways Penn State is addressing global climate change will be discussed during the eighth season premiere of President Eric Barron's monthly WPSU show, "Digging Deeper," on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Advice from many at Penn State led new engineering alumna to fellowship success


In her undergraduate career at Penn State, Autumn Deitrick had both an eye on the future and an ear open for advice

Collaborative climate project provides research opportunities to undergrads


Julio Urbina, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, can sum up the issue of climate change succinctly: "We saw the latest report, and it said time is up.

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.

State-driven emissions controls only slightly more expensive


Sometimes, doing things close to home may be more feasible than doing them on a grand scale, even if they cost a bit more.

New civil engineering faculty examines how technology impacts the way we travel


Navigating by smartphone is commonplace today, so it may be easy to forget that not long ago, drivers found their destinations using folded maps stuffed in glove boxes.

Task force created to significantly reduce Penn State's carbon emissions


Over the last 15 years, Penn State has cut its carbon emissions by more than 35%, putting the University ahead of schedule to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas outputs to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Diversification in supply chain crucial to avoid 'food shock' in cities


Diversification in the sourcing of food into cities can go a long way to tempering "food shock" -- a sudden drop in food supply due to unforeseen events, according to a team of researchers from Penn State and Northern Arizona University.

West Campus groundbreaking ceremony to highlight new engineering buildings


The Penn State College of Engineering will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of two new West Campus buildings, West 1 and West 2, on Friday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The in-person, by-invitation ceremony will also be livestreamed for the Penn State community and general public.

Still waiting at an intersection? Banning certain left turns helps traffic flow


According to a Penn State engineer, well-placed left turn restrictions in certain busy intersections loosen many of the bottlenecks that hamper traffic efficiency.

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.

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.

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.

Engineer pens article advocating for ban of left turns at busy intersections


Vikash Gayah, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, recently authored an article for The Conversation advocating for the elimination of left turns at city intersections with heavy traffic.

Institute awards 14 computational and data sciences seed grants


From making our roads safer to paving the way to exoplanet discovery, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) seed grants have funded 14 projects backed by researchers from across the disciplines and around the University.

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).

Residential Building Design & Construction Conference abstracts due May 31


The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host the sixth biennial Residential Building Design & Construction Conference (RBDCC) March 2-3, 2022, in State College.

Artificial intelligence predicts river water quality with weather data


A Penn-State led team developed an artificial intelligence model to forecast water quality in remote rivers and streams, which could lead to a better understanding of how rivers are reacting to human disturbances and climate change.

'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.

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.

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.

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society


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

Lavender Recognition to be held on April 30


The year 2021 marks the 20th celebration of LGBTQ+ graduates during the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity's Lavender Recognition ceremony.

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.

College of Engineering announces Research Symposium winners


The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of the College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Wednesday, April 14, on the virtual platform Gather.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Graduate student receives American Society of Civil Engineers award


Min Liew, a doctoral candidate studying civil engineering at Penn State, has been named a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Central Pennsylvania Section 2020 Student Award.

2021 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced


Forty-three graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 36th Annual Graduate Exhibition.

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.

Addressing the energy, environmental complexities of urban areas


Cities can be paradoxes when it comes to energy and the environment. For example, in a city, people live in a dense infrastructure of housing and businesses. In this scenario, one possible positive opportunity is the reduction of transportation and the pollution and energy use that come with it.

Climate dynamics seminar examines data, disasters and urban supply chains


Keeping grocery store shelves stocked in cities after heat waves cause crop and livestock losses is a challenge.

Second Energy University forum to focus on education March 5


Penn State faculty, staff and students are invited to take part in the second forum designed to discuss how Penn State can continue to strengthen its position as an energy leader.

Virtual lecture series to highlight women advancing river research


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State is co-hosting a new series of virtual lectures to feature the contributions of women to river research.

$2.2 million raised to date for construction engineering and management program


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State recently reached $2.2 million in its fundraising campaign to reestablish a program in construction engineering and management (CEM) for civil engineering undergraduate students.

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.

Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains


Growing the right crop in the right place within an impaired watershed can achieve significant water quality improvements, according to Penn State researchers, who conducted a novel study in the drainage of a Susquehanna River tributary in an agricultural area in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center Housing Conference to be held March 3-4


The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host the 29th annual PHRC Housing Conference from March 3-4 online.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The Penn State College of Engineering recently awarded more than $300,000 to six project teams through its Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants program.

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.

Let's talk about mentoring: Program prepares engineers for life after graduation


A rush of questions often enter the minds of engineering students as they prepare for their careers: "What courses should I take?" "How do I write a resume?" "How can I improve my interviewing skills?"

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.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced


The College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase for the fall semester took place virtually from Friday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 18. Students shared the culmination of their semester-long projects on the showcase's website.

Penn State and UTADEO faculty partner to support rural development in Colombia


The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Colombia seed grant program has announced the selection of three research projects led by faculty from Penn State and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia, to support research and development work with three departments in Colombia.

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."

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.

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.

University community invited to participate in energy forum


A series of energy forums will be held to discuss how Penn State can continue to strengthen its position as an energy leader.

Civil engineering graduate student receives transportation fellowship


Rebeka Yocum, a Penn State civil engineering doctoral candidate, was recently awarded a fellowship in the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration.

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.

Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference to be held Dec. 9-11


Transportation professionals from around the country will sign in from home and office computers next month, when the annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) is held virtually for the first time in history. 

Schreyer Honors College dean Peggy A. Johnson to retire from Penn State


Peggy A. Johnson, dean of the Schreyer Honors College and a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, has announced her intention to retire from Penn State in August 2021.

Cold vibrations: Researchers to study the movement of thawing Arctic permafrost


With rising temperatures in the Arctic, communities in Alaska's North Slope Borough are seeing the ground beneath their feet melt away.

2020 Hankin Lecture to emphasize importance of indoor air quality in U.S. homes


Brett C. Singer, staff scientist, head of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Systems and lead of the Indoor Environment Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, will deliver the 2020 Hankin Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Building a landslide prediction tool with Google and AI


In their 2019 AI Impact Challenge, Google asked nonprofits, social enterprises and research institutions around the world, "How would you use artificial intelligence (AI) for social good?"

Virtual seminar to address initiative's effects on air quality, health outcomes


Wei Peng, assistant professor of international affairs and civil and environmental engineering, will discuss the potential health-related benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for Pennsylvania and the region at noon Friday, Oct. 16.

Generating renewable hydrogen fuel from the sea


The power of the sun, wind and sea may soon combine to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel, according to a team of Penn State researchers. The team integrated water purification technology into a new proof-of-concept design for a sea water electrolyzer, which uses an electric current to split apart the hydrogen and oxygen in water molecules.

Civil and environmental engineering professor granted emeritus status


Fred Cannon, recently retired professor of civil and environmental engineering, was granted emeritus status in recognition of his distinguished career at Penn State.

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