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Mussels downstream of wastewater treatment plant contain radium, study reports

6/7/2024

A pair of researchers from Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environment Engineering analyzed the composition of mussels downstream of a wastewater treatment facility in Western Pennsylvania that had accepted and treated fracking wastewater, and found that the tissue and shells of mussels contained radium.

Engineering researcher awarded IEE 'Person of the Year' for 2023

5/7/2024

Li Li, the Barry and Shirley Isett Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the inaugural recipient of the Institute of Energy and the Environment’s Person of the Year Award. The award celebrates an exceptional researcher whose accomplishments in energy or environmental research have yielded notable successes over the past year.

Comprehensive scholarship program graduates first class of engineering leaders

5/3/2024

In 2020, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need. This spring, the first cohort of A. James Clark Scholars will graduate from the Penn State College of Engineering.

'Growing Impact' podcast explores a thawing Arctic and its impacts

5/2/2024

The latest episode of Growing Impact discusses how thawing Arctic permafrost is affecting rivers and communities in the region. With temperatures rising globally due to climate change, landscapes in the Arctic are evolving. A Penn State research team is investigating how thawing permafrost will change Arctic rivers and the consequences for erosion, sediment transport, and ultimately, communities.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2024 commencement

4/25/2024

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

Penn State Climate Consortium awards three engineering climate action workshops

4/18/2024

Penn State’s Climate Consortium awarded funding to hold workshops to three researchers from the Penn State College of Engineering, including Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems and associate director of the Materials Research Institute; Christine Kirchhoff, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of law, policy and engineering; and James Mutunga, assistant research professor in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation.

Xiaofeng Liu named fellow of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute

4/12/2024

Xiaofeng Liu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named a fellow of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute.

Eight engineering graduate students honored with prestigious University awards

4/4/2024

Eight College of Engineering graduate students were among the forty Penn State graduate students named recipients of Penn State’s most prestigious annual graduate student recognition awards.

Five engineering students finalists in Graduate School Three Minute Thesis contest

3/11/2024

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.

3D printing affordable, sustainable and resilient housing in Alaska

2/26/2024

Alaska needs an estimated 27,500 new housing units over the next 10 years to alleviate overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, according to the Alaska Housing Foundation Corporation. A Penn State interdisciplinary team that includes researchers from the College of Engineering is looking to alleviate some of that stress with a $376,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center to host two conferences in March

2/19/2024

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host two concurrent conferences on March 27-28 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, with two full days of educational panels, talks, exhibits and events.

Media mention: ‘Los Angeles’s Floods Show Why Sewers Matter’

2/7/2024

Lauren McPhillips, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of agricultural and biological engineering, was quoted in an article published by The New Republic. The article discussed the importance of addressing aging drain and sewer systems as climate change accelerates.

'Growing Impact' podcast explores effect of solar energy's expansion on land use

2/2/2024

The latest episode of "Growing Impact" explores the connection between the expansion of solar energy and land use. To meet net-zero emissions by 2050, it is estimated that the U.S. would need to devote 0.5% of its land to achieve that goal through solar energy. That is nearly 16,000 square miles or about a third of the state of Pennsylvania.

Media mention: ‘Hear us out: We ban left turns and other big ideas’

1/24/2024

Vikash Gayah, interim director of the Penn State Larson Transportation Institute and professor of civil engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was featured in the NPR podcast Planet Money.

New scholarship to benefit engineering students from the Coal Region

1/18/2024

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.

Engineering alumni society recognizes awardee’s outstanding contributions

11/20/2023

At its annual awards ceremony, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) recognized engineering faculty, staff and alumni members for outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Five engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

10/26/2023

The Graduate School at Penn State welcomed 20 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2023-24 academic year. Five College of Engineering graduate students received the fellowship, and two engineering graduate students were recognized as honorable mentions.

Adapting to climate change: Individuals take action while governments plan

10/24/2023

A new study co-authored by Christine Kirchhoff, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of law, policy and engineering at Penn State, details why individuals are more likely than governments to implement actions to adapt to climate change.

Nine newly promoted engineering faculty honored through library books

10/11/2023

Nine newly tenured or promoted faculty members in the College of Engineering were asked to select a book title for the University Libraries’ permanent collection and to submit a personal statement explaining why they chose that book.

Engineering graduate students recognized with University fellowships

10/5/2023

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.

Former DuPont Laureate Theresa Weston highlights innovation in Hankin Lecture

10/4/2023

Theresa Weston, founder of The Holt Weston Consultancy and a building science research professional specializing in the durability and energy efficiency of buildings, will deliver the 2023 Hankin Distinguished Lecture on November 1 at 4 p.m.

Penn State partners with Monash University for Australia water quality research

10/4/2023

A group of Penn State students recently traveled to Australia as part of a partnership between Penn State and Monash University to conduct research aimed at better understanding sources of decreased water quality in watersheds, in addition to finding possible solutions.

'Growing Impact' podcast explores solar energy at wastewater treatment plants

10/2/2023

Christine Kirchhoff, associate professor in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation and of civil and environmental engineering, discusses her research into the implementation of solar power at wastewater treatment plants on the latest episode of "Growing Impact," a podcast by Penn States' Institute of Energy and the Environment.

Penn State work featured in upcoming long-term Franklin Institute space exhibit

9/29/2023

A video that highlights the work a Penn State team is doing to?3D print houses that can sustain life on Mars?is featured in a new $8.5 million core exhibit opening Nov. 4 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Media mention: ‘Rivers Are Losing Oxygen Faster Than Oceans — Wake Up Call’

9/14/2023

Li Li, Barry and Shirley Isett Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was quoted in an article by Newsweek. In the article, Li discusses her recent research that found rivers are warming and rapidly losing oxygen, which may lead to “acute death” in rivers across the southern regions of the U.S.

Rivers rapidly warming, losing oxygen; aquatic life may be at risk, study finds

9/14/2023

Rivers are warming and losing oxygen faster than oceans, according to study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study, led by Li Li, Isett Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, shows that of nearly 800 rivers, warming occurred in 87% and oxygen loss occurred in 70%.

Microplastics may increase riverbed sediment movement, erosion

8/30/2023

Microplastics impact how sand travels along riverbeds, suggesting microplastics could increase riverbed erosion, according to an international team of researchers. Roberto Fernández, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and project team member, said this could have effects on river habitats. The team’s findings were published in Nature’s Communications Earth & Environment.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition

8/11/2023

Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Vikash Gayah named interim director of Larson Transportation Institute

8/11/2023

Vikash Gayah, professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been named interim director of the Penn State Larson Transportation Institute, effective Aug. 1.

Farshad Rajabipour named interim head of civil and environmental engineering

7/25/2023

Professor Farshad Rajabipour has been named interim head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, effective July 1. Rajabipour assumes leadership of the department following the appointment of Patrick Fox as dean of engineering at Ohio University.

Media mention: ‘Here’s what worries engineers the most about U.S. infrastructure’

7/17/2023

Christine J. Kirchoff, associate professor and associate director of law, policy and engineering and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, shared her perspectives with National Geographic on the dire state of the nation’s infrastructure.

Symposium to feature student research on climate science and solutions

7/13/2023

Penn State’s Climate Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and the Drawdown Scholars program are hosting their final poster symposium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Steidle Building Atrium on the University Park campus.

Several Penn State labs receive UN-endorsed sustainability certification

7/10/2023

Fifteen Penn State research labs have earned My Green Lab certifications at one of the three highest levels available: gold, platinum or green. The certification is recognized by the United Nations as a key measure toward the goal of a zero-carbon future.

Penn State takes first in topographic mapping at national surveying championship

7/5/2023

A group of Penn State civil engineering students took first in the topographic mapping category of the American Society of Civil Engineers Surveying Competition Finals, sponsored by the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023

6/30/2023

Non-tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 20 engineering faculty members.

Penn State Global announces Collaboration Program awards with Auckland

6/28/2023

Penn State and the University of Auckland in New Zealand recently announced the awarded grants of the second round of the Collaboration Program, a jointly financed seed program with the aim to collaborate on research and education projects. Kaleigh Yost, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received funding.

Penn State Global announces Collaboration Program awards with Monash University

6/28/2023

Penn State and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, announced the awarded grants of the third round of the Collaboration Program, which included funding awarded to Laura Cabrera, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, and Tong Qiu, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Penn State rises 10 places in 2024 QS World University Rankings

6/28/2023

Story summary (1-2 sentences; appears as the blurb in Penn State News/COE News and used in social): Penn State ranked No. 83 in the world — a jump of 10 positions from No. 93 last year — in the recently released 2024 QS World University Rankings, placing the University in the top 6% worldwide among the 1,500 institutions ranked by QS.

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