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Penn State engineers contribute to global study on managing extreme weather risks


Penn State engineers contributed to a global study, by more than 90 researchers and published in Nature, on the effectiveness of traditional risk management tactics on mitigating extreme weather event impacts.

Graduate student receives Deep Foundations Institute awards


Xiaohang Ji, a doctoral candidate studying geotechnical and materials engineering at Penn State, received $7,500 in scholarships from the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust.

Civil and environmental engineering research faculty wins communications award


Gopal Bhatt, an assistant research professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was part of a multi-institutional team that recently received a 2022 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators.

Penn State engineering ranks highly in Academic Ranking of World University Subjects


Penn State ranks in the top 50 in 16 subject area rankings — two of which are from the College of Engineering — and in the top 100 in the world in an additional 14 subjects — including three related to the College of Engineering — according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Engineering faculty named director of research for the Penn State Water Council


Alfonso Mejia, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named the director of research for the Penn State Water Council.

Shelley Stoffels named associate dean of faculty


Shelley Stoffels, professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named associate dean for faculty in the Penn State College of Engineering, which she began on May 15. She will assist Anthony Atchley, incoming acting dean of the College of Engineering, with tenure-line and professional track faculty affairs.

Thermally regenerative battery produces ample energy using low-grade waste heat


Thermally regenerative ammonia batteries can produce electricity on demand from low-grade waste heat. A new process for creating these batteries improves their stability and affordability and may help address the country’s growing grid-scale energy storage problem, according to Penn State researchers.

Media mention: ‘Study: Drilling waste on Pennsylvania roads bad for health, land’


William Burgos, professor of environmental engineering, was recently quoted in a story by the Chesapeake Bay Journal discussing his research into the effectiveness of conventional oil and gas brine as a dust suppressant.

Bridging the gap to better infrastructure


Bridge deterioration models to predict future bridge conditions

Engineering associate dean named fellow of Big Ten Academic Alliance leadership program


Shelley Stoffels, associate dean for faculty in the Penn State College of Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named a fellow of the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Academic Leadership Program.

Media mention: ‘Microbes clean pollution from abandoned mines’


William Burgos, professor of environmental engineering, was featured in a WPSU video discussing the acid mine discharge from abandoned Pennsylvania coal mines.

Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year


Two students in the Penn State College of Engineering were named Fulbright finalists for the 2022-23 academic year.

Eight Penn State engineering students receive Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowships


Eight Penn State engineering graduate students received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship in Entrepreneurship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Media mention: 'Fern Hollow Bridge inspection troubling but did not suggest imminent danger, experts say'


Kostas Papakonstantinou, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was featured in a Trib Live article that discussed the collapse of Pittsburgh’s Fern Hollow Bridge, as well as the results of a routine inspection that took place before the collapse.

Penn State wins third place at Solar Decathlon Design Challenge


A team of engineering and architecture students from Penn State brought home third place in the Retrofit Housing Division of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2022 Design Challenge Competition on April 23 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni


The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 11 early career alumni for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 17 at University Park.

Engineer named first holder of Barry and Shirley Isett Professorship


Li Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, was named the first Barry and Shirley Isett Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The professorship was established in 2019 as a $1 million gift by Barry and Shirley Isett.

Faculty featured on podcast discusses impact of biofilms on microplastics in water


Margaret Byron, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was featured on a recent episode of IEE's Growing Impact podcast to discuss her research on how biofilms may impact the transport of microplastics through water.

Media mention: "Hydropower’s future is clouded ... it’s also essential to the US electric grid"


Caitlin Grady, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Lauren Dennis, doctoral student in civil engineering, wrote an article that appeared on The Conversation, an online source of news stories and research reports with accompanying expert opinion and analysis.

Oil and gas brine control dust ‘no better’ than rainwater, researchers find


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published a report from Penn State researchers showing that spreading wastewater from conventional oil and gas wells on unpaved roads, a longstanding practice for dust suppression, works "no better" than rainwater and is harmful to the environment.

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1


Penn State announced academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at the University, including 33 in engineering. The promotions will take effect on July 1.

Engineer appointed to international advisory board on carbon capture


The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center has appointed Bruce Logan, the Penn State Evan Pugh Professor in Engineering and the Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, to its advisory committee.

Civil engineering student receives Department of Defense fellowship


Sarah Torhan, a second-year doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received a Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship to research and evaluate geospatial land use, demographic and hydrological information and analyze their effects on the access and availability of food-energy-water resources in Paraguay.

Three engineering students receive awards at the 2022 Graduate Exhibition


Three engineering graduate students received awards for their research and scholarship in the 37th annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition.

NASA features concrete project led by Penn State


The Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification project, an ongoing endeavor run by the Concrete Research Group at Penn State, was recently featured on NASA’s website as one of five research studies contributing to deep space exploration.

2022 spring student marshal: Allison Cottle


Allison Cottle has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for civil engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: David Taglieri


David Taglieri has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Penn State joins $360 million national water research effort


Penn State will join a national consortium led by The University of Alabama to translate water research into operations that improve the country’s ability to predict weather-related hazards and effectively manage water resources. NOAA is funding the effort with $360 million.

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members


The Penn State College of Engineering has added 15 faculty members this semester, with 11 tenured or tenure-line members and four non-tenure-line members.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates will be honored on April 4 at the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at Hyatt Place State College. Charlie Blenko, an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering, will serve as the event’s emcee.

From the ground up: Taking 3D printing technology to the next level


Researchers at Penn State are at the leading edge of the field now known as additive manufacturing, working to advance the capabilities of 3D printing with a goal of addressing pressing problems in human health, housing and transportation, among other areas.

Penn State engineering alumnus named head of SEDTAPP


David Mazyck, a three-time alumnus of the Penn State College of Engineering, has been named the next head of the college’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. Mazyck will also serve as a professor of engineering design, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He will start on May 16.

Penn State engineering rises in U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings


In the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Engineering Programs rankings released today (March 29), engineering at Penn State University Park ranked No. 32 overall, advancing one place from last year’s report, and No. 18 among public institutions. Seven engineering specialty disciplines offered by the College of Engineering also climbed in the rankings, and eight are now ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Penn State to hold NSF-funded machine learning symposium on water resources


Penn State will hold the first National Science Foundation-funded symposium on how machine learning can contribute to the field of hydrology. The event, titled “HydroML Symposium on Big Data Machine Learning in Hydrology and Water Resources,” will be held May 18-20 in person at University Park and online. Early registration ends on April 1, while regular registration ends on May 1.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar


Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, professor of nuclear engineering and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Andisheh Ranjbari joins Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Andisheh Ranjbari joined Penn State as the Tracy Early Career Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering on Jan. 1. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran, a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology and a doctorate in transportation engineering from the University of Arizona.

New geoscientific modeling tool gives more holistic results in predictions


Chaopeng Shen, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, and other researchers have developed a new geoscientific model known as differentiable parameter learning that can be applied broadly and lead to more aggregated solutions. Their model, published in Nature Communications, is publicly available for researchers to use.

Nine engineers recognized with $5.5 million in NSF early career awards


Nine faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering earned National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project funded ranges in duration from three and a half to five years, with grants from roughly $500,000 to more than $800,000.

Penn State named "outstanding university" by professional society


Penn State was recognized as a 2021 outstanding university by the American Concrete Institute. The distinction recognizes universities for their participation in select ACI-related activities and programs.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced


The College of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory showcases for the fall 2021 semester took place virtually from Dec. 10 – 17 and in-person on Dec. 7. Students in the senior capstone design courses presented the culmination of their semester-long projects at the events.

Media Mention: How to clear the air in the most polluted cities on Earth


Wei Peng, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of international affairs, was quoted in an article published by Vox on Feb. 20.

Penn State faculty members, student receive best paper award


The Federal Highway Administration recently honored a student and two faculty members for their paper, “A State Based Markov Model Approach to Impact Echo Signal Classification,” which was selected as the first-place winner in the bridge category of the 2020-21 Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Student Data Analysis Contest.

Study abroad program offers collaborative sustainability research experiences


A new study abroad program at Penn State provides graduate students with leadership and professional development training before they embark on a research internship to collaborate with experts and local communities as they address complex sustainability challenges associated with interconnected water-energy-food systems.

Interdisciplinary Penn State team places second in coastal design competition


An interdisciplinary team of Penn State landscape architecture and civil engineering students was awarded second place in the biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Design Competition, which focused on coastal resilience planning in Hampton, Virginia.

Symposium provides undergrads a showcase for research, communication skills


For the last two semesters, undergraduate students across Penn State's STEM fields joined research groups and conducted hands-on work, part of programs aimed at getting women, first-year students and other students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM their first exposure to research.

Climate uncertainty colors flood risk assessment


Understanding how climate change will affect the flooding of rivers may become easier with a new framework for assessing flood risk that's been developed by an interdisciplinary team from Penn State.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to Highly Cited Researchers list


For the third consecutive year, four faculty members in Penn State's College of Engineering were recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

Penn State joins $72 million NASA consortium to study Earth system science


Understanding how Earth and its atmosphere behave in their natural settings and under the impact of human influence is the focus of a new $72 million consortium funded by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

New Stuckeman exhibition showcases multidisciplinary 3D printing research


A new exhibition that highlights the multidisciplinary work researchers from the Stuckeman School and the College of Engineering at Penn State are doing to create sustainable housing solutions on Earth and beyond by using 3D-printing processes opened on Nov. 3 in the Willard G. Rouse Gallery as part of the school's Lecture and Exhibit Series.

Environmental engineering alumna leads through inclusivity and communication


As one of the few women who have had the opportunity to run a Fortune 500 company, distinguished Penn State engineering alumna Jacqueline Hinman understands the value of self-advocacy.

Celebrating Professional Women in Building Week at Penn State


In celebration of the National Association of Home Builders Professional Women in Building Week, the PWB Council of Central Pennsylvania partnered with the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State to speak with undergraduate students from several majors in the architectural engineering course AE 470: Residential Building Design and Construction on Sept. 17.

National Center for Healthy Housing director to give Hankin Lecture


Amanda L. Reddy, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, will deliver the 2021 Hankin Distinguished Lecture, hosted by Penn State's residential construction program and the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center.

New Penn State consortium launches to help fuel the energy revolution


Energy production and use presents a multilayered challenge that includes technical, social and environmental intricacies. With such a complex challenge at hand, Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has launched a focused effort called the Consortium for Integrated Energy Systems (CIES).

$2 million grant awarded for climate-adaptive infrastructure design


In 2020, the U.S. experienced a record number of billion-dollar disaster events, with damages totaling approximately $95 billion.

Researcher to study the positives and negatives of carbon mitigation


Controlling carbon release into the atmosphere will reduce carbon dioxide and slow global warming, but could there be unintended consequences for human health?

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.

Penn State's first Schlumberger fellow aims to 3D print a sustainable future


Eden Binega was browsing doctoral programs in additive manufacturing when she spotted a story on NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge, in which Penn State came second with a 3D-printed concrete dome-like structure.

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.

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