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Five startup teams selected for 2021 Summer Founders program


The Summer Founders program selected five teams from a pool of applicants spanning eight different Penn State campuses, four academic colleges, and The Graduate School at Penn State.

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.

NSF CAREER Award helps researcher light the way to better optical devices


Xingjie Ni, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award to develop new architecture for smaller scale, on-chip optical devices that also have greater light controllability.

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.

Students from around the world participate in a virtual version of HackPSU


The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop 644 students from around the world from participating in a virtual version of HackPSU.

Subscription database for dancers pitch wins 2021 IdeaMakers Challenge


On March 24, five interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students pitched their ideas during the final round of the IdeaMakers Challenge.

Kirigami-style fabrication may enable new 3D nanostructures


A new technique that mimics the ancient Japanese art of kirigami may offer an easier way to fabricate complex 3D nanostructures for use in electronics, manufacturing and health care.

Wireless sensors track sanitizer use, optimize replacement and refill operations


To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Penn State deployed nearly 6,000 hand sanitizer stations across its campuses for the fall 2020 semester, with almost 3,000 stations installed at the University Park campus.

New computational methods allow for accurate determination of gene expression


A more accurate measurement and interpretation of gene activities, using large volumes of sequencing data, may be possible with a new computational framework and set of algorithms currently being developed by Penn State researchers.

Building better human-bot cybersecurity teams


A multi-university team has won a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Award.

Stewart Kurtz remembered for his impact on materials research at Penn State


Penn State faculty, staff and students are mourning the loss of Stewart Kurtz, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, who died Feb. 13 at age 89.

Hands-on curriculum to electrify undergraduate engineering


When Tim Kane, Penn State professor of electrical engineering, thinks about the important components of undergraduate engineering curriculum, he says keeping the big picture in mind is key.

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.

Schreyer Scholar looking to apply machine learning to track viral diseases


Chris Vo knows it can be easy to get caught up in the stress of grades or exams. But the Schreyer Scholar and computer science major tries not to lose sight of his larger academic goal.

Sincerely, Xobni founder Matt Brezina to speak during Startup Week


From State College to Silicon Valley, Matt Brezina (class of 2003) is one of Penn State's most successful tech entrepreneurs, founding multimillion-dollar companies that include Sincerely and Xobni.

Co-keynotes to share value of Penn State Alumni Network


With more than 700,000 alumni alive today, the Penn State network can play a pivotal role in helping fuel students' career growth.

Mentor Collective connects and empowers engineering students


For engineering students, navigating the ins and outs of their academic experience can be a hefty task, even with help from professors and academic advisers.

Penn State IST course teaches theory behind COVID-19 public health guidelines


Wash your hands. Stay six feet apart. Wear a mask. These are the messages that have been conveyed by public health officials for the past year to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Professor receives IEEE Computer Society technical achievement award


Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, A. Robert Noll Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society's 2021 Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award.

Preventing injuries and improving recovery with micro-Doppler radars


Micro-Doppler radars could soon be used in clinical settings to predict injury risk and track recovery progress, according to Penn State researchers.

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.

School of EECS to host two virtual summer camps for girls


One individual designed and built her own radio. Another created a hat that lit up in response to different movements. Others experimented with the equipment in a Motion Capture Lab, and many taught robots how to dance.

Taking future wireless technology from science fiction to scientific reality


Self-driving cars that "see" through obstacles and maneuver accordingly. A sensor that scans a liquid for calorie count and dangerous or poisonous content. A drone that detects exact amounts of soil moisture while hovering above crop fields. All of these futuristic-sounding devices are moving closer to reality, thanks to research being conducted by Mahanth Gowda, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, with a three-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation grant.

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.

NSF CAREER Award to be used for developing new method of nucleic acid testing


The development of more sensitive, portable and fully electronic nucleic acid testing (NAT) is underway, with efforts led by Weihua Guan, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State and recipient of a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award for this research.

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.

Machine learning algorithm may be the key to timely, inexpensive cyber-defense


Attacks on vulnerable computer networks and cyber-infrastructure -- often called zero-day attacks -- can quickly overwhelm traditional defenses, resulting in billions of dollars of damage and requiring weeks of manual patching work to shore up the systems after the intrusion.

Computer science and engineering faculty member named distinguished professor


Mahmut Taylan Kandemir, professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, has been named a distinguished professor, one of the highest professorial distinctions at the University.

Penn State vies in finals of international collegiate cybersecurity competition


For the second consecutive year, Penn State advanced to the international finals of the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, the world's largest offensive-based collegiate cybersecurity competition.

$500,000 grant funds creation of institute to advance AI for materials science


A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will help lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary institute that encourages the use of artificial intelligence-enabled materials discovery, design and synthesis, according to a team of researchers.

Pushing the boundary forward: Researcher's achievements honored with two awards


As a high school student in China, Jing Yang, now assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, said she faced pressure from her community and her family to not go into a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.

Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition


Mahabubul Alam, a doctoral candidate in electrical engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded second place in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design.

Penn State graduate recognized for impactful doctoral dissertation


Nasim Imtiaz Khan, who received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Penn State in 2019, recently received the 2020 Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC) Edward J McCluskey Doctoral Thesis Award for his dissertation, "Assuring Security and Reliability of Emerging Non-Volatile Memories."

Resist the resistance: Fighting the good fight against bacteria


Drug-resistant bacteria could lead to more deaths than cancer by 2050, according to a report commissioned by the United Kingdom in 2014 and jointly supported by the U.K. government and the Wellcome Trust.

Engineering professor named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors


Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, A. Robert Noll Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, has been named a 2020 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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'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."

Researchers to redesign microprocessors to increase computing power


Increasing computing power is critical for many technological developments. However, the traditional method of increasing computing power -- namely, adding more transistors to microprocessors -- is reaching its limit of physical scaling.

Researchers receive Hall of Fame award for seminal paper on smartphone security


A multi-institution team of researchers recently received a Hall of Fame Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) for their 2010 paper that was the first to expose the ways in which smartphone applications use personal data.

Six engineering graduate students named Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows


Six engineering graduate students were recently selected to receive the Leighton Riess Graduate Fellowship in Engineering. This fellowship is coordinated by the Penn State Center for Biodevices, housed in the College of Engineering.

Seven Penn State faculty named AAAS Fellows


Seven Penn State faculty members in areas ranging from atmospheric science and engineering to medicine and computer science have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

Engineering professor receives association's Outstanding Contributions Award


Trent Jaeger, professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently awarded the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control Outstanding Contributions Award.

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.

Penn State researchers to help revive manufacturing enterprises


A team of Penn State researchers, in collaboration with Texas A&M University and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), has received funding from the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) to help small- and medium-sized American manufacturers be at the forefront of new smart technologies to improve their processes.

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.

Shining a light on first-generation students at Penn State


This week, Penn State joins colleges and universities across the nation in recognizing National First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8.

New bacterial testing method to improve health care, food safety and more


Detecting viable bacteria is important for various fields, from food safety to medical diagnosis. The existing techniques to conduct antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) -- testing that, for example, allows health care providers to prescribe the correct dose of antibiotics for a particular infection -- are slow, require skilled personnel or utilize bulky and expensive instruments.

Five engineering students receive scholarships


The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recently announced its scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 academic year. Five students from various disciplines in the Penn State College of Engineering were awarded scholarships.

Penn State Law, Policy, and Engineering hosts election security panel discussion


With less than two weeks left until the 2020 election, officials across the United States are preparing for unique and unusual circumstances -- increased mail-in voting, safety concerns related to in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, security fears and foreign influence threats.

Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices


New possibilities for future developments in electronic and optical devices have been unlocked by recent advancements in two-dimensional (2D) materials, according to Penn State researchers.

Researchers use NSF Convergence Accelerator to shorten drug discovery timeline


A $960,000, nine-month National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator grant has been awarded to Penn State researchers to explore faster and more cost-efficient methods of discovering pharmaceuticals using quantum artificial intelligence.

App developed by Penn State students is central to literacy boot camp in Kenya


Nyansapo, an app developed by Penn State students, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assist children in learning literacy skills. The app was launched in August during a 10-day boot camp in Kenya where reported results showed participants increased their level of literacy.

Eight Penn State faculty teams awarded seed grants for AI research


Multi-Disciplinary Research Grants were recently awarded to eight research groups from across Penn State's colleges and campuses conducting research related to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

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?"

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.

Inexpensive and rapid testing of drugs for resistant infections possible


A rapid and simple method for testing the efficacy of antibacterial drugs on infectious microbes has been developed and validated by a team of Penn State researchers.

Researchers explore at-home testing method of viral loads for HIV patients


Development of a new method to monitor the effectiveness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment at home instead of in hospitals is underway by Penn State researchers.

To boldly go: Penn State launches planetary science consortium


The quest to understand our place in the universe is one of the most enduring scientific pursuits. A new interdisciplinary planetary science initiative will focus efforts at Penn State on exploring and seeking out life in the solar system and far into the cosmos.

Nine faculty members join School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


The Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) welcomes nine new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year.

Penn State Microbiome Center elects new executive committee


The Penn State Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences recently elected six new members to join its executive committee.

Penn State researchers receive Best Paper award at the 2020 ASEE conference


A group of Penn State researchers led by Swaroop Ghosh, Joseph R. and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division Best Paper award by the American Society for Engineering Education at the 2020 annual conference.

A multishot lensless camera in development could aid disease diagnosis


A new type of imaging that does not require a lens and uses reconfigurable particle-based masks to take multiple shots of an object is being developed by researchers at Penn State.

Grassroots data science initiative seeks to create connections, collaborations


Dave Hunter knows how valuable a serendipitous connection can be. Throughout his career, Hunter, professor of statistics at Penn State, said that "being at the right place at the right time" helped him find new partnerships and projects to advance his science and his academic career.

Penn State's research expenditures top $1 billion mark


Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded the $1 billion mark in fiscal year 2019-20. The total figure, $1.01 billion, places Penn State among a select group of research universities nationally, and reflects the interdisciplinary strength built over three decades. It represents a $40 million increase over last year’s number, and includes a record $633 million in federal funding, as well as $375 million from a combination of private funders, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and University sources.

Trustees approve plans and funds for part of engineering expansion


As the next stage of a proposed, decade-long initiative that will transform the Penn State College of Engineering and its facilities, the Board of Trustees approved final design plans and authorized expenditures of $88 million for a new research and teaching building near the western edge of the University Park campus.

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.

Researchers fuse novel devices with biological inspiration for future AI systems


In order to develop more intelligent and efficient artificial intelligence (AI) systems, computer scientists use neuromorphic computing, a field that relies on mimicking the human nervous system in order to create efficient and intelligent computing systems. However, researchers in the nascent field are still working toward success, and the sought-after power efficiencies have yet to be achieved.

To make a better sensor, just add noise


Adding noise to enhance a weak signal is a sensing phenomenon common in the animal world but unusual in manmade sensors.

Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams


Invent Penn State's 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week student startup accelerator, wrapped up Aug. 12 in a virtual showcase after funding seven student-startup teams with $15,000 each to work on their startup, nonprofit, or social good full time over the summer.

Locust swarm could improve collision avoidance


Plagues of locusts, containing millions of insects, fly across the sky to attack crops, but the individual insects do not collide with each other within these massive swarms.

Anything is possible for girls in electrical engineering, including virtual camp


In July, the Department of Electrical Engineering in Penn State's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science hosted its third Anything is POssible for Girls in Electrical Engineering (APOGEE) camp.

Electrical engineering major selected as College of Engineering student marshal


Is'haq Al Hajri, an electrical engineering major with an energy business and finance minor, has been named the Penn State College of Engineering's student marshal for the 2020 summer commencement.

Highly sensitive dopamine detector uses 2D materials


A supersensitive dopamine detector can help in the early diagnosis of several disorders that result in too much or too little dopamine, according to a group led by Penn State and including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and universities in China and Japan.

Faculty teams awarded seed grants to fund biodevice development


Faculty teams from across multiple disciplines recently received Penn State Biodevices Seed Grants and Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants to support work on the development of biodevices.

Seeing the light: Researchers combine technologies for better light control


A new technology that can allow for better light control without requiring large, difficult-to-integrate materials and structures has been developed by Penn State researchers.

Two Penn State teams reach finals in international business idea competition


Teams led by Penn State students again this year made a strong showing in an online international competition hosted by Ben-Gurion University of Negev, Israel, and in partnership with The Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship (CPSSE).

Enriching technical capabilities by improving professional skills


When Anthony Aloisi, a system engineer at Siemens Mobility, was exploring graduate engineering opportunities, he knew he wanted to find a program that would complement his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State.

Over $10 million awarded to Penn State for energy center


Penn State will receive more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy as an Energy Frontier Research Center Award.

New insights into van der Waals materials found


Layered van der Waals materials are of high interest for electronic and photonic applications, according to researchers at Penn State and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, in California, who provide new insights into the interactions of layered materials with laser and electron beams.

Engineering professor named to DARPA ISAT study group


Gang Tan, professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected as a member of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Information Science and Technology study group.

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.

Engineering professor receives Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award


Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, A. Robert Noll Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, has been awarded the 2019-20 Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Understanding of relaxor ferroelectric properties could lead to many advances


A new fundamental understanding of polymeric relaxor ferroelectric behavior could lead to advances in flexible electronics, actuators and transducers, energy storage, piezoelectric sensors and electrocaloric cooling, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and North Carolina State.

Professor earns NSF grant to configure wireless networks with machine learning


Jing Yang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Penn State, and Cong Shen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA), have earned a $550,000, three-year grant to pursue machine learning for wireless networking systems.

Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge


A team of Penn State researchers is part of the first round of winners for the Department of Energy's Grid Optimization Competition.

Materials science student Bolotsky earns Graduate School alumni scholarship


Adam Bolotsky, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering, was awarded the Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School from the Graduate School.

Two faculty members honored with Evan Pugh Professorships


Two Penn State professors have been named Evan Pugh Professors, an elite and prestigious distinction conferred by the University on only 73 faculty members since the establishment of the designation in 1960.

Electrical engineering professor named Electromagnetics Academy fellow


Douglas Werner, John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair of Electrical Engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy of the PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium.

Engineering student to research Salmonella with Erickson Discovery Grant


Cassandra Nunez, a Penn State electrical engineering rising junior, recently received a 2020 Erickson Discovery Grant to study the motion of Salmonella under antibiotic and heat stress.

Computer science and engineering professor named to CACM Editorial Board


Trent Jaeger, professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named to the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery Editorial Board for Contributions.

2020 Summer Founders Program draws record number of teams and increases amount


A record number of student startups from across Penn State campuses are getting ready for the 2020 Summer Founders program.

Institute awards 32 computational and data sciences seed grants


Understanding polarized political opinions, predicting Arctic Sea ice levels, and accelerating quantum computing with machine learning -- these are just a few focuses of the dozens of new Penn State research projects that have been funded by Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants.

Plasma medicine research highlights antibacterial effects and potential uses


As interest in the application of plasma medicine -- the use of low-temperature plasma (LTP) created by an electrical discharge to address medical problems -- continues to grow, so does the need for research advancements proving its capabilities and potential impacts on the health care industry.

Researchers explore quantum computing to discover possible COVID-19 treatments


Quantum machine learning, an emerging field that combines machine learning and quantum physics, is the focus of research to discover possible treatments for COVID-19, according to Penn State researchers led by Swaroop Ghosh.

Bradley named computational data sciences student marshal


Kyle Bradley, a double major in computational data sciences in the College of Engineering and mathematics, has been selected as the computational data sciences student marshal for Penn State's spring commencement, which will be held virtually on May 9.

Petrone named computer engineering student marshal


Steven Petrone, a computer engineering major and cybersecurity computational foundations minor, has been named the computer engineering student marshal for Penn State's spring commencement, which will be held virtually on May 9.

Tice named computer science student marshal


Alyssa Jo Tice has been named the computer science student marshal for Penn State's spring commencement, where she will graduate summa cum laude. The commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 9.

Venkatesulu named electrical engineering student marshal


Erica Venkatesulu has been named the Department of Electrical Engineering's student marshal for Penn State’s spring commencement, which will be held virtually on May 9.

Engineering capstone design showcase to be held virtually


Each semester, Penn State senior engineering students present their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Showcase. This semester, to coordinate with the shift to all online courses, the showcase will take place entirely online from Friday, May 1, to Friday, May 8.

Engineers develop method to improve efficiency and heat tolerance of devices


When it comes to increasing electric storage efficiency and electric breakdown strength -- the ability of an electrical system to operate at higher voltage and temperatures with great efficiency -- increasing one traditionally has led to a decrease in the other.

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