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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.

Penn State engineer receives DARPA grant to strengthen cybersecurity


A multi-institute group of researchers that includes Gang Tan, James F. Will Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, has received an $8 million grant that allots $1 million for Penn State's part of the research to increase computer security by developing more secure parsers.

Three electrical engineering and computer science faculty earn NSF CAREER Awards


Three faculty members from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the Penn State College of Engineering have been awarded Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Penn State engineer developing device that may be able to test for COVID-19


A point-of-care testing device to help diagnose the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is under development by Weihua Guan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in Penn State's College of Engineering.

Electrical engineering assistant professor selected as SPARC fellow


Aida Ebrahimi, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently awarded a Stimulating Partnerships among Researchers and Clinicians (SPARC) Clinical-Research Exchange Fellowship.

New scholarship to support students studying engineering and education


Ronald A. Williams, Penn State electrical engineering alumnus, and Patricia Maurer Williams, Penn State education alumna, have agreed to fund the Dr. Ronald A., Patricia Maurer, and Thomas F. Williams Scholarship in memory of Ronald Williams' late brother, Thomas F. Williams, a 1970 Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus.

NASA selects Penn State student team to build technology for lunar missions


Penn State students from the Student Space Programs Laboratory comprise one of eight university teams recently selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop new technology to study the surface of the moon.

Schreyer Honors Scholar applies neural networks to better predict severe storms


Kyle Bradley's introduction to research at Penn State came during the summer after his sophomore year, when he took a job at the Applied Research Lab.

Disrupting the sleep market was all in a day's work for alumnus JT Marino


After graduating in 2012, College of Engineering alumnus John-Thomas "JT" Marino co-founded Tuft & Needle, a direct-to-consumer online mattress retailer.

Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise


The breadth of Penn State's research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019.

Introducing girls to engineering


Building on the success of previous years, the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) will host two week-long summer camps geared toward girls in middle and high school.

New class of materials shows strange electron properties


A method to observe a new class of topological materials, called Weyl semimetals, was developed by researchers at Penn State, MIT, Tohoku University, Japan and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

What happened in Iowa? A conversation with a cybersecurity expert


Because of Patrick McDaniel’s nationally recognized expertise in the area of cybersecurity, Sarah Small, communications strategist from the College of Engineering, sat down with him on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to better understand some of the technical flaws with the reporting app that delayed results for the Iowa caucus.

College of Engineering awards five Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The Penn State College of Engineering awarded the 2020 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to five faculty research teams across the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Penn State receives five-year $3.7 million grant to study virus evolution


The evolution of viruses will be the focus of a five-year $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation's new program on convergence research, to an interdisciplinary team led by Penn State.

Researcher to discuss threats to machine learning and AI applications


Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are vulnerable to potentially dangerous hacks and manipulations, according to Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Electrical engineering assistant professor named 2020 Scialog Fellow


Aida Ebrahimi, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has been named a 2020 Scialog Fellow.

New method breaks the reciprocity of light propagation


A novel method to prevent light from reflecting back in optical devices could allow advancements in several scientific fields, including optical communications, laser systems and electronics, according to a team of Penn State electrical engineers led by Xingjie Ni, assistant professor of electrical engineering.

Award fund established to honor late electrical engineering alumnus, professor


The A. J. Ferraro Graduate Research Award in the Department of Electrical Engineering will become an endowed award, thanks to a gift from Carol M. Ferraro in honor of her late husband, Anthony J. Ferraro, an alumnus and professor emeritus at Penn State.

Blocking blackouts


Electrical engineer Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, an expert on power grids, heads a Penn State team that won a $999,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore ways to prevent and deal with the "cascading failures" that lead to massive blackouts.

Seven engineering faculty members receive ROCKET Seed Grant to fund new research


Seven Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were awarded the College of Engineering’s 2020 Research Opportunities for mid-Career Knowledge EnhancemenT (ROCKET) Seed Grant to fund exploration of new or existing research areas.

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