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Saliva-based COVID-19 test may provide at-home results in 30 minutes


Penn State researchers plan to develop an affordable and accurate at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test, rivaling the simplicity and convenience of pregnancy tests and glucose monitors, but with higher sensitivity.

A new twist on 2D materials may lead to improved electronic, optical devices


The two types of interfaces between layers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) 2D materials where the top layer is a Janus TMD with two types of atoms (selenium and sulfur) and the bottom layer is a regular TMD with one type of atom (sulfur).

University of Virginia and Penn State researchers to develop new hardware system


Real-world needs for such complex services as efficient manufacturing, drug discovery, supply chain logistics and wireless communication have outpaced the computing resources of today's conventional computers.

Taking steps toward more effective fitness trackers, more physical activity


As the popularity of fitness trackers has increased, so have the opportunities to use such devices to not only track fitness goals but also increase the motivation to meet those goals.

Two student teams awarded $25,000 for using artificial intelligence for good


A panel of judges named InsectEye and AI-powered Recycling the winning teams in the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge. The announcement was made during the AI for Good Expo on Sept. 28.

Mentoring experience inspires project to increase retention in master's programs


Growing up with limited resources in a small town in Peru, Julio Urbina was not aware of the field of electrical engineering, let alone that he could have a successful research career in it.

Institute sponsors four co-funded faculty positions in AI and data science


The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), in partnership with four academic colleges -- the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science -- will sponsor four co-funded faculty positions focused on the development of novel methods or advanced applications in data science.

Barron discusses broad impact of Penn State research for trustees


From detecting subatomic particles that usher in new discoveries in astrophysics at the South Pole to driving economic development in communities across Pennsylvania, Penn State research is transforming society by furthering our understanding of the world and helping people in our own backyard, according to Penn State President Eric J. Barron.

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.

Six faculty members join School of EECS this fall


The Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) welcomed six new faculty members in August.

Ferroelectrics everywhere?


A new family of materials that could result in improved digital information storage and uses less energy may be possible thanks to a team of Penn State researchers who demonstrated ferroelectricity in magnesium-substituted zinc oxide.

With time on their hands, undergraduate inventors create smartwatch for students


At the onset of the pandemic, Penn State engineering students Alessandro Placitelli and Rene Cantu had some extra time on their hands.

School of EECS hosts two summer camps for girls with national participation


This summer, as in several previous summers, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) hosted two camps geared toward middle- and high-school girls.

Electrical engineering grad student wins award in international poster contest


Kaustav Chatterjee, a third-year electrical engineering doctoral student at Penn State, received second place in the graduate student poster contest at the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society (IEEE PES) general meeting, held virtually from July 26-29.

Computer science major named College of Engineering student marshal


Xunyi Zhou, a computer science major in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in mathematics, has been named the College of Engineering's student marshal for summer 2021 commencement.

Researcher's novel work on machine learning receives international recognition


In 2019, Ting He, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, and her fellow researchers published a paper in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Journal on Selected Areas in Communications detailing the ways in which they -- successfully and for the first time -- optimized a specific type of machine learning technique known as federated learning.

Penn State researchers receive best paper award at international conference


Three Penn State researchers were awarded the best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International 2021 Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI).

Penn State team earns second place in international entrepreneurship competition


A team composed of Penn State students and partners from other universities recently claimed second place in the Creating Shared Value Challenge, an international competition which invited student teams from around the world to pitch business ideas that promised to advance social good.

Professor awarded Test of Time award for paper on data privacy


A 2011 paper on data privacy co-authored by Dan Kifer, professor of computer science and engineering, received the 2021 Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Management of Data (ACM SIGMOD) Test of Time award.

Penn State research teams awarded seed grants to advance biodevices


Interdisciplinary research teams from across Penn State recently received seed grants from the Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant program and the Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant program to fund their work in advancing biodevices.

Presidential Leadership Academy announces new class


Each year, the Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) at Penn State chooses 30 exemplary first-year students and the academy is excited to celebrate the next round of standout members.

Computer science and engineering researchers receive best paper award


Three Penn State computer science and engineering researchers received the best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery's 2021 International Systems and Storage Conference.

Normal brain growth curves for children developed


In the United States, nearly every pediatric doctor's visit begins with three measurements: weight, height and head circumference.

Electrical engineering alumnus receives IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Memorial Award


Penn State electrical engineering alumnus John Tague received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA Harry Diamond Memorial Award.

Penn State takes first in Collegiate Wind Competition


The Penn State Wind Energy Club won big at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home first overall in the competition and first in the project development contest.

Researchers work to increase speed, reliability of wireless communications


The development of millimeter wave communication technologies could improve the speed, latency and reliability of wireless communications significantly, according to Penn State researchers.

Electrical engineering grad student receives Electrochemical Society fellowship


Derrick Butler, a third-year doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Electrical Engineering, was awarded the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Joseph W. Richards Summer Fellowship. The ECS summer fellowships were established to help support students pursuing work in the fields related to ECS during summer months.

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.

College of Engineering mourns the loss of faculty member Arzoo Katiyar


The Penn State College of Engineering community mourns the loss of Arzoo Katiyar, assistant professor of computer science and engineering.

Eco-friendly carbon-dioxide conversion process may revolutionize existing method


A new, environmentally friendly, single-step process has been developed to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons using plasma, according to scientists and engineers.

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).

University Libraries Research Awards honor 100 students from 19 campuses


Penn State University Libraries presented its fourth annual Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy honors at the end of the spring 2021 semester to 100 students at nearly all undergraduate Penn State campuses.

Penn State-led team recognized for image relighting research


A collaborative Penn State and Amazon team of researchers, led by Vishal Monga, professor of electrical engineering, recently received second place in an international image processing challenge.

Electrical engineering alumni receive Best Student Paper Award


A paper co-authored by two recent Penn State electrical engineering alumni received the Best Student Paper Award at the American Society for Engineering Education's MidAtlantic Spring 2021 conference.

Researcher advances sign language technology with NSF CAREER Award


With a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, Mahanth Gowda, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering, and his students are working to create a wearable translation device to better facilitate communication between deaf and hard-of-hearing people who use American Sign Language.

Two faculty members receive Amazon Research Awards


Penn State faculty members James Wang, professor of information sciences and technology, and Rui Zhang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, each received a 2020 Amazon Research Award, which was announced publicly in April of this year.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions


Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering tenure-line faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1.

Kayyali establishes educational equity scholarship in Schreyer Honors College


Basel Kayyali, an electrical engineering alumnus, and his wife, Andrea, are helping to support current and future students in the Honors College with a gift of $100,000 that established the Kayyali Family Educational Equity Honors Scholarship.

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.

Engineering alumnus creates scholarship for EECS undergraduate students


Penn State electrical engineering alumnus Don Kellmel is establishing the Dr. Donald and Eileen Kellmel Scholarship, which will support full-time undergraduate students majoring in electrical engineering or computer science and engineering who are from Luzerne County.

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.

Philanthropist and business leader Skip Smith endows directorship for Arboretum


Charles H. "Skip" Smith, the Penn State alumnus and philanthropist who launched construction on The Arboretum at Penn State with a landmark gift in 2007, has made a new $3 million commitment to ensure strong leadership for the Arboretum far into the future.

Engineering students and clubs recognized with leadership and service awards


Penn State recognized its recipients for student service and leadership awards and student organization and involvement awards?during the week of April 26.

Electrical engineering researchers receive best paper award


Three Penn State electrical engineering researchers were recently awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Electron Devices Technology and Manufacturing (EDTM) Conference first place best paper award.

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society


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

Student team challenged to create and test fully autonomous car


A cohort of students on the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team were selected for the 2021 AutoDrive Challenge, sponsored by SAE International and General Motors.

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.

Penn State launches new artificial intelligence center for engineered systems


A newly founded, interdisciplinary research center established to further foundational and applied artificial intelligence (AI) in engineered systems will bring together expertise from 75 researchers representing 24 academic units across Penn State.

Chen earns Frisbey International Student Award


Ang Chen, a junior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State, and a Schreyer Scholar, has been awarded the University's 2021 Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Award for undergraduates.

Researcher named to international Mobile Security Hall of Fame


Syed Rafiul Hussain, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has been named to the GSMA Mobile Security Hall of Fame for his contributions to exposing vulnerabilities in 4G and 5G cellular networks.

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.

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.

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).

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'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 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.

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).

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