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Electrical engineering student team wins second place in international design contest

1/19/2022

Three 2021 graduates and two graduate students from the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science won second place in the student design contest at the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Radio Science Meeting in December.

Engineer named fellow of optics and photonics society

1/19/2022

Doug Werner, John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Solving the 'big problems' via algorithms enhanced by 2D materials

1/10/2022

Important optimization algorithms that are designed to solve large-scale problems such as airline schedules and supply chain logistics may soon get a boost from 2D materials that will enable the algorithms to better solve the problems and use less energy, according to Penn State researchers.

College of Engineering fall 2021 student marshal named

12/16/2021

Harshin Hiten Shah, a dual major in computer science and mathematics, was named the College of Engineering’s student marshal for Penn State University Park's fall commencement on Dec. 18.

Deep learning to make nanoscale designs more robust against defects

12/9/2021

Optical metasurfaces, ultrathin interfaces made up of uniform nanoscale structures, change the behavior of light waves hitting them to produce effects ranging from unique reflection and transmission properties to lens distortion removal.

Physics-informed deep learning to assess carbon dioxide storage sites

12/9/2021

Pumping carbon dioxide underground may help combat the warming of the atmosphere but finding appropriate underground sites that could safely serve as reservoirs can be complicated.

Engineering professor named Air Force Young Investigator

12/1/2021

The United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded Shengxi Huang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State, a Young Investigator Research Program grant to investigate fundamental, new ways to create next-generation sensors, with the goal of improving a myriad of applications in electromagnetics.

Engineering professor recognized for innovations in cybersecurity

11/19/2021

In recognition of his research in the field of cybersecurity, Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the Outstanding Innovation Award from the Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Student startup works to pave the future of mental health care

11/18/2021

Mental health care workers often end up with a large amount of patient intake data -- including each patient's symptoms, health information, and screening assessment scores.

$6.5 million in grants to advance antenna systems with metamaterials

11/16/2021

To create advanced electromagnetic and optical metamaterials -- artificial materials engineered to possess unique qualities not available in natural materials -- Penn State researchers have been awarded more than $6.5 million in funding for three projects.

Penn State launches Center for Neurotechnology in Mental Health Research

11/10/2021

Penn State is launching a University-wide center to bridge fundamental research to understand the brain and mind with potential clinical applications for diagnosing and treating mental health disorders.

Key to resilient energy-efficient AI/machine learning may reside in human brain

11/4/2021

A clearer understanding of how a type of brain cell known as astrocytes function and can be emulated in the physics of hardware devices, may result in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that autonomously self-repairs and consumes much less energy than the technologies currently do, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Engineering alumnae knead engineering into baking on new Netflix series

10/26/2021

Making a cake involves mixing batter, baking a sponge and decorating, but what if that cake also needs to function as a boat sailing down a channel or a vehicle that can cross an obstacle course?

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

10/15/2021

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

10/14/2021

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

10/14/2021

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

10/8/2021

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

9/30/2021

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

9/28/2021

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

9/23/2021

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

9/20/2021

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

9/17/2021

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

9/16/2021

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

9/3/2021

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

Ferroelectrics everywhere?

9/1/2021

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

8/30/2021

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

8/19/2021

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

8/17/2021

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

8/11/2021

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

8/11/2021

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

8/6/2021

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

8/4/2021

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

7/23/2021

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

7/12/2021

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

7/12/2021

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

7/9/2021

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

7/9/2021

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

7/7/2021

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

6/22/2021

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

6/15/2021

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

6/11/2021

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

6/11/2021

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

6/7/2021

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

5/27/2021

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

5/26/2021

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

5/26/2021

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

5/25/2021

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

5/24/2021

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

5/19/2021

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

5/19/2021

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

5/13/2021

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

5/13/2021

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

5/12/2021

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

5/7/2021

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

5/7/2021

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

5/5/2021

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

5/3/2021

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

4/30/2021

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

4/30/2021

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

4/28/2021

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

4/26/2021

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

4/26/2021

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

4/23/2021

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

4/21/2021

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

4/19/2021

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

4/15/2021

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

4/15/2021

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

4/12/2021

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

4/8/2021

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

4/7/2021

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

4/5/2021

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

3/30/2021

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

3/25/2021

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

3/24/2021

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

3/22/2021

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

3/22/2021

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

3/19/2021

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

3/17/2021

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

3/17/2021

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

3/15/2021

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

3/12/2021

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

3/12/2021

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

3/9/2021

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

3/9/2021

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

3/4/2021

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

3/2/2021

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

2/26/2021

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

2/25/2021

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

2/24/2021

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

2/17/2021

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

2/15/2021

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

2/4/2021

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

2/4/2021

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

1/29/2021

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

1/28/2021

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

1/27/2021

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

1/26/2021

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.

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