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Seven Penn State engineering students receive Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowships

6/24/2022

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

Stacking the deck for computer security

6/20/2022

A new and more reliable method to defend vulnerable data on the stack, a major memory region responsible for storing computer program data for processes, has been developed by an international Penn State-led team. The researchers published their approach in the Proceedings of the Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium.

Geosciences professor named director of Penn State planetary science consortium

6/14/2022

Effective July 1, Christopher House, professor of geosciences, will serve as director of the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Sciences and Technology, which includes researchers from the College of Engineering.

Real-time, accurate virus detection method could help fight next pandemic

6/7/2022

A method of highly accurate and sensitive virus identification using Raman spectroscopy, a portable virus capture device and machine learning could enable real-time virus detection and identification to help battle future pandemics, according to a team led by Penn State.

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni

6/3/2022

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

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

5/25/2022

The College of Engineering recently awarded six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to faculty members, including one in partnership with the College of Health and Human Development and another with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Engineering faculty member part of team to study building emissions in cities

5/24/2022

Mehrdad Mahdavi, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is part of an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers that is studying the emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation and construction of building materials used in city buildings, as well as the demolition of those buildings, which is known as urban embodied carbon.

School of EECS professors receive 2021 IEEE Computer Society research awards

5/23/2022

Two professors from the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were recently honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society’s Technical Community on Very Large Scale Integration. The IEEE-CS connects computer science and engineering professionals at all stages of their professional careers and its TCVLSI “addresses the interactions among the various aspects of VLSI design,” according to the society’s website.

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1

5/19/2022

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

Penn State engineers’ work recognized with Naval Research Laboratory award

5/18/2022

Two Penn State researchers received a 2021 Annual Research Publications Award from the Naval Research Laboratory for their paper, “A Model for Coherent Communication Gain in Distributed Wireless Networks.”  

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences names new associate director

5/10/2022

Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences announced that Mahmut Kandemir, distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named an associate director of the institute.

Media mention: "‘Cloud squatters’ find data meant for previous tenants"

4/28/2022

Patrick McDaniel, holder of the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Eric Pauley, doctoral student in computer science and engineering, were recently quoted in the IT Brew story, ‘Cloud squatters’ find data meant for previous tenants.’

Five engineering students recognized with University-wide awards

4/21/2022

Penn State recently honored five Penn State engineering undergraduate students in recognition of their academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The University’s 2022 student award recipients exemplify best practices and achievements among students, reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service.

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients

4/20/2022

The Penn State Materials Research Institute has announced the 2022 recipients of seed grants that will enable University faculty to establish new collaborations with partners outside their own units for the exploration of transformative ideas for high-impact materials science and engineering.

Penn State to lead $7.5 million study of radiation effects on electronics

4/20/2022

To better predict and mitigate radiation-induced damage of wide bandgap semiconductors, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a Penn State-led team a five-year, $7.5 million Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Award.

2022 spring student marshal: Abigail Wagner

4/18/2022

Abigail Wagner has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for electrical engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Amey Deotale

4/18/2022

Amey Deotale has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for computer science.

2022 spring student marshal: Nikita Arbuzov

4/18/2022

Nikita Arbuzov has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for computer engineering.

2022 spring student marshal: Yichen Shi

4/18/2022

Yichen Shi has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for data sciences.

Cloud server leasing can leave sensitive data up for grabs

4/11/2022

Organizations’ failure to properly manage the servers they lease from cloud service providers can allow attackers to receive private data, according to researchers in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Media mention: 'Mismanaged cloud services put user data at risk'

4/11/2022

Eric Pauley, doctoral student in computer science and engineering, recently authored an article in The Conversation, "Mismanaged cloud services put user data at risk."

New tool allows for full-length reconstruction of RNA molecules in individual cells

4/8/2022

A new computational tool known as Scallop2 allows for accurate assembly of full-length RNA molecules at single-cell resolution, according to Penn State researchers. The results of this work were recently published in Nature Computation Science.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor

3/30/2022

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

Enhancing the electromechanical behavior of a flexible polymer

3/28/2022

Implementing piezoelectricity, a property that enables the conversion of mechanical stress into electricity, into certain materials can be difficult. Qiming Zhang, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, led an interdisciplinary research team to create a piezoelectric polymer that could one day be used in a number of sensing applications.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Lori Gordon

3/25/2022

Lori Gordon, partner in the intellectual property practice of Perkins Coie, LLP, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Scott Patti

3/25/2022

Scott Patti, vice president of business planning, transformation and operations for Dell, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Shalini Govil Pai

3/25/2022

Shalini Govil Pai, general manager and vice president of Google TV, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Steve Spadt

3/25/2022

Steve Spadt, chief technology officer for the American College of Physicians, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Christopher Dancy joins industrial and manufacturing engineering, computer science

3/25/2022

Christopher Dancy joined the Penn State College of Engineering as the Harold and Inge Marcus Industrial and Manufacturing Career Development Associate Professor on Jan. 1. Dancy is affiliated with both the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Debarati Das joins computer science and engineering

3/25/2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Debarati Das joined the Penn State College of Engineering as an assistant professor of computer science and engineering on Jan. 1. Das completed her doctorate in computer science at the Computer Science Institute of Charles University in Prague and earned a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Donald Ebeigbe joins School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

3/25/2022

Donald Ebeigbe joined the Penn State College of Engineering as an assistant professor of electrical engineering on Jan. 1. Ebeigbe received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University.

Engineer aims to support quantum computing’s future with $715,000 grants

3/23/2022

Quantum computers could be used one day to solve problems conventional computers can't, but the technology underlying them needs to be better understood, according to Swaroop Ghosh, Joseph and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Associate Professor in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ghosh received two National Science Foundation grants totaling $715,000 to improve quantum computing cybersecurity and curricula.

Media mention: 'Take this $715,000 and find security gaps in quantum computers, says NSF'

3/18/2022

Swaroop Ghosh, Joseph and Janice M Monkowski Career Development Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recently quoted in the article, "Take this $715,000 and find security gaps in quantum computers, says NSF," from The Register.

New technique identifies cell phone vulnerabilities accurately and automatically

3/9/2022

A new security analysis technique allows researchers to test cellular modems for potential security vulnerabilities in cell phones in a fully automated approach that is also general enough to be applied to modems from different vendors.

2021 NSF CAREER Award: Bin Li

2/28/2022

Bin Li, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, earned a three and a half year, $505,900 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Wireless collaborative mixed reality networking: Foundations and algorithms for joint communication, computation and learning.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Antonio Blanca Pimentel

2/28/2022

Antonio Blanca Pimentel, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $500,000 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Sampling, learning and testing spin systems.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Mingfu Shao

2/28/2022

Mingfu Shao, Charles K. Etner Early Careere Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State, earned a five-year, $749,867 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Algorithms and tools for allele-specific transcript assembly.”

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Yang Yang

2/28/2022

Yang Yang, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, earned a five-year, $550,000 NSF CAREER Award for a project titled “Characterization and understanding of point defect evolution during corrosion-induced grain boundary migration.” Yang is also affiliated with the Penn State Materials Research Institute.

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

2/28/2022

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

Researchers establish first-of-its-kind framework to diagnose 3D printing errors

2/28/2022

A research team co-led by Penn State created a first-of-its-kind methodology for diagnosing 3D printing errors with machine learning in real time.

Registration opens for virtual reality and wearable technology summer camps

2/25/2022

The Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s summer camps are back, this time in person, for more hands-on learning and creating with virtual reality and wearable technology. Both camps are geared toward girls but open to participants of all identities.

Six Penn State student startups set to compete for $30,000 in Inc.U Competition

2/23/2022

Six Penn State student startup teams have been selected as finalists in the Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition and are set to compete for $30,000 in funding on “The Investment,” a WPSU Shark Tank-like television production that will be livestreamed during Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC.

A giant leap for immersive learning: Creating a virtual reality classroom

2/22/2022

School-age children could one day take a class on the moon — with the help of virtual reality, that is. With a $1 million National Science Foundation grant, a multi-university team of researchers led by Bin Li, Penn State associate professor of electrical engineering, will work to expand the possibilities of remote education over wireless networks.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced

2/22/2022

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

Engineering professor named senior member of the National Academy of Inventors

2/21/2022

Penn State Professor of Electrical Engineering Vishal Monga has been named a 2022 senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.

Study abroad program offers collaborative sustainability research experiences

2/11/2022

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

Center launches distinguished lecture series to bridge AI and neuroscience

2/10/2022

The Penn State Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Engineered Systems (CAFÉ) Distinguished Lecture Series showcases research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, computer science, neuroscience and electrical engineering. The weeklong virtual seminar series will take place daily from noon to 1 p.m., starting on Feb. 14.

Reconfigured AI devices enable lifelong learning for machines

2/7/2022

By reconfiguring neural networks in artificial intelligence devices, a multi-institute team that included Penn State researchers facilitated AI systems to continually learn and adapt new data and tasks in ways that were not possible or practical before. The approach combines a novel algorithm with perovskite nickelate — a material so sensitive to subatomic changes, they can change its electrical properties — to overcome two of the main limitations of AI: catastrophic forgetting and high energy consumption.

A new, nanoscale, 3D structure to control light

2/4/2022

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Metamaterials, made up of small, repeated structures engineered to produce desired interactions with light or sound waves, can improve optical devices used in telecommunications, imaging and more. But the functionality of the devices can be limited by the corresponding design space, according to Lei Kang, assistant research professor of electrical engineering at Penn State.

Engineering research expenditures highly ranked by NSF

1/31/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering ranks fourth in the country for total research expenditures, according to the most recent National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures, released in January 2022.

U.S. News ranks Penn State World Campus engineering programs in "best" report

1/26/2022

U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State World Campus among its "Best Online Programs" for 2022, with the University’s online graduate engineering programs tied for No. 3 overall and for veterans.

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.

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