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Engineering graduate student places second in international research competition

1/8/2021

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

1/8/2021

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

1/7/2021

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

1/4/2021

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

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced

12/21/2020

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

12/21/2020

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

12/11/2020

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

12/7/2020

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

12/3/2020

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

11/25/2020

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

11/23/2020

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

11/20/2020

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

11/19/2020

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.

Shining a light on first-generation students at Penn State

11/5/2020

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

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

11/2/2020

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

10/30/2020

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

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

10/27/2020

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

Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices

10/26/2020

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

10/22/2020

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

10/21/2020

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

10/19/2020

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

Building a landslide prediction tool with Google and AI

10/15/2020

In their 2019 AI Impact Challenge, Google asked nonprofits, social enterprises and research institutions around the world, "How would you use artificial intelligence (AI) for social good?"

College of Engineering kicks off 125th anniversary with virtual celebration

10/15/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering will begin a yearlong celebration of its upcoming 125th anniversary with a virtual event at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Inexpensive and rapid testing of drugs for resistant infections possible

10/15/2020

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

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

10/15/2020

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

To boldly go: Penn State launches planetary science consortium

10/13/2020

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

Nine faculty members join School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

9/30/2020

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

Penn State Microbiome Center elects new executive committee

9/24/2020

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

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

9/24/2020

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

A multishot lensless camera in development could aid disease diagnosis

9/23/2020

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

Grassroots data science initiative seeks to create connections, collaborations

9/21/2020

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

Penn State's research expenditures top $1 billion mark

9/21/2020

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

Trustees approve plans and funds for part of engineering expansion

9/18/2020

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

College of Engineering, three programs rise in U.S. News undergraduate rankings

9/15/2020

In the recently released 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks number 22 in the country, advancing three places from last year’s report. Three engineering specialty disciplines also climbed in the rankings.

Researchers fuse novel devices with biological inspiration for future AI systems

9/14/2020

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

To make a better sensor, just add noise

9/4/2020

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

Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams

9/1/2020

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

Locust swarm could improve collision avoidance

8/24/2020

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

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

8/17/2020

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

Electrical engineering major selected as College of Engineering student marshal

8/10/2020

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

Highly sensitive dopamine detector uses 2D materials

8/7/2020

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

Faculty teams awarded seed grants to fund biodevice development

7/29/2020

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

Seeing the light: Researchers combine technologies for better light control

7/23/2020

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

Two Penn State teams reach finals in international business idea competition

7/22/2020

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

Enriching technical capabilities by improving professional skills

7/15/2020

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

Over $10 million awarded to Penn State for energy center

7/15/2020

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

New insights into van der Waals materials found

7/8/2020

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

Engineering professor named to DARPA ISAT study group

7/6/2020

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

Engineering professor receives Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award

6/30/2020

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

Understanding of relaxor ferroelectric properties could lead to many advances

6/29/2020

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

Professor earns NSF grant to configure wireless networks with machine learning

6/25/2020

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

Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge

6/9/2020

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

Materials science student Bolotsky earns Graduate School alumni scholarship

6/5/2020

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

Two faculty members honored with Evan Pugh Professorships

6/3/2020

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

Electrical engineering professor named Electromagnetics Academy fellow

6/2/2020

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

Engineering student to research Salmonella with Erickson Discovery Grant

5/29/2020

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

Computer science and engineering professor named to CACM Editorial Board

5/26/2020

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

5/8/2020

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

5/8/2020

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

5/7/2020

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

5/5/2020

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

5/1/2020

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

5/1/2020

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

5/1/2020

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

5/1/2020

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

4/27/2020

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

4/22/2020

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

4/15/2020

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

4/14/2020

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

4/1/2020

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

3/31/2020

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

3/25/2020

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

3/23/2020

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

3/2/2020

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.

New directors of SEDTAPP's engineering design program named

2/25/2020

Scarlett Miller, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering at Penn State, has been named the new director of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs' engineering design program; and Sarah Ritter, associate teaching professor of engineering design at the University, was recently appointed associate director of the engineering design program.

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

2/21/2020

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

2/19/2020

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

2/17/2020

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

2/12/2020

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

2/12/2020

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

2/11/2020

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

2/10/2020

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

2/7/2020

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

2/3/2020

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

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