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Twelve alumni recognized with College of Engineering’s highest honor


Twelve Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the Penn State College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Abhronil Sengupta receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award


Abhronil Sengupta, the Joseph R. and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $500,000 U.S. NSF CAREER Award.

Detecting and remediating underwater munitions with AI: A Q&A with Vishal Monga


A team of researchers led by Vishal Monga, Penn State professor of electrical engineering, received a four year, $1.6 million grant from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program for their work on imaging and classifying underwater military munitions.

Yunting Liu receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award


Yunting Liu, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $550,000 U.S. NSF CAREER Award for a project that aims to revolutionize the field of power electronics by introducing irregular modulation theory to power converters.

Penn State undergraduate team advances to programming national championship


A team of three Penn State undergraduate students placed fourth in the East Central North American Regional of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), qualifying them to advance to the North American Championship.

College of Engineering student, faculty members receive Penn State Global awards


Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering, Julio Urbina, professor of electrical engineering, and Vanessa Dib, an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering, were recently recognized in Penn State Global’s 2023-24 annual awards.

3D printing affordable, sustainable and resilient housing in Alaska


Alaska needs an estimated 27,500 new housing units over the next 10 years to alleviate overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, according to the Alaska Housing Foundation Corporation. A Penn State interdisciplinary team that includes researchers from the College of Engineering is looking to alleviate some of that stress with a $376,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

Dual-energy harvesting device could power future wireless medical implants


Implantable biomedical devices — like pacemakers, insulin pumps and neurostimulators — are becoming smaller and utilizing wireless technology, but hurdles remain for powering the next-generation implants. A new wireless charging device developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically improve powering capability for implants while still being safe for our bodies, the researchers said.

Optical invention mirrors the image processing power of a human eye


Mimicking the easy, instantaneous image processing power of the human eye, Penn State electrical engineering researchers created a metasurface: an optical element akin to a glass slide that uses tiny nanostructures placed at different angles to control light.

Penn State World Campus engineering programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News


Several master’s in engineering programs offered through Penn State’s World Campus earned top recognitions from the 2024 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Programs” rankings, released today (Feb. 7).

Iam-Choon Khoo receives international photonics award


Iam-Choon Khoo, the William E. Leonhard Professor of Electrical Engineering, received the 2024 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award in Photonics from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Penn State undergraduates win innovation award for lunar technology


A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory won the 2023 Innovation Award at NASA’s annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

Qiming Zhang named National Academy of Inventors fellow


The National Academy of Inventors named Qiming Zhang, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering in Penn State’s College of Engineering, a fellow — the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors.

Q&A: Enhancing defense readiness with renewable energy and sensor materials


Penn State has been selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) as a partner for two of the four newly created DoD research centers of excellence. The Penn State principal investigators discuss Penn State's role in the centers and the research they plan to conduct.

Computer science student named College of Engineering student marshal


Yifan Lu has been named the fall 2023 student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering. Commencement will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 16 in the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.

Q&A: Joining India and United States in higher education


Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, spoke with Penn State News on Penn State’s efforts to build relationships between India and the U.S. in higher education.

Engineering faculty and students among 2023 Materials Research Award winners


One faculty member and two graduate students from the Penn State College of Engineering are among the six materials researchers that received the 2023 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Penn State partners on NSF grant to improve 5G networks


Syed Rafiul Hussain, the Charles K. Etner Early Career Assistant Professor in Penn State’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will lead a team of graduate students in researching how to detect and avert threats to 5G communications.

Engineering alumni society recognizes awardee’s outstanding contributions


At its annual awards ceremony, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) recognized engineering faculty, staff and alumni members for outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Q&A: More stable and sustainable power grids


Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, a power grid expert, answers questions on a three-year, $450,000 NSF grant that addresses oscillations in power grid operations.

Abhronil Sengupta receives Electron Devices Society Early Career Award


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electron Devices Society honored Abhronil Sengupta, the Joseph R. and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, with its Early Career Award.

Penn State team receives Best Poster/Demo Award at computing symposium


A team of Penn State researchers received the Best Poster/Demo Award at the Association for Computing Machinery’s MobiHoc 2023, held Oct. 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

Capstone design projects challenge students to apply knowledge and skills


The Learning Factory provides a unique opportunity for students to partner with industry sponsors with a shared goal — to educate the next generation of world-class engineers using state-of-the-art facilities for design, prototyping and fabrication.

Penn State students build on success in international AutoDrive competition


The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team (AVT) competed in the second year of competition for AutoDrive Challenge II from June 4-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After a successful showing in year one of competition, Penn State AVT returned to take home eight top-three recognitions in year two.

Christos Argyropoulos elected fellow of OPTICA


Christos Argyropoulos, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, was elected a 2024 fellow of OPTICA, the professional society for optics and photonics professionals formerly known as OSA.

CHIMES reflects on success, looks to lead semiconductor research in year two


The Penn State-led Center for Heterogeneous Integration of Micro Electronic Systems (CHIMES) held its first annual center review on Sept. 5-6 at University Park. The following is a Q&A about the annual meeting, the progress CHIMES has made and its goals for the upcoming year and beyond.

Five engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


The Graduate School at Penn State welcomed 20 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2023-24 academic year. Five College of Engineering graduate students received the fellowship, and two engineering graduate students were recognized as honorable mentions.

Electrical control of quantum phenomenon could improve future electronic devices


A new electrical method to conveniently change the direction of electron flow in some quantum materials could have implications for the development of next-generation electronic devices and quantum computers.

Nine newly promoted engineering faculty honored through library books


Nine newly tenured or promoted faculty members in the College of Engineering were asked to select a book title for the University Libraries’ permanent collection and to submit a personal statement explaining why they chose that book.

Engineering graduate students recognized with University fellowships


The Graduate School at Penn State recognized 114 students as recipients of the 2023-24 University Graduate Fellowships and Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, including 22 students from the College of Engineering.

Can AI crave a favorite food?


Can artificial intelligence (AI) get hungry? Develop a taste for certain foods? Not yet, but a team of Penn State researchers is developing a novel electronic tongue that mimics how taste influences what we eat based on both needs and wants, providing a possible blueprint for AI that processes information more like a human being.

Project aims to develop all-in-one semiconductor that stores, processes data


A multi-institutional project led by a Penn State researcher is focused on developing an all-in-one semiconductor device that can both store data and perform computations. The project recently received $2 million in funding over three years as part of the new National Science Foundation Future of Semiconductors program.

Penn State work featured in upcoming long-term Franklin Institute space exhibit


A video that highlights the work a Penn State team is doing to?3D print houses that can sustain life on Mars?is featured in a new $8.5 million core exhibit opening Nov. 4 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Nittany AI Alliance supports and celebrates students using AI for good


Three student teams will continue their work using artificial intelligence (AI) to make a positive impact in the world with $25,000 awarded to them for a minimum viable product (MVP) created during the 2023?Nittany AI Challenge.

International workshop drives collaboration for US-Indian defense innovation


Penn State, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, hosted the first of a series of workshops on August 29 — the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) Academia and Startup Programming Partnership — designed to share best practices and foster defense innovation translation through academic collaboration and startups.

Two Penn State engineering faculty receive top IEEE awards


Two faculty members from the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science — William E. Leonhard Chair Professor Madhavan Swaminathan and Emerita Evan Pugh Professor Mary Jane Irwin — received Technical Field Awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Penn State receives $3M grant to address insect biodiversity crisis


A team of Penn State researchers has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to spearhead a new initiative to create novel monitoring systems for insect populations.

DNA sequence of the human Y chromosome fully determined for first time


Paul Medvedev, professor of computer science and engineering and of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Marta Tomaszkiewicz, assistant research professor of biomedical engineering, are co-authors on a paper that reveals the first full sequencing of the human sex chromosome.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition


Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Media mention: ‘Congress, state Legislature grapple with how to regulate AI’


Mehrdad Mahdavi, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, discusses the need for artificial intelligence regulation from lawmakers that also allows for innovation and advancement in an article from LancasterOnline.

Mirror, mirror, who is the most efficient semiconductor of them all?


This article originally appeared on Penn State News. It highlights work by researchers from Penn State’s Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium-Materials Innovation Platform (2DCC-MIP) that may help speed development of 2D semiconductors. 2DCC-MIP is directed by Joan Redwing, professor of materials science and engineering and electrical engineering.

Top Penn State student teams reach final phase of Nittany AI Challenge


Nine Penn State student teams are gaining hands-on experience as they work to use artificial intelligence (AI) for good to solve real-world problems in the areas of health, environment, education and humanitarianism in the 2023?Nittany AI Challenge.

Computer science student named College of Engineering student marshal


Marshall Hart has been named the College of Engineering student marshal for Penn State's summer 2023 commencement ceremony, to be held on Aug. 12.

Workshop fosters partnerships to position U.S. as leader in semiconductors


When President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) and Science Act on Aug. 9, 2022, to accelerate U.S. manufacturing of semiconductors, Penn State took action. The University created the Mid-Atlantic Semiconductor Hub (MASH) with other academic partners, industry and state governments to lead and leverage the cumulative expertise in this area.

Nittany AI Alliance assists with streamlining Penn State application process


Penn State students working with the Nittany AI Alliance, including a team from the College of Engineering, are sparking innovation at the University by exploring how artificial intelligence can help simplify the application and transfer process.

Penn State named partner in Northeast University Semiconductor Network


Penn State was named one of 21 founding member institutions of Micron Technology’s newly formed Northeast University Semiconductor Network, established to prepare the next generation of the U.S. semiconductor industry’s workforce.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Non-tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 20 engineering faculty members.

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant announces its 2023 fellowship, scholarship winners


Fourteen graduate students from Penn State have been awarded research fellowships from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, including three from the College of Engineering.

Follow the leader: Researchers identify mechanism of cancer invasion


A Penn State-led research team identified a molecular marker to predict the invasiveness of a cancerous tumor and how the cells may invade elsewhere in the body.

Media mention: ‘NASA: Challenge drives students to develop moon-friendly portable microwave system’


Interesting Engineering published an article about the student team developing a portable microwave system for lunar construction applications in NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

Penn State researchers develop digital test to directly measure HIV viral load


A Penn State research team has developed a time and cost-efficient digital assay that can directly measure the presence of HIV in single drop of blood. It's the first step in producing a clinical diagnostic tool that can help physicians understand how patients are responding to anti-viral medications and monitor potential progression.

College of Engineering recognizes 2023 Early Career Award recipients


The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 10 alumni with the Early Career Award for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 16 at University Park.

NASA-funded student team builds microwave system to smelt metal on the moon


A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory, housed in the College of Engineering’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was one of seven university teams selected to receive funding from NASA to build a prototype in the BIG Idea Challenge. Penn State received $130,000 to develop a microwave system that can smelt metal on the moon.

Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Tenured and tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 25 engineering faculty members.

$3M grant to aid researchers testing pregnancy weight-management platform 


A five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will support testing of the Healthy Mom Zone, a personalized intervention designed to help pregnant women with high BMI stay within healthy weight-gain ranges.

Researchers developing smart ring for health care and extended reality 


A team of researchers in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science aims to enable health care and extended reality — which encompasses virtual, augmented and mixed reality — with their smart sensing ring, OmniRing.

Elana and Robert Messina Honors Scholarship established for Schreyer Scholars


A newly endowed scholarship will support Penn State Schreyer Honors College Scholars in the College of Engineering and the Smeal College of Business. A pledge from Scholar alumna Elana Messina and her husband, Robert Messina, an electrical engineering alumus, created the scholarship named in their honor.

Madhavan Swaminathan and Doug Werner named international AI association fellows


Penn State Professors Madhavan Swaminathan and Doug Werner were selected as 2023 fellows by the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association.

Penn State partners on $20M AI Institute for Societal Decision Making


Funded with a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the new AI Institute for Societal Decision Making will improve the response to societal challenges such as disaster management and public health by creating human-centric AI tools to assist with critical decisions. Christopher Dancy, the Harold and Inge Marcus Industrial and Manufacturing Career Development Associate Professor in the Penn State College of Engineering, will lead one of the research thrusts of the institute.

Engineering graduate students named finalists at Microsoft Imagine Cup


A group of Penn State computer science graduate students received international attention in March when they were declared world finalists at the Microsoft Imagine Cup, where students across the globe compete to create software applications to solve technical challenges.

Multidisciplinary studio course reaches new collaborative heights


The CoLab, an upper-level architecture, architectural engineering and landscape architecture studio course, combines six disciplines in one studio experience where students learn from industry professionals.

Berks students take first place in Women in Engineering Design Competition


Penn State Berks students Lillie Mohn, a mechanical engineering major, and Jenicy Strong, a computer engineering major, took first place in the fourth Women in Engineering Design Competition at Penn State Altoona.

Winners announced for 15th annual Competition Materials Visualization


The winners of the 15th annual Materials Visualization Competition, a scientific visual and artistic competition sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Institute at Penn State, have been announced.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2023 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2023 commencement ceremony. One student is selected to represent each of the 14 majors associated with the college and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

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