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The micro-environment of breast cancer in three dimensions

5/3/2021

Penn State engineers used 3D bio printing to study how cancerous tumors communicate with their environment to aggressively invade.

Skin and bones repaired by bioprinting during surgery

4/27/2021

Fixing traumatic injuries to the skin and bones of the face and skull is difficult because of the many layers of different types of tissues involved, but now, researchers have repaired such defects in a rat model using bioprinting during surgery, and their work may lead to faster and better methods of healing skin and bones.

College of Engineering announces Research Symposium winners

4/26/2021

The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of the College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Wednesday, April 14, on the virtual platform Gather.

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.

Fundraising initiative to honor Rob Pangborn, benefit Student Success Center

4/16/2021

In the fall of 2020, as Rob Pangborn prepared to conclude his 41-year Penn State career and retire from his post as vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education in December, his friends, associates and colleagues launched an initiative to honor his legacy.

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.

Stretching the boundaries of medical tech with wearable antennas

4/14/2021

Current research on flexible electronics is paving the way for wireless sensors that can be worn on the body and collect a variety of medical data. But where do the data go?

Dr. Robert Harbaugh earns national lifetime achievement award in neurosurgery

4/8/2021

Shortly before he applied to medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in the 1970s, Dr. Robert Harbaugh read a biography of Dr. Harvey Cushing, a pioneer in neurosurgery and the first doctor to identify the condition now known as Cushing's disease.

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.

Researchers harvest energy from radio waves to power wearable devices

3/29/2021

From microwave ovens to Wi-Fi connections, the radio waves that permeate the environment are not just signals of energy consumed but are also sources of energy themselves.

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.

Inexpensive tin packs a big punch for the future of supercapacitors

3/16/2021

A sustainable, powerful micro-supercapacitor may be on the horizon, thanks to an international collaboration of researchers from Penn State and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

Neuroethics researcher and professor joins Penn State

3/9/2021

Laura Cabrera, a researcher in neuroethics and neurotechnologies, joined the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics as an associate professor on March 1.

Sushi-like rolled 2D heterostructures may lead to new miniaturized electronics

3/9/2021

The recent synthesis of one-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures, a type of heterostructure made by layering two-dimensional materials that are one atom thick, may lead to new, miniaturized electronics that are currently not possible, according to a team of Penn State and University of Tokyo researchers.

Uncomfortably uncertain: Understanding 'and' in COVID-19 research

3/8/2021

Bill Warren, Penn State alumnus and now the vice president and leader of a biotech unit embedded within the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, often refers to the 13th-century poet Rumi in his work focused on accelerating next-generation influenza vaccine projects.

Engineering science and mechanics professor named 2021 Scialog Fellow

3/5/2021

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been named a 2021 Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Engineering researcher receives CAREER Award to develop straintronic tech

3/3/2021

With a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Saptarshi Das, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, plans to develop a new nanoelectronic technology to reduce the energy consumed by computing on a global scale.

Engineering science student receives Acoustical Society of America award

3/2/2021

Nathan Kizer, a senior studying engineering science in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, received a $500 award for his honors thesis work from the Acoustical Society of America.

Penn State researchers receive patent for light-altering acoustic technology

3/2/2021

From navigating ships and submarines using sonar to imaging organs in the human body using ultrasound technology, scientists and engineers have studied the numerous applications of sound waves for decades.

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.

Army grant could advance high-grade steel 3D printing

2/15/2021

Researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering received $434,000 from the United States Army to develop additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, techniques for high strength steels and alloys.

Engineering science and mechanics researcher named International Chair Professor

2/15/2021

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM), was recently named International Chair Professor of the National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) in Taiwan.

Explaining patterns, one model at a time

2/10/2021

A flock of birds moves in a way that seems random yet orderly. A ceiling fan rattles at a certain speed. Exploring the patterns of everyday phenomena is what piqued Joe Cusumano's interest in dynamics.

Transistors built from ultra-thin 2D materials take a step forward

2/3/2021

Two-dimensional materials can be used to create smaller, high-performance transistors traditionally made of silicon, according to Saptarshi Das, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in Penn State's College of Engineering.

Wearable sensor monitors health, administers drugs using saliva and tears

2/1/2021

A new kind of wearable health device would deliver real-time medical data to those with eye or mouth diseases, according to Huanyu ?"Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM).

Increased blood flow during sleep tied to critical brain function

1/18/2021

Our brains experience significant changes in blood flow and neural activity during sleep, according to Penn State researchers.

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 leadership development alumna supports excellence through new award

12/21/2020

When Abby Dodson, a 2012 bachelor of science in engineering science and engineering leadership development (ELD) minor alumna, reflects on pivotal experiences during her time as an undergraduate engineering student at Penn State, she thinks of the ELD program.

Fibrous protein finding may lead to improved bioprinting, tissue engineering

12/17/2020

Fibrous proteins such as collagen and fibrinogen form a thin solid layer on the surface of an aqueous solution similar to the "skin" that forms on warm milk, according to a team of Penn State researchers, who believe this finding could lead to more efficient bioprinting and tissue engineering.

Some neurons target tiny cerebral blood vessel dilation

12/16/2020

Neurons control blood flow in tiny vessels in the brain, but researchers know little about this relationship. Now a team of Penn State engineers has found a connection between nitric oxide expressing neurons and changes in arterial diameters in mice, which may shed light on brain function and aging.

Stretchable micro-supercapacitors to self-power wearable devices

12/8/2020

A stretchable system that can harvest energy from human breathing and motion for use in wearable health-monitoring devices may be possible, according to an international team of researchers, led by Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Penn State seed grant leads to NSF funding to study stress wave mitigation

12/3/2020

Seismic waves make the Earth quake, shaking the developments on the planet’s surface. But what if there were a way to stop those seismic waves from reaching buildings, bridges or entire towns? What if the energy from the waves could potentially be redirected or even harnessed, just by building a structure on the ground?

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.

Three Penn State researchers win 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Awards

12/3/2020

The Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the three winners of the 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to 2020 'Highly Cited Researchers' list

12/2/2020

Four faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering were recently recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

Penn State food scientist gets grant to study novel metal food can coatings

11/25/2020

Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science, recently received a grant from the USDA to conduct a study of alternative coatings for metal food cans. Also involved in the research are Helene Hopfer, Rasmussen Career Development Professor in Food Science, and Elzbieta Sikora, associate teaching professor of engineering science and mechanics.

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.

$1 million grant awarded to additive manufacturing researchers

11/12/2020

The additive manufacturing industry might soon have new technology in its toolkit. Christopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, is investigating the use of ultrasonic sensors in additive manufacturing to enable precise control of the microscopic structure of metal parts.

'Smart Wrap' implant may help people better control their bladders

11/12/2020

An implantable smart wrap that fits safely and securely around the bladder may one day help people who have under-active bladders, a condition that hinders patients from urinating regularly and comfortably, according to an international team of researchers.

Implantable sensor could measure bodily functions -- and then safely biodegrade

11/10/2020

Sensors that monitor a patient’s condition during and after medical procedures can be expensive, uncomfortable and even dangerous.

Engineering professor receives Frontiers of Materials award

11/9/2020

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was recently selected to receive the 2021 Frontiers of Materials Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Engineering science and mechanics Early Career Recognition awardee selected

11/9/2020

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State has named Muhammad Faryad the recipient of the 2020 Early Career Recognition Award.

Imitating the brain to make computers more efficient

11/5/2020

Computers can perform operations much faster than the human brain and store more information. Despite these disadvantages, the human brain is a more efficient computer than the most sophisticated supercomputers -- by a factor of a million, according to Saptarshi Das, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State.

Researchers develop sensors that detect human biomarkers and toxic gas

11/5/2020

A new understanding of nanomaterials, sensor design and fabrication approaches could help advance stretchable, wearable gas sensors that monitor gaseous biomarkers in humans and toxic gas in an exposed environment, according to Penn State researchers.

New Open Doors engineering science and mechanics scholarship created

11/3/2020

When Patrick Mather arrived at Penn State as a student in the College of Engineering in 1985, he didn’t know what to expect. A first-generation college student, he had little idea of how to navigate the academic world of college or what undergraduate research was, and he was surprised when he received his invitation to the engineering science honors program.

Research lays groundwork for ultra-thin, energy efficient photodetector on glass

11/2/2020

Though we may not always realize it, photodetectors contribute greatly to the convenience of modern life. Also known as photosensors, photodetectors convert light energy into electrical signals to complete tasks such as opening automatic sliding doors and automatically adjusting a cell phone’s screen brightness in different lighting conditions.

Graphene-based memory resistors show promise for brain-based computing

10/29/2020

As progress in traditional computing slows, new forms of computing are coming to the forefront. At Penn State, a team of engineers is attempting to pioneer a type of computing that mimics the efficiency of the brain's neural networks while exploiting the brain's analog nature.

Engineering professor named editor-in-chief of nondestructive evaluation journal

10/21/2020

Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and acoustics, was named editor-in-chief of Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, the research journal of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

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).

Gel instrumental in 3D bioprinting biological tissues

10/16/2020

The eventual creation of replacement biological parts requires fully three-dimensional capabilities that two-dimensional and three-dimensional thin-film bioprinting cannot supply.

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.

NSF grant supports research on 3D-printing analysis methods

10/14/2020

Researchers at Penn State and the University of Cincinnati received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to advance quality control methods for parts produced through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

Engineers print wearable sensors directly on skin without heat

10/9/2020

Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users.

Bacteria virus combo may be cause of neonatal brain infections in Uganda

10/1/2020

A newly identified bacteria and a common virus may be the underlying cause of infection-induced hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to an international team of researchers.

Engineers investigate additive manufacturing quality control with grant from 3M

9/29/2020

An interdisciplinary team of researchers in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and College of Engineering was awarded a $180,000 grant to investigate comprehensive quality control methods for additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, of metals.

Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, to retire

9/24/2020

Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, has announced his intention to retire in December 2020 after almost 15 years leading Undergraduate Education and more than 41 years of dedicated service to Penn State.

Engineering professor uses AFRL fellowship to research additive manufacturing

9/23/2020

For 12 weeks over the summer, Christopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, conducted research as part of the?2020 U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) at AFRL-Materials and Manufacturing.

Doctoral student receives American Society for Composites scholarship

9/21/2020

Rudy Haluza, a Penn State engineering science and mechanics doctoral candidate, was awarded a 2020-21 scholarship from the American Society for Composites.

Engineers imitate human hands to make better sensors

9/16/2020

An international research team has developed "electronic skin" sensors capable of mimicking the dynamic process of human motion.

Theoretically, two layers are better than one for solar-cell efficiency

9/16/2020

Solar cells have come a long way, but inexpensive, thin film solar cells are still far behind more expensive, crystalline solar cells in efficiency. Now, a team of researchers suggests that using two thin films of different materials may be the way to go to create affordable, thin film cells with about 34% efficiency.

Engineering department head elected vice president of ASM International

9/15/2020

Judith Todd, head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently elected vice president of ASM International at the society’s annual meeting on Sept. 14.

Engineering professor honored by two national societies

9/14/2020

Charles Bakis, distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics (ESM) and director of the Penn State Composite Materials Laboratory, was selected for the 2020 Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Lecture and Award by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee D30 on Composite Materials.

Engineering student earns fellowship to support entrepreneurial spirit

9/10/2020

Jia Zhu, a doctorate student in engineering science and mechanics, recently received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the Penn State College of Engineering.

Self-powered biosensors may open up new paths to medical tracking, treatments

9/10/2020

Wearable and implantable devices are currently used for a variety of functions, including health tracking and monitoring. However, supplying energy usually requires cumbersome batteries and downtime due to recharging.

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.

An improved wearable, stretchable gas sensor using nanocomposites

8/28/2020

A stretchable, wearable gas sensor for environmental sensing has been developed and tested by researchers at Penn State, Northeastern University and five universities in China.

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.

Engineering team wins top prize in entrepreneur program for flex heal product

8/7/2020

A team of four College of Engineering students, one College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student and one engineering faculty member recently won the top prize in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ State College program.

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.

Soft robot actuators heal themselves

7/27/2020

Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machines' moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. Now a team of researchers has a biosynthetic polymer, patterned after squid ring teeth, that is self-healing and biodegradable, creating a material not only good for actuators, but also for hazmat suits and other applications where tiny holes could cause a danger.

Brain thickness and connectivity, not just location, correlates with behavior

7/22/2020

Most people think of the brain as divided into regions that are each responsible for different functions, such as language and fine motor skills.

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.

College of Engineering calls for nominations for 40 Under 40 Alumni Award

7/2/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering is soliciting nominations for the 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. This award will recognize numerous College of Engineering alumni 40 years of age and younger for their professional achievements.

NIH grant recipients to study why some blood clots can't be cleared

6/29/2020

A team of Penn State and U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers have received a four-year, $2.49 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand why certain blood clots that cause strokes cannot be removed.

Simple device monitors health using sweat

6/24/2020

A device that monitors health conditions in the body using a person’s sweat has been developed by Penn State and Xiangtan University researchers, according to Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program inducts six new fellows

6/18/2020

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program (ALP) in 2020-21 will include six new fellows from Penn State.

Four engineering faculty named fellows for STEM leadership program

6/10/2020

Four Penn State College of Engineering faculty were named to the 2020-21 class of fellows for Drexel University's Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel) program.

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.

Self-assembling, biomimetic composites possess unusual electrical properties

6/5/2020

Sometimes, breaking rules is not a bad thing. Especially when the rules are apparent laws of nature that apply in bulk material, but other forces appear in the nanoscale.

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.

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