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Monitoring glucose levels, no needles required

10/14/2021

Noninvasive glucose monitoring devices are not currently commercially available in the United States, so people with diabetes must collect blood samples or use sensors embedded under the skin to measure their blood sugar levels.

Wearable head scanner could allow for comfort, mobility during brain scans

10/12/2021

To collect accurate images of a patient's brain, the patient must be still and confined in a tube-like MRI scanner for a long period of time.

Engineering science and mechanics professor receives lifetime achievement award

9/30/2021

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recently honored Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, with the 2022 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award.

Engineering science and mechanics head elected to two international posts

9/28/2021

Judith Todd, P.B. Breneman Chair, professor and department head of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was recently elected as president of ASM International and as planning chair for The Franklin Institute's Committee on Science and the Arts.

Grant to investigate stronger, greener carbon fiber-reinforced plastics

9/7/2021

Commercial planes burn hundreds of gallons of jet fuel per hour of flight, which can be costly for both airlines and the environment.

Graphene made with lasers for wearable health devices

9/2/2021

Graphene, hexagonally arranged carbon atoms in a single layer with superior pliability and high conductivity, could advance flexible electronics according to a Penn State-led international research team.

Associate director named for Penn State Center for Biodevices

8/24/2021

The Penn State Center for Biodevices has a new associate director who will further cement its cross-disciplinary goals: Gregory Lewis, associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, with courtesy appointments in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering science and mechanics.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers announces fellow, conference honoree

8/6/2021

A College of Engineering faculty member and student were recently honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Printing circuits on irregular surfaces with pulses of light

8/5/2021

Printable electronics could cause a proliferation of smart, connected devices, from household appliances that can communicate with each other to medical diagnostic sensors that can be placed on the body to forgo invasive procedures.

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.

Intentional cracks and wrinkles provide low-cost option for medical screening

7/30/2021

From identifying pathogens to screening for drug treatments, the ability to quickly identify and separate particles based on their size is an increasingly important tool in diagnosing and treating patients, according to Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Novel method of imaging silicon anode degradation may lead to better batteries

7/29/2021

A novel method of characterizing the structural and chemical evolution of silicon and a thin layer that governs battery stability may help resolve issues that prevent using silicon for high-capacity batteries, according to a group of researchers.

From waste to wear: How squid may be key to material revolution

7/26/2021

With elongated bodies, large eyes and a combination of arms and tentacles, squid appear alien.

Stretch into the future of health monitoring

7/20/2021

Wearable monitors are on their way to being more stretchable, flexible and capable of more precise measurements than ever before.

Red blood cell 'traffic' contributes to changes in brain oxygenation

7/15/2021

Adequate blood flow supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients, but the oxygenation tends to fluctuate in a distinct, consistent manner. The root of this varied activity, though, is poorly understood.

Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory award defense research seed grants

7/14/2021

In support of multidisciplinary research, the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) collaborated to create a new seed grant program.

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.

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.

Engineering professor named fellow of international society

7/1/2021

Slava V. Rotkin, Frontier Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics with an appointment in the Materials Research Institute, was named a 2021 fellow of the Electrochemical Society.

National Institutes of Health funds neural engineering graduate training program

7/1/2021

Penn State has a new cross-disciplinary program to train graduate students interested in the complex landscape of the human brain, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

International team develops predictive tool to help mitigate COVID-19 in Africa

6/29/2021

A Penn State-led international collaboration has developed a modeling tool to project how COVID-19 may spread in African countries.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

6/21/2021

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State for the 2020-21 award cycle.

54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education

6/17/2021

Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded to 54 undergraduate Penn State students to cover costs related to undergraduate research.

New engineering faculty to study structural materials in extreme environments

6/15/2021

Yang Yang, a researcher in the field of structural materials and electron microscopy, joined the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics as an assistant professor on June 1.

New tissue-closure model may aid in promotion of faster wound healing

6/11/2021

The observation of a previously undetected biological mechanism for closing gaps in living tissue improves basic understanding of the wound-healing process and may one day inform strategies to speed healing after surgery, according to a team of Penn State and Singapore researchers.

Researchers awarded grant to advance geothermal energy science

6/7/2021

Over the last decade, geothermal energy has progressed throughout the world as an environmentally friendly, sustainable source of energy.

Graduate student finalists show their work during research pitch competition

6/4/2021

Six Penn State graduate students involved in materials or engineering research presented a concise rundown of their research, in two minutes or less, for judges from companies including PPG, Corning, Dow and Murata at the finals of the Millennium Café PPG Elevator Pitch Competition on May 18.

NSF renews funding for Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium

5/26/2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a renewal of funding for the Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) national user facility at Penn State’s Materials Research Institute (MRI), the Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium (2DCC).

Protein simulation, experiments unveil clues on origins of Parkinson's disease

5/25/2021

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem teamed up to study the different conformations of a protein called alpha-synuclein, which when combined to form harmful aggregates, may lead to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

'Seeing' previously unseen nano-level glass damage

5/17/2021

For the first time, the subsurface structural changes of silica glass due to nanoscale wear and damage has been revealed via spectroscopy, which may lead to improvements in glass products such as electronic displays and vehicle windshields, according to a team of international researchers.

What makes plant cell walls both strong and extensible?

5/17/2021

A plant cell wall's unique ability to expand without weakening or breaking -- a quality required for plant growth -- is due to the movement of its cellulose skeleton, according to new research that models the cell wall.

College of Engineering announces Learning Factory capstone project winners

5/12/2021

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the spring Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, which took place virtually for the second year in a row.

Graphene key for novel hardware security

5/10/2021

As more private data is stored and shared digitally, researchers are exploring new ways to protect data against attacks from bad actors.

Trustees approve plans, funds for new West 1 engineering building

5/7/2021

The Board of Trustees today (May 7) approved the final plans and construction of a new engineering research and teaching space at the University Park campus.

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.

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society

4/30/2021

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarships to three Penn State engineering students.

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.

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins national award

1/4/2021

The Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the seventh consecutive year at the virtual WE20 National Conference.

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.

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.

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."

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).

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