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Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics welcomes new head

6/30/2022

Vincent Meunier, professor of physics and materials science engineering and head of the Department of Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was named head of the Penn State College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. He will start on July 1.

Laser writing may enable ‘electronic nose’ for multi-gas sensor

6/30/2022

Sensors are a step closer to sniffing out various gases that could indicate disease or pollution, thanks to a Penn State collaboration. Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering, and Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of chemistry in Eberly College of Science, and their teams combined laser writing and responsive sensor technologies to fabricate the first highly customizable microscale gas sensing devices.

Extra dimension doubles power of standalone antenna system

6/17/2022

A Penn State-led team created a standalone 3D antenna system that wirelessly harvests radio frequency energy and converts it to electrical energy to power itself and on-board sensors.

Media mention: ‘Three burning questions about the first brain reference charts’

6/17/2022

Laura Cabrera, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Career Chair in Neuroethics, discussed the neuroethical implications of the first reference charts for the human brain.

Remembering Mike Erdman, College of Engineering alumnus, professor

6/15/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering community is mourning the loss of Andrew Michael “Mike” Erdman, retired professor of practice, who died on May 29 at the age of 74. He earned an undergraduate degree in engineering science from the college in 1969, and his enduring dedication to Penn State and engineering was recognized with the college’s highest honor, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, in March.

Rubbery camouflage skin exhibits smart and stretchy behaviors

6/13/2022

A Penn State-led collaboration has created artificial skin that mimics both the elasticity and neurologic functions of cephalopod skin. Made entirely of rubber, this material has potential applications for neurorobotics, skin prosthetics, artificial organs and more.

New waterproof sensors improve temperature and motion sensitivity, wearability

6/9/2022

Wearable sensors — an important tool for health monitoring and for training artificial intelligence — can be waterproof or can measure more than one stimuli, but combining these factors while maintaining a high level of precision in the measurements is difficult. Researchers co-led by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has created sensors that are waterproof — an important trait for exercise monitoring and for withstanding perspiration and all weather conditions — can measure temperature and motion on both small and large scales and can be attached to distal arteries such as the eyebrow or toe.

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni

6/3/2022

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

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

5/25/2022

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

New breathable gas sensors may improve monitoring of health, environment

5/25/2022

Newly developed flexible, porous and highly sensitive nitrogen dioxide sensors that can be applied to skin and clothing have potential applications in health care, environmental health monitoring and military use, according to researchers.

New tool measures atomic scale defects, identifies transistor limitations

5/25/2022

A new take on a technique for studying defects in semiconductor materials could lead to improved speed, power and performance of electronic devices by revealing the atomic-level limitations of advanced materials.

Engineering professor named Jefferson Science Fellow by National Academies

5/23/2022

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have named Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, as one of 14 members of the 2022-23 Jefferson Science Fellows class.

Stretchable, 3D antenna improves wearable tech performance

4/22/2022

A new stretchable wideband dipole antenna can improve the performance of wearable technology by changing its physical shape to adapt to body movements and pressure, according to Penn State researchers.

Doctoral candidate wins best paper award at international conference

4/20/2022

Lauren Katch, doctoral candidate in engineering science and mechanics, won first place in the student paper contest at the Acoustical Society of America annual meeting in December 2021.

Engineer receives Humboldt Research Fellowship

4/20/2022

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Penn State Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, recently received a Humboldt Research Fellowship, where he will complete a research program in Germany over the course of two years.

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients

4/20/2022

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

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

4/20/2022

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

2022 spring student marshal: Jeremy Keirn

4/18/2022

Jeremy Keirn has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for engineering science.

Researchers engineer electrically tunable graphene device to study rare physics

4/8/2022

An international team, co-led by researchers at The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) in the U.K. and the Penn State College of Engineering in the U.S., has developed a tunable graphene-based platform that allows for fine control over the interaction between light and matter in the terahertz (THz) spectrum to reveal rare phenomena known as exceptional points. The team published their results today (April 8) in Science.

NSF grant funds institutes on next-generation display technology

4/4/2022

With a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant, Penn State and the University of Dayton will lead two advanced studies institutes in Taiwan on display technologies for engineering and science graduate students.

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members

3/30/2022

The Penn State College of Engineering has added 15 faculty members this semester, with 11 tenured or tenure-line members and four non-tenure-line members.

Engineer testifies on microelectronics before congressional subcommittee

3/30/2022

Osama O. Awadelkarim, professor of engineering science and mechanics and the UNESCO Chair on Building Innovation and Manufacturing Capacities through Advanced Technology Education at Penn State, testified before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Research and Technology on Feb. 15. The hearing was titled “Strengthening the U.S. Microelectronics Workforce.”

From the ground up: Taking 3D printing technology to the next level

3/30/2022

Researchers at Penn State are at the leading edge of the field now known as additive manufacturing, working to advance the capabilities of 3D printing with a goal of addressing pressing problems in human health, housing and transportation, among other areas.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mike Erdman

3/25/2022

Mike Erdman, retired Penn State professor of practice, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Cunjiang Yu joins engineering science and mechanics, biomedical engineering

3/25/2022

Cunjiang Yu joined the Penn State College of Engineering as the Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering on Jan. 1. Yu received his doctorate in mechanical engineering at Arizona State University and completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Company founded on Penn State invention named winner of microfiber challenge

3/17/2022

A company spawned from Penn State research on a composite fiber from the proteins in squid ring teeth is a winner of the Microfiber Innovation Challenge. Tandem Repeat Technologies was named as one of five companies to win the contest.

Researchers publish how-to guide for monitoring and analyzing brain activity

3/3/2022

Penn State researchers have developed a set of tools and methods to better monitor and analyze sleep-related signals and fidgeting in rodent brain studies.

2022 NSF CAREER Award: Yang Yang

2/28/2022

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

Insights from Experts: COVID-19 and gun violence increasing in PA

2/28/2022

Pennsylvania saw a 38% increase in the rate of gun violence during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was higher than the national average. This observation is based on the recent peer-reviewed study that enabled Penn State researchers to assess the rates of gun violence before the pandemic and compare them with the rates during the first year of the pandemic.

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

2/28/2022

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

Engineer named to MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 China list

2/25/2022

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, was named to the 2021 MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 China list.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced

2/22/2022

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

Researcher awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory materials science award

2/18/2022

Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and acoustics at Penn State, recently received the Institute for Materials Science Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Penn State faculty members, student receive best paper award

2/17/2022

The Federal Highway Administration recently honored a student and two faculty members for their paper, “A State Based Markov Model Approach to Impact Echo Signal Classification,” which was selected as the first-place winner in the bridge category of the 2020-21 Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Student Data Analysis Contest.

Engineer to develop fingerprints into 3D holograms

2/9/2022

Fingerprints left at a crime scene are typically collected and stored as photographs — but do they have to be? Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, received a $300,000 grant from the Criminal Investigations and Analysis Center to develop a technique for creating 3D holograms from fingerprints.

Simulating a “net” flexible electronic

2/7/2022

Flexible electronics could lead to advancements in medical technology, smart devices and more, but their manufacturing must balance electric performance and stretchability, according to Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State.

New research advances wearable medical sensors

2/3/2022

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, is working to improve health monitoring by creating self-powered, environmentally-friendly, wearable sensors that collect data for clinicians while limiting discomfort for patients.

Scientists develop ‘exceptional’ surface to explore exotic physics

2/1/2022

By demonstrating exceptional control of an open optical system, an international research team has provided a path to experimentally measure and test exotic phenomena and gain insights into new physics with exquisite sensitivity.

International journal cover features engineering science and mechanics professor's work

1/19/2022

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, and his research team recently published a review paper that was featured on the cover of a special issue of the International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing.

Solving the 'big problems' via algorithms enhanced by 2D materials

1/10/2022

Important optimization algorithms that are designed to solve large-scale problems such as airline schedules and supply chain logistics may soon get a boost from 2D materials that will enable the algorithms to better solve the problems and use less energy, according to Penn State researchers.

Engineers develop new software tool to aid material modeling research

1/6/2022

A new software tool can accelerate materials science research by cutting out tedious background research on material properties.

Engineer named fellow of international optics society

1/5/2022

Sahin K. Ozdemir, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was elected a 2022 fellow of Optica, the international professional society formerly known as OSA.

Speedy, on-site drug detection key to reducing impacts of addiction crisis

1/5/2022

Rapid, accessible and highly accurate detection of addictive substances such as opiates and cocaine is vital to reducing the adverse personal and societal impacts of addiction, something current drug detection systems can take too long to provide.

Physics-informed deep learning to assess carbon dioxide storage sites

12/9/2021

Pumping carbon dioxide underground may help combat the warming of the atmosphere but finding appropriate underground sites that could safely serve as reservoirs can be complicated.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to Highly Cited Researchers list

11/18/2021

For the third consecutive year, four faculty members in Penn State's College of Engineering were recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

Study challenges standard ideas about piezoelectricity in ferroelectric crystals

11/18/2021

For years, researchers believed that the smaller the domain size in a ferroelectric crystal, the greater the piezoelectric properties of the material.

Engineers use deep learning to predict earthquakes in the lab

11/10/2021

Earthquakes in the United States can cost lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure damage every year.

Penn State launches Center for Neurotechnology in Mental Health Research

11/10/2021

Penn State is launching a University-wide center to bridge fundamental research to understand the brain and mind with potential clinical applications for diagnosing and treating mental health disorders.

Engineer receives young professional award from global society

11/9/2021

Andrea Arguelles, Penn State assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, was selected as the 2021 American Society of Nondestructive Testing Young NDT Professional Recognition award recipient.

Engineer receives Trailblazer grant to create smart skin grafts

11/1/2021

Nearly 35 million people in the United States with diabetes face a common effect of dysregulated glucose: chronic, slow-healing wounds.

Materials Research Institute names five Roy Award winners

10/27/2021

Three Penn State faculty and two graduate students have received the 2021 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Engineer invited to present research at two international conferences

10/25/2021

Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in Penn State’s College of Engineering, has been selected to present at two invite-only scientific conferences.

U.S. gun violence increased 30 percent during COVID-19 pandemic

10/21/2021

Gun violence increased by more than 30% in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

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.

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