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Nuclear engineering graduate student receives scholarship, fellowship


Will Searight, a doctoral student in nuclear engineering at Penn State, recently received the James F. Schumar Graduate Scholarship from the American Nuclear Society and a NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship, given by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

Media Mention: ‘Penn State, Westinghouse partner to advance science, nuclear engineering innovations’


Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, discusses the partnership between Penn State and Westinghouse to explore science and nuclear engineering innovations to address societal needs.

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1


Penn State announced academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at the University, including 33 in engineering. The promotions will take effect on July 1.

Westinghouse and Penn State to explore advancing sustainable micro-reactors


Penn State and Westinghouse announced that they will partner on research and development efforts focused on exploring and applying nuclear engineering and science innovations to societal needs. They will also begin discussions about siting Westinghouse’s eVinci micro-reactor, a next-generation, small modular reactor designed to address sustainable power needs from immediate use in large communities to decentralized remote applications, at University Park.

Engineering students awarded Department of Defense SMART scholarship


Three Penn State engineering students have received Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarships from the U.S. Department of Defense.  

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients


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


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: Casey Emler


Casey Emler has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for nuclear engineering.

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members


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.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates will be honored on April 4 at the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at Hyatt Place State College. Charlie Blenko, an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering, will serve as the event’s emcee.

Penn State engineering rises in U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings


In the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Engineering Programs rankings released today (March 29), engineering at Penn State University Park ranked No. 32 overall, advancing one place from last year’s report, and No. 18 among public institutions. Seven engineering specialty disciplines offered by the College of Engineering also climbed in the rankings, and eight are now ranked in the top 20 nationally.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar


Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, professor of nuclear engineering and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Federico Scurti joins nuclear engineering


Federico Scurti joined Penn State as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering in the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering on March 1. Scurti received a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Two engineering faculty members selected as ASME fellows


Two Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were named to the most recent class of fellows for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Jingjing Li, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering.

U.S. DOE awards nuclear engineer coveted supercomputing time


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced allocations of supercomputer access to 51 high-impact computational science projects for 2022 through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, will lead one of these projects in collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Argonne National Laboratory.

Marek Flaska named specialty chief editor for journal section


Marek Flaska, associate professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, was named the specialty chief editor for the radiation measurements and safety section of Frontiers in Nuclear Engineering, a new journal planned to launch in spring 2022.

Assistant professor to discuss nuclear reactors’ role in combating climate change


William Walters, assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, will discuss advanced nuclear reactors and their role in combating climate change during a talk on Monday, Feb. 21.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced


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.

New nuclear engineering professor plans to inspire students, progress department


When Martin de Jesus Nieto-Perez, associate teaching professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, first learned about nuclear energy, he was immediately intrigued.

Penn State Breazeale Reactor expands in size and in opportunities


Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering Center and the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering broke ground on a 10,000-square-foot, $9.5 million expansion of the Breazeale Reactor on Oct. 21.

22 Penn State alumni to receive Alumni Fellow Award


The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 22 Penn Staters on Oct. 6 with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

An experimental loop for simulating nuclear reactors in space


Nuclear thermal propulsion, which uses heat from nuclear reactions as fuel, could be used one day in human spaceflight, possibly even for missions to Mars.

Penn State nuclear engineering opens new collaboration, learning space


The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Nuclear Innovation Commons (NIC) on Sept. 17.

Schreyer Scholar researches ways to mitigate risk of nuclear accidents


John Barton is a big fan of clean energy sources like wind and solar power. He is also a fan of contingency plans.

Nuclear engineering student wins innovation award for machine learning research


Matthew Durbin, a nuclear engineering doctoral candidate at Penn State, was recently awarded a first-place prize in the 2021 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards for his research paper, "K-Nearest Neighbors Regression for the Discrimination of Gamma Rays and Neutrons in Organic Scintillators."

Nuclear engineering doctoral student receives graduate fellowship


Jonathan Balog, a nuclear engineering doctoral student, was selected by the South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation (SCUREF) to receive the Rickover Fellowship.

Nuclear science, engineering spark collaborations across Penn State and beyond


Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering Center (RSEC), home to the Breazeale Reactor, is expanding to accommodate an equipment donation valued at $9.8 million and to facilitate more advanced neutron beam research as well as the growth of nuclear engineering at Penn State.

Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory award defense research seed grants


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.

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