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Parisa Shokouhi awarded NSF mid-career advancement grant


Parisa Shokouhi, Penn State professor of engineering science and mechanics, was recently awarded a $360,000, three-year mid-career advancement grant from the National Science Foundation.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


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.

Researchers find imperfections provide protection for system symmetry


An international research collaboration has discovered how to exploit certain defects to protect confined energy in acoustics systems. Their experimental approach provides a versatile platform to create at-will defects for further theoretical validation and to improve control of waves in other systems, such as light, according to principal investigator Yun Jing, associate professor of acoustics and of biomedical engineering at Penn State.

Andrew Barnard joins acoustics


Andrew Barnard joined the Penn State College of Engineering as professor and director of the graduate program in acoustics on Jan. 1. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a doctorate in acoustics from Penn State.

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


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.

Researcher awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory materials science award


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.

Balancing sustainability, safety and comfort in engineered floor slabs


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Using less material in floors is a viable strategy for improving sustainability in buildings, as it can reduce the structure’s environmental footprint. Prioritizing only this goal, however, can lead to unwanted effects — such as an echo in a room or noise traveling between floors, according to Nathan Brown, assistant professor of architectural engineering.

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