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Multidisciplinary precision health expert joins Law, Policy, and Engineering

7/16/2021

Jennifer K. Wagner, a multidisciplinary expert known on Twitter as @DNAlawyer, will join the Law, Policy, and Engineering initiative on Aug. 15 as assistant professor of law, policy and engineering in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.

West Campus groundbreaking ceremony to highlight new engineering buildings

7/16/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of two new West Campus buildings, West 1 and West 2, on Friday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The in-person, by-invitation ceremony will also be livestreamed for the Penn State community and general public.

Adding layers to improve design ideation

7/9/2021

When engineers design a product using traditional manufacturing processes, it is commonplace for them to alter or adjust concepts and visions to transform the design into reality.

Engineering virtual connections and collaborations

6/25/2021

ELD faculty members applied the same international virtual collaboration concepts taught in the ENGR 422 course to provide students with educational and culturally enhancing opportunities.

Penn State-led team to bolster communities impacted by climate change

6/25/2021

An international, Penn State-led consortium aims to improve infrastructure resiliency, along with sustainability and public health, in coastal areas most impacted by climate change.

College of Engineering names newly established assistant dean

6/22/2021

Ivan Esparragoza, director of engineering technology and commonwealth engineering (ETCE) and professor of engineering design at Penn State, has been named the assistant dean for curricular innovation and program assessment, a newly established position in the Penn State College of Engineering. He will begin on July 1.

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.

Researchers propose methods for additive manufacturing quality control

6/18/2021

Additive manufacturing offers an unprecedented level of design flexibility and expanded functionality, but the quality and process can drastically differ across production machines, according to Hui Yang, a professor of industrial engineering at Penn State.

Architecture students and faculty contribute to Pan-African exhibition in France

5/27/2021

Penn State faculty members DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design, and Yasmine Abbas, assistant teaching professor of architecture and engineering design, have designed an architectural space within the "UFA - Universite des Futurs Africains [University of African Futures]" exhibition at the Le Lieu Unique, a national center for contemporary culture in Nantes, France.

Eco-friendly carbon-dioxide conversion process may revolutionize existing method

5/27/2021

A new, environmentally friendly, single-step process has been developed to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons using plasma, according to scientists and engineers.

Call for proposals for Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge

5/19/2021

The Penn State PIT Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge limited submission competition.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions

5/13/2021

Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering tenure-line faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1.

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.

Bake-off breaks and virtual research: How an engineering lab beat Zoom fatigue

5/10/2021

When the pandemic began and Penn State moved to remote learning more than a year ago, the THRED Group research lab worked to keep students engaged in research and engaged with each other, virtually.

New Abington engineering graduate secures job with global aerospace company

5/10/2021

A member of the Penn State Abington Class of 2021 secured her first professional position with Lockheed Martin, a global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies company.

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.

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.

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.

Engineering assistant professor honored with President's Award for Engagement

4/23/2021

Jessica Menold, the Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering, was recently recognized for her student recruitment and retention efforts with the President's Award for Engagement.

Penn State joins Public Interest Technology University Network

4/23/2021

Penn State has joined Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), a Public Interest Technology project focused on fostering collaborations between colleges and universities committed to growing the public interest technology field and educating the next generation of civic-minded technology experts.

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.

Next on 'Digging Deeper': 3D printing and Penn State's use of the technology

4/13/2021

Penn State President Eric Barron and University guests will talk about the advances that have been made in 3D printing, how it can be used to make a difference in people's lives, and what Penn State is doing with the technology during the next episode of WPSU's "Digging Deeper" on Sunday, April 18.

New digital badges add skill-enriching opportunities for engineering students

4/9/2021

In the ever-evolving engineering education landscape, the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) recognizes the role professional skills play in its students' future careers.

Engineering student gains real-world insight during internship experience

4/8/2021

With thousands of startup companies emerging each year -- many located in State College -- the need for qualified employees with a passion for entrepreneurship continues to grow.

Exploring culture, gender and risk-taking in design

4/1/2021

As the demand for innovative and creative solutions to problems increases, so does the need for inventive and resourceful individuals.

'Decoding Big Tech' webinar to offer conversations around policy and big tech

3/31/2021

Tackling issues in technology requires robust solutions that prioritize people's interest, but currently, there are many roadblocks to pass legislation to accomplish this.

University-wide COVID-19 response initiative marks a year of solutions, impact

3/29/2021

One year ago, as physicians and administrators at Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prepared for the impact of COVID-19, a consortium of Penn State researchers joined together to make a positive impact.

Wireless sensors track sanitizer use, optimize replacement and refill operations

3/25/2021

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Penn State deployed nearly 6,000 hand sanitizer stations across its campuses for the fall 2020 semester, with almost 3,000 stations installed at the University Park campus.

Center for Socially Responsible AI announces inaugural seed funding awards

3/17/2021

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the recipients of its inaugural round of seed funding.

Class of 2025 invited to attend 'A Virtual Welcome to the Penn State Community'

3/17/2021

Accepted students and their families, as well as students and families considering applying to Penn State, are invited to watch the livestream event, "Class of 2025: A Virtual 'Welcome to the Penn State Community,'" to be held at 4 p.m. ET on March 25.

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.

Co-keynotes to share value of Penn State Alumni Network

3/12/2021

With more than 700,000 alumni alive today, the Penn State network can play a pivotal role in helping fuel students' career growth.

Intern builds confidence through work with startup in entrepreneurship program

3/10/2021

For Jeanette Debek, the problem-solving nature of entrepreneurship sparks a special type of excitement.

Architecture professor's firm named Emerging Voices competition winner

3/8/2021

Low Design Office (LOWDO), an architecture and integrated design firm co-founded by DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State, has been named a winner of the Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices 21 competition.

Global Building Network online bibliography produced by University Libraries

3/8/2021

Penn State University Libraries' Open Publishing unit recently published a digital bibliography, Global Building Network, which houses resources to support the Global Building Network (GBN), a joint initiative between Penn State and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Hands-on education and evaluation equate to hands-on efficacy

3/4/2021

To navigate the evolving industry landscape, today’s engineers complement their technical breath, theoretical understanding and practical application abilities with professional proficiencies such as innovation, creativity and interpersonal skills.

EarthTalks examines the carbon footprint of the built environment

2/24/2021

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering at Penn State, will discuss ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment at 4 p.m. Monday, March 1.

Lion LaunchPad restarts microgrant program for entreprenuerial students

2/24/2021

Teams of entrepreneurial undergraduate Penn State students can apply for microgrants of up to $500 in seed money to help get their ideas off the ground.

Designing and developing the future

2/22/2021

After spending four years as a mechanical design engineer at Allegion in Bengaluru, India, Sharath Ramachandran wanted to find a way to enrich his undergraduate mechanical engineering education.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

2/4/2021

The Penn State College of Engineering recently awarded more than $300,000 to six project teams through its Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants program.

Engineering design faculty member awarded Hartz early career professorship

1/29/2021

Jessica Menold, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering at Penn State, recently received the Hartz Family Career Development Professorship in Engineering.

Engineering design faculty member awarded early career professorship

1/26/2021

Christopher McComb, assistant professor of engineering design in the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), recently received the James L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Professorship.

Merging technologies with color to avoid design failures

1/21/2021

Various software packages can be used to evaluate products and predict failure; however, these packages are extremely computationally intensive and take a significant amount of time to produce a solution. Quicker solutions mean less accurate results.

Penn State professors study ways to 'disrupt malevolent creativity'

1/8/2021

Funding from Department of Homeland Security allows psychology professor Sam Hunter and engineering professor Scarlett Miller to study malevolent creativity and ways to disrupt, hamper -- and even stop -- it

Sustainable sign-off: Engineering faculty member retires after 37 years

1/8/2021

Following an academic career spanning 37 years with Penn State's College of Engineering, Andy Lau, associate professor of engineering, retired on Dec. 31, 2020.

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."

Setting the cornerstone for engineering students

12/18/2020

The engineering design (DESIGN) program, housed in the College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), provides undergraduate engineering students with what is often their first exposure to engineering concepts and skills.

ENtern program provides startup experience to entrepreneurship students

12/10/2020

Though businesses differ in product and service offerings, structure, missions and goals, behind every startup is an entrepreneur with the drive and determination to create a solution to a problem.

Alumnus' artisan watch startup earns shout out from 'Shark Tank' TV star

12/1/2020

What began in 2013 as a simple golf course conversation about watch preferences between two Penn State students, R.T. Custer and Tyler Wolfe, has grown into the nationally recognized high-end wristwatch engineering and manufacturing company, Vortic Watch Company.

University community invited to participate in energy forum

11/30/2020

A series of energy forums will be held to discuss how Penn State can continue to strengthen its position as an energy leader.

Tech-based entrepreneurship student's 'failure resume' inspires scooter project

11/23/2020

When Braden Heisler received a "failure resume" assignment for his ENGR 407: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship class, he took the project seriously, creating an "anti-resume" that listed all his presumed failures -- from failed ideas to skills which he believes he lacks.

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.

Enhanced human-AI collaboration possible through new grant

11/16/2020

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a team of researchers $5.6 million to merge the strengths of artificial and human intelligence, with the goal of advancing the utility of relevant cyber-physical systems.

Putting reality in virtual additive manufacturing education

11/16/2020

As the engineering industry evolves, so must the education of future engineers. Advances in additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, continue to propel engineering sectors toward innovative production capabilities, but access to cutting-edge machinery isn’t always available to undergraduate engineering students.

New sulfur dioxide conversion method may transform current industrial techniques

10/29/2020

A single-step, plasma-enhanced catalytic process to convert sulfur dioxide to pure sulfur from tail gas streams may provide a promising, more environmentally-friendly alternative to current multistage thermal, catalytic and absorptive processes, according to scientists at Penn State.

App developed by Penn State students is central to literacy boot camp in Kenya

10/21/2020

Nyansapo, an app developed by Penn State students, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assist children in learning literacy skills. The app was launched in August during a 10-day boot camp in Kenya where reported results showed participants increased their level of literacy.

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).

To boldly go: Penn State launches planetary science consortium

10/13/2020

The quest to understand our place in the universe is one of the most enduring scientific pursuits. A new interdisciplinary planetary science initiative will focus efforts at Penn State on exploring and seeking out life in the solar system and far into the cosmos.

Return and Get it

9/16/2020

The making, unmaking, and remaking of Agbogbloshie, a 20-acre scrapyard in the city of Accra, Ghana.

Virtual symposium on design thinking to be held Sept. 25

9/15/2020

The Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC) is collaborating with the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) at Penn State to bring its annual Flash Symposium and Open House to the virtual environment on Sept. 25. The theme of the 2020 online event is “Design Thinking.”

Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams

9/1/2020

Invent Penn State's 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week student startup accelerator, wrapped up Aug. 12 in a virtual showcase after funding seven student-startup teams with $15,000 each to work on their startup, nonprofit, or social good full time over the summer.

Mechanical systems design expert joins engineering design program

8/14/2020

Jared Butler will join the Penn State College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs as an assistant professor of engineering design on Aug. 15.

Learning Factory virtual summer programs focus on diversity, professional growth

8/11/2020

With many students losing summer internships and career development opportunities because of COVID-19, the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory was determined to provide these students with continuing education and professional development opportunities.

Director of engineering technology and commonwealth engineering redefined

8/7/2020

To continue to enhance the robust relationship between Penn State's College of Engineering and the University's array of engineering programs across its Commonwealth Campuses, the college recently redefined its director of engineering technology and commonwealth engineering position located within the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.

The Learning Factory is 'taking summer back' with at-home engineering challenges

8/3/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering’s Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory is helping students take their summer back, after months in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, through an international competition, “The Great Learning Factory Make Off.”

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