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From rock climbing to dining, students use engineering to improve accessibility


A capstone course taught in the spring of 2024 focused specifically on adaptive technology, which is a device or piece of technology designed to provide physical or cognitive assistance.

Engineering alumnus building opportunities for student leadership, research


For alumnus David Mazyck, returning to Penn State as the department head of the School of Engineering Design and Innovation (SEDI) within the College of Engineering was an appealing proposition. He’d been working for the University of Florida for 22 years, and while he enjoyed his time there, Penn State offered something he was interested in: familiar faces and a chance to give back to the community he’d learned from.

Q&A: Decarbonizing steel manufacturing


David Mazyck, professor and head of Penn State’s School of Engineering Design and Innovation (SEDI), and Daniel Whisler, associate professor of engineering design, were awarded a three-year, $1.33 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore ways to decarbonize the steel and iron manufacturing industry.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2024 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2024 commencement ceremony.

College of Engineering offers information session on new microcredential program


Starting this spring, the Penn State College of Engineering will offer certified microcredentials that will provide working engineers with opportunities to gain specialized skills and career development through a portfolio of flexible learning options. The college will host a virtual program information session at 8:00 p.m. on April 23.

Penn State Climate Consortium awards three engineering climate action workshops


Penn State’s Climate Consortium awarded funding to hold workshops to three researchers from the Penn State College of Engineering, including Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering, director of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems and associate director of the Materials Research Institute; Christine Kirchhoff, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of law, policy and engineering; and James Mutunga, assistant research professor in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation.

Novel robotic training program reduces physician errors placing central lines


More than 5 million central lines are placed in patients who need prolonged drug delivery, such as those undergoing cancer treatments, in the United States every year, yet the common procedure can lead to a bevy of complications in almost a million of those cases. To help decrease the rate of infections, blood clots and other complications associated with placing a central line catheter, Penn State researchers developed an online curriculum coupled with a hands-on simulation training to provide trainee physicians with more practice.

Undergraduates named semi-finalists in ethics in engineering competition


A team of Penn State undergraduate students were semi-finalists in Lockheed Martin’s seventh annual Ethics in Engineering Competition that took place Feb. 26-28 at Lockheed Martin’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

3D printing affordable, sustainable and resilient housing in Alaska


Alaska needs an estimated 27,500 new housing units over the next 10 years to alleviate overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, according to the Alaska Housing Foundation Corporation. A Penn State interdisciplinary team that includes researchers from the College of Engineering is looking to alleviate some of that stress with a $376,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

Q&A with Jessica Menold, a ‘new voice’ for scientific collaboration


Jessica Menold, Penn State associate professor of engineering design and of mechanical engineering, was named a member of the 2024-26 New Voices cohort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Penn State undergraduates win innovation award for lunar technology


A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory won the 2023 Innovation Award at NASA’s annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

Engineering alumni society recognizes awardee’s outstanding contributions


At its annual awards ceremony, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) recognized engineering faculty, staff and alumni members for outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Q&A: Enhancing physicians’ colonoscopy training for early cancer prevention


Using a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, researchers from the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine will develop a novel colonoscopy training system that integrates automated personalized learning with a manikin embedded with sensors that may help make the routine procedure safer, more accurate and cost-efficient.

Engineering a “cornerstone-to-capstone" education


Robert Rabb, associate dean for education in the College of Engineering, explains more about “cornerstone-to-capstone education” and the important role hands-on, client-based projects play in undergraduate engineering education at Penn State.

Learning Factory hosts international design thinking conference


The Penn State Learning Factory hosted the annual conference of the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA) on Oct. 21-22 in the new Engineering Design and Innovation Building and online.

Harrisburg student researches alternative fuel solution in summer program


A mechanical engineering major from Penn State Harrisburg worked with Sean Knecht, an associate research professor in Penn State's School of Engineering Design and Innovation, on a summer research project on an alternate fuel solution.

'Growing Impact' podcast explores solar energy at wastewater treatment plants


Christine Kirchhoff, associate professor in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation and of civil and environmental engineering, discusses her research into the implementation of solar power at wastewater treatment plants on the latest episode of "Growing Impact," a podcast by Penn States' Institute of Energy and the Environment.

Penn State work featured in upcoming long-term Franklin Institute space exhibit


A video that highlights the work a Penn State team is doing to?3D print houses that can sustain life on Mars?is featured in a new $8.5 million core exhibit opening Nov. 4 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition


Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Kathryn Jablokow elected to national society's board of governors


Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering was elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors for the 2023-26 term.

3D-concrete-printed, affordable housing focus of Penn State, HUD event


Several representatives from the regional office for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department attended a public event hosted by Penn State on May 3 to discuss innovations around 3D concrete printing and the potential to alleviate strains in the housing market.

Media mention: ‘Here’s what worries engineers the most about U.S. infrastructure’


Christine J. Kirchoff, associate professor and associate director of law, policy and engineering and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, shared her perspectives with National Geographic on the dire state of the nation’s infrastructure.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Non-tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 20 engineering faculty members.

Three Penn State professors invited to exhibit work at Venice Architecture Biennale


Three Penn State faculty members are among the 89 architects and architectural firms from around the world that were invited to display their work as part of the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy from May 20 through Nov. 26.

Media mention: ‘NASA: Challenge drives students to develop moon-friendly portable microwave system’


Interesting Engineering published an article about the student team developing a portable microwave system for lunar construction applications in NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

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