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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.

FacultyXchange connects biodevices researchers in academia, industry

2/17/2021

The Center for Biodevices in the College of Engineering at Penn State hosted its second annual Faculty Xchange on Feb. 10. More than 165 researchers and clinicians attended the virtual event.

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.

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.

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.

Engineering student marshal eager to make positive impacts

12/7/2020

Madison Reddie, a student graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, has been named the fall 2020 student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering.

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.

Schreyer Scholar helping to nurture young students' interest in STEM

11/16/2020

Sydney Gibbard's parents and teachers helped encourage her interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Penn State biomedical engineering and premedicine student and Schreyer Honors Scholar is now working to help elementary school students develop similar interests and maintain them throughout their lives.

Engineering students win awards for innovating the human experience

11/2/2020

Two graduate students at Penn State have individually received awards from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) during the virtual annual meeting from Oct. 5 to 9 for their work to improve various technical aspects within the field of human factors.

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.

Penn State Law, Policy, and Engineering hosts election security panel discussion

10/27/2020

With less than two weeks left until the 2020 election, officials across the United States are preparing for unique and unusual circumstances -- increased mail-in voting, safety concerns related to in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, security fears and foreign influence threats.

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).

The human factor: Empowering engineering education

10/19/2020

Mohammad AlSager AlZayed always knew that he wanted to be an engineer, but he didn’t realize his passion for engineering education until he began his academic career at Penn State.

College of Engineering kicks off 125th anniversary with virtual celebration

10/15/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering will begin a yearlong celebration of its upcoming 125th anniversary with a virtual event at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 12.

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.

Four student teams use AI for good to win 2020 Nittany AI Challenge

9/29/2020

Nyansapo, OpenVessel, AI Guide and Cyclone are the winners of the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge. Each of the student teams created a minimum viable product (MVP) using artificial intelligence (AI) for good and were selected by a panel of judges to share a pool of $25,000 to continue to move their solutions forward.

Trustees approve plans and funds for part of engineering expansion

9/18/2020

As the next stage of a proposed, decade-long initiative that will transform the Penn State College of Engineering and its facilities, the Board of Trustees approved final design plans and authorized expenditures of $88 million for a new research and teaching building near the western edge of the University Park campus.

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.”

Penn State Health receives grant to mitigate COVID-19 in care facilities

9/3/2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has awarded Penn State $22.9 million to participate in its Regional Response Health Collaboration Program, which aims to mitigate and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

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.

From the human body to the human mind: Soccer player turned engineer

8/12/2020

Noriana Radwan, a former kinesiology student and division one soccer player, knew that she wanted to help others reach peak athletic performance with her degree -- or so she thought.

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.”

Enriching technical capabilities by improving professional skills

7/15/2020

When Anthony Aloisi, a system engineer at Siemens Mobility, was exploring graduate engineering opportunities, he knew he wanted to find a program that would complement his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State.

New Kensington biomedical engineering alums help keep hospitals running

7/8/2020

Alumni of Penn State Kew Kensington’s biomedical engineering technology (BET) program are helping keep vital healthcare equipment working and hospitals running across Pennsylvania and the nation.

Single-patient stethoscopes show heartbeat of Penn State's COVID-19 response

7/7/2020

In close collaboration with Penn State Health and the Center for Medical Innovation at Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State College of Engineering faculty and students organized to design and deliver disposable stethoscopes to help equip front-line health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

College of Engineering calls for nominations for 40 Under 40 Alumni Award

7/2/2020

The Penn State College of Engineering is soliciting nominations for the 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. This award will recognize numerous College of Engineering alumni 40 years of age and younger for their professional achievements.

Architecture faculty project awarded World Smart Cities Urban Innovation Prize

6/30/2020

The Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform, which was founded by Penn State Stuckeman School faculty members DK Osseo-Asare and Yasmine Abbas, has been awarded the Smart Cities Urban Innovation Award for Citizen Engagement in the Le Monde 2020 World Urban Innovation Challenge.

PA Environmental Resource Consortium honors campus sustainability champions

6/17/2020

The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) recently announced this year’s Campus Sustainability Champions (CSC) for Penn State, highlighting the contributions of students, staff and faculty for their work to advance sustainable development.

Great Valley engineering lab manager manufactures personal protective equipment

5/20/2020

As hospitals across the United States face a shortage of N95 masks during the COVID-19 crisis, Penn State Great Valley engineering lab manager Dennis Wozniak is helping to address these needs by producing mask shields in the campus' Innovation Center.

Students explore solution to create a reliable broadband in rural communities

5/19/2020

In rural communities across the United States, delivering reliable broadband internet to customers remains problematic for service providers.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced

5/15/2020

With the shift to a virtual format for this year's College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, students shared their semester's hard work on the showcase’s newly developed website.

2020 Summer Founders Program draws record number of teams and increases amount

5/8/2020

A record number of student startups from across Penn State campuses are getting ready for the 2020 Summer Founders program.

Institute awards 32 computational and data sciences seed grants

5/8/2020

Understanding polarized political opinions, predicting Arctic Sea ice levels, and accelerating quantum computing with machine learning -- these are just a few focuses of the dozens of new Penn State research projects that have been funded by Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants.

Plasma medicine research highlights antibacterial effects and potential uses

5/7/2020

As interest in the application of plasma medicine -- the use of low-temperature plasma (LTP) created by an electrical discharge to address medical problems -- continues to grow, so does the need for research advancements proving its capabilities and potential impacts on the health care industry.

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