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Amir Sheikhi chosen to serve on NIH Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section

5/29/2024

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Biomaterials and Regenerative Engineering, was invited to serve as a member of the Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section of the Bioengineering Sciences & Technologies Integrated Review Group, which is part of the Center of Scientific Review for the National Institutes of Health.

Q&A: How can advanced chip packaging help redesign the future of semiconductors?

5/28/2024

Penn State engineers Madhavan Swaminathan and Daniel Lopez explain in a Q&A the importance of advanced chip packaging to the U.S. semiconductor industry and how Penn State-led initiatives help turn innovations in the lab into reliable domestic production.

ICDS associate director focuses research, initiatives on emerging technologiesNews Page

5/20/2024

Emerging technologies using computer science, engineering and data are on the mind of Penn State Institute of Computational Data Sciences (ICDS) Associate Director Mahmut Kandemir, who is also a distinguished professor of computer science.

Q&A: Is it safe to fly? Airline safety expert on modern commercial flight

5/20/2024

In light of recent news regarding congressional action on aviation safety, Penn State News spoke with Amy Pritchett, department head of aerospace engineering and professor in Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Shining a light on molecules: L-shaped metamaterials can control light direction

5/20/2024

Using metamaterials, a team of electrical engineering researchers from Penn State and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln created an ultrathin optical element that can control the direction of polarized electromagnetic light waves. This new control allows researchers to not only direct the light’s chirality, but also to identify the chirality of molecules by determining how polarized light interacts with them.

Engineering alumnus building opportunities for student leadership, research

5/9/2024

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.

Jacqueline O’Connor named to leadership team of Penn State Climate Consortium

5/9/2024

Jacqueline O’Connor, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named an associate director of the Penn State Climate Consortium alongside Janet Swim, professor of psychology.

Q&A: Decarbonizing steel manufacturing

5/8/2024

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.

Engineering researcher awarded IEE 'Person of the Year' for 2023

5/7/2024

Li Li, the Barry and Shirley Isett Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the inaugural recipient of the Institute of Energy and the Environment’s Person of the Year Award. The award celebrates an exceptional researcher whose accomplishments in energy or environmental research have yielded notable successes over the past year.

Why is breaking down plant material for biofuels so slow?

5/7/2024

Cellulose, which helps give plant cell walls their rigid structure, holds promise as a renewable raw material for biofuels — if researchers can accelerate the production process. New research led by Penn State investigators has revealed how several molecular roadblocks slow this process.

Cold sintering may rescue plastic, ceramics, battery components from landfills

5/3/2024

In three recent papers, Penn State researchers outline new uses for cold sintering— the process of combining powder-based materials into dense forms at low temperatures through applied pressure using solvents — that allows materials to be recycled again and again.

Comprehensive scholarship program graduates first class of engineering leaders

5/3/2024

In 2020, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need. This spring, the first cohort of A. James Clark Scholars will graduate from the Penn State College of Engineering.

Debarati Das receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

5/3/2024

Debarati Das, assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $647,681 U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for a project titled, “A Theoretical Exploration of Efficient and Accurate Clustering Algorithms."

Vijaykrishnan Narayanan honored with Evan Pugh University Professorship

5/3/2024

Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, the A. Robert Noll Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Engineering’s associate dean for innovation, has been named an Evan Pugh University Professor, one of five this year.

‘Better than graphene’ material development may improve implantable technology

5/3/2024

Researchers at Penn State have made borophene, the atomically thin version of boron first synthesized in 2015, potentially more useful by imparting chirality — or handedness — on it, which could make for advanced sensors and implantable medical devices. The team, led by Dipanjan Pan, Dorothy Foehr Huck & J. Lloyd Huck Chair Professor in Nanomedicine and professor of materials science and engineering and of nuclear engineering, published their work — the first of its kind, they said — in ACS Nano.

'Growing Impact' podcast explores a thawing Arctic and its impacts

5/2/2024

The latest episode of Growing Impact discusses how thawing Arctic permafrost is affecting rivers and communities in the region. With temperatures rising globally due to climate change, landscapes in the Arctic are evolving. A Penn State research team is investigating how thawing permafrost will change Arctic rivers and the consequences for erosion, sediment transport, and ultimately, communities.

Tak Sing Wong elected fellow of two professional societies

5/2/2024

Tak Sing Wong, professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering, was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

How to build a robot in three days

5/1/2024

The Penn State Robot in Three Days club participated in the national FIRST Robotics competition, where students are tasked with designing, prototyping and building a robot in just 72 hours.

Twinning: Kaylie and Kylie Barber named mechanical engineering student marshals

5/1/2024

Identical twins Kaylie and Kylie Barber are the first-ever duo selected to serve as dual student marshals for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Designing and assessing market designs to improve electrical grid reliability

4/30/2024

A project co-led by two Penn State professors has been selected to receive up to $815,959 from the Grid Deployment Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The team will evaluate prospective market design changes to efficiently integrate batteries and other unconventional resources into wholesale electricity markets, with the aim of improving electrical grid reliability.

Bin Li wins honorable mention at virtual reality industry conference

4/25/2024

Bin Li, associate professor of electrical engineering, was part of a team of three researchers that received the Best Demo Honorable Mention Award at IEEE VR 2024.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2024 commencement

4/25/2024

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

Patrick Drew named AIMBE fellow

4/25/2024

Patrick Drew, professor of engineering science and mechanics and an associate director of the Huck Institutes, was inducted into the 2024 class of fellows for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Winners announced for 16th annual Materials Visualization Competition

4/23/2024

Six members of the College of Engineering are among the winners of the 16th annual Materials Visualization Competition (MVC), a scientific visual and artistic competition sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI) at Penn State.

$1 million gift to create scholarships and upgrade engineering facilities

4/22/2024

Ronald and Martha Tirpak have stepped forward with a $1 million commitment to expand affordability through scholarships and to ensure the College of Engineering has access to modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The gift builds upon their past support of the College of Engineering and includes an estate commitment that is projected to make a transformational impact on future Penn State STEM students.

Exploring brain-inspired engineered systems: A Q&A with Abhronil Sengupta

4/19/2024

Abhronil Sengupta, the Joseph R. and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, was granted a three-year, $360,000 Early Career Program Award from the Army Research Office.

Julio Urbina selected as Fulbright Scholar for Peru

4/19/2024

Julio Urbina, professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2024-25 academic year. He will spend a semester conducting research and teaching in Lima, Peru.

College of Engineering offers information session on new microcredential program

4/18/2024

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.

Engineering science major pilots new undergraduate concentrations

4/18/2024

Students in the engineering science undergraduate major now have the opportunity to select from eight discipline options when completing their bachelor’s degree in engineering science, from neural engineering or acoustics to experimental mechanics and materials.

Penn State Climate Consortium awards three engineering climate action workshops

4/18/2024

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.

Student team with two computer science majors wins business pitch contest

4/18/2024

Two computer science majors were part of a team that took first place in the 2024 Ag Springboard student business pitch contest, which took place in early April in State College. The team took home $7,500 to further their project.

Two engineering faculty elected to 2023 cohort of AAAS fellows

4/18/2024

Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, associate dean for innovation in the College of Engineering and A. Robert Noll Chair Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering, and Douglas Werner, John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor, are among the six Penn State faculty members elected to the 2023 cohort of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

Novel robotic training program reduces physician errors placing central lines

4/17/2024

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.

Penn State, Morgan Advanced Materials partner to improve semiconductor materials

4/17/2024

Penn State and Morgan Advanced Materials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to catalyze research and development of silicon carbide, known as SiC, a semiconductor material that operates more efficiently at high voltages than competing technologies.

Q&A: New technology may help identify neuromotor disease symptoms in infants

4/17/2024

A team of researchers tested the use of wearable sensors paired with a “tiny” machine learning algorithm to automatically monitor and evaluate general movements in infants.

Soundar Kumara recognized with Pearson’s digital pioneer award

4/17/2024

Soundar Kumara, the Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering, won a Pearson Excellence in Higher Education Award in the digital pioneer category. The digital pioneer category honors an educator who uses “Pearson digital platform(s) to engage students and provide a personalized learning experience,” according to an award announcement.

Tak Sing Wong’s nature-inspired research featured as PNAS cover art

4/17/2024

Research led by Tak Sing Wong, professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering, was featured as the cover art for the April 2 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Engineering student startups selected for $15,000 Invent Penn State program

4/16/2024

Six Penn State startups, all of which were founded or co-founded by students in the College of Engineering, have been selected to participate in the 2024 Invent Penn State Summer Founders program.

Penn State, Indian Institute of Science announce seed grant program

4/16/2024

Penn State and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) are collaborating to enhance academic and research ties through a series of workshops and a new seed grant program for the 2024-25 academic year.

Biological engineering student wins Rock Ethics Institute’s Stand Up Award

4/15/2024

Penn State's Rock Ethics Institute has announced the winners of the 2024 Stand Up Awards for Undergraduate Ethical Leadership: Triniti Freeman, a third-year student majoring in nursing; Vancie Peacock, a fourth-year student majoring in biological engineering; and Jenna Seigworth, a fourth-year student majoring in English.

Scott Medina named Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Leadership Fellow

4/15/2024

For the 2024-25 academic year, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences has appointed William and Wendy Korb Early Career Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Scott Medina to be a Huck Leadership Fellow.

Xiaofeng Liu named fellow of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute

4/12/2024

Xiaofeng Liu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, was named a fellow of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute.

Learning Factory to host engineering showcase in person and virtually

4/5/2024

The Penn State College of Engineering’s Learning Factory will host its end-of-semester showcase for senior engineering students to present their capstone design projects and first-year engineering students to present their cornerstone design projects with both in-person and virtual formats.

Q&A: Space research at Penn State highlighted with international workshop

4/5/2024

Penn State co-hosted a two-day virtual summit for the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) that focused on emerging space technologies and in-space assembly and manufacturing.

Daning Huang receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

4/4/2024

Daning Huang, assistant professor of aerospace engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $626,006 U.S. National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project that addresses morphing autonomous aerial systems.

Eight engineering graduate students honored with prestigious University awards

4/4/2024

Eight College of Engineering graduate students were among the forty Penn State graduate students named recipients of Penn State’s most prestigious annual graduate student recognition awards.

Undergraduates named semi-finalists in ethics in engineering competition

4/4/2024

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.

‘Gamechangers’ series highlights two women making a difference with Penn State

4/3/2024

Two Penn State leaders, Tracy Langkilde and Karen Thole, were profiled by GameDay Couture as part of the “Gamechanger” series, which aims to showcase the accomplishments of women.

Butterfly-inspired AI technology takes flight

4/1/2024

When it comes to mating, two things matter for Heliconius butterflies: the look and the smell of their potential partner. The black and orange butterflies have incredibly small brains, yet they must process both sensory inputs at the same time — which is more than current artificial intelligence (AI) technologies can achieve without significant energy consumption. To make AI as smart as the butterflies, a team of Penn State researchers has created a multi-sensory AI platform that is both more advanced and uses less energy than other AI technologies.

Amir Sheikhi receives early investigator award for work in polymer engineering

3/28/2024

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Biomaterials and Regenerative Engineering at Penn State, received the 2024 PMSE Early Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.

Greener power solutions for communities

3/28/2024

Jim Freihaut, professor and interim head of Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering, was recently awarded a three-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that advances distributed energy systems in communities.

Chemical engineering graduate student wins first place at Three Minute Thesis contest

3/27/2024

Aditya Sapre, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering, won first place in the final round of Penn State’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, held on March 23 at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. He won a $1,000 cash prize and will advance to represent Penn State at the regional Three Minute Thesis competition at the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.?

Synthetic material could improve ease and cut cost of gut microbiome research

3/27/2024

A team of Penn State researchers has developed a new synthetic material that could enable scientists to more easily study how microorganisms interact with the gastrointestinal (GI) system. The material might eventually provide a cheaper, more accessible way for researchers to screen drugs that impact gut infections, metabolic disorders like obesity and diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disorders.

Listen to your gut: Using microbiota analysis for precision health care

3/26/2024

Penn State News spoke to Professor Pak Kin Wong about his recently published paper that discusses the methods available for incorporating microbiota analysis into clinical decision-making, the challenges of doing so and the need for new technologies to capitalize on the potential of microbiota’s role in medicine.

Siu Ling "Pansy" Leung receives 2024 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

3/26/2024

Siu Ling "Pansy" Leung, associate teaching professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, is one of six Penn State faculty to receive the 2024 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Two engineering faculty members receive 2024 Faculty Scholar Medals

3/26/2024

Two engineering faculty members were among the six recipients of the 2024 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement. Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and by courtesy materials science and engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Tak-Sing Wong, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, were both recognized with the award.

Vigeant-Haas recognized with Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award

3/26/2024

Michelle Vigeant-Haas, associate professor of acoustics and architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, is the recipient of the 2024 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

Ünlü recognized with President’s Award for excellence in academic integration

3/26/2024

Kenan Ünlü, professor of nuclear engineering in the College of Engineering, and the director of the Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC), which includes the Breazeale nuclear research reactor, has been awarded the 2024 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

Christian Peco receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

3/22/2024

Christian Peco, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $549,445 U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award for a project that will examine biological organisms like slime molds and fungi for inspiration in designing decentralized intelligent collaboration algorithms.

Two keys needed to crack three locks for better engineered blood vessels

3/21/2024

Blood vessels engineered from stem cells could help solve several research and clinical problems, from potentially providing a more comprehensive platform to screen if drug candidates can cross from the blood stream into the brain to developing lab-grown vascular tissue to support heart transplants, according to Penn State researchers. Led by Xiaojun “Lance” Lian, associate professor of biomedical engineering and of biology, the team discovered the specific molecular signals that can efficiently mature nascent stem cells into the endothelial cells that comprise the vessels and regulate exchanges to and from the blood stream.

Andrea Argüelles receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

3/20/2024

Andrea Argüelles, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $696,010 U.S. National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award for a project titled, “Advancing ceramic processing science through acoustic characterization.”

Penn State alum builds on history in Graduate Program in Acoustics

3/20/2024

After finishing his advanced degree in acoustics, Andrew Barnard returned to his alma mater in Michigan and never thought he’d come back to Penn State, much less lead the program he graduated from. But when he heard about an opening in Penn State’s Graduate Program in Acoustics, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

Amrita Basak receives NSF CAREER Award

3/18/2024

Amrita Basak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $598,650 U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for a project titled “Understanding Processing-Structure-Property Relationships in Co-Axial Wire-Feed, Powder-Feed Laser Directed Energy Deposition.”

Andrea Gregg co-authors research-supported book to improve online learning

3/18/2024

Andrea Gregg, the director of learning experience design and an associate research professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, co-authored a book titled High-Impact Design for Online Courses: Blueprinting Quality Digital Learning in Eight Practical Steps (HIDOC).

Backyard insect inspires invisibility devices, next gen tech

3/18/2024

Leafhoppers, a common backyard insect, secrete and coat themselves in tiny mysterious particles that could provide both the inspiration and the instructions for next-generation technology, according to a new study led by Penn State researchers. In a first, the team precisely replicated the complex geometry of these particles, called brochosomes, and elucidated a better understanding of how they absorb both visible and ultraviolet light.

Twelve alumni recognized with College of Engineering’s highest honor

3/18/2024

Twelve Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the Penn State College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Sun and space: Harnessing cold universe and solar power for renewable energy

3/15/2024

As traditional energy methods increase in cost and take their toll on the environment, Penn State researchers are turning to two underutilized renewable resources, the sun and outer space, for solutions to generate electricity and passively cool down structures. A mechanical engineering reserach team developed and tested a dual cooling and power strategy that simultaneously harvests solar energy in a solar cell and directs heat away from Earth through radiative cooling.

New device positions Penn State at the forefront of university research reactors

3/14/2024

The Penn State Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) recently received a small angle neutron scattering (SANS) device, a $9.8 million equipment donation from Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in Germany. The arrival of the SANS equipment makes Penn State the first and only U.S. university research reactor to have SANS capability, according to RSEC researchers.

Powering accessible, collaborative art

3/14/2024

In a recent installment of “A Note from Neeli,” Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi visited the Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design where she received a hands-on demonstration of “Together, Tacit,” an interdisciplinary research and creative collaboration between the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Engineering. In the project, artists and engineers are building a haptic glove powered by virtual reality, allowing visually impaired and sighted individuals to work together to create a sculpture.

Abhronil Sengupta receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

3/13/2024

Abhronil Sengupta, the Joseph R. and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $500,000 U.S. NSF CAREER Award.

Detecting and remediating underwater munitions with AI: A Q&A with Vishal Monga

3/13/2024

A team of researchers led by Vishal Monga, Penn State professor of electrical engineering, received a four year, $1.6 million grant from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program for their work on imaging and classifying underwater military munitions.

Mechanical engineering student Vanessa Dib wins Oswald Award

3/13/2024

Vanessa Dib, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, won the 2024 John W. Oswald Award for scholarship.

Is life based on a seeming violation of Newton’s law in molecular interactions?

3/12/2024

It turns out that every action may not have an equal and opposite reaction, despite what Newton’s third law of motion says, according to new research conducted by a team from Penn State and the University of Maine. The finding could offer insight into how certain molecular interactions could have evolved in a pre-life world.

Five engineering students finalists in Graduate School Three Minute Thesis contest

3/11/2024

Five Penn State College of Engineering graduate students have been selected for the final round of the inaugural Penn State Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

GPS nanoparticle platform precisely delivers therapeutic payload to cancer cells

3/11/2024

A newly developed “GPS nanoparticle” injected intravenously can home in on cancer cells to deliver a genetic punch to the protein implicated in tumor growth and spread, according to researchers from Penn State. They tested their approach in human cell lines and in mice to effectively knock down a cancer-causing gene, reporting that the technique may potentially offer a more precise and effective treatment for notoriously hard-to-treat basal-like breast cancers.

Mia Jin receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

3/11/2024

Miaomiao Jin, assistant professor of nuclear engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $550,000 U.S. NSF CAREER Award for a project that advances nuclear reactors through that rely on molten salt applications.

Q&A with Larry Cheng: Monitoring neurological conditions in real time

3/11/2024

A team of researchers led by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, the James L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Penn State, created a highly-sensitive and cost-effective sensor to better monitor the concentration of dopamine and tyrosine — a neurotransmitter and an amino acid, respectively, that are present in the brain — in sweat or urine.

Yunting Liu receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

3/11/2024

Yunting Liu, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $550,000 U.S. NSF CAREER Award for a project that aims to revolutionize the field of power electronics by introducing irregular modulation theory to power converters.

Researcher works to lower cost of hydrogen production

3/6/2024

Hydrogen gas, while a potentially greener alternative to fossil fuels, is currently expensive to produce. Penn State doctoral candidate in chemical engineering Arash Emdadi and his lab mates are working to improve the hydrogen production method to make it more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Combining novel biomaterial and microsurgery might enable faster tissue recovery

3/5/2024

For soft tissue to recover and regrow, it needs blood vessels to grow to deliver oxygen and nutrients. Sluggish vascularization, however, can slow or even prevent recovery and regrowth of lost or damaged soft tissue after a severe injury or serious illness such as cancer. To speed up the formation and patterning of new blood vessels, Penn State researchers have combined a novel biomaterial with a microsurgical approach used in reconstructive surgery, enabling improved recovery of soft tissue.

Edward Smith named distinguished professor of aerospace engineering

3/5/2024

Edward Smith, professor of aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering, has been named a distinguished professor by Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras names Soundar Kumara distinguished alumnus

3/4/2024

Soundar Kumara, the Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering, was named one of 14 recipients of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras’s (IIT Madras) 2024 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Membrane research moves forward with additional five years of NSF funding

3/4/2024

The Membrane Applications, Science and Technology Center, an industry-university cooperative research center supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and co-led by Penn State, recently received five additional years of funding. The funding will allow for an expansion of the center at Penn State, which has served as one of four of the center’s partner academic institutions since 2019.

Research 'Growing Impact' examines PFAS water contamination, evaluation of existing tech

3/4/2024

The latest episode of the "Growing Impact" podcast explores PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and their impact on drinking water. For decades, PFAS have been manufactured and used in thousands of products that people use every day. Emerging evidence has associated PFAS exposure with potential negative health outcomes. This prompted a research team to evaluate existing technologies, designed to decontaminate drinking water, to determine if they can also remove PFAS.

3D-printed skin closes wounds and contains hair follicle precursors

3/1/2024

Fat tissue holds the key to 3D printing layered living skin and potentially hair follicles, according to researchers who recently harnessed fat cells and supporting structures from clinically procured human tissue to precisely correct injuries in rats. The advancement could have implications for reconstructive facial surgery and even hair growth treatments for humans.

Penn State undergraduate team advances to programming national championship

2/29/2024

A team of three Penn State undergraduate students placed fourth in the East Central North American Regional of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), qualifying them to advance to the North American Championship.

College of Engineering student, faculty members receive Penn State Global awards

2/27/2024

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering, Julio Urbina, professor of electrical engineering, and Vanessa Dib, an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering, were recently recognized in Penn State Global’s 2023-24 annual awards.

3D printing affordable, sustainable and resilient housing in Alaska

2/26/2024

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.

New structural insights could lead to mechanical enhancement in alloys

2/21/2024

A new class of metallic materials with potential applications in airplanes, nuclear reactors and equipment for space exploration can withstand extreme temperatures and resist fractures, but scientists haven’t understood why until now. According to a new study co-led by Penn State researchers, the answer could relate to the material’s short-range order, or the local arrangement of atoms within a material.

Dual-energy harvesting device could power future wireless medical implants

2/20/2024

Implantable biomedical devices — like pacemakers, insulin pumps and neurostimulators — are becoming smaller and utilizing wireless technology, but hurdles remain for powering the next-generation implants. A new wireless charging device developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically improve powering capability for implants while still being safe for our bodies, the researchers said.

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

2/20/2024

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.

Acoustic invention enhances ultrasound to access enclosed metal spaces

2/19/2024

The inside of underwater pipes and enclosed nuclear containers were inaccessible — until recently. Acoustics researchers in Penn State’s College of Engineering have developed a way to convey energy and transmit communications through metal walls using ultrasound.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center to host two conferences in March

2/19/2024

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host two concurrent conferences on March 27-28 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, with two full days of educational panels, talks, exhibits and events.

Amir Sheikhi named 2024 Scialog Fellow

2/15/2024

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Biomaterials and Regenerative Engineering, has been named a 2024 Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Christian Pester named Rising Star in polymer research

2/15/2024

Christian Pester, associate professor of chemical engineering, was recognized as a 2023 Rising Star in Polymers by ACS Polymers Au, a publication of the American Chemical Society.

Optical invention mirrors the image processing power of a human eye

2/12/2024

Mimicking the easy, instantaneous image processing power of the human eye, Penn State electrical engineering researchers created a metasurface: an optical element akin to a glass slide that uses tiny nanostructures placed at different angles to control light.

Modified soft material promises better bioelectronics, researchers say

2/8/2024

Soft bioelectronic devices hold potential for many advances in the health care field, but researchers have faced hurdles in identifying materials that are biocompatible while still maintaining all necessary characteristics to operate effectively. A team co-led by Penn State researchers has now taken a step toward achieving such a material.

A Note from Neeli: February 2024

2/7/2024

Neeli Bendapudi shares the story of “Together, Tacit,” an inspiring interdisciplinary research and creative collaboration between the College of Arts and Architecture and College of Engineering. This research project combines the strength of our interdisciplinary focus, the dedication of our amazing faculty, and the tenacity of a remarkable student.

Enrique Gomez selected as fellow for polymeric materials division of chemical society

2/7/2024

Enrique Gomez, interim associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering, was selected as a 2024 fellow by The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.

Making healthy food accessible: Student leads pay-what-you-can farmer’s market

2/7/2024

Driven by a personal commitment to a healthy lifestyle, third-year student Jimmy Alamia has led a collaboration between the Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm and the Lion's Pantry to make healthy eating easy and affordable for the campus community. He spearheaded the launch of the Feed the People Market Stand at University Park, a pay-what-you-can farmers market offering fresh, campus-grown produce to students, faculty and staff.

Mechanical engineering graduate student receives National Academies fellowship

2/7/2024

Luis Delgado Jr., a mechanical engineering doctoral student, is the recipient of a 2024 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship.

Media mention: ‘Los Angeles’s Floods Show Why Sewers Matter’

2/7/2024

Lauren McPhillips, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of agricultural and biological engineering, was quoted in an article published by The New Republic. The article discussed the importance of addressing aging drain and sewer systems as climate change accelerates.

Penn State World Campus engineering programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News

2/7/2024

Several master’s in engineering programs offered through Penn State’s World Campus earned top recognitions from the 2024 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Programs” rankings, released today (Feb. 7).

Alp Durmus selected as member of lighting industry’s 40 Under 40

2/5/2024

Alp Durmus, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, was selected as a member of the 2023 group of 40 Under 40.

$4M grant funds project to make robotic prostheses more like biological limbs

2/2/2024

Prosthetic hands that incorporate robotics can perform dexterous self-care tasks, but they are often hard to operate, requiring a user’s constant attention with a limited number of hand functions. With a five-year, $4 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant, Penn State researchers aim to make robotic prostheses more useful for people living with amputations.

'Growing Impact' podcast explores effect of solar energy's expansion on land use

2/2/2024

The latest episode of "Growing Impact" explores the connection between the expansion of solar energy and land use. To meet net-zero emissions by 2050, it is estimated that the U.S. would need to devote 0.5% of its land to achieve that goal through solar energy. That is nearly 16,000 square miles or about a third of the state of Pennsylvania.

Guha Manogharan named co-director of Penn State’s additive manufacturing center

2/2/2024

Guha Manogharan, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, was named co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D). Manogharan replaces Tim Simpson, the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing, who has served in the position since the center’s founding in 2012.

Iam-Choon Khoo receives international photonics award

2/2/2024

Iam-Choon Khoo, the William E. Leonhard Professor of Electrical Engineering, received the 2024 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award in Photonics from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Two international societies honor Lakhtakia’s electromagnetics, materials work

2/2/2024

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was awarded two recognitions by two international scientific societies, SPIE and Sigma Xi.

Media mention: Musk says first human received Neuralink implant; scant other details

1/31/2024

Laura Y. Cabrera, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and of philosophy and the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Neuroethics, was featured in an AP News article.

Engineering offers inclusive leadership workshops in equity, allyship, diversity

1/30/2024

The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion at Penn State is offering a series of workshops — Inclusive Leadership in Equity, Allyship and Diversity (ILEAD).

Media mention: ‘A fly enters a virtual reality chamber, and insect science may never be the same’

1/29/2024

An article in the journal Science discusses a recently published study led by Penn State researchers that investigated the optomotor response in flies. The article focuses on the work of Jean-Michel Mongeau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and of biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering doctoral student Benjamin Cellini.

Penn State undergraduates win innovation award for lunar technology

1/29/2024

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.

Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute now accepting applications

1/29/2024

The Penn State Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute (STCSI) program is accepting applications from now until March 1. The program is open to any undergraduate student with a demonstrated interest in cardiovascular science.

Acoustics graduate student wins best paper award at international conference

1/26/2024

John Case, graduate student in acoustics in the Penn State College of Engineering, received a best paper award at the Acoustics 2023 Conference, hosted by the Acoustical Society of America and the Australian Acoustical Society.

Engineering saw 34% increase in 2023 GivingTuesday donors from previous year

1/25/2024

The Penn State College of Engineering fundraised $38,686 from 334 gifts on GivingTuesday, which took place on Nov. 28, 2023.

Amrita Basak wins early career award for gas turbine research

1/24/2024

Amrita Basak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was selected as the 2024 Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Engineering Award winner by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Gas Turbine Institute.

Media mention: ‘Hear us out: We ban left turns and other big ideas’

1/24/2024

Vikash Gayah, interim director of the Penn State Larson Transportation Institute and professor of civil engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was featured in the NPR podcast Planet Money.

Qiming Zhang named National Academy of Inventors fellow

1/24/2024

The National Academy of Inventors named Qiming Zhang, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering in Penn State’s College of Engineering, a fellow — the highest professional distinction awarded to academic inventors.

New scholarship to benefit engineering students from the Coal Region

1/18/2024

A mechanical engineering alumnus honored his late brothers and their Coal Region roots through an $800,000 gift to establish a scholarship in the College of Engineering. The Robert, John, and Edward Mitchell Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering will help engineering students who hail from Pennsylvania’s Coal Region – or Schuylkill, Carbon, Columbia and Northumberland Counties – in their pursuit to become engineers.

EarthTalks: Obonyo to discuss sustainable and resilient buildings, Jan. 22

1/17/2024

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, and director of the Global Building Network, will give the talk, “Building SURE (Sustainable and Resilient) Communities,” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22.

Patrick Drew named Huck Institutes associate director

1/15/2024

Patrick Drew, professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been named associate director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Predicting correct dosage may improve success of drug repurposing

1/12/2024

To improve the success rate of drug repurposing and determine effective treatment doses, the Penn State researchers developed a model that predicts effective doses for repurposed drugs.

Penn State alumnus Qifeng Liu named Schwarzman Scholar

1/11/2024

Penn State alumnus Qifeng Liu has been named a Schwarzman Scholar, which provides one year of study at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Integrating dimensions to get more out of Moore’s Law and advance electronics

1/10/2024

Moore's Law, a fundamental scaling principle for electronic devices, forecasts that the number of transistors on a chip will double every two years, ensuring more computing power — but a limit exists. Today's most advanced chips house nearly 50 billion transistors within a space no larger than your thumbnail. The task of cramming even more transistors into that confined area has become more and more difficult, according to Penn State researchers.

Learning Factory announces fall engineering capstone showcase winners

1/10/2024

The winners from Penn State Learning Factory’s in-person and virtual end-of-semester Capstone Project Showcase have been named. The culmination of 15 weeks of work, the showcase is an opportunity for senior engineering students to present their capstone design projects, and for some of them, receive awards and prizes.

BR+A establishes architectural engineering memorial scholarship

1/8/2024

The legacy of Eugene "Gene" Bard, a 1968 alumnus of Penn State architectural engineering, will live on through a new scholarship, established in his memory by BR+A Consulting Engineers.

IME Alumnus to receive Distinguished Alumni Award in 2024

1/8/2024

Gregory T. Lucier, a Penn State College of Engineering alumnus, is one of eight Penn State alumni selected by the University's Board of Trustees to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the institution's highest honor presented to its alumni.

William Bahnfleth wins Editor’s Choice Award at Climate Control Awards 2023

1/8/2024

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, won the Editor’s Choice Award at the 13th annual Climate Control Awards. Bahnfleth was honored for his stewardship in the drafting of the recently released ASHRAE Standard 241.

Researchers to develop early warning system for emerging substance use threats

1/4/2024

Qiushi Chen, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, leads a four-year, interdisciplinary project to develop an early warning system for identifying and responding to emerging substance use threats.

Two-channel sensor measures biomarker concentration in sweat

1/4/2024

A team of Penn State researchers has developed a sensor that accurately detects biomarker concentrations in sweat samples.

Pak Kin Wong elected member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts

1/2/2024

Pak Kin Wong, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in class VI – Technical and Environmental Sciences.

Media mention: ‘This cargo plane flew with no pilot on board’

12/21/2023

Jack Langelaan, professor and director of graduate programs in the Penn State College of Engineering Department of Aerospace Engineering, was quoted in an article on CNN’s website that discussed a cargo plane that completed a 50-mile flight with no one on board.

$1M NSF grant funds project to prepare autistic students for careers in AI

12/20/2023

Richard Kubina, professor of special education, is part of a team that is leading a project to provide career opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math students on the autism spectrum. Somayeh Asadi, associate professor of architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering is also involved in the project.

Arthur Motta named honorary member of international scientific association

12/18/2023

Arthur Motta, professor of nuclear engineering and of materials science and engineering, was named the 2023 Honorary Member of the Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux, a French non-profit scientific association for metallurgy and materials.

Health data, faster: Wearable stretchy sensor can process, predict health data

12/18/2023

Engineering researchers created a machine learning platform that can more efficiently analyze and predict datapoints collected by wearables. They applied the platform to a new stretchy, wearable throat sensor that records vibrations and electrical muscle impulses from the neck area to monitor a user’s speech and swallowing patterns.

Doctoral candidate presents to National Academies meeting

12/15/2023

Maria Rozman, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Penn State, presented to the National Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Meeting held October 17-18. Rozman briefed the audience on her turbine efficiency research.

Q&A: Enhancing defense readiness with renewable energy and sensor materials

12/14/2023

Penn State has been selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) as a partner for two of the four newly created DoD research centers of excellence. The Penn State principal investigators discuss Penn State's role in the centers and the research they plan to conduct.

Biomedical engineering student receives presentation award at conference

12/13/2023

Sonika Kohli, a biomedical engineering undergraduate student and Schreyer Honors Scholar at Penn State, received an Outstanding Presentation Award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists.

Spinning up control: Propeller shape helps direct nanoparticles, researchers say

12/8/2023

Self-propelled nanoparticles could potentially advance drug delivery and lab-on-a-chip systems — but they are prone to go rogue with random, directionless movements. Now, researchers have developed an approach to rein in the synthetic particles.

Computer science student named College of Engineering student marshal

12/7/2023

Yifan Lu has been named the fall 2023 student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering. Commencement will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 16 in the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.

Q&A: Joining India and United States in higher education

12/7/2023

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, spoke with Penn State News on Penn State’s efforts to build relationships between India and the U.S. in higher education.

Engineering faculty and students among 2023 Materials Research Award winners

12/6/2023

One faculty member and two graduate students from the Penn State College of Engineering are among the six materials researchers that received the 2023 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Growing biofilms actively alter host environment, new study reveals

12/6/2023

A new study led by Penn State researchers reveals exactly how growing biofilms shape their environments and fine-tune their internal architecture to fit their surroundings. The findings may have implications for a wide variety of applications, from fighting disease to engineering new types of living active materials.

Bacteria's mucus maneuvers: Study reveals how snot facilitates infection

12/5/2023

Sniffles, snorts and blows of runny noses are the hallmarks of cold and flu season — and that increase in mucus is exactly what bacteria use to mount a coordinated attack on the immune system, according to a new study from researchers at Penn State. The team found that the thicker the mucus, the better the bacteria are able to swarm.

Aerospace engineering professor discusses mitigating the climate impact of contrails

12/1/2023

The latest episode of "Growing Impact" features a team of researchers that is exploring how to mitigate aviation’s climate impacts, specifically the warming effect created by contrails. Sven Schmitz, the Boeing/A. D. Welliver Professor of Aerospace Engineering, is featured.

Peeples named dean of Penn State’s College of Engineering

12/1/2023

Tonya L. Peeples has been named the permanent Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Penn State partners on NSF grant to improve 5G networks

12/1/2023

Syed Rafiul Hussain, the Charles K. Etner Early Career Assistant Professor in Penn State’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will lead a team of graduate students in researching how to detect and avert threats to 5G communications.

Engineering Learning Factory to host spring showcase in person and virtually

11/29/2023

The Penn State Learning Factory will host its end-of-semester showcase for engineering students to present their capstone design projects with both in-person and virtual formats. The in-person showcase will take place from1:00-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The virtual showcase will take place Tuesday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 15.

Karen Thole named fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society

11/29/2023

The Royal Aeronautical Society named Karen Thole, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a fellow.

Adri van Duin among Penn State faculty elected as American Physical Society fellows

11/27/2023

Adri van Duin, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the world’s largest organization dedicated to physics.

Elia Merzari named fellow of American Nuclear Society

11/20/2023

The American Nuclear Society named Elia Merzari, professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, a fellow.

Engineering alumni society recognizes awardee’s outstanding contributions

11/20/2023

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.

Researchers aim to streamline cancer therapy development process

11/17/2023

Penn State biomedical engineering doctoral candidate Josh Reynolds, along with his research lab mates, are striving to overcome drug resistance and accelerate drug discovery efforts in the fight against cancer with their startup, Atlas Biotech.

Engineering student wins award at Society of Medical Decision Making conference

11/16/2023

Zixuan Feng, doctoral student of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Penn State, won a presentation award at the 45th annual Society of Medical Decision Making meeting held Oct. 22-25 in Philadelphia.

Q&A: More stable and sustainable power grids

11/16/2023

Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, a power grid expert, answers questions on a three-year, $450,000 NSF grant that addresses oscillations in power grid operations.

College of Engineering to raise support for student success on GivingTuesday

11/15/2023

The Penn State College of Engineering invites alumni and friends to support engineering student success through a GivingTuesday gift on Nov. 28 as Penn State celebrates its ninth GivingTuesday.

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

11/15/2023

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.

Abhronil Sengupta receives Electron Devices Society Early Career Award

11/13/2023

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electron Devices Society honored Abhronil Sengupta, the Joseph R. and Janice M. Monkowski Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, with its Early Career Award.

Penn State team receives Best Poster/Demo Award at computing symposium

11/13/2023

A team of Penn State researchers received the Best Poster/Demo Award at the Association for Computing Machinery’s MobiHoc 2023, held Oct. 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

START Lab expansion aims to make aviation greener

11/12/2023

Karen Thole, director of the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Lab, and doctoral student Chad Schaeffer discussed their work on gas turbines and next-generation hybrid electric propulsion at the Penn State Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 10.

Capstone design projects challenge students to apply knowledge and skills

11/10/2023

The Learning Factory provides a unique opportunity for students to partner with industry sponsors with a shared goal — to educate the next generation of world-class engineers using state-of-the-art facilities for design, prototyping and fabrication.

Learning Factory equips students with lifelong skills

11/10/2023

Steven White Jr., engineering support specialist with the Learning Factory; Melina Trautman, fourth-year mechanical engineering student and Becca Baker, fourth-year industrial engineering student, discuss how the Learning Factory’s safety and skills training programs set students up for success during their time on campus and throughout their future careers.

Engineering a “cornerstone-to-capstone" education

11/9/2023

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

11/9/2023

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.

Penn State students build on success in international AutoDrive competition

11/9/2023

The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team (AVT) competed in the second year of competition for AutoDrive Challenge II from June 4-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After a successful showing in year one of competition, Penn State AVT returned to take home eight top-three recognitions in year two.

Engineering student selected as 'future leader' by national building society

11/8/2023

Zahra Ghorbani, a doctoral candidate in architectural engineering at Penn State, was selected to receive the Future Leaders Award from the National Institute of Building Sciences.

NIH diversity grant to fund student’s 3D bioprinting research

11/8/2023

Angie Castro, a chemical engineering doctoral student, researches 3D printing granular scaffolds for tissue engineering and regeneration to meet precise medical needs through the Bio-Soft Materials Laboratory (B-SMaL). Now, her work is supported by a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to her adviser and B-SMaL director, Amir Sheikhi.

Q&A: What is the space between Earth and the moon and why does it matter?

11/7/2023

Two faculty members in the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, Professor Puneet Singla and Assistant Professor Roshan Eapen, are part of a team of researchers from four universities collaborating on a $4.5 million project to better understand cislunar space — the area between Earth and the moon — critical for future space exploration.

Christos Argyropoulos elected fellow of OPTICA

11/6/2023

Christos Argyropoulos, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, was elected a 2024 fellow of OPTICA, the professional society for optics and photonics professionals formerly known as OSA.

Remembering nuclear engineering professor Forrest J. Remick Jr.

11/6/2023

The Penn State College of Engineering community is mourning the loss of Forrest J. Remick Jr., professor emeritus of nuclear engineering, who died Oct. 9 at the age of 92.

Media mention: ‘Tiny bubbles could reveal immune cell secrets and improve treatments’

11/2/2023

The National Science Foundation published a version of a Penn State article featuring the work of Scott Medina, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Penn State. The article discusses Penn State research that investigates a novel bubble-based technique to observe immune cells at work.

CHIMES reflects on success, looks to lead semiconductor research in year two

11/1/2023

The Penn State-led Center for Heterogeneous Integration of Micro Electronic Systems (CHIMES) held its first annual center review on Sept. 5-6 at University Park. The following is a Q&A about the annual meeting, the progress CHIMES has made and its goals for the upcoming year and beyond.

Engineering student named NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher

11/1/2023

Andrew Pannone, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was selected as a 2023 NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher.

Mechanics of breast cancer metastasis discovered, offering target for treatment

10/27/2023

New research led by Penn State reveals for the first time the mechanics behind how breast cancer cells may invade healthy tissues. The discovery offers new clinical targets against metastasis and has the potential to fundamentally change how cancer is treated.

Five engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

10/26/2023

The Graduate School at Penn State welcomed 20 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2023-24 academic year. Five College of Engineering graduate students received the fellowship, and two engineering graduate students were recognized as honorable mentions.

Penn State DuBois, Engineering Ambassadors host Discover Engineering Day

10/26/2023

The Engineering Ambassadors Program collaborated with Penn State DuBois to host an engineering outreach event. The collaboration was the first of its kind between the Ambassadors Program and the DuBois campus.

Engineering professor elected fellow of Society of Engineering Science

10/25/2023

Judith Todd, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was elected a fellow of the Society of Engineering Science.

First rapid tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea exhibit 100% sensitivity

10/25/2023

Dipanjan Pan, Penn State Dorothy Foehr Huck & J. Lloyd Huck Chair Professor in Nanomedicine and a professor of nuclear engineering and of materials science and engineering and of biomedical engineering, led a team that reported the first rapid tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia, built on a platform that could be adjusted to detect a variety of infections.

Video: Take a virtual tour of the Mechanical Engineering Knowledge Lab

10/25/2023

Take a tour of Mechanical Engineering Knowledge Lab located in Reber Building. This fly-through virtual tour provides a look at some of the hands-on, collaborative work made possible by this reimagined space.

Adapting to climate change: Individuals take action while governments plan

10/24/2023

A new study co-authored by Christine Kirchhoff, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of law, policy and engineering at Penn State, details why individuals are more likely than governments to implement actions to adapt to climate change.

Diversity, inclusivity are driving forces behind wind energy club’s success

10/24/2023

The Penn State Wind Energy Club was awarded second place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 10th Annual Collegiate Wind Competition. The club also won the Project Development Contest and the Connection Creation Contest.?

Penn State partners with Gov. Shapiro to shape AI governance and strategy

10/20/2023

With the growing impact of artificial intelligence, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has announced a partnership with Penn State to leverage faculty expertise and receive advisory support on artificial intelligence (AI)-related topics such as organizational strategy, risk assessment and governance.

Electrical control of quantum phenomenon could improve future electronic devices

10/19/2023

A new electrical method to conveniently change the direction of electron flow in some quantum materials could have implications for the development of next-generation electronic devices and quantum computers.

Harrisburg student researches alternative fuel solution in summer program

10/19/2023

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.

Six Penn State graduate students receive prestigious defense fellowship

10/19/2023

Six Penn State graduate students received a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The NDSEG fellowship program provides fellows with the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.

Penn State Berks professor coordinates national art, science exhibition

10/18/2023

Azar Panah, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Berks, has coordinated an educational art exhibition inspired by fluid dynamics at the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Females less likely to heal from ACL injuries than males

10/13/2023

A new study led by Spencer Szczesny, associate professor of biomedical engineering and of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Penn State, details why females are less likely to heal from injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.

Alumni couple make wide-ranging estate gift

10/12/2023

A Penn State alumni couple has made an anonymous seven-figure estate commitment that will impact areas across the University, including the College of Engineering.

Nine newly promoted engineering faculty honored through library books

10/11/2023

Nine newly tenured or promoted faculty members in the College of Engineering were asked to select a book title for the University Libraries’ permanent collection and to submit a personal statement explaining why they chose that book.

$2.5 million gift to solidify vibrant future at Penn State Hillel

10/9/2023

Inge Marcus, a longtime donor to the College of Engineering, committed $2.5 million to the Penn State Hillel Enrichment Fund. The fund was established in 2004 by Inge and her late husband, Harold "Hal" J. Marcus, to affirm the presence of Jewish life on campus and beyond. Hal graduated from Penn State in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

10/9/2023

Amir Sheikhi was recognized as part of Penn State News' "We Are!" feature, which recognizes Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University.

Daning Huang awarded Army grant to lead multi-institute project on drones

10/7/2023

The U.S. Army has awarded a $179,489 grant to a multi-institute collaboration, led by Penn State and AnalySwift, to develop a tool to inform the required material properties of the morphing structure.

Nikki Crowley honored with Women in STEAM Award by the Whitaker Center

10/6/2023

Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been named a Women to Watch: Class of 2023 as part of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts’ Women in STEAM Awards.

Novel hydrogel finds new aptamers, or ‘chemical antibodies,’ in days

10/6/2023

A new method for selecting aptamers, or "chemical antibodies," created by Penn State engineers takes only days to complete, instead of the months needed for traditional methods.

Engineering graduate students recognized with University fellowships

10/5/2023

The Graduate School at Penn State recognized 114 students as recipients of the 2023-24 University Graduate Fellowships and Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, including 22 students from the College of Engineering.

Learning Factory now accepting spring 2024 project submissions

10/5/2023

The Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory is now accepting submissions to sponsor a capstone design project for spring 2024.

Can AI crave a favorite food?

10/4/2023

Can artificial intelligence (AI) get hungry? Develop a taste for certain foods? Not yet, but a team of Penn State researchers is developing a novel electronic tongue that mimics how taste influences what we eat based on both needs and wants, providing a possible blueprint for AI that processes information more like a human being.

Former DuPont Laureate Theresa Weston highlights innovation in Hankin Lecture

10/4/2023

Theresa Weston, founder of The Holt Weston Consultancy and a building science research professional specializing in the durability and energy efficiency of buildings, will deliver the 2023 Hankin Distinguished Lecture on November 1 at 4 p.m.

Penn State partners with Monash University for Australia water quality research

10/4/2023

A group of Penn State students recently traveled to Australia as part of a partnership between Penn State and Monash University to conduct research aimed at better understanding sources of decreased water quality in watersheds, in addition to finding possible solutions.

Project aims to develop all-in-one semiconductor that stores, processes data

10/3/2023

A multi-institutional project led by a Penn State researcher is focused on developing an all-in-one semiconductor device that can both store data and perform computations. The project recently received $2 million in funding over three years as part of the new National Science Foundation Future of Semiconductors program.

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

10/2/2023

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.

Janik named associate director of Institute of Energy and the Environment

10/2/2023

Michael Janik has been named an associate director of the?Institute of Energy and the Environment?(IEE) at Penn State.?Janik is a professor of chemical engineering?whose work includes understanding and designing catalysts for alternative energy conversion systems. His role as associate director began on Oct. 1.?

Puneet Singla named distinguished lecturer of Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society

10/2/2023

The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS), a division of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), recently named Puneet Singla, Penn State professor of aerospace engineering, a 2023-2024 distinguished lecturer.

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

9/29/2023

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.

This Penn Stater’s job is ‘out of this world’

9/29/2023

Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus Pavara Ranatunga, whose work supports the International Space Station, is headed toward obtaining his third Penn State degree.

Penn State receives nation’s first TRIGA nuclear fuel delivery in a decade

9/28/2023

Penn State’s Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC), home to the Breazeale Reactor, the nation’s longest continuously operating university research reactor, received the first new supply of Training, Research, Isotopes General Atomics (TRIGA) fuel shipped to the U.S. in more than a decade on Sept. 27.

New wearable sensor makes continuous analysis of sweat possible, researchers say

9/27/2023

Continuous monitoring of sweat can reveal valuable information about human health, such as the body’s glucose levels. However, wearable sensors previously developed for this purpose have been lacking, unable to withstand the rigors or achieve the specificity needed for continuous monitoring. Now, Penn State researchers have created a novel wearable patch that may be up to the task.

Doctoral student conducts mindfulness study using wearable technology

9/25/2023

Marissa DeCollibus partnered with the College of Engineering's Multicultural Engineering Program to research how midfulness practices, aided by wearable technology, can help support stduents historically underrepresented in STEM to successfully transition to college.

Joseph Horn named Vertical Flight Society Technical Fellow

9/20/2023

Joseph F. Horn, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was named a 2023 Vertical Flight Society Technical Fellow. Horn was one of nine individuals recognized by the society in 2023.

Penn State World Campus students learn about research in University Park visit

9/20/2023

Students from the online Master of Engineering Additive Manufacturing and Design (AMD) program visited the University Park campus to learn about and participate in additive manufacturing research activities.

Tiny bubbles could reveal immune cell secrets and improve treatments

9/20/2023

Macrophages are little cells vital to the immune system and could possibly inform cell-based therapies for a variety of medical conditions. However, realizing the full potential of macrophage therapies relies on being able to see what these cellular allies are doing inside our bodies, and a team of Penn State researchers may have developed a way to watch them do their thing.

Media mention: ‘3D-Printed Ceramics Can Increase Gas Turbine Efficiency’

9/19/2023

Stephen Lynch, director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach and associate professor of mechanical engineering, was featured in a Q&A by Tech Briefs.

Nittany AI Alliance supports and celebrates students using AI for good

9/19/2023

Three student teams will continue their work using artificial intelligence (AI) to make a positive impact in the world with $25,000 awarded to them for a minimum viable product (MVP) created during the 2023?Nittany AI Challenge.

A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation named 2023 Foundation Partner of the Year

9/18/2023

Penn State has named the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation its 2023 Foundation Partner of the Year for the foundation's generosity in establishing the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the Penn State College of Engineering.

International workshop drives collaboration for US-Indian defense innovation

9/18/2023

Penn State, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, hosted the first of a series of workshops on August 29 — the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) Academia and Startup Programming Partnership — designed to share best practices and foster defense innovation translation through academic collaboration and startups.

Novel approach to engineered cells may enable molecular medical imaging

9/18/2023

Lance Lian, associate professor of biomedical engineering and of biology at Penn State, led a team in developing a more efficient approach in engineering gas vesicles, tiny molecular structures that may be able to significantly improve medical imaging.

Media mention: ‘Rivers Are Losing Oxygen Faster Than Oceans — Wake Up Call’

9/14/2023

Li Li, Barry and Shirley Isett Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was quoted in an article by Newsweek. In the article, Li discusses her recent research that found rivers are warming and rapidly losing oxygen, which may lead to “acute death” in rivers across the southern regions of the U.S.

Rivers rapidly warming, losing oxygen; aquatic life may be at risk, study finds

9/14/2023

Rivers are warming and losing oxygen faster than oceans, according to study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study, led by Li Li, Isett Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, shows that of nearly 800 rivers, warming occurred in 87% and oxygen loss occurred in 70%.

Making AI smarter with an artificial, multisensory integrated neuron

9/12/2023

Biological senses synergize to give a comprehensive understanding, particularly when individual signals are subtle. The collective sum of biological inputs can be greater than their individual contributions. Robots tend to follow more straightforward addition, but Penn State researchers have now harnessed the biological concept for application in artificial intelligence to develop the first artificial, multisensory integrated neuron.

How Penn State World Campus helps develop the work forces of the future

9/7/2023

This article originally appeared on Penn State News. The partnership between the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program and aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is highlighted. A recent graduate discusses the opportunities the collaboration provided her.

Media mention: ‘Penn State scientists unlock the key to clean energy storage’

9/3/2023

Bert Chandler, professor of chemical engineering, led a team of researchers who discovered how and why hydrogen spillover occurs. He discusses these findings in an article by Interesting Engineering.

Two Penn State engineering faculty receive top IEEE awards

9/1/2023

Two faculty members from the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science — William E. Leonhard Chair Professor Madhavan Swaminathan and Emerita Evan Pugh Professor Mary Jane Irwin — received Technical Field Awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Striking gold with molecular mystery solution for potential clean energy

8/31/2023

With some luck and a lot of work, Chandler said, a Penn State-led research team has discovered how and why hydrogen spillover occurs and provided the first quantitative measurement of the process. They published their findings in Nature Catalysis.

Microplastics may increase riverbed sediment movement, erosion

8/30/2023

Microplastics impact how sand travels along riverbeds, suggesting microplastics could increase riverbed erosion, according to an international team of researchers. Roberto Fernández, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and project team member, said this could have effects on river habitats. The team’s findings were published in Nature’s Communications Earth & Environment.

Long-Qing Chen elected as 2023 member of the Academia Europaea

8/29/2023

Long-Qing Chen, Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of engineering science and mechanics and of mathematics, has been elected as a foreign member of the Academia Europaea.

Penn State receives $3M grant to address insect biodiversity crisis

8/28/2023

A team of Penn State researchers has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to spearhead a new initiative to create novel monitoring systems for insect populations.

Media mention: ‘Researchers develop mussel-inspired coating that can extract rare earth elements’

8/25/2023

Research led by Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical and of biomedical engineering, was featured in an article by The Chemical Engineer, the member magazine of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

DNA sequence of the human Y chromosome fully determined for first time

8/23/2023

Paul Medvedev, professor of computer science and engineering and of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Marta Tomaszkiewicz, assistant research professor of biomedical engineering, are co-authors on a paper that reveals the first full sequencing of the human sex chromosome.

One Health Microbiome Center's 2023-24 Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellows

8/22/2023

Sina Kherabadi, doctoral student in chemical engineering, was named an Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellow for the 2023-24 term. Kherabadi is advised by Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of biomedical engineering.

Penn State to lead civilian STEM workforce development program for US Navy

8/22/2023

The Penn State College of Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory are partnering to launch a new workforce development program to prepare students for jobs as civilian engineers and scientists for the U.S. Navy. Funded with a five-year, $15.5 million grant from the Office of Naval Research, the Penn State Intern PipelinE LInks to Navy Engineering program — known as PIPELINE — aims to train and connect students to technical civilian careers in the Navy.

Sending a ‘We Are!’ to these Penn Staters

8/21/2023

Angela Lesko, education program associate in the College of Engineering, was highlighted as part of Penn State's regular "We Are!" feature.

Thicker, denser, better: New electrodes may hold key to advanced batteries

8/16/2023

To improve battery performance and production, Penn State researchers and collaborators have developed a new fabrication approach that could make for more efficient batteries that maintain energy and power levels, resulting in more energy-efficient electric vehicles.

Engineering researcher joining Institutes of Energy and the Environment

8/15/2023

Derek Hall, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, is joining the Institutes of Energy and the Environment on Aug. 15. Hall’s research interests include electrochemical energy conversion systems, electrochemical sensors, and the study of liquid-solid interfaces.

Presidential Leadership Academy announces 2023 cohort of students

8/15/2023

Penn State’s Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) has selected its new cohort of 30 second-year students. Six College of Engineering students are among the academy’s newest members.

World Campus grad raises age benchmark for students

8/12/2023

At 81 years young, Tom Scapillato earned a Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and Design online through Penn State World Campus in partnership with the College of Engineering.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition

8/11/2023

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.

Vikash Gayah named interim director of Larson Transportation Institute

8/11/2023

Vikash Gayah, professor of civil engineering at Penn State, has been named interim director of the Penn State Larson Transportation Institute, effective Aug. 1.

Mussels inspire an eco-friendly way to extract critical rare earth elements

8/9/2023

Penn State researchers found inspiration under the sea: mussel stickiness. By mimicking this natural glue, the researchers developed a new mussel-inspired nanocellulose coating that has demonstrated the ability to recover rare earth elements from secondary sources such as industrial wastewater without using a high amount of energy.

Q&A: Carbon voyage

8/9/2023

Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering received a $2 million grant from the Navy Decarbonization Research Consortium to study shipboard carbon capture and alternative fuel utilization. The project is summarized in a Q&A with Associate Professor Brian Fronk.

Media mention: ‘Congress, state Legislature grapple with how to regulate AI’

8/8/2023

Mehrdad Mahdavi, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, discusses the need for artificial intelligence regulation from lawmakers that also allows for innovation and advancement in an article from LancasterOnline.

Q&A: Xing Wang awarded DOE Distinguished Early Career Award

8/8/2023

Xing Wang, assistant professor of nuclear engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy’s Distinguished Early Career Award. He was one of five early career faculty employed at a U.S. university to receive the honor, which also included $625,000 to fund a five-year research project related to nuclear energy.

Kathryn Jablokow elected to national society's board of governors

8/3/2023

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.

Mirror, mirror, who is the most efficient semiconductor of them all?

8/3/2023

This article originally appeared on Penn State News. It highlights work by researchers from Penn State’s Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium-Materials Innovation Platform (2DCC-MIP) that may help speed development of 2D semiconductors. 2DCC-MIP is directed by Joan Redwing, professor of materials science and engineering and electrical engineering.

Setting a breathable standard: Q&A with architectural engineer William Bahnfleth

7/28/2023

Led by William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) approved Standard 241, which establishes minimum requirements for building owners, operators and professionals to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of disease transmission through infectious aerosols. Bahfleth explained the new standard in a Q&A.

Jon Schwantes named acting nuclear engineering department head

7/27/2023

Professor Jon Schwantes was named acting nuclear engineering department head, effective July 1. He steps into the acting role while Jean Paul Allain serves a two-year term as associate director for fusion energy sciences within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Science.

Q&A: The neurology of slumbering whiskers

7/27/2023

Penn State researchers published a paper in Communications Biology finding that sleep-related changes to blood flow in the brains of neonatal mice far outweigh any caused by sensory stirrings.

Farshad Rajabipour named interim head of civil and environmental engineering

7/25/2023

Professor Farshad Rajabipour has been named interim head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, effective July 1. Rajabipour assumes leadership of the department following the appointment of Patrick Fox as dean of engineering at Ohio University.

New approach to fuel cell manufacturing could reduce cost, increase availability

7/25/2023

A Penn State-led team of researchers developed a potentially promising approach to make fuel cells more affordable. The new method reduces the amount of platinum-group metal (PGM) loadings by replicating a process used in computer chip manufacturing.

Stretchy integrated electronics may be possible with sandwiched semiconductor

7/23/2023

An international team led by Penn State reserachers developed an approach to improve the mechanical stretchability of n-type semiconductors, which could lead to the advent of truly elastic electronic systems.

NIH grant to facilitate high-speed bioprinting of bones, tracheas, organs

7/20/2023

The National Institute of Health awarded over $2 million to a team led by Ibrahim T. Ozbolat, professor of engineering science and mechanics, of biomedical engineering and of neurosurgery at Penn State, to quickly and efficiently bioprint human tissues at scale.

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

7/17/2023

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.

Bob Darrah named senior director of development for College of Engineering

7/17/2023

Bob Darrah has been named the senior director of development for Penn State’s College of Engineering, effective July 31.

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

7/17/2023

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 faculty recipients of 2023-24 U.S. Fulbright Scholar awards

7/17/2023

Two faculty in the Penn State College of Engineering have received Fulbright Scholar Awards for the 2023-24 academic year, according to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Top Penn State student teams reach final phase of Nittany AI Challenge

7/17/2023

Nine Penn State student teams are gaining hands-on experience as they work to use artificial intelligence (AI) for good to solve real-world problems in the areas of health, environment, education and humanitarianism in the 2023?Nittany AI Challenge.

EnvironMentors recognized at competition while building STEM skills for future

7/14/2023

The Penn State chapter of the EnvironMentors had a successful showing at the 2023 EnvironMentors National Science Fair and Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Five high school students received awards, including the first-place prize, third-place prize, the Environmental Justice Award and the Public Health Award. Several program mentors are affiliated with the College of Engineering.

Computer science student named College of Engineering student marshal

7/13/2023

Marshall Hart has been named the College of Engineering student marshal for Penn State's summer 2023 commencement ceremony, to be held on Aug. 12.

Penn State joins DOE Nuclear Science User Facilities program

7/13/2023

Penn State’s Radiation Science and Engineering Center has joined the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) as a partner institution, which offers nuclear energy researchers access to facilities, expertise and other nuclear research-related assistance.

Symposium to feature student research on climate science and solutions

7/13/2023

Penn State’s Climate Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program and the Drawdown Scholars program are hosting their final poster symposium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Steidle Building Atrium on the University Park campus.

Search launched for new dean of the Penn State College of Engineering

7/11/2023

Penn State has launched a national search for the next Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of the College of Engineering. Tracy Langkilde, dean of the Eberly College of Science, will chair the search committee.?

Workshop fosters partnerships to position U.S. as leader in semiconductors

7/11/2023

When President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) and Science Act on Aug. 9, 2022, to accelerate U.S. manufacturing of semiconductors, Penn State took action. The University created the Mid-Atlantic Semiconductor Hub (MASH) with other academic partners, industry and state governments to lead and leverage the cumulative expertise in this area.

Engineering graduate student selected as ‘rising star’ in cyber-physical systems

7/10/2023

Zahra Ghorbani, an architectural engineering doctoral candidate, was one of 34 people selected nationally to participate in the 2023 Cyber-Physical Systems Rising Stars Workshop, held in May at the University of Virginia and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Several Penn State labs receive UN-endorsed sustainability certification

7/10/2023

Fifteen Penn State research labs have earned My Green Lab certifications at one of the three highest levels available: gold, platinum or green. The certification is recognized by the United Nations as a key measure toward the goal of a zero-carbon future.

Beyond buildings: Architectural engineers work to preserve heritage

7/7/2023

Joe Kallas, a doctoral candidate in the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, led an emergency mission to document historic structures damaged in an explosion in Beirut in 2020. He has now partnered with Rebecca Napolitano, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, to present the Beirut blast as a case study demonstrating how image-based 3D modeling can serve as a prioritization tool to inform disaster recovery decision making in the Journal of Cultural Heritage.

Nittany AI Alliance assists with streamlining Penn State application process

7/7/2023

Penn State students working with the Nittany AI Alliance, including a team from the College of Engineering, are sparking innovation at the University by exploring how artificial intelligence can help simplify the application and transfer process.

Mechanical engineering doctoral student named 2023 Amelia Earhart Fellow

7/6/2023

Jennifer Colborn, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been selected to receive the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year.

Penn State named partner in Northeast University Semiconductor Network

7/6/2023

Penn State was named one of 21 founding member institutions of Micron Technology’s newly formed Northeast University Semiconductor Network, established to prepare the next generation of the U.S. semiconductor industry’s workforce.

Soft tissue restoration, blood vessel formation focus of $3M grant

7/6/2023

The ability to regenerate and pattern blood vessels, the literal lifelines extending deep into soft tissues, remains an elusive milestone in regenerative medicine. Known as tissue revascularization, stimulating blood vessel growth and pattern formation in damaged or diseased tissues could accelerate the field of regenerative medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

Penn State takes first in topographic mapping at national surveying championship

7/5/2023

A group of Penn State civil engineering students took first in the topographic mapping category of the American Society of Civil Engineers Surveying Competition Finals, sponsored by the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute.

Engineering science graduate student receives national fellowship

7/3/2023

Lauren Katch, a doctoral student in the Penn State College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, recently received a one-year, $20,000 fellowship from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

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

6/30/2023

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

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant announces its 2023 fellowship, scholarship winners

6/29/2023

Fourteen graduate students from Penn State have been awarded research fellowships from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, including three from the College of Engineering.

Anthony Atchley retires after more than 25 years of impact at Penn State

6/28/2023

After more than 25 years as a leader in the Penn State College of Engineering, including the past year as acting and then interim dean, Anthony Atchley will retire as professor emeritus of acoustics on June 30.

Penn State Global announces Collaboration Program awards with Auckland

6/28/2023

Penn State and the University of Auckland in New Zealand recently announced the awarded grants of the second round of the Collaboration Program, a jointly financed seed program with the aim to collaborate on research and education projects. Kaleigh Yost, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received funding.

Penn State Global announces Collaboration Program awards with Monash University

6/28/2023

Penn State and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, announced the awarded grants of the third round of the Collaboration Program, which included funding awarded to Laura Cabrera, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, and Tong Qiu, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Penn State rises 10 places in 2024 QS World University Rankings

6/28/2023

Story summary (1-2 sentences; appears as the blurb in Penn State News/COE News and used in social): Penn State ranked No. 83 in the world — a jump of 10 positions from No. 93 last year — in the recently released 2024 QS World University Rankings, placing the University in the top 6% worldwide among the 1,500 institutions ranked by QS.

Ezgi Toraman named to Chemical & Engineering News’ ‘Talented 12’ list

6/26/2023

Ezgi Toraman, assistant professor of chemical engineering and of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State, is one of 12 early-career scientists named to Chemical & Engineering News’ (C&EN) 2023 “Talented 12” list that highlights early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who are tackling difficult global problems.

Follow the leader: Researchers identify mechanism of cancer invasion

6/26/2023

A Penn State-led research team identified a molecular marker to predict the invasiveness of a cancerous tumor and how the cells may invade elsewhere in the body.

Q&A: A conversation with three experts on engineering education research

6/26/2023

Three Penn State engineering faculty members co-authored book chapters in the recently published International Handbook of Engineering Education Research, a comprehensive overview of research on engineering education and its practical applications to teaching and learning in the classroom.

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

6/26/2023

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.

William Bahnfleth honored with international society service award

6/26/2023

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, received the Andrew T. Boggs Service Award from ASHRAE, formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, on June 24 at the society’s annual conference in Tampa, Florida.

Judith Todd named honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

6/23/2023

Judith Todd, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has been named an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Media mention: ‘AI In Biomanufacturing: From Protein Prediction To Fashion Design’

6/23/2023

Melik Demirel, Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials, professor of engineering science and mechanics and director of the Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies, wrote an article for Forbes that focused on using artificial intelligence to make biomanufacturing more efficient.

Stephen Lynch receives achievement award from international mechanical engineering society

6/23/2023

Stephen Lynch, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the George Westinghouse Silver Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Berks engineering students develop escape room puzzles for cornerstone project

6/21/2023

First-year engineering students at Penn State Berks put their problem-solving skills to the test when they were tasked with designing and constructing escape room puzzles for their engineering design introductory course.

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

6/21/2023

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.

3D-printed ceramics may increase gas turbine fuel efficiency, researchers report

6/20/2023

A team that includes Penn State researchers recently 3D printed a turbine component with ceramics, which are more heat tolerant than the conventional metals. The resulting component has complex internal cooling features that enable it to withstand higher temperatures and, as a result, increase fuel efficiency.

Center for Socially Responsible AI awards Big Ideas Grants to five projects

6/20/2023

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence awarded more than $212,000 to advance five interdisciplinary research projects as part of its Big Ideas Grant program.

Penn State researchers develop digital test to directly measure HIV viral load

6/20/2023

A Penn State research team has developed a time and cost-efficient digital assay that can directly measure the presence of HIV in single drop of blood. It's the first step in producing a clinical diagnostic tool that can help physicians understand how patients are responding to anti-viral medications and monitor potential progression.

Media mention: ‘The New War on Bad Air’

6/17/2023

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, was quoted in an article in The New York Times on building ventilation as it pertains to public health generally and infectious disease in particular.

Daniel Cortes receives inaugural ASME bioengineering team science medal

6/15/2023

Daniel Cortes, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, is a member of the research team that received the inaugural Edward Grood Interdisciplinary Team Science Medal in Bioengineering from the bioengineering division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Penn State researchers use ultrasound to control orientation of small particles

6/15/2023

Using ultrasound technology and a nozzle, Penn State researchers have separated, controlled and ejected different particles based on their shape and various properties.

Media mention: ‘Midwesterners are seeing smoke again, NY is next: How you can prepare your home’

6/14/2023

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, was quoted in an article on how to prepare homes for poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke.

Enrique Gomez named interim engineering associate dean for equity and inclusion

6/13/2023

Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering and of materials science and engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been appointed the interim associate dean for equity and inclusion for the College of Engineering, effective July 1.

College of Engineering recognizes 2023 Early Career Award recipients

6/12/2023

The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 10 alumni with the Early Career Award for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 16 at University Park.

NASA-funded student team builds microwave system to smelt metal on the moon

6/12/2023

A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory, housed in the College of Engineering’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was one of seven university teams selected to receive funding from NASA to build a prototype in the BIG Idea Challenge. Penn State received $130,000 to develop a microwave system that can smelt metal on the moon.

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

6/12/2023

Tenured and tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 25 engineering faculty members.

$3M grant to aid researchers testing pregnancy weight-management platform 

6/7/2023

A five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will support testing of the Healthy Mom Zone, a personalized intervention designed to help pregnant women with high BMI stay within healthy weight-gain ranges.

Acoustics graduate student receives four-year fellowship in nuclear engineering

6/6/2023

Carter Paprocki, a second-year doctoral student in acoustics at Penn State, was named the recipient of the Rickover Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering. Administered by the South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation in conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Energy, the fellowship includes four years of full tuition and stipend funding and a job at a U.S. Naval nuclear laboratory after graduation.

Sending a ‘We Are’ to these Penn Staters

6/6/2023

Lisa Petrine, administrative support assistant for undergraduate education, was one of nine Penn Staters recognized for going above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.

Amir Sheikhi honored with ‘Young Innovator’ award

6/5/2023

Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Penn State, was honored with the Hisako Terasaki Young Innovator Award at the Terasaki Innovation Summit, held March 8-10 in Los Angeles.

Media mention: ‘Elon Musk’s brain implant company is approved for human testing. How alarmed should we be?’

6/4/2023

Laura Y. Cabrera, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and of philosophy and the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Neuroethics at Penn State, was quoted in an article by The Guardian.

Penn State mechanical engineering student Ian Rivera earns Astronaut Scholarship

6/2/2023

Ian Rivera, a third-year Millennium Scholar from Caguas, Puerto Rico, majoring in mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has earned a 2023 Astronaut Scholarship.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows announced

6/1/2023

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program announced six new 2023-24 fellows from Penn State, including two from the College of Engineering.

Mary Frecker receives American Society of Mechanical Engineers mentorship award

6/1/2023

Mary Frecker, department head and professor of mechanical engineering, Riess Chair of Engineering and director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices, received the 2023 McDonald Mentoring Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Newborn baby inspires sensor design that simulates human touch

6/1/2023

Led by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, James L. Henderson Jr. Memorial Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, a team of researchers has developed a sensor capable of detecting subtle pulses, operating robotic limbs, and creating ultrahigh-resolution scales.

Penn State engineers report low-cost human biomarker sensor designs

5/31/2023

Penn State researchers have developed a low-cost, RNA-based technology to detect and measure biomarkers, which can help decode the body’s physiology. The presence of protein biomarkers can indicate chronic or acute conditions, from arthritis to cancer to bacterial infections, for which conventional tests can cost anywhere from $100 to upwards of $1,000. The new technology can perform the same measurement for about a dollar.

Registration open for architectural lighting design summer camp

5/31/2023

The Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering and Project CANDLE, which stands for Creating an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education, have joined up to host Camp CANDLE. The four-night overnight camp at University Park will take place July 4–7 for high school students interested in architectural lighting.

Researchers developing smart ring for health care and extended reality 

5/31/2023

A team of researchers in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science aims to enable health care and extended reality — which encompasses virtual, augmented and mixed reality — with their smart sensing ring, OmniRing.

Media Mention: ‘Impact, visibility and connection: Dr Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat talks open access publishing with IOP Publishing’

5/30/2023

Ibrahim Ozbolat, professor of engineering science and mechanics and of biomedical engineering, discusses his latest findings and open access publishing in a Q&A with IOP Publishing, the publishing arm of the institute of physics.

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