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Agricultural & Biological Engineering

From Waste to ‘Gold’: Sustainable Product, Cleaner Energy, Waste to Resource

Monday, September 16, 2019; 4:00 PM
312 AG ENG
Speaker: Lenny Koh from University of Sheffield, UK

This seminar will introduce the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre, (AREC) USA and the partnership with DoE ARPA-E including Argonne. It will focus on a research theme namely waste to resource and outline the role of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) driven framework in achieving sustainability.

Hosted by: Dan Ciolkosz,  Agricultural & Biological Engineering  (dec109@psu.edu)

Chemical Engineering

Fantastic Voyage: Designing Self-Powered Nanobots

Tuesday, September 17, 2019; 10:50 - 11:50 am
102 Chemistry
Speaker: Ayusman Sen from Penn State University

Fantastic Voyage: Designing Self-Powered Nanobots

Hosted by: Lisa Haines,  Chemical Engineering  (luv1@psu.edu)

Unlocking Intracellular Therapeutic Targets Using Bioinspired Materials

Thursday, September 19, 2019; 10:50-11:50 am
102 Chemistry
Speaker: Millicent O. Sullivan from University of Delaware

Unlocking Intracellular Therapeutic Targets Using Bioinspired Materials

Hosted by: Lisa Haines,  Chemical Engineering  (luv1@psu.edu)

Computer Science and Engineering

Evolution of Cryptograph and the WWII German Enigma

Thursday, September 19, 2019; 2:00 p.m.
W375 Westgate Building
Speaker: Jason Armstrong from National Security Agency

Abstract: Take a brief tour through the evolution of cryptography and intelligence as it leads to the invention and application of Germany’s most profound cipher machine in World War II, the Enigma.  You will hear the codebreaking stories and efforts the Allies put towards breaking the enemy’s codes in both World Wars to include the breaking of the Enigma.  You will also hear the effects codebreaking had on the outcome of various battles.  The real Enigma machine will be on display and you will have a chance to view its operational use up close. Biography: Mr. Jason Armstrong is the Security Education Academic Liaison (SEAL) to the Pennsylvania State University and a Senior Technical Leader in the Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Office within the Directorate of Operations at the National Security Agency (NSA). He graduated from Penn State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 1998 with a discipline in Artificial Intelligence. Mr. Armstrong is currently the mission lead and architect in modernizing the cryptanalytic architecture.

Hosted by: Gang Tan,  Computer Science and Engineering  (gxt29@psu.edu)

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Dissolvable tattoo electronics for biomedicine

Wednesday, September 18, 2019; 15:35 - 16:25
114 EES Building
Speaker: Huanyu Cheng from Penn State University

ABSTRACT: Recent  advances  in  electronics  enable  powerful  biomedical  devices  that  have greatly  reduced  therapeutic  risks  by  monitoring  vital  signals  and  providing  means  of  treatment.Implantable  devices  can  help  us  better  understand  the  behavior  and  effects  of  various diseases.However, an additional procedure is required to remove the device after an initial implantation.Conventional electronics today form on the planar surfaces of brittle wafer substrates and are not compatible  with  the complex  topology  of  body  tissues.    Therefore,  stretchable  and absorbable electronics are the  two  missing  links  in  the  design  process  of implantable  monitors  and in-vivo therapeutics.  This  talk  presents the challenges, mechanics,  and design strategies,behind a potential medical device that (a) integrates with human physiology,and (b)dissolves completely after its effective operation. Biography:Dr.  Huanyu  Cheng  was  appointed  an  Assistant Professor  of  Engineering  Science  and  Mechanics  (ESM)  and Materials Research Institute (MRI) at The Pennsylvania State University  in  Aug  2015,  and  was  awarded  the  Dorothy Quiggle  Career  Development  Professor  in  Sep  2015.    He earned  a  Ph.D.  and  a  Master’s  degree  from  Northwestern University in 2015 and 2011 respectively, and a Bachelor’s degree  from  Tsinghua  University  (China)  in 2010.    Prior  to joining  Penn  State,  Dr.  Cheng  also  worked  as  a  Visiting Research  Fellow  with  Prof.  John  A.  Rogers  at  the University of  Illinois  at  Urbana-Champaign  on stretchable and transient electronics.    Throughout Dr. Cheng’s research career, he has worked    on    mechanics    design    and    manufacturing    of biologically inspired electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine,  and  energy.    Dr.  Cheng  has  co-authored over 70  peer-reviewed  publications,  and his  work  has  been  recognized  through  the  reception  ofawards  including Forbes  30  Under  302017  in  Science, election  to  the  Global  Young  Academy in  2016,  a Howard  Hughes  Medical Institute (HHMI)  International Student Research Fellowship, and many others.He also serves as associate editor  for Computers  in  Biology  and  Medicine and  reviewer  for 88 international journals.

Hosted by: Lisa Spicer,  Engineering Science and Mechanics  (lms8@psu.edu)

Mechanical Engineering

Air Products Distinguished Lecture Series: "Mechanics-guided Deterministic 3D Assembly"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019; 4:35 PM
162 Willard Building
Speaker: Dr. Yonggang Huang from Northwestern University

Complex three-dimensional (3D) structures in biology form naturally to provide essential functions in even the most basic forms of life.  Compelling opportunities exist for analogous 3D architectures in human-made devices, but design options are constrained by existing capabilities in materials growth and assembly.  We report routes to previously inaccessible classes of 3D constructs in advanced materials, including device-grade silicon.  The schemes involve geometric transformation of 2D micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts by compressive buckling.  Demonstrations include experimental and theoretical studies of more than 100 representative geometries, from single and multiple helices, toroids, and conical spirals to structures that resemble spherical baskets, cars, houses, cuboid cages, starbursts, flowers, scaffolds, each with single- and/or multiple-level configurations.  Morphable 3D mesostructures whose geometries can be elastically altered can be further achieved via nonlinear mechanical buckling, by deforming the elastomer platforms in different time sequences.  Compatibility with the well-established technologies available in semiconductor industries suggests a broad range of application opportunities.

Hosted by: Serena Sidwell,  Mechanical Engineering  (sps5072@psu.edu)

The Leonhard Center

The Known Unknowns of Diversity and Inclusion: Supporting Individuals with Hidden and Transitioning Identities

Wednesday, September 18, 2019; 12:00 PM
202 Hammond (Stavely Conference Room)
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Seccules and Cassandra McCall from Virginia Tech

The Leonhard Center is excited to welcome Drs. Stephen Seccules and Cassandra McCall as facilitators for our September workshop, to be held on Wednesday, September 18! Within engineering classrooms, we often think of student diversity as represented by visible or apparent markers such as race and gender. However, students also hold hidden or non-apparent identity dimensions (e.g., sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, etc.) that can significantly impact their day-to-day academic experiences. While both visible and hidden identities constitute student diversity, hidden identities are often unknown or go unnoticed by instructors and peers, particularly if a student does not feel safe enough to disclose. In this interactive workshop, we address these known unknowns of diversity by discussing the significance of hidden identities within students' classroom experiences. Specifically, participants will reflect on their own classroom contexts and identify challenges and solutions to make these environments more inclusive and accessible for all students.


Hosted by: Sarah Zappe,  The Leonhard Center  (ser163@psu.edu)

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