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Electrical Engineering

Paper and Presentation Best Practices for Engineers: Brief Introduction to the New Culminating Experience Class EE594.02.


Thursday, November 21, 2019; 4:35 p.m.
358 Willard Building
Speaker: David Jenkins from Applied Research Lab, Penn State

Abstract: Engineers need to communicate complex information routinely at conferences, technical reports, and technical presentations.  This communication can be in the form of a written report or Power Point presentation.  Both of these media have unique challenges to conveying relevant information accurately and succinctly.  There are several strategies one can employ to aid in a report of presentation development process.  These strategies will be presented along with some examples of papers and presentations constructed with and without these approaches.  Additionally, the course EE594.02 will be briefly introduced during the talk.  This course fulfills the culminating experience requirement for MS paper options students. Biography: Dr. David M. Jenkins is presently an Assistant Research Professor in the Communications Information and Navigation Office at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL).  He has over a decade of leading experimental and computational experience in industrial and government research, development and evaluation programs.  He has led a number of projects cross-disciplinary projects focused on manipulating acoustic and radio frequency electromagnetic fields, applying and developing statistical signal processing algorithms, and applying state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms. Dr. Jenkins is a member of the United States Delegation to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).  For the IEC, he is a member of the IEC 62792 product team which is defined electrical testing standards for electroshock weapons.  Additionally, Dr. Jenkins is a member of IEC 62754 product team which defined standards for the measurement and uncertainty of pulse parameter measurements.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Pennsylvania specializing in electronics, controls, and communications.

Hosted by: Minghui Zhu,  Electrical Engineering  (muz16@psu.edu)

Engineering Science and Mechanics

ESM - State of the Department


Wednesday, November 20, 2019; 15:35 - 16:25
114 EES Building
Speaker: Judith Todd from Penn State University

ABSTRACT Engineering Science and Mechanics is a highly interdisciplinary field with faculty and students who can readily adapt to changing scientific and engineering landscapes.  In this presentation I will highlight accomplishments of the last 5 years, our plans for future strategic directions, and the role we can all play in bringing ESM to pre-eminence.  We will assess ESM’s progress and alignment with College, University, national and global initiatives.  Come prepared to discuss how ESM Graduate Students can contribute to ESM’s next strategic plan, and how we can attract the next generation of graduate students to our department. BIO Dr. Todd was appointed as Department Head, P. B. Breneman Chair, and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University in 2002.  Prior to joining Penn State, Professor Todd was the Associate Dean for Research in the Armour College of Engineering and Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  As Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at IIT, she served for six years as the Associate Chair for the Materials Science and Engineering Program in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE).  During this time, she served twice as Chair of the undergraduate curriculum committee, responsible for all three undergraduate programs: aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and materials science and engineering.  From 1996 to 2002, she was appointed Iron and Steel Society Professor by the Iron and Steel Society of the American Institute of Mining Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. Professor Todd is a Trustee of ASM International (2017-2020), served as the 2009 President of the Society of Engineering Science, and as Vice President for Manufacturing, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) from 2002-2005.  Her research interests include: development of advanced materials and manufacturing processes, laser-sustained plasma, laser-materials interactions, mechanical behavior, nondestructive evaluation of materials, and archaeometry.  Dr. Todd has published more than 100 technical papers and holds 2 U.S. patents.  She is a Fellow of ASM International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Association of Women in Science.  Professor Todd has received numerous awards, including the Vanadium Award from the British Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and the Board on Minorities and Women Award from ASME.  Selected by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Todd received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Bush in 2007.  Professor Todd received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Engineer (professional engineer) in the United Kingdom.

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

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