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Former NASA administrator to give College of Engineering’s commencement address


Charles F. Bolden Jr., president and chief executive officer of The Bolden Consulting Group LLC, will deliver the spring commencement address at the Penn State College of Engineering baccalaureate degree ceremony at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University Park.

Law, policy, and engineering experts convene to address biotechnology and biomedicine boon


Experts from across the United States gathered at Penn State on April 11 to address the next generation devices for biotechnology and biomedicine.

Ribbon cutting dedicates new Penn State Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building


A ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 4 marked the official opening of the new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The 109,100-square-foot, six-level facility near the intersection of Shortlidge and Curtin Roads houses the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Analyzing design team interaction


Imagine being part of a team that works seamlessly together, completing the assigned project and accomplishing all delegated tasks along the way. Now, imagine being a member of a team that isn’t as cohesive, one that struggles to meet deadlines and is unable to complete the assigned project. It’s clear that, fundamentally, these two teams differ. But how, exactly, and what can be done to ensure that effective teaming happens?

Top engineering juniors and seniors receive Evan Pugh Scholar Award


Penn State College of Engineering juniors and seniors in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes are being recognized with the Evan Pugh Scholar Award.

Twelve alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor


Twelve Penn State engineering graduates will be honored April 8 at the College of Engineering’s annual Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Engineering science and mechanics alumnus Benjamin Ross receives Alumni Achievement Award


Engineering science and mechanics (ESM) alumnus Benjamin M. Ross (’06 ESC, ’07 M.S. ESC) was recently named one of 15 recipients of the 2019 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award.

Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety


Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers.

Nuclear engineering alumnus Shadi Ghrayeb receives Alumni Achievement Award


Nuclear engineering alumnus Shadi Ghrayeb (’08 M.S. NucE, ’12 M.I.A., ’13 Ph.D. NucE) was recently named one of 15 recipients of the 2019 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award.

Penn State comes in 2nd at 2019 NAHB Student Competition


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter at Penn State won second place in the Four-Year College category of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Competition held at the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

College of Engineering awards seven Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The Penn State College of Engineering recently awarded funding to seven projects through its Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants program.

Korbs establish three Open Doors Scholarships in the College of Engineering


Penn State industrial engineering alumnus William Korb and his wife, Wendy, who is also a Penn State graduate, have contributed $100,000 to fund and endow three Open Doors Scholarships in the College of Engineering.

Student engagement crosses borders to Uganda


Natasha Ferguson, a junior majoring in industrial engineering, has been consistently involved during her time at Penn State.

Three research projects receive funding via College of Engineering ENGINE grants


The Penn State College of Engineering recently selected three projects for funding through its Engineering for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) grant program.

Trustees committee OKs architect for Engineering research and teaching spaces


A Board of Trustees committee approved the appointment of Payette of Boston, Massachusetts, as the architect of two new research and teaching buildings for the College of Engineering.

$1M bequest to support Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates


A Penn State electrical engineering alumnus has made an estate commitment of $1 million to create the “Pogoda Excellence Fund in the College of Engineering” to support the College’s Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates (MC REU).

Opening doors for engineering students and the service industry


Penn State alumnus Charles Schneider has gifted $1 million to the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's Service Enterprise Engineering Initiative (SEE 360) to endow the Charles and Enid Schneider Scholarship in Service Enterprise Engineering.

Working together to achieve equity and inclusion


Engineering Penn State sat down with Dr. Tonya Peeples, who joined the College of Engineering on August 15, 2018, as its inaugural associate dean for equity and inclusion and professor of chemical engineering. We are pleased to share that conversation with you.

NSF funds integrated approach to 3D fracture modeling of composites


Understanding the behavior of composite materials is important to advancing their design since attempts to further strengthen or stiffen them can sometimes produce counterproductive results. A $545,000 grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to answer some of the central questions about the microstructural mechanisms that lead to composite performance.

Challenge accepted


In an effort to modernize and reimagine the United States’ power grid, Penn State researchers have qualified for a highly selective, innovative competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Concrete in space


“Be prepared.” This famous mantra isn’t just for the Boy Scouts of America. The need to build durable infrastructure on other planets is coming, and we must be ready. To prepare, Penn State researchers have teamed up with NASA to explore how cement solidifies in microgravity environments.

Penn State again the most recognized in U.S. News' Best Online Programs rankings


For the third straight year, Penn State is the most recognized among hundreds of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the country’s top online degree programs.

Advancing equity in Penn State College of Engineering


Tomer Eldor was exposed to the subjects of chemistry, physics and calculus when she moved to the United States from Israel four years ago. At that very moment, she knew she had found her passion, and wanted to attend a university to study either chemical or biomedical engineering.

A new twist on an old antenna


Groundbreaking innovations on antenna technology, based on a collaboration between Lockheed Martin Space and Penn State, are now under consideration for use in the next generation of GPS satellite payloads.

NSF CAREER Award to shed light on graduate student experiences


Emboldened by a new National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, Catherine Berdanier, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, said she seeks to understand the unique experiences and obstacles that engineering doctoral students face.

Better security achieved with randomly generating biological encryption keys


Data breaches, hacked systems and hostage malware are frequently topics of evening news casts — including stories of department store, hospital, government and bank data leaking into unsavory hands — but now a team of engineers has an encryption key approach that is unclonable and not reverse-engineerable, protecting information even as computers become faster and nimbler.

Micropores let oxygen and nutrients inside biofabricated tissues


Micropores in fabricated tissues such as bone and cartilage allow nutrient and oxygen diffusion into the core, and this novel approach may eventually allow lab-grown tissue to contain blood vessels, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

First World Campus degree in additive manufacturing and design awarded


Joseph Sinclair always knew he wanted to set the trends, not follow them. As the first graduate of the master of engineering in additive manufacturing and design master’s (AMD) program through Penn State World Campus, he’s staying true to that mission.

Adding layers to Penn State's Nittany Lion pride


In 1942, Heinz Warneke sculpted the famous Nittany Lion Shrine from a 13-ton block of Indiana limestone. Seventy-six years later, the Penn State 3D Printing Club printed a multi-colored head of the Nittany Lion using 20 different filament materials.

Learning together


In ME 340, an engineering design class, Penn State mechanical engineering students were tasked with creating a STEM-related puzzle box for kids that was engaging, challenging and fun.

Nanotechnology center to help broaden participation of minorities in STEM fields


Traditionally, minority students have been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs — and in the STEM marketplace.

College of Engineering students show off their projects at Fall 2018 Capstone Design Project Showcase


After fifteen weeks of hard work, Penn State College of Engineering students displayed their capstone design projects at the Fall 2018 Capstone Design Project Showcase held on December 6 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Visualizing vitals through video


Researchers receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to capture vital signs via video.

Andrew Zydney to receive Alan S. Michaels Award


Andrew Zydney, Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and professor of chemical engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Alan S. Michaels Award in the Recovery of Biological Products. The award, bestowed by the Division of Biochemical Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS), recognizes outstanding research and practice contributions in the field of the recovery of biological products.

Citrate-based biomaterial fuels bone healing with less rejection


A material based on a natural product of bones and citrus fruit, called citrate, provides the extra energy that stem cells need to form new bone tissue, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers.

Next gen batteries possible with engineering breakthrough


Dramatically longer lasting, faster charging, and safer lithium metal batteries may be possible from Penn State research published Nov. 12 in Nature Energy.

Penn State researchers develop new technology to advance ultrasound neuromodulation


When it comes to recording and modulating neurons in the brain, neuroscientists face two options: noninvasive tools with low spatiotemporal resolution, or implantable tools that are highly invasive and can only record or impact a small percentage of the brain's neurons.

Major gift to transform nuclear engineering, support areas across University


Nuclear engineering alumnus Kenneth Lindquist and his wife and fellow Penn State graduate, Mary Alice Lindquist, have made a transformative estate commitment to support Penn State’s nuclear engineering program. The far-reaching commitment will also support scholarships for student-athletes and programming related to alcohol prevention and awareness.

Mechanical, nuclear engineering programs to become independent departments


On the advisement of the Faculty Senate Council, Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicolas P. Jones today (Nov. 13) approved the separation of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering into two independent departments, effective July 1, 2019.

Pioneering cancer/cryo-electron microscopy researcher to join College of Engineering faculty


Professor Deborah Kelly, a ground-breaking researcher who developed the new field of structural oncology, will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering as full professor and Lloyd and Dottie Foehr Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics in January 2019.

New graduate certificate in additive manufacturing offered at Penn State


Prompted by the incredible industry demand for trained experts in additive manufacturing and design for additive manufacturing, Penn State is offering a new graduate certificate in Additive Manufacturing and Design (AMD) through Penn State World Campus.

Penn State SWE wins highest collegiate recognition five years in a row at WE18


For the fifth consecutive year, Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the highest possible collegiate recognition within the Society of Women Engineers — the Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold Mission Award — at the WE18 National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, held October 18-20.

Interdisciplinary Penn State team places second in ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge


An interdisciplinary team of six Penn State engineering students recently received second place in the annual ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge competition.

Voith president and CEO, aerospace alumnus inspires engineering students


Stanley Kocon, president and CEO of Voith Hydro Inc., North America, visited Penn State University Park on October 23 to spend a day with engineering faculty and students as part of the College of Engineering’s ExecutiveXcellence Speaker Series.

IBM joins Engineering/EECS Affiliates Program


This fall, IBM became the newest participant in Penn State’s Engineering/EECS Affiliates Program, a collaborative effort between the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the College of Engineering’s Career Resources and Employer Relations.



The appetite for faster, smaller, and more powerful technology has spurred incredible innovations — but it also created an overwhelming demand on the way electronic devices handle the heat they generate.

Design Olympics competition encourages creativity


Shaving cream-covered plates lie on high-top tables located in the design den, the engineering design graduate student studio. Broken balloon pieces are scattered around the room. Students clad in Britelab and Leadership & Innovation Lab attire maneuver through an obstacle course comprised of water bottles, garbage cans, chairs and backpacks while trying to balance a coin on their noses. Welcome to the Design Olympics, a design-thinking competition between engineering and psychology students celebrating the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the study of creativity.

First ever all-female leadership team hopes to inspire future civil engineers


Penn State’s student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has not only been restarted following several semesters of hiatus, but it is also being spearheaded by its first ever all-female leadership team.

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