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Alumnus named defense research liaison for College of Engineering, ARL


Ned Brokloff is back home. A 1982 graduate of the Penn State College of Engineering, Brokloff has spent the past 36 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, connecting researchers with engineers to translate science from theory to practice for the U.S. Department of Defense. Now, he will do similar work as the defense-related research liaison for the College of Engineering and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL). 

Electrical engineering student receives Erickson Discovery Grant


Electrical engineering student Lindsey Goodnight has always known she wanted to contribute to the medical field. Now, with the help of a 2019 Erickson Discovery Grant, she is on her way to conducting research that will do just that. 

Bus driver seating design improvements get green light


Bus and truck drivers often work long hours in postures that are known to increase their chances of musculoskeletal issues, including lower back pain, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dermatology residents optimize exam that identifies skin cancers


Dr. Jeffrey Miller, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Penn State College of Medicine, can pinpoint the moment he realized a routine procedure he performs daily is prone to error.

Penn State EnvironMentors team wins first place in national competition


A team of Penn State faculty, students and local high schoolers took first place at the 2019 EnvironMentors National Science Fair held last week in Washington, D.C.

Assistant professor receives Outstanding Young Author Award


Abhronil Sengupta, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received the 2019 Outstanding Young Author Award from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Circuits and Systems Society (CASS).

Inaugural Drawdown Scholars class arrives at Penn State


Fifty-five undergraduate students from across the country have arrived at Penn State to take part in the first-ever Drawdown Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Dubbed Drawdown Scholars, the students will spend eight weeks embedded in research programs across the University, with the aim of investigating positive solutions-orientated paths to take action on climate change.

Penn State takes first, second place in international image-dehazing challenge


A team of Penn State graduate students, led by Vishal Monga, associate professor of electrical engineering, won first place in a worldwide image dehazing challenge, with another Penn State team placing second in the competition.

Penn State 'sensing' the future of collaboration in 2019 industryXchange


The Penn State College of Engineering welcomed representatives from 47 companies, six government agencies, seven Penn State campuses and ten colleges at University Park, to its third annual industryXchange at the Nittany Lion Inn on May 30. 

Global Faculty Fellow builds toward partnerships, impact in Africa


When Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering at Penn State, was named the first-ever Global Faculty Fellow in Global Programs, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

Computer science and engineering graduate wins award for doctoral dissertation


Kaisheng Ma, a 2018 Penn State alumnus of the doctoral computer science and engineering program, recently received the European Design and Automation Association's (EDAA) Ph.D. Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Two new scholarships support LGBTQA+ community in engineering and the arts


Two new scholarships are providing financial support for the LGBTQA+ community in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Architecture.

Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material


A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically changes the electronic properties of the material, according to Penn State researchers who say they can create new types of components for energy-efficient photoelectric devices and electronic circuits with this material.

From teacher to engineer and back again


When Philip Graybill received his degree in music education in 2005, he never could have predicted that his career path would lead him to a doctorate in engineering. But 14 years later, as a doctoral candidate in Penn State’s electrical engineering department, Graybill has found a new application for his education background, as his passion for and experience in teaching have led him to receive the 2019 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science names first professorship


A gift from Penn State alumnus Roger Liang and Annie Kuo, his spouse, will establish the first named professorship within Penn State’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

Engineering professor named editor-in-chief of architectural engineering journal


Ali Memari, professor of civil and architectural engineering, Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction, and director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State, was recently named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Architectural Engineering (JAE), produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Head named for Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering


Jean Paul Allain has been named the inaugural head of the recently established Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, effective July 1.

Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence program wins national award


The Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) recognized Penn State’s Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence (EMIX) program with the WEPAN Women in Engineering Initiative Award. The national award was presented at the Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference in Arlington, Virginia, in April, and also recognized California State Polytechnic University’s Cal Poly Pomona Women in Engineering Program.

Net carbon-negative electricity source may offer economical alternative


Researchers say burning a mixture of coal and crop residue biomass might provide a cost-effective, net carbon-negative electricity source that can be scaled to commercial levels in China in order to meet global temperature objectives by mid-century.

NSF Fellowship sets mechanical engineering student in motion


Claire Rodman, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, recognizing her potential for significant research achievements.

Penn State partners to recognize innovation in service systems engineering


At its May 18-21 conference and expo in Orlando, Florida, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) partnered with Penn State to recognize the innovative techniques organizations are using to improve the performance of service industries.

Penn State faculty, alumni and students honored at IISE Conference


Several faculty, alumni and graduate students from the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) were recognized for their accomplishments at the 2019 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida, on May 20.

Penn State professor and Fujita Corporation team up on construction robotics lab


During the summer of 1991, a young John Messner packed his bags and took his first airline flight across the Pacific to accept an information technology researcher position with Fujita Americas (formerly Fujita Research) and Fujita Corporation.

Penn State to host first international conference on Project Drawdown research


Penn State, in partnership with Project Drawdown, will hold the first international conference on climate solutions, based on the 2017 New York Times best-seller "Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming."

Lubrizol pledges $100,000 in support of the Engineering Equity Initiative


The Lubrizol Corporation, which owns and operates chemical engineering facilities in 17 countries, has pledged $100,000 over the next five years in support of the College of Engineering's Engineering Equity Initiative.

Former NASA administrator encourages engineering graduates to be bold, fearless, big dreamers


More than 1,400 students received their baccalaureate degrees at the College of Engineering's spring commencement exercises on May 3 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Engineering students display final projects at the spring Capstone Design Project Showcase


After 15 weeks of hard work, College of Engineering students displayed their capstone design projects at the spring 2019 Capstone Design Project Showcase held on April 25 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State named key partner in Federal Highway Administration project to study truck platooning


The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) has announced that Penn State is one of seven key partners recently selected to participate in Phase 1 of a Truck Platooning Early Deployment Assessment. The $499,878 award will be used to help industry and agency partners understand how truck platoons operate in realistic, operational environments.

College of Engineering student marshals announced


Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for the college’s spring commencement ceremony on May 3 at 8 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Aerospace engineering head appointed to FAA aircraft certification review committee


Amy R. Pritchett, professor and head of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was recently named one of six experts by U.S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to serve on a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Special Committee that will review how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifies aircraft.

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.

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