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Bruce Logan elected to Chinese Academy of Engineering

12/9/2019

Bruce Logan, Evan Pugh University Professor in Engineering and Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering at Penn State, has been admitted to the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Eight undergraduate students awarded Voith scholarship

12/9/2019

To champion gender equity in the engineering workforce, Voith Hydro Inc., whose U.S. headquarters are located in York, Pennsylvania, has awarded eight scholarships to undergraduate students in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Engineering alumni society wins award for dedication to student programs

12/9/2019

In recognition of its job shadowing program, the Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Alumni Society (PSIMES) received a Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) Volunteer Award at the PSAA Volunteer Awards Banquet in October.

Engineering students building autonomous submarine for international competition

12/9/2019

A team of 21 undergraduate students at Penn State and six students at The Belgium Campus, a university in Pretoria, South Africa, are deep into a yearlong project that will culminate in an international competition in San Diego, California, in August 2020.

Ground broken for new ag engineering shop at Fruit Research and Extension Center

12/9/2019

A new agricultural engineering shop at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center will, when completed, enhance research capabilities that ultimately will benefit growers, according to the center's director and one researcher who will use the facility.

HackPSU top prize goes to interdisciplinary team for collaboration software

12/9/2019

Students from across the state traveled to University Park on Nov. 2 for HackPSU, a 24-hour hackathon in which students compete for prizes by developing ideas that use software to solve real-life problems.

Novel polymer to increase energy density, stability of lithium ion batteries

12/9/2019

Penn State researchers have developed a novel method that could enable the widespread use of silicon-based anodes, which allow electricity to enter a device, in rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

Two engineering faculty recognized with lifetime honor

12/9/2019

Fourteen Penn State faculty members in areas ranging from physics and engineering to entomology and plant science have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society.

Mechanical engineering professor named AAAS fellow

12/6/2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named Asok Ray, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a fellow of their organization.

Newly established director of student transitions and pre-college programs named

12/6/2019

Tracy Peterson has been named the director of student transitions and pre-college programs in Penn State College of Engineering's Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion (CEOI).

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins top prize for sixth consecutive year

12/6/2019

The Penn State Society of Women Engineers received the 2019 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the sixth consecutive year at the WE19 National Conference on Nov. 8.

Artificial cells act more like the real thing

12/5/2019

Protocells -- artificial cells -- that are active and mimic living cells by moving independently and that are biocompatible and enzymatically active are now possible using an improved method developed by Penn State researchers.

Engineering science and mechanics graduate student receives Sigma Xi top prize

12/4/2019

Kazim Kerim Moncal, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, was awarded first place for his oral presentation on his 3D bioprinting and robot-assisted surgery research at the 2019 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

Researchers discover potential key to extremely low-friction surfaces

12/4/2019

Extremely slippery surface coatings such as diamond-like carbon (DLC), hold great potential for extremely low-friction surfaces that are more efficient and durable in automotive systems, medical devices, advanced sensors and computer components, according to a team of researchers from Penn State and University of California Merced.

Respiration key to increase oxygen in the brain

12/4/2019

Contrary to accepted knowledge, blood can bring more oxygen to mice brains when they exercise because the increased respiration packs more oxygen into the hemoglobin, according to an international team of researchers who believe that this holds true for all mammals.

Directional control of self-propelled protocells: The future of drug delivery?

12/3/2019

Synthetic protocells can be made to move toward and away from chemical signals, an important step for the development of new drug-delivery systems that could target specific locations in the body.

Planned expansion to keep College of Engineering on leading edge

12/3/2019

Design work is progressing for the first stage of a proposed, decade-long, multi-phase plan that will transform the Penn State College of Engineering and its footprint on the University Park campus.

Student startups shine at Invent Penn State conference

12/3/2019

Shortly after the recent 2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference kicked off, Penn State President Eric Barron welcomed eight Penn State student researchers and entrepreneurs to center stage for them to participate in the Student Startup Showcase.

Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference to be held Dec. 11-13

12/3/2019

Transportation professionals from around the country will gather at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center for the 25th?annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC).

Engineering design firm gifts $50K to architecture and architectural engineering

12/2/2019

Citing a desire for a collaborative curriculum across departments, Philadelphia-based architecture and engineering design firm EwingCole recently committed two $25,000 gifts, one to the Department of Architecture and one to the Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) at Penn State.

Nuclear engineering seminar celebrates new book and honors late professor

12/2/2019

The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering hosted a seminar on Oct. 31 to honor the legacy of Lawrence "Larry" Hochreiter, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering who died in 2008.

Professor to improve supply chain systems with smart algorithm

12/2/2019

Huanan Zhang, assistant professor of industrial engineering in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, received a $22,500 start-up grant from MHI, the nation's largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association, to help improve operational decisions made based on gathered data.

Aronson receives Humboldt Research Award

11/27/2019

Igor Aronson, Huck Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Mathematics at Penn State, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.

Engineering professor sees high-performance teamwork at the 2019 White Out game

11/27/2019

In her years studying electrical engineering at the Ohio State University, Penn State Professor Kathryn Jablokow never pictured herself as the guest coach for a Penn State White Out game, rooting for the Nittany Lions. But that's exactly where she found herself on Oct. 19.

Penn State engineering alumnus, benefactor remembered

11/27/2019

Harvey F. Brush, 99, alumnus and longtime Penn State benefactor, died on July 12, 2019. Brush, who earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1942, contributed more than $2 million to the College of Engineering and the College of Education over the years.

Aerospace expert to speak at Law, Policy, and Engineering Leadership Seminar

11/26/2019

How does engineering inform domestic and international aviation policy and law? What flight procedures reduce the environmental impact of aviation?

Applied Optoelectronics and Photonics Lab takes top Tech Tournament honors

11/26/2019

To most people, improving antireflection coatings (ARCs) usually doesn't hit the "to-do list." Good thing the world has folks like Chris Giebink, associate professor of electrical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering.

Electrical engineering major named College of Engineering's fall student marshal

11/26/2019

Alissa Smith, a Penn State senior majoring in electrical engineering and physics, has been named the College of Engineering's student marshal for the fall 2019 commencement ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Engineering science and mechanics graduate student receives fellowship award

11/26/2019

Prabhakaran Manogharan, a doctoral candidate in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was granted the 2019 American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Fellowship Award for his proposed research using ultrasonic techniques.

Nuclear engineering awarded grant to support early career faculty

11/26/2019

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) awarded Penn State's Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering a faculty development grant. The award was established to encourage careers and research in nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering, health physics and related fields to prepare for future workforce needs in society.

Nuclear engineering department head contributes to international think tank

11/26/2019

Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, along with 42 other experts from various fields comprise a think tank launched by the Colombian government. The group will submit a report of their recommendations for Colombia's future development on Dec. 5.

Penn State welcomes York Tech students to encourage STEM higher ed

11/25/2019

Students from the York County School of Technology, a high school that offers both academic and technical training, visited Penn State on Nov. 21 to engage with the many opportunities the University can offer.

Professor leads national workshop, authors cybersecurity report for White House

11/25/2019

Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the Penn State College of Engineering, was selected by the National Science and Technology Council in coordination with the Executive Office of the President of the United States to lead a technical workshop on June 4-6 with experts from across the nation on cybersecurity.

College of Engineering joins Global Design Thinking Alliance

11/22/2019

As an international leader in engineering design and design thinking education, Penn State's College of Engineering recently joined the Global Design Thinking Alliance as an affiliated member.

Professor named faculty chair for service enterprise engineering

11/22/2019

Vittal Prabhu, professor of industrial engineering, has been named the Charles and Enid Schneider Faculty Chair of the Penn State Service Enterprise Engineering Initiative (SEE 360) in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Scholar alumnus spurring conversation about sustainability among students

11/21/2019

Joseph Kasprzyk grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where his father worked for several area newspapers covering local issues such as public transportation or water and sewer authorities.

Mechanical engineering grad student launches research with NASA fellowship

11/20/2019

Since his childhood, Bashir Mekki, a doctoral candidate studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, has always been fascinated by how planes fly. Now, thanks to his doctorate research and a recent NASA fellowship in the area of multifunctional heat exchanger design for integrated lightweight thermal management systems in aircrafts, he's exploring that mystery.

Computer science and engineering professor receives $3.5M NSF grant

11/19/2019

In order to share, integrate and analyze research, scientists from many disciplines rely on Galaxy, a scientific workflow-management system. Despite its popularity, the system currently is not compatible with technology that would increase its speed and expand its functionality. Now, Mahmut Kandemir, professor of computer science and engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, is working to integrate that technology and improve the capabilities of Galaxy.

Engineering faculty members named 2019 Highly Cited Researchers

11/19/2019

The newly released Web of Science Group 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list features four Penn State College of Engineering faculty members.

Outstanding Engineering Alumnus to Deliver Distinguished Civil and Environmental Alumni Lecture

11/19/2019

Robert W. Felsburg, retired president and chair of Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU), will deliver the seventh annual Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in 104 Keller Building at University Park.

Civil and environmental engineering head named president of Geo-Institute

11/18/2019

Patrick Fox, the John A. and Harriette K. Shaw Professor and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, was recently promoted to president of the Geo-Institute (G-I), one of nine specialty institutes of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

New, slippery toilet coating provides cleaner flushing, saves water

11/18/2019

Every day, more than 141 billion liters of water are used solely to flush toilets. With millions of global citizens experiencing water scarcity, what if that amount could be reduced by 50%?

Study aims to identify engineering leadership styles

11/18/2019

Engineers are known for their expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). By applying their STEM knowledge to solve complex problems, engineers find innovative answers to some of the world’s most puzzling questions. While their technical expertise is extraordinary, some engineers may lack the necessary leadership training needed to excel in industry.

Symposium to explore the future of solar energy

11/18/2019

A symposium on the future of solar energy will feature experts from Penn State as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California (UC) Merced, and Princeton University. The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 in 100 Life Sciences Building. The symposium is free and open to the public.

College of Engineering promotes multiple campaigns for 2019 #GivingTuesday

11/15/2019

The season of giving is approaching quickly, and the Penn State College of Engineering is encouraging its community to participate in the globally recognized #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 3

Q&A with Eugene McFeely, senior director for veterans affairs and services

11/15/2019

As Penn State prepares to celebrate the opening of its new, $4 million Student Veteran Center, Penn State Today sat down with the man who’s spearheaded that effort, Eugene McFeely, to talk about his thoughts and goals for the new center.

Engineering alumnus serves through military and research

11/14/2019

After two tours in Iraq, Eric Swenson wanted a break from combat. He decided that he wanted to teach industrial engineering, and he knew that he needed his master's degree.

Professor awarded Air Force Young Investigator grant

11/14/2019

The United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded Jean-Michel Mongeau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a prestigious Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant to investigate how flying insects adapt their flight maneuvers.

Schreyer Scholar alumna and engineering graduate leaving legacy of impact

11/13/2019

Quinta Nwanosike Warren spent the first six years of her professional career as an engineer for an oil and gas company. She learned a lot and found satisfaction in the work, but something was missing.

Urban development reduces flash flooding chances in arid West

11/13/2019

Urban development in the eastern United States results in an increase in flash flooding in nearby streams, but in the arid West, urbanization has just the opposite effect, according to a Penn State researcher, who suggests there may be lessons to be learned from the sharp contrast.

Aerospace engineer receives grant to make origami structures in space

11/12/2019

Xin Ning, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, is applying the ancient folding art of origami to reconfigurable, multifunctional materials that could be used to build structures in harsh environments, such as outer space.

Shuman scholarship lights the way for undergrad researcher

11/12/2019

Daniel Shoemaker, a fifth-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, was awarded funding for his research as part of the Shuman Scholars program.

Building the scientific foundation for a universal 3D printer

11/11/2019

The National Science Foundation recently awarded researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) a $500,000 grant to develop the science underlying a universal 3D printer.

Chemical engineering alum becomes ambassador for girls interested in STEM

11/11/2019

While roughly one-third of girls say they have considered a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career, only one-quarter actually pursue that path.

Summer Academy students use refreshable Braille coding to work with 3D printing

11/11/2019

As part of the two-week, intensive Summer Academy for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Penn State engineering students used easily accessible coding to help visually impaired high school students 3D print fully extendable lightsabers.

$1.5M grant will investigate use of robots on construction sites

11/8/2019

Robert Leicht, associate professor of architectural engineering, will lead a new $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the use of robots on construction sites to provide needed relief for the waning workforce.

New photonic liquid crystals could lead to next-generation displays

11/8/2019

A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays.

Penn State awarded $3.3M to develop more efficient gas turbines

11/8/2019

Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded more than a combined $3.3 million to support advancements in the performance and efficiency of combustion turbines and turbine-based power cycles in fossil fuel power generation.

Mechanical engineering professor named ASME fellow

11/7/2019

Paris von Lockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

World War II B-29 navigator talks about his role in the Pacific

11/7/2019

In 1945, Penn State alumnus Alexander "Lew" Parry Jr. found himself in the middle of World War II, spending much of his active-duty time that year as a navigator in a B-29.

Drawdown Scholar speaks to United Nations on International Day of Peace

11/6/2019

Based on work completed during this summer's Penn State Drawdown Scholars program, a college senior was chosen to speak at the United Nations' International Day of Peace.

Mechanical engineering industry leaders featured on panel

11/6/2019

At the final event marking the year-long celebration of a reimagined Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, four leaders in the field spoke to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 28 about their predictions for the future of the discipline.

New engineering courses highlight innovation in manufacturing

11/6/2019

The Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering will introduce two new graduate courses on the future of manufacturing and nanotechnology during the spring semester.

NSF grant provides next step for assistive walking exoskeletons

11/6/2019

To understand, model and optimize the comfort of lower limb robotic exoskeletons, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Chemical engineering professor elected as American Physical Society Fellow

11/5/2019

The American Physical Society (APS) elected Bryan D. Vogt, Penn State professor of chemical engineering, as one of its 2019 fellows.

Schreyer Honors College to host sustainability-minded entrepreneur

11/1/2019

Edmund Dimalanta, the founder and chief executive officer of D&G Pacific, will speak at Penn State on Nov. 13 about sustainability in his native Philippines.

Electrical engineering professor named to Roell Early Career Professorship

10/31/2019

Rongming Chu, associate professor of electrical engineering, was recently appointed to the Thomas and Sheila Roell Early Career Professorship in Engineering.

Nuclear engineering professor to speak at Schlow Library

10/31/2019

Arthur Motta, professor of nuclear engineering, is giving a talk at Schlow Library on Nov. 3.

Tiny swimming donuts deliver the goods

10/31/2019

Microscopic, 3D-printed, tori -- donuts -- coated with nickel and platinum may bridge the gap between biological and synthetic swimmers, according to an international team of researchers.

World War II pilot discusses his 69 missions flying C-54s over 'The Hump'

10/31/2019

Garrett "Mitch" Mitchell, age 97, piloted C-54 Skymaster transport planes during World War II, logging 69 missions from India to China and back.

In and out with 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge

10/30/2019

Electric vehicle owners may soon be able to pull into a fueling station, plug their car in, go to the restroom, get a cup of coffee and in 10 minutes, drive out with a fully charged battery, according to a team of engineers.

Researchers explore using computer simulations to improve experiments

10/30/2019

Penn State researchers receive 1.75 million dollar NSF grant to develop computer simulations for improved flexible electronics experiments.

Record-setting regional finish leads to spot in national cyber competition

10/28/2019

Six students from Penn State celebrated a second-place finish in the northeast regional competition of the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition secured a spot in the upcoming national competition in Rochester, New York, Nov. 22-24.

That Martin Sound

10/28/2019

Micah Shepherd, assistant research professor of acoustics, and a team of Penn State acoustics experts worked with Martin Guitar to develop a method to analyze acoustic properties of guitars and components.

Penn State acoustics program strikes right tone with doctoral student

10/25/2019

When Molly Smallcomb was an undergraduate student at the University of Hartford, little did she know that her decision to attend a summer research program at Penn State would have such a profound impact on her future.

With Penn State help, ESPN "College GameDay" was sustainable at University Park

10/25/2019

Penn State's extensive capabilities in hosting sustainable events helped ESPN achieve its goal of presenting its "College GameDay" show previewing the Nittany Lions' football showdown with the University of Michigan in a sustainable manner.

Civil engineering alumnus who helped create Nittany Lion Shrine also accomplished WWII veteran

10/24/2019

In this special military appreciation Throwback Thursday, Penn State remembers and honors the life and achievements of Col. David E. Pergrin, a Penn Stater who played a key role in creating the Nittany Lion Shrine, and a veteran who served in one of the most decorated U.S. Army units of World War II.

Dynamic haptic robotic training to decrease catheter procedure complications

10/24/2019

Each year, more than five million central venous catheters (CVC) are placed in a large vein in the neck, chest or groin to provide patients with fluids, blood or medications.

Larson Transportation Institute selects young professional scholarship recipient

10/24/2019

Jennifer Warner Hayman, a civil engineer with Michael Baker International, Inc., has been selected to receive the 2019 Adele A. Konefal Women’s Young Professional Scholarship.

Lockheed Martin Space engineer receives Early Career Alumni Award

10/24/2019

After a difficult semester as a first-year student at Penn State in the fall of 2012, Renee Frohnert almost gave up on electrical engineering. Fortunately, she persevered, and ultimately thrived, graduating with a high grade-point average and excellent job offers.

College of Engineering programs rank in U.S. News 'Best Global Universities'

10/23/2019

Several of Penn State's programs in the College of Engineering have made a strong showing, nationally and worldwide, in the recently released U.S. News & World Reports "Best Global Universities" for 2020.

Five Questions With ... Deb Kelly, on 'outsmarting' breast cancer

10/23/2019

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the pioneering researchers in the fight against breast cancer is Deb Kelly, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Structural Oncology at Penn State.

Most complete exploration of fly landing maneuvers to advance future robots

10/23/2019

To inspire advanced robotic technology, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have published the most complete description of how flying insects land upside-down.

Researcher to discuss how AI can help people avoid adverse drug interactions

10/22/2019

Because machine learning can accurately monitor massive amounts of data, experts in artificial intelligence are investigating how the technology can help improve the safety of medical care and interventions.

Robert Beaury among honorees at Outreach and Online Education Appreciation Dinner

10/22/2019

Cybersecurity and innovation will take center stage at the Penn State Outreach and Online Education Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The future of learning robotics

10/22/2019

Engineering students at Penn State are being challenged to identify opportunities for new, impactful robotic system applications that could be available within the next 10 years, using a robotics learning kit developed by global semiconductor design and manufacturing company Texas Instruments (TI).

Graduate student of short stature overcomes challenges in lab, life

10/21/2019

ChE doctoral candidate overcomes challenges poised by short stature to achieve as a grad student.

Nuclear engineering alumnus to receive Alumni Fellow Award

10/18/2019

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 16 Penn Staters on Oct. 23 with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

Isett Professorship to advance civil and environmental engineering

10/17/2019

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Penn State has received a $1 million estate commitment to establish the Barry and Shirley Isett Professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

AI could offer warnings about serious side effects of drug-drug interactions

10/15/2019

The more medications a patient takes, the greater the likelihood that interactions between those drugs could trigger negative side effects, including long-term organ damage and even death. Now, researchers at Penn State have developed a machine learning system that may be able to warn doctors and patients about possible negative side effects that might occur when drugs are mixed.

Architectural engineering receives grant for Research Experience for Teachers

10/15/2019

Bolstering high school students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, does not happen overnight. It takes time, even years, to introduce a student to the excitement of learning and real-world career opportunities in STEM.

Well cited: Engineering alumnus' decades-old work has stood the test of time

10/15/2019

As an industrial engineering graduate student in the late 1970s, Muhammad Nawaz was deep into collecting relevant literature to prove an idea for his minor thesis project. He didn’t expect it would continue to resonate nearly four decades later.

Scientists have first 3D view of life's processes in liquid

10/14/2019

A new liquid-cell technology allows scientists to see living biological materials and systems in three dimensions under an electron microscope, according to researchers at Penn State, Virginia Tech and Protochips Inc.

Five new faculty join the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

10/10/2019

Five new faculty members joined the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) this fall.

2019 Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference shines light on tech innovations

10/8/2019

Penn State student and faculty research innovations and discoveries with potential to have a significant impact on the world might begin in the lab or a classroom, but they don't stay there. The work continues to advance and be strengthened by Invent Penn State's unyielding commitment to a robust startup ecosystem that helps move their ideas to market.

Former ASME president tells engineering students 'the sky is the limit'

10/8/2019

Charla Wise, former president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and retired vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, recently visited the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering to share her insights on the future of mechanical engineering and how today’s students are poised to change the trajectory of the field.

Industrial engineering alumnus shares his path to the C-suite

10/8/2019

Matthew J. White, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Linde, a multinational industrial gases company, shared his thoughts on what it means to be a successful engineer as part of Penn State's College of Engineering's ExecutiveXcellence Speaker Series. White spoke at the fall 2019 installment of the series on Sept. 13 in the HUB-Robeson Center.

Nanoporous Antireflection Coatings secures $75,000 in tech tournament

10/8/2019

Twelve early-stage startups and inventors took the stage for the 2019 Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference Tech Tournament to make their pitch for up to $75,000 in cash to help their organizations take the next step to commercialization.

Penn State to study integration of automated driving systems into work zones

10/8/2019

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) will lead a group of Penn State researchers studying how to safely integrate automated driving systems into work zones.

Design by architecture, engineering professor featured in Architect magazine

10/4/2019

The design of mobile low-carbon structures by DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State, has been featured by Architect magazine, the journal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Civil engineer leads $3M project to study eroding Alaskan coastline

10/3/2019

The Arctic sea is consuming Alaska's coastline. Since 1955, the rising water has eroded more than 300 meters of permafrost -- the frozen soil that helps protect the Arctic's delicately balanced ecosystem. It also serves as the foundation upon which hundreds of villages and thousands of people exist.

New director named for Facilities Engineering Institute

10/3/2019

Mark Bodenschatz has been selected to head the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI), effective Oct. 1. Interim director since Nov. 2018, Bodenschatz was selected as the new director for the institute following a national search.

Nuclear engineering students recognized at annual conference

10/3/2019

Members of the Penn State student chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) won two awards at the institute's annual conference this past summer in Palm Desert, California.

Hovering closer to the secrets of hummingbird flight

10/2/2019

The extraordinary ability of hummingbirds to perform complex escape maneuvers will be explored for its potential to enhance the field of robotics and micro aerial vehicles, thanks to a $923,483 grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Industrial engineering student embraced traveling abroad for personal growth

10/2/2019

Many students hear the advice to travel and study abroad during their college years to learn more about other cultures. Yijia "Doris" Xu, a fourth-year industrial engineering major, took this advice to heart by going abroad twice during her Penn State experience.

Teaching and Learning with Technology faculty fellows focus on learning spaces

10/2/2019

Four new faculty fellows have joined Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) for the 2019-20 academic year: Ed Glantz, Siu Ling "Pansy" Leung, Pierce Salguero and Priya Sharma. Each member of the cohort will undertake a project intended to enhance unique spaces where students learn.

Mechanical engineering professor sets new course with NSF ocean expedition

10/1/2019

Matthew Rau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, spent 10 days cruising north of Oahu, Hawaii, in the summer of 2019. But it wasn’t for a vacation -- Rau was conducting foundational research that could aid the understanding of carbon dioxide absorption within the Pacific Ocean and its potential impact on climate change.

Chemical engineering professor receives American Chemical Society award

9/30/2019

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Andrew Zydney, Penn State Bayard D. Kunkle Chair and professor of chemical engineering, as the recipient of the 2020 ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology.

Engineers Without Borders partners with Namutamba community in Uganda

9/30/2019

Undergraduate students from the Penn State chapter of Engineers Without Borders have launched a collaboration with the Namutamba community in Uganda to improve the community’s access to potable water.

Facilities engineering institute to offer new credential course

9/30/2019

The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) has added a ProFM credential instructor-led course to its educational offerings.

Social venture provides localized, distributed manufacturing in Kenya

9/30/2019

As a Peace Corps teacher in Tanzania, Ben Savonen, who received his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State in 2019, found he didn’t have access to the lab equipment he needed to teach chemistry.

Architectural engineering awarded grant to redesign first-year seminar

9/27/2019

First-year engineering students likely do not expect to tour and redesign Beaver Stadium, work with full-scale construction robots, or create Lego models of existing academic buildings at University Park, all within their first year on campus.

Jumping the gap may make electronics faster

9/27/2019

A quasi-particle that travels along the interface of a metal and dielectric material may be the solution to problems caused by shrinking electronic components, according to an international team of engineers.

Leadership graduate program enhances engineer's capabilities in U.S. Navy

9/27/2019

As a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps, Penn State alumna Elizabeth Huber was looking for a way to enhance her professional skill set, particularly because her job as an engineer staff officer at the United States Central Command's (USCENTCOM) Logistics and Engineering Directorate focuses on project management and leading teams.

Penn State professor named founding director of Global Building Network

9/27/2019

Esther Obonyo, an associate professor in Penn State's College of Engineering, has been named director of the Global Building Network (GBN). She will be working as part of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

Student awarded first Thole scholarship to support diversity in engineering

9/26/2019

Haylee Womer, a first-year Penn State student from Owings, Maryland, has been selected as the first recipient of the Professor Karen A. Thole Annual Scholarship for Diversity in Engineering.

Drew named associate director of Penn State's Institute of the Neurosciences

9/25/2019

Patrick Drew, Huck distinguished associate professor of neural engineering and neurosurgery, has been appointed associate director of the Institute of the Neurosciences at Penn State.

Lasting work: Penn State engineers help NASA go to Titan for mission 'Dragonfly'

9/24/2019

Three aerospace engineers are leading the Penn State team on an $850 million NASA mission spanning at least the next two decades. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) leads the endeavor to investigate surface and atmospheric conditions of Saturn's largest moon.

Mechanical engineering alumnus and spouse pledge $250,000 to support scholarship

9/24/2019

Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus Clyde Shuman and his wife, Nancy, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, have committed an additional $250,000 to the University's Department of Mechanical Engineering to support the existing Clyde W. Shuman Jr. Family Trustee Scholarship in Engineering.

Nominations sought for service enterprise engineering award

9/24/2019

Penn State's Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) is co-sponsoring the Outstanding Innovation in Service Systems Engineering Award competition at the annual spring Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Conference and Expo.

Penn State researchers receive grant to explore novel method of anticoagulation

9/24/2019

Two Penn State biomedical engineering faculty members have received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to explore potential solutions to thrombosis, or blood clot formation, a prevalent issue with blood-contacting medical devices such as heart valves, blood pumps and cardiac stents.

Nuclear engineering graduate student selected to advocate in Washington, D.C.

9/20/2019

Marc Wonders, a Penn State graduate student earning his doctorate in nuclear engineering, was one of 15 students from across the country who participated in the annual Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD) this summer.

Magana overcomes odds to succeed after emigrating from Mexico

9/19/2019

Gabriela “Gabby” Gonzalez Magana, a Penn State senior majoring in computer engineering with a concentration in robotics, has traveled a long and winding road — today she serves as an mentor for girls studying STEM related subjects.

New Multicultural Engineering Program director named

9/18/2019

Lauren Griggs, a biomedical engineer by training, has been selected to direct Penn State College of Engineering’s Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP).

Researchers explore fish movement to enhance underwater robots

9/18/2019

To understand the sensing, control and physics of fish-swimming with the goal of mimicking their performance in advanced robotics, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Houston and the University of Virginia, have recently been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

First-year engineering student creating soundtracks on the side

9/17/2019

Wezi Mkandawire, of Wexford, produces music for film and television soundtracks, combining his abilities with the guitar and piano with a growing set of production skills. Videos featuring his songs have received as many as 45,000 views on Ambient, a YouTube channel that collects music designed for films, relaxation and more.

PennDOT leader to speak at transportation and infrastructure conference

9/17/2019

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) has announced that George McAuley, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) deputy secretary for highway administration, will serve as keynote speaker at the Transportation Asset and Infrastructure Management Conference (TAIM). The conference is scheduled to be held Oct. 28-29 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. McAuley is scheduled to speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Grant recipients work to improve reconstructive ACL surgeries

9/16/2019

Spencer Szczesny, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Aman Dhawan, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and associate professor with the Penn State College of Medicine, have been awarded one of two annual Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine.

Mechanical engineering professor recognized for outstanding teaching

9/16/2019

Paris Von Lockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has earned the 2019 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Teaching Award.

Mechanical engineering welcomes director of online pedagogy and credentialing

9/16/2019

Andrea Gregg has joined the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) as the director of online pedagogy and credentialing and assistant teaching professor.

Researchers seek to revolutionize catalyst design with machine learning

9/16/2019

Researchers from Penn State and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have received a $1.2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to use machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence — and data science to design more effective catalysts for chemical processing. The grant is part of a new initiative by the DOE to provide $27.6 million in grants for data science research in chemical and materials sciences.

Brain-inspired computing could tackle big problems in a small way

9/13/2019

While computers have become smaller and more powerful and supercomputers and parallel computing have become the standard, we are about to hit a wall in energy and miniaturization. Now, Penn State researchers have designed a 2D device that can provide more than yes-or-no answers and could be more brainlike than current computing architectures.

Building materials researcher joins architectural engineering

9/13/2019

Juan Pablo "JP" Gevaudan, an experimental cement chemist and current Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, joined Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering on Aug. 16 as an affiliate professor.

Drawdown Scholars returning to Penn State for international conference

9/13/2019

Undergraduate students from across the country are returning to Penn State next week for the first international conference on the science of drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline. The students, participants in this past summer’s Penn State Drawdown Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, will present results from their summer research projects from Sept. 16-18.

Engineering thought leader looks to the future with public lecture

9/13/2019

On Sept. 9 at Penn State's University Park campus, Mote addressed faculty, students and staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), reflecting on the past achievements of engineering while largely casting a gaze to the goals of the future.

Industrial engineering alumnus improves business-customer relations

9/13/2019

Penn State industrial engineering alumnus Indraneel Fuke found a way to combine his engineering and entrepreneurial skills to offer unparalleled solutions for sales, marketing and customer service management for the banking, financial services, insurance and education sectors of the Asia Pacific market.

Quantum leap: DOE grant aims to speed software development for quantum materials

9/13/2019

Better understanding quantum materials and translating that knowledge to practical technologies is the focus of a new $2.75 million Penn State-led project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Eight College of Engineering programs rise in U.S. News undergraduate rankings

9/11/2019

In the recently released 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Schools rankings, eight Penn State engineering specialty disciplines rose from last year's rankings, with five of the eight disciplines making significant jumps.

Engineering faculty, staff, alumni to be honored for exceptional contributions

9/11/2019

Faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Engineering will be recognized for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on October 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Penn State University Park's Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Engineering research scholarship aims to "rise" aircraft safety, efficiency

9/10/2019

Chandrachur Bhattacharya, a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, was awarded a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) Scholarship from Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. During the summer of 2019, he conducted collaborative research in India at Jadavpur University.

Mechanical engineering professor to forge frontier of biomolecular computing

9/10/2019

Joseph Najem has joined the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor, where he will continue his work researching and developing multifunctional biomolecular materials.

Four new faculty members join Department of Chemical Engineering

9/5/2019

Four new faculty members joined Penn State's Department of Chemical Engineering this academic year.

START Lab awarded $6 million to develop national experimental turbine

9/5/2019

With industry support, the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Lab (DOE-NETL) has awarded the Penn State Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Lab $6 million to spearhead the development of a National Experimental Turbine (NExT) rig, an initiative to help modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure.

Five Penn State researchers awarded grants by Kaufman Foundation

9/4/2019

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation -- a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region -- has selected two projects led by Penn State researchers to receive New Initiatives grants.

Improv teaches chemical engineering REU students valuable skills

9/4/2019

Students in the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering’s (ChE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program participated in an improv workshop conducted by Samuel Tanner, assistant professor of literacy education at Penn State Altoona.

Moving faster in a crowd: Examining cell particle movement

9/4/2019

Cell particles move more quickly through a crowded cellular environment when the crowding molecules are non-uniformly distributed. New research also shows that particle transport in crowded cells can actually be faster than movement in a non-crowded environment as long as the particles are moving from densely crowded areas to less crowded areas.

New gift will revolutionize service enterprise engineering for new opportunities

9/4/2019

Charles R. Schneider and Penn State are partnering on a nearly $9 million investment to greatly expand the College of Engineering’s focus on improving processes and efficiencies across the service sector of the economy, a field known as service enterprise engineering.

Penn State researchers lead the way in Water-Energy-Food research in Africa

9/4/2019

Three Penn State researchers recently received $250,000 in University Strategic Plan seed funding to address global Water-Energy-Food (WEF) challenges.

Using prototypes to improve undergraduate engineering communication skills

9/4/2019

Prototypes serve as more than the first model of a product -- they also are valuable communication tools between team members, external stakeholders and end-users. While prior work has demonstrated that professional engineers frequently rely on prototypes to communicate, preliminary data suggests that undergraduate engineering students struggle to use prototypes effectively.

Electrical engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

8/29/2019

Minghui Zhu, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 NSF CAREER Award to develop solutions that promote privacy while allowing cyber-physical systems to successfully accomplish control tasks.

Innovating vehicle technology possible with new mechanical engineering faculty

8/29/2019

Herschel Pangborn, a State College native, is returning to Penn State in January 2020 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Nuclear engineering department expands with new faculty member

8/29/2019

Amanda Johnsen joined the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State as assistant professor on Aug. 15.

Alumna gifts endowed scholarship to architectural engineering

8/27/2019

Architectural engineering (AE) alumna Karen (Kalenak) Sweeney has given to Penn State over the past 30 years. This year, she redoubled her generosity to establish an endowed scholarship for AE students.

Electrical engineering alumnus named Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow

8/22/2019

When an unexpected change in jobs gave Kwesi Vincent, a 1999 Penn State graduate in electrical engineering, a chance to help students from underserved areas meet college math requirements, he quickly realized that he had a gift for teaching.

Engineering faculty named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors

8/22/2019

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 54 academic inventors to the spring 2019 class of NAI senior members. Among these are Penn State College of Engineering faculty members Melik Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics and Lloyd Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and Bernhard Tittmann, professor emeritus of engineering science and mechanics and retired Schell Professor in the Materials Research Institute.

Engineering symposium highlights undergraduate research experiences

8/22/2019

Undergraduate students from across Penn State and the world capped off their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs with a research symposium on July 30.

Former faculty member and spouse commit $4 million to electrical engineering

8/22/2019

Building on a long history of philanthropic dedication to engineering, former Penn State faculty member Raj Mittra and his wife, Jeannette Mittra, recently committed $4 million to Penn State’s Department of Electrical Engineering.

Penn State industrial engineering professor addresses U.S. Congressional Caucus

8/21/2019

On July 11, Soundar Kumara, Allen E. Pearce and Allen M. Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, spoke at a briefing hosted by the House Manufacturing Caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).

Engineering alumnus makes $2.5 million commitment to facilities expansion

8/20/2019

Civil engineering alumnus Andrew Kartalis and his wife, Katherine, have made a $2.5 million estate commitment to the College of Engineering's planned facilities expansion.

Architectural engineering alumnus gives to enhance department facilities

8/16/2019

Tim Carr, an alumnus and longtime supporter of Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering (AE), has committed $150,000 from his estate for an endowment to advance facility and equipment development and maintenance.

Nanotechnology expert joins industrial engineering department

8/16/2019

Hongtao Sun, an expert in nanoscience and nanotechnology, will join the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering as an assistant professor on Aug. 15.

Professor to tackle large-scale simulation optimization problems

8/15/2019

The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences has awarded principal investigator Eunhye Song, Harold and Inge Marcus Early Career Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, $140,000 to push the frontier of large-scale discrete simulation optimization.

Research team receives grant to commercialize 3D-printed concrete system

8/14/2019

Researchers at Penn State believe that using 3D-printing technologies to transform concrete construction processes and add new capabilities may radically transform the construction industry and reduce its carbon footprint.

Researchers develop novel process to fabricate battery materials

8/14/2019

By discovering a way to combine lithium salts with ceramics, researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Materials Research Institute may have created a new class of materials for longer-lasting batteries. According to researchers, the composite nature of the batteries could make recycling easier, reducing landfill waste.

International leaders convene at Penn State to map future of nuclear power

8/13/2019

To continually support the safety and efficiency of the world’s power supply, international leaders in nuclear safety and regulation convened at Penn State on July 1 to establish and guide an upcoming research project to be conducted in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Penn State names acoustics alumna Lora Weiss senior vice president for research

8/13/2019

Lora G. Weiss, interim senior vice president of the Georgia Institute of Technology and interim director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), has been named senior vice president for research at Penn State, beginning Sept. 16.

Detention basins could catch more than stormwater

8/12/2019

Everywhere you go there are stormwater detention basins built near large construction projects intended to control the flow of rainwater and runoff. Now, those basins might help in controlling nitrogen runoff into rivers and lakes, according to Lauren E. McPhillips, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State.

Professor receives NSF grant to model cell disorder in heart

8/12/2019

Hui Yang, Harold and Inge Marcus Career Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, was awarded a $320,625 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study exactly how a process called glycosylation can cause proteins to disrupt the harmony of cell activity.

Eric and Janet Branyan endow professorship, excellence fund in engineering

8/6/2019

New avenues for cutting-edge research and outstanding student experiences in Penn State's Department of Mechanical Engineering are being made possible thanks to a gift from Eric and Janet Tomajko Branyan.

Where curiosity leads: The search for a styrofoam replacement leads to biomaterials with broader impact

8/6/2019

Every scientific discovery has one thing in common: It started with a question. But, as Penn State materials scientist Jeffrey Catchmark will attest, sometimes the most ingenious answers come from questions you didn't even know to ask.

Electrical engineering professor wins distinguished educator award

8/5/2019

Douglas Werner, John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, was recently presented with the 2019 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S).

Thole honored for technical contributions, commitment to diversity in aerospace

8/5/2019

Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Penn State, has been awarded the 2019 Air Breathing Propulsion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Artificial heart lab demonstrates the impact of undergraduate research

8/1/2019

While graduate students and faculty are known for their research work, undergraduates also make significant contributions to the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering's research portfolio.

Barn owls may hold key to navigation and location

8/1/2019

The way barn owl brains use sound to locate prey may be a template for electronic directional navigation devices, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are recreating owl brain circuitry in electronics.

Sustainable buildings and lighting researcher joins architectural engineering

8/1/2019

Julian Wang, a researcher who specializes in building windows, lighting, daylighting and sustainable technologies, joined Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering as an associate professor on June 1.

Aerospace engineering professor named AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

7/31/2019

David B. Spencer, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, has been awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) with a placement at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Penn State professor co-chairs roadmap to guide synthetic biology investments

7/30/2019

Some of the potential applications of engineering biology, or synthetic biology, sound like science fiction: genetically engineered organisms that produce plastics from carbon dioxide and synthetic gut microbes that detect and wipe out invading organisms before you get sick.

Penn State-led Global Building Network at forefront of building performance

7/30/2019

Ever since humans inhabited buildings, people have worked on improving them. Penn State researchers are no different. A large-scale interdisciplinary effort led by Penn State, called the Global Building Network, is underway to create high-performance buildings, which are buildings capable of achieving net-zero carbon-based energy usage while increasing occupant performance and reducing health risks. These buildings are better for the occupants, as well as the environment and the economy.

Engineering students work to improve Berkey Creamery experience for customers

7/29/2019

Students in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's Service Enterprise Engineering program are collaborating with Penn State's Berkey Creamery to optimize the efficiency of the Penn State landmark.

Iavarone named College of Engineering's student marshal for summer commencement

7/29/2019

Eric Iavarone has been named the College of Engineering’s student marshal for Penn State’s summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 10.

Two chemical engineering faculty members receive promotions

7/29/2019

Two faculty members in the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering have received promotions in academic rank, effective July 1.

Sophomore represents Penn State at innovation challenge in Israel

7/26/2019

A Penn State entrepreneurship student majoring in computer science was part of a team that took third place at an Intel AI innovation challenge organized and hosted by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

First-of-its-kind graduate course tackles legal issues in additive manufacturing

7/25/2019

To prepare the industry’s next trailblazers, a new course in the Penn State Additive Manufacturing and Design (AMD) graduate program is seeking to address them head-on.

Mechanical engineering professor presents at international conference, shares insights in laser diagnostics

7/22/2019

On June 24, Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, delivered an invited presentation at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Laser Diagnostics in Energy and Combustion Science, highlighting her work in laser diagnostics in engine technologies.

Student chapter wins fourth consecutive national industrial engineering award

7/19/2019

The Penn State student chapter of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) has been honored with the organization's Gold Award for the fourth consecutive year.

Eberly College of Science and College of Engineering receive '52 alumnus bequest

7/18/2019

Penn State students majoring in architectural engineering or physics may soon benefit from an estate gift totaling more than $890,000. The gift from M. Dean and Jean L. Underwood will establish two scholarships, one in physics and one in architectural engineering.

Power in partnerships: Engineering solutions through interdisciplinary initiatives

7/17/2019

Engineering Penn State sat down with Dr. Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, to discuss collaborative work within engineering, across Penn State, and with government and industry. This is an area of strategic importance for the College of Engineering, as a multifaceted society requires multi-disciplinary solutions.

Bioengineered cell walls open new medical, research possibilities

7/16/2019

Biomedical engineers at Penn State have developed a process to build protective, synthetic plant cell walls around animal cells.

Engineering faculty member receives grants totaling $1.5M for bioprinting

7/16/2019

Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, Hartz Family Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, has received four grants totaling about $1.5 million to explore ways to bioprint biological tissues like bone, lungs and other organs for use as models in a variety of studies.

Faculty members join Energy 2100 initiative as Fellows

7/16/2019

Two Penn State faculty members have been named Energy 2100 Fellows. Chris Gorski, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, specializing in environmental engineering, and James Freihaut, professor of architectural engineering, specializing in building mechanical systems, are both in the College of Engineering.

New program to be offered in partnership with the World Campus

7/16/2019

Today's engineers need to be equipped to meet the ever-changing demands of a modern society and to understand how to innovate and better streamline processes. In order to meet these needs, Penn State will offer a new online degree -- master of engineering in industrial engineering -- beginning in fall 2019 to meet these requirements.

Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance

7/16/2019

Traffic signals serve to regulate the worst bottlenecks in highly populated areas but are not always very effective. Researchers at Penn State are hoping to use deep reinforcement learning to improve traffic signal efficiency in urban areas, thanks to a one-year, $22,443 Penn State Institute for CyberScience Seed Grant.

New IEE leaders mindful of energy, environmental challenges

7/15/2019

Two Penn State faculty members have joined the leadership team of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE). Erica Smithwick, the E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Professor of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Bruce Logan, the Evan Pugh Professor in Engineering and the Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, have both been named associate directors of IEE.

PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology

7/15/2019

Coming from the small town of Limeport, near Allentown, a young Annalyse Kehs may not have thought much about international agriculture or feeding the world. But thanks to a project called PlantVillage, the Penn State rising senior not only is helping to address world hunger but is relishing the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Kenya and Rome to interact with farmers, researchers and policymakers.

Professor funds new engineering endowment to help students travel for success

7/15/2019

A. Ravi Ravindran, professor emeritus and a Provost’s Emeritus Faculty Teaching Scholar for the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), has worked in a collaborative effort to establish a $25,000 endowment to fund conference travel expenses for the department’s graduate students.

Students, professor build specialized scanner to bring paintings to life

7/15/2019

When Yi Yang was a doctoral student, he frequented art museums but grew frustrated with the inability of patrons to closely examine paintings and the artists' techniques. After some thought, he realized that a laser imaging system like the one in his lab could be used to capture the 3D surface profiles of artwork.

Building sustainability researcher joins architectural engineering

7/12/2019

Melika Sharifironizi, an expert in sustainability and the environmental impact of buildings and building systems, joined Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering as assistant research professor on June 3.

Early look at engineering to be offered to broad range of students

7/12/2019

Already having an end goal just might help Christine Cunningham begin the challenging tasks of her new position of professor of practice in education and engineering.

Faculty, students receive recognition from ASTM International

7/12/2019

A research paper submitted by faculty and students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State has been honored with the 2019 Outstanding Article Award by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering Materials.

Penn State alumnus leads effort to restore the Chesapeake

7/11/2019

Dana Aunkst, armed with his Penn State chemical engineering degree, has taken on the biggest challenge of his career so far: restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

Microgrids, major changes: Professor leading effort to redesign power grid

7/9/2019

When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in 2012, entire city skylines went completely black with the curious exception of a few small areas still emitting light, thanks to their use of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, a key component to microgrids.

SEDTAPP welcomes new director of professional programs outreach

7/9/2019

Robin Havens Tate has joined the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) as its new director of professional programs outreach

Professor awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

7/8/2019

Tak-Sing Wong, the Wormley Early Career Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Donald Trump.

Facilities Engineering Institute warns about unethical marketing practices

7/2/2019

In recent years, electricity customers across the United States have seen an increase in marketing materials promising lower electricity rates. Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) is offering precautionary advice to its customers and prospective clients about calls, letters and emails they may be receiving from companies promising lower costs.

Sense of smell, pollution and neurological disease connection explored

7/2/2019

A consensus is building that air pollution can cause neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, but how fine, sooty particles cause problems in the brain is still an unanswered question.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions

7/1/2019

Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1, 2019.

Simulated driving study aims to increase trust in technology and road safety

7/1/2019

Yiqi Zhang, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at Penn State, aims to make the roads a safer place for all drivers by better understanding the interactions between human drivers and autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies.

Industrial engineering professor honored with early career award

6/28/2019

Jingjing Li, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professor (associate professor) of industrial engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.

Pig-Pen effect: Mixing skin oil and ozone can produce a personal pollution cloud

6/28/2019

When ozone and skin oils meet, the resulting reaction may help remove ozone from an indoor environment, but it can also produce a personal cloud of pollutants that affects indoor air quality, according to a team of researchers.

Engineering department head accepts position at University of Tennessee

6/25/2019

Janis Terpenny, professor and Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and head of the Penn State Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, has announced that she will join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, effective July 15, 2019.

Penn State team places first in Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition

6/25/2019

An interdisciplinary team of 17 Penn State students recently placed first overall in the 2019 Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, a contest designed to challenge undergraduate students to create unique solutions to complex wind energy projects.

Civil and environmental engineering announces tenure for five faculty members

6/21/2019

Five Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members have been selected for promotion and/or tenure, effective July 1, 2019.

Pilot study in smart systems launched as part of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship

6/21/2019

A pilot study involving academic and industry collaborators in smart systems has been initiated by Vittal Prabhu, professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, as part of his 2018-19 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship.

Alumni Association announces 2019-20 Young Alumni Ambassadors

6/19/2019

Nine recent graduates have been selected as 2019-20 Young Alumni Ambassadors, who will share a yearlong experience aimed at developing their skills to become Penn State's future volunteer leaders.

Architectural engineering students secure historic win

6/18/2019

Achieving a historic win, Penn State undergraduate students earned first place in all five core categories at the 2019 Architectural Engineering Institute Student Design Competition, including the top honor for building integration.

Engineering professor awarded $1.1M grant to increase efficiency of organic LEDs

6/18/2019

Chris Giebink, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a two-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for his research in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

Building design process expert to join architectural engineering

6/17/2019

Nathan Brown, a researcher focused on improving design processes to create efficient, people-friendly buildings, will join Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering in July 2019.

Alumnus named defense research liaison for College of Engineering, ARL

6/13/2019

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

6/13/2019

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

6/12/2019

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

6/12/2019

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

6/12/2019

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.

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