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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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.

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