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ESM alumna receives Early Career Recognition Award
05/21/2018

Abby Dodson ('12 E SC), product engineer-seating at Lear Corporation, was recently named the Spring 2018 Engineering Science and Mechanics Early Career Recognition Award recipient.

Flexible, highly efficient multimodal energy harvesting
05/21/2018

A 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezoelectric composites may be possible using a piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support, according to Penn State researchers.

Lakhtakia bestowed with the University's highest faculty honor
05/07/2018

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, was one of four Penn State professors who were recently named Evan Pugh Professors.

Ph.D. candidate Wu receives Graduate School award
05/04/2018

Mengxi Wu, Ph.D. candidate in engineering science and mechanics, was selected as the 2017-2018 recipient of the Thomas and June Beaver Fund Award from the Penn State Graduate School.

CNEU Nanotechnology Summer School to aid students impacted by Hurricane Maria
04/26/2018

The Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to establish a Nanotechnology Summer School at Penn State to aid students from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao who were adversely affected by Hurricane Maria.

Stutzman named engineering science student marshal for spring 2018 commencement
04/19/2018

Christopher Stutzman has been selected as the student marshal for the engineering science baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 4.

College of Engineering dean receives FMD John Bardeen Award from TMS
04/12/2018

Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, Penn State, recently received the 2018 FMD John Bardeen Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Leading the way to better baobab processing
04/10/2018

During spring break, Jess Hunter, Michaella Caruso, Annemarie Phandinh and Patrick Duda, four Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) minor students, traveled to Nairobi to deliver their capstone project to a contact who is developing a business manufacturing baobab fruit powders and oils.

Global student spotlight: Michaella Caruso
04/04/2018

Michaella Caruso always knew she wanted to study abroad in college. Now in her junior year at Penn State, she has already studied abroad three times - to China, France and Kenya.

Study of climate change could lead to understanding future of infectious disease
04/04/2018

Over the past 34 years, rainfall in Uganda has decreased by about 12 percent even though many of the global climate models predict an increase in rainfall for the area, according to an international team of researchers. Rainfall levels in Uganda impact agriculture, food security, wildlife habitats and regional economics as well as the prevalence of certain diseases.

Hillman and Bakis awarded Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant by College
03/21/2018

Effective numerical methods for actually simulating the three-dimensional fracture process of composites remain elusive, but a pair of Penn State researchers have received a Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant from the College of Engineering to develop and experimentally validate a novel computational model that could simulate and predict complex fracture behavior of heterogeneous materials.

Faust named 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumna
03/21/2018

Barbara Covolus Faust ('64 E SC), retired program manager from Lockheed Martin, has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumna by the Penn State College of Engineering.

ESM Today 2018 showcases student research
02/14/2018

ESM Today 2018, the 15th annual Engineering Science and Mechanics Research Symposium, was held on February 10, 2018, in the lobby of the EES Building on the University Park campus.

Repetition key to self-healing, flexible medical devices
02/13/2018

Medical devices powered by synthetic proteins created from repeated sequences of proteins may be possible, according to materials science and biotechnology experts, who looked at material inspired by the proteins in squid ring teeth.

Pena-Francesch receives Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
01/29/2018

Recent Ph.D. graduate Abdon Pena-Francesch ('17 ESMCH) has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer
01/24/2018

Combining two different polymer forms can switch manufacturing of silicone parts from molding, casting and spin coating of simple forms to 3-D printing of complex geometries with better mechanical characteristics and better biological adhesion, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Nanowear named Innovation Champion of Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge
01/15/2018

Nanowear Inc. was recently named the Innovation Champion of the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge for its congestive heart failure-monitoring technology.

Penn State administrator, engineering mechanics professor establishes scholarship endowment
01/12/2018

Robert Pangborn, Penn State's vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, and his wife, Ann, have established an endowment aimed at helping Penn State students overcome financial roadblocks in order to graduate on time.

Two surgical approaches equal in treating infection-caused hydrocephalus
12/21/2017

Implanting a shunt or endoscopically reducing intracranial pressure and reducing fluid production are equally effective in treating infants with hydrocephalus caused by brain infections, according to an international team of researchers, but endoscopy may have fewer down-the-line complications.

Penn State CNEU and its NPDP offering free live stream nanotechnology workshops for educators
12/14/2017

Have you ever heard of nanotechnology? While it is the study and application of extremely small things, it is the next big thing.

Nanowear Inc. takes home multiple awards for textile-based nanosensor technology
12/08/2017

Nanowear Inc., the leading developer of patented, textile-based nanosensor technology for chronic disease management, recently received three awards for its first-of-a-kind wearable textile undergarment, SimpleSense, that can remotely monitor congestive heart failure in patients, following CHF-related hospitalization.

Ozbolat appointed to early career and development professorship
12/04/2017

Ibrahim Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, was one of seven faculty members in the College of Engineering who were recently appointed to early career and development professorships.

$2.3 million NINDS grant to aid interpreting fMRI signal in infants and children
11/28/2017

Penn State researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to determine how the communication between neurons and blood vessels of the brain changes from postnatal development through adulthood, which would enable the use of hemodynamic imaging to study neural activity, plasticity and neurodevelopmental disorders in infants, children and animals.

Fink receives College of Engineering Staff Star Award
11/06/2017

Melissa Fink, department head staff assistant, received the College of Engineering Staff Star Award.

$3.7 million NIH grant to further national BRAIN initiatives
11/03/2017

Two Penn State professors are collaborating to bring real-world solutions to better understand neuroimaging signal through the support of a $3.7 million National Institutes of Health Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative grant focusing on resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging.

ESM department head elected to ASM International Board of Trustees
11/01/2017

Judith A. Todd, P.B. Breneman department head chair and professor of engineering science and mechanics, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of ASM International.

Ph.D. candidate awarded fellowship for new problem-solving methods
10/09/2017

Ph.D. candidate Fatemeh Bahari was awarded an Academic Computing Fellowship by the Graduate School to support her research in neural engineering. Her work focuses on understanding the role of sleep-wake regulation in epilepsy and how that can drastically improve and even change approaches in proposing effective treatments.

Kennedy receives Diefenderfer Scholarship
10/09/2017

Senior Alayna Kennedy was the recipient of the College of Engineering's Diefenderfer Scholarship in Engineering.

Engineering faculty, staff, alumni to be honored for exceptional contributions
09/27/2017

The College of Engineering will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

A neurosurgeon and an engineer walk into a lab ...
09/20/17

Steve Schiff, Brush Chair Professor of Engineering and professor of engineering science and mechanics, and electrical engineer Srinivas Tadigadapa have joined forces to create a tiny magnetic device that can interact with brain cells without physically penetrating the brain.

NSF funding to aid Penn State CNEU in developing a nanotechnology workforce
08/23/2017

With two grants awarded by the National Science Foundation, the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization will develop a Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership to continue providing leading-edge nanotechnology education.

ESM department welcomes five new faculty members
08/03/2017

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics is proud to welcome Sahin K. Ozdemir, Todd Palmer, Christian Peco, Slava V. Rotkin and Justin Schwartz as its newest faculty members.

ESM alumnus receives prestigious NASA JPL award
08/02/2017

Engineering science and mechanics alumnus Corey Cochrane ('13 Ph.D. E SC, '07 M.S. E E, '04 B.S. E E) received The Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Bruce Gluckman promoted to professor
07/17/2017

The College of Engineering recently announced the promotion of Bruce Gluckman to the rank of professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

2D-layered devices can self-assemble with precision
07/07/2017

Squid-inspired proteins can act as programmable assemblers of 2D materials to form hybrid materials for high-efficiency devices including flexible electronics, energy storage systems and mechanical actuators, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers.

Grant to fund research into new metamaterial that provides earthquake protection
06/21/2017

Earthquakes and explosions damage thousands of structures worldwide each year, destroying countless lives in their wake, but a team of researchers at Penn State is examining a completely new way of safeguarding key infrastructure, thanks to a $50,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant provided by the College of Engineering.

Researchers receive seed grant to predict red blood cell deformability
06/05/2017

A multidisciplinary team of researchers has received a $25,000 seed grant from the Penn State Institute for CyberScience to develop a modeling platform to predict the deformability and morphological changes of diseased and aged red blood cells.

Ventsel says goodbye to Penn State
06/01/2017

Liliya Ventsel, instructor in engineering science and mechanics, retired from Penn State following the spring semester.

Solar Power to the People
05/17/2017

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, and a group of multi-university researchers have conceived an inexpensive solar cell that could provide electricity for every home in underdeveloped and emerging economies.

Ph.D. candidate Mao receives Graduate School award for industrially sponsored research
04/25/2017

Zhangming Mao, Ph.D. candidate in engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was recently selected as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Thomas and June Beaver Fund Award from the Penn State Graduate School.

ESM professors Tittmann and Ashok to retire at semester's end
04/24/2017

Bernhard Tittmann and S. Ashok, two long-time professors in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, will retire from Penn State following the spring 2017 semester.

Doctoral candidate receives Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award
04/24/2017

Abdon Pena-Francesch, doctoral candidate in engineering science and mechanics, recently received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award from the Penn State Graduate School.

ESM graduate student wins award at 2017 CERS
04/21/2017

Engineering science and mechanics Ph.D. candidate Fatemeh Bahari took first place in the morning paper/oral presentation session at the 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium.

Engineering science undergraduate student receives Berkeley Fellowship
04/20/2017

Muhammad Risyad Hasyim, an engineering science and chemical engineering undergraduate student, has been selected for a Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study at the University of California, Berkeley.

Rapid screening machine can read and separate protein sequences
04/19/2017

The structural properties of proteins that could eventually become important materials for manufacturing and medicine are revealed by a novel optical technique.

Penn State to offer new additive manufacturing and design graduate degrees
04/14/2017

In response to increased industry demand for experts in the growing field of additive manufacturing, Penn State will offer residential and online master's degrees in additive manufacturing and design beginning in fall 2017.

Trowbridge named engineering science student marshal
04/14/2017

Michael J. Trowbridge has been selected as the student marshal for the engineering science baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. Trowbridge will receive concurrent bachelor of science degrees in engineering science and mechanical engineering and a minor in engineering mechanics.

Inaugural CRAFT Center Workshop highlights fiber technology
04/07/2017

The textile industry in the U.S. is making a comeback after a decades-long slump. Crucial to the resurgence of textile manufacturing in America is investment in advanced fiber technologies that add value to traditional textiles.

Materials student earns 'Gold' for graduate research presentation
03/31/2017

ESM alumnus Zakaria Al Balushi ('11 E SC, '12 M.S. E SC), a doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, was awarded the Materials Research Society Gold Graduate Student Award for a presentation on his research on two-dimensional materials.

Penn State develops first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy
03/24/2017

A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures.

Starr named 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus
03/24/2017

John Starr, senior vice president of Solution Delivery Centers for SAP, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Lakhtakia named Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce Fellow
03/15/2017

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

ESM students display outstanding work at 14th annual research symposium
02/15/2017

ESM Today 2017, the 14th annual Engineering Science and Mechanics Research Symposium, showcased both graduate and undergraduate research.

Chen receives society's highest materials science honor
02/06/2017

Long-Qing Chen, Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and professor of mathematics at Penn State, has been named a fellow of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

ESM associate professor receives ENGINE grant for 3D bioprinted pancreas-on-a-chip model for drug screening
01/30/2017

Ibrahim Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, and Dino Ravnic, staff physician at Penn State Hershey, were selected to receive funding through the Penn State College of Engineering's ENGINE grant program for their proposal, "Development of the First 3D Bioprinted Pancreas-on-a-chip Model for Drug Screening."

ESM Associate Professor Ibrahim Ozbolat authors new book on 3D bioprinting
01/11/2017

Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has authored a new book titled "3D Bioprinting: Fundamentals, Principles and Applications," published by Elsevier (Academic Press).

Cheng named to 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Science list
01/06/2017

Huanyu (Larry) Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics and Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Engineering at Penn State, was recently named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science list.

A state-of-the-art pipeline structural health monitoring "living laboratory" could soon be a reality on the University Park campus.
01/04/2017

Professor Barbara Shaw is working to establish Penn State as a worldwide leader in pipeline structural health monitoring by introducing project-based learning that will link research and education with operational experience.

Calling in the reinforcements: epoxy with moxie
12/20/2016

Distinguished Professor Charles Bakis is gaining more insight into a more efficient and effective reinforcement solution that is gaining greater acceptance for repairing reinforced concrete structures in civil infrastructure applications.

Doctoral candidate wins Materials Research Institute innovation award
11/18/2016

ESM Ph.D. candidate Abdon Pena-Francesch was one of three Penn State researchers to win the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Das receives Young Investigator Award to improve 2D nanotransistors
10/25/2016

Saptarshi Das wins Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award to work on contact engineering for nanotransistors based on two-dimensional materials.

Engineering science and mechanics' Cheng selected for Global Young Academy
02/10/2016

Huanyu (Larry) Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, was recently selected for membership in the Global Young Academy.

 
 

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