Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies

The primary goal of the Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies (CRAFT) is to develop a fundamental understanding of the synthesis and materials performance limits of fibrous structures from nano- to macro-scales. The proposed strategies are built upon our recent successful development of synthesis, integration, and evaluation of bio-inspired materials.

CRAFT's mission is to become an international leader in research on new phenomena and applications of programmable smart composite fibers that could be transformed into high impact functional textile products in medicine, automobile, energy, biotechnology, and cosmetic industries.

The center will provide a unique platform, integrating research and education to students with state-of-the-art infrastructure and an ideal research environment.

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523