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Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced


The College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase for the fall semester took place virtually from Friday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 18. Students shared the culmination of their semester-long projects on the showcase's website.

Engineering leadership development alumna supports excellence through new award


When Abby Dodson, a 2012 bachelor of science in engineering science and engineering leadership development (ELD) minor alumna, reflects on pivotal experiences during her time as an undergraduate engineering student at Penn State, she thinks of the ELD program.

Penn State's industryXchange explores collaborations in artificial intelligence


The Penn State College of Engineering hosted the fourth annual industryXchange on Dec. 7-8. The virtual event brought together members of industry, Penn State faculty and students, and government agencies to explore collaboration opportunities on this year’s focus, "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning."

Fibrous protein finding may lead to improved bioprinting, tissue engineering


Fibrous proteins such as collagen and fibrinogen form a thin solid layer on the surface of an aqueous solution similar to the "skin" that forms on warm milk, according to a team of Penn State researchers, who believe this finding could lead to more efficient bioprinting and tissue engineering.

Some neurons target tiny cerebral blood vessel dilation


Neurons control blood flow in tiny vessels in the brain, but researchers know little about this relationship. Now a team of Penn State engineers has found a connection between nitric oxide expressing neurons and changes in arterial diameters in mice, which may shed light on brain function and aging.

Stretchable micro-supercapacitors to self-power wearable devices


A stretchable system that can harvest energy from human breathing and motion for use in wearable health-monitoring devices may be possible, according to an international team of researchers, led by Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in Penn State's Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Penn State seed grant leads to NSF funding to study stress wave mitigation


Seismic waves make the Earth quake, shaking the developments on the planet’s surface. But what if there were a way to stop those seismic waves from reaching buildings, bridges or entire towns? What if the energy from the waves could potentially be redirected or even harnessed, just by building a structure on the ground?

Six engineering graduate students named Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows


Six engineering graduate students were recently selected to receive the Leighton Riess Graduate Fellowship in Engineering. This fellowship is coordinated by the Penn State Center for Biodevices, housed in the College of Engineering.

Three Penn State researchers win 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Awards


The Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the three winners of the 2020 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

Four College of Engineering faculty named to 2020 'Highly Cited Researchers' list


Four faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering were recently recognized as Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group.

Penn State food scientist gets grant to study novel metal food can coatings


Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science, recently received a grant from the USDA to conduct a study of alternative coatings for metal food cans. Also involved in the research are Helene Hopfer, Rasmussen Career Development Professor in Food Science, and Elzbieta Sikora, associate teaching professor of engineering science and mechanics.

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday


The Penn State College of Engineering invites alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the power of giving back as part of #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

$1 million grant awarded to additive manufacturing researchers


The additive manufacturing industry might soon have new technology in its toolkit. Christopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, is investigating the use of ultrasonic sensors in additive manufacturing to enable precise control of the microscopic structure of metal parts.

'Smart Wrap' implant may help people better control their bladders


An implantable smart wrap that fits safely and securely around the bladder may one day help people who have under-active bladders, a condition that hinders patients from urinating regularly and comfortably, according to an international team of researchers.

Implantable sensor could measure bodily functions -- and then safely biodegrade


Sensors that monitor a patient’s condition during and after medical procedures can be expensive, uncomfortable and even dangerous.

Engineering professor receives Frontiers of Materials award


Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was recently selected to receive the 2021 Frontiers of Materials Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Engineering science and mechanics Early Career Recognition awardee selected


The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State has named Muhammad Faryad the recipient of the 2020 Early Career Recognition Award.

Imitating the brain to make computers more efficient


Computers can perform operations much faster than the human brain and store more information. Despite these disadvantages, the human brain is a more efficient computer than the most sophisticated supercomputers -- by a factor of a million, according to Saptarshi Das, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State.

Researchers develop sensors that detect human biomarkers and toxic gas


A new understanding of nanomaterials, sensor design and fabrication approaches could help advance stretchable, wearable gas sensors that monitor gaseous biomarkers in humans and toxic gas in an exposed environment, according to Penn State researchers.

New Open Doors engineering science and mechanics scholarship created


When Patrick Mather arrived at Penn State as a student in the College of Engineering in 1985, he didn’t know what to expect. A first-generation college student, he had little idea of how to navigate the academic world of college or what undergraduate research was, and he was surprised when he received his invitation to the engineering science honors program.

Research lays groundwork for ultra-thin, energy efficient photodetector on glass


Though we may not always realize it, photodetectors contribute greatly to the convenience of modern life. Also known as photosensors, photodetectors convert light energy into electrical signals to complete tasks such as opening automatic sliding doors and automatically adjusting a cell phone’s screen brightness in different lighting conditions.

Graphene-based memory resistors show promise for brain-based computing


As progress in traditional computing slows, new forms of computing are coming to the forefront. At Penn State, a team of engineers is attempting to pioneer a type of computing that mimics the efficiency of the brain's neural networks while exploiting the brain's analog nature.

Engineering professor named editor-in-chief of nondestructive evaluation journal


Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and acoustics, was named editor-in-chief of Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, the research journal of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.

Eight Penn State faculty teams awarded seed grants for AI research


Multi-Disciplinary Research Grants were recently awarded to eight research groups from across Penn State's colleges and campuses conducting research related to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Gel instrumental in 3D bioprinting biological tissues


The eventual creation of replacement biological parts requires fully three-dimensional capabilities that two-dimensional and three-dimensional thin-film bioprinting cannot supply.

Engineers print wearable sensors directly on skin without heat


Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users.

Bacteria virus combo may be cause of neonatal brain infections in Uganda


A newly identified bacteria and a common virus may be the underlying cause of infection-induced hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to an international team of researchers.

Engineers investigate additive manufacturing quality control with grant from 3M


An interdisciplinary team of researchers in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and College of Engineering was awarded a $180,000 grant to investigate comprehensive quality control methods for additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, of metals.

Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, to retire


Robert Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, has announced his intention to retire in December 2020 after almost 15 years leading Undergraduate Education and more than 41 years of dedicated service to Penn State.

Engineering professor uses AFRL fellowship to research additive manufacturing


For 12 weeks over the summer, Christopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, conducted research as part of the?2020 U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) at AFRL-Materials and Manufacturing.

Doctoral student receives American Society for Composites scholarship


Rudy Haluza, a Penn State engineering science and mechanics doctoral candidate, was awarded a 2020-21 scholarship from the American Society for Composites.

Engineers imitate human hands to make better sensors


An international research team has developed "electronic skin" sensors capable of mimicking the dynamic process of human motion.

Theoretically, two layers are better than one for solar-cell efficiency


Solar cells have come a long way, but inexpensive, thin film solar cells are still far behind more expensive, crystalline solar cells in efficiency. Now, a team of researchers suggests that using two thin films of different materials may be the way to go to create affordable, thin film cells with about 34% efficiency.

Engineering department head elected vice president of ASM International


Judith Todd, head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently elected vice president of ASM International at the society’s annual meeting on Sept. 14.

Engineering professor honored by two national societies


Charles Bakis, distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics (ESM) and director of the Penn State Composite Materials Laboratory, was selected for the 2020 Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Lecture and Award by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee D30 on Composite Materials.

Engineering student earns fellowship to support entrepreneurial spirit


Jia Zhu, a doctorate student in engineering science and mechanics, recently received the Diefenderfer Graduate Fellowship from the Penn State College of Engineering.

Self-powered biosensors may open up new paths to medical tracking, treatments


Wearable and implantable devices are currently used for a variety of functions, including health tracking and monitoring. However, supplying energy usually requires cumbersome batteries and downtime due to recharging.

To make a better sensor, just add noise


Adding noise to enhance a weak signal is a sensing phenomenon common in the animal world but unusual in manmade sensors.

An improved wearable, stretchable gas sensor using nanocomposites


A stretchable, wearable gas sensor for environmental sensing has been developed and tested by researchers at Penn State, Northeastern University and five universities in China.

Locust swarm could improve collision avoidance


Plagues of locusts, containing millions of insects, fly across the sky to attack crops, but the individual insects do not collide with each other within these massive swarms.

Penn State to lead $30 million university research alliance


The Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded a combined total of $51.1 million to two university research alliances to counter threats of destruction, with a specific focus on improving current and developing future warfighter technology.

Engineering team wins top prize in entrepreneur program for flex heal product


A team of four College of Engineering students, one College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student and one engineering faculty member recently won the top prize in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ State College program.

Faculty teams awarded seed grants to fund biodevice development


Faculty teams from across multiple disciplines recently received Penn State Biodevices Seed Grants and Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants to support work on the development of biodevices.

Soft robot actuators heal themselves


Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machines' moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. Now a team of researchers has a biosynthetic polymer, patterned after squid ring teeth, that is self-healing and biodegradable, creating a material not only good for actuators, but also for hazmat suits and other applications where tiny holes could cause a danger.

Simple device monitors health using sweat


A device that monitors health conditions in the body using a person’s sweat has been developed by Penn State and Xiangtan University researchers, according to Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program inducts six new fellows


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program (ALP) in 2020-21 will include six new fellows from Penn State.

Four engineering faculty named fellows for STEM leadership program


Four Penn State College of Engineering faculty were named to the 2020-21 class of fellows for Drexel University's Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES at Drexel) program.

Self-assembling, biomimetic composites possess unusual electrical properties


Sometimes, breaking rules is not a bad thing. Especially when the rules are apparent laws of nature that apply in bulk material, but other forces appear in the nanoscale.

Institute awards 32 computational and data sciences seed grants


Understanding polarized political opinions, predicting Arctic Sea ice levels, and accelerating quantum computing with machine learning -- these are just a few focuses of the dozens of new Penn State research projects that have been funded by Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion announces annual awards


The Penn State College of Engineering's Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion (CEOI) has announced their annual awards.

Supercapacitor promises storage, high power and fast charging


A new supercapacitor based on manganese oxide could combine the storage capacity of batteries with the high power and fast charging of other supercapacitors, according to researchers at Penn State and two universities in China.

Trageser named engineering science student marshal


Emily Sarah Trageser has been selected as the student marshal for the engineering science baccalaureate degree program for Penn State's spring commencement ceremony, held virtually on May 9. Trageser will receive a bachelor of science in engineering science and a minor in engineering mechanics.

Engineering science and mechanics professor will use grant to restructure course


Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, recently received a 2020 American Society of Nondestructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT) Faculty Grant for her proposed revitalization of EMCH/MATSE 440.

NSF renews grant for nanotechnology workforce education development


The Penn State Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Resource Center recently received a grant renewal from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Bevilacqua, Gray, Scherer named 2020 Penn State Teaching Fellows


Gary Gray, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering, is one of three Penn State faculty members who have received the Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and have been named 2020 Penn State Teaching Fellows.

Wearable biosensors may pave the way for personalized health and wellness


Penn State engineers are using computational power and data sciences to work on stretchable, flexible and wearable devices that could lead to innovations in the health and wellness fields.

Early career engineering faculty member selected to attend Lindau conference


Huanyu (Larry) Cheng, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in Penn State's College of Engineering, has been selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 28 to July 3 in Lindau, Germany.

Machine sucks up tiny tissue spheroids and prints them precisely


A new method of bioprinting uses aspiration of tiny biologics such as spheroids, cells and tissue strands, to precisely place them in 3D patterns either on scaffolding or without to create artificial tissues with natural properties, according to Penn State researchers.

Service at the heart of electrical contracting student chapter


A student group in Penn State College of Engineering's Department of Architectural Engineering is making an impact, both in the lives of its student members and in the surrounding community.

Engineering science and mechanics M.D./Ph.D. student's work featured on journal cover


Work by Scott Tucker, a third-year medical student in Penn State College of Medicine’s M.D./Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program, was featured on the cover of the November 2019 Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

$2.8M grant to fund bioprinting for reconstruction of face, mouth, skull tissues


Penn State researchers are investigating methods to 3D bioprint and grow the appropriate tissues for craniomaxillofacial reconstruction.

College of Engineering awards five Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The Penn State College of Engineering awarded the 2020 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to five faculty research teams across the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Engineering science and mechanics M.D./Ph.D. student named to "20 in their 20s" list


Harrisburg Young Professionals and local news publication TheBurg named a student in Penn State College of Medicine's M.D./Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program as part of their "20 in their 20s" list for 2019.

Transparency discovered in crystals with ultrahigh piezoelectricity


Use of an AC rather than a DC electric field can improve the piezoelectric response of a crystal. Now, an international team of researchers say that cycles of AC fields also make the internal crystal domains in some materials bigger and the crystal transparent.

A wearable gas sensor for health and environmental monitoring


A highly sensitive, wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers at Penn State and Northeastern University.

Penn State nominates four for Goldwater Scholarship


The Penn State University Fellowships Office announced the names of the four undergraduate students that are the University's nominees to the 2020 Goldwater Scholarship, an award for U.S. undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in research.

A new method to study lithium dendrites could lead to better, safer batteries


Lithium ion batteries often grow needle-like structures between electrodes that can short out the batteries and sometimes cause fires. Now, an international team of researchers has found a way to grow and observe these structures to understand ways to stop or prevent their appearance.

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