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Tim Davis receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award


Tim Davis ('86 E SC), retired executive vice president and chief technology officer for Kionix, Inc., was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution


While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to solve this problem.

ESM students display outstanding research at 16th annual research symposium


ESM Today 2019, the 16th annual Engineering Science and Mechanics Research Symposium, was held Saturday, February 19, with 27 undergraduate and graduate students presenting their research through oral and poster presentations to peers, colleagues and faculty.

ESM professor Demirel named Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials


Melik C. Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was recently named Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials by the University’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Long-time ESM professor Joseph Rose retires


After 27 years of service to Penn State and the ESM department, Joseph Rose, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the College of Engineering, has retired.

Micropores let oxygen and nutrients inside biofabricated tissues


Micropores in fabricated tissues such as bone and cartilage allow nutrient and oxygen diffusion into the core, and this novel approach may eventually allow lab-grown tissue to contain blood vessels, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Better security achieved with randomly generating biological encryption keys


Data breaches, hacked systems and hostage malware are frequently topics of evening news casts--including stories of department store, hospital, government and bank data leaking into unsavory hands--but now a team of engineers has an encryption key approach that is unclonable and not reverse-engineerable, protecting information even as computers become faster and nimbler.

Varadan, Nanowear, Inc., awarded patent


Vijay K. Varadan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and cofounder of Nanowear Inc., was recently awarded a new patent.

CNEU to help broaden participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields


With $1.2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, along with Norfolk State University and Tidewater Community College, will form the Southeastern Coalition for Engagement and Exchange in Nanotechnology Education to broaden participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM.

ESM department welcomes four new faculty members


The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics is proud to welcome Andrea Arguelles, Christopher Kube, Jacques Rivière and Parisa Shokouhi as its newest faculty members for the 2018-2019 academic year.

ESM graduate student wins Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award


Huihun Jung, Ph.D. candidate in engineering science and mechanics, has been awarded the 2017-2018 Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award from the Penn State Materials Research Institute.

Ph.D. candidate Nasr receives Corning Graduate Research Scholarship


Joseph Nasr, Ph.D. candidate in engineering science and mechanics, was recently awarded an Office of STEM Graduate Research Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year from Corning Incorporated.

New predictive models may transform personalized treatment of infectious disease


A new National Institutes of Health High-Risk, High-Reward grant will allow Penn State's Dr. Steven Schiff and team to explore a radically changed approach to predicting, preventing and treating infectious disease at the individual level at point-of-care.

$3 million grant will fund new 3D map of brain's blood vessels


In an upcoming project, a team of Penn State researchers will use mice as a model for creating high-resolution, 3D maps of the blood vessels in both young and aging brains. The researchers hope learning more about healthy brains will help them learn more about how problems — like strokes or Alzheimer’s disease — develop over time.

Heart-brain connection could be predictive biomarker for epilepsy


Heartbeat irregularities connected to brain activity abnormalities may lead to the ability to predict eventual epileptic seizures in subjects who suffered physical or infectious brain insults, according to Penn State researchers who studied mouse models of cerebral malaria, which often causes epilepsy in those who survive.

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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.

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