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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.

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.

Ozbolat 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.

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.

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.

Substrate defects key to growth of 2D materials


Creating two-dimensional materials large enough to use in electronics is a challenge despite huge effort but now, Penn State researchers have discovered a method for improving the quality of one class of 2D materials, with potential to achieve wafer-scale growth in the future.

Reginald Hamilton receives DARPA Young Faculty Award


Reginald Hamilton, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award.

Barker named engineering science student marshal for spring 2019 commencement


William Barker 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 3.

Varadan, Nanowear, Inc., awarded patent for nanosensor manufacturing


Vijay K. Varadan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and cofounder of Nanowear Inc., was recently awarded a new patent for a roll-to-roll printing process for manufacturing a wireless nanosensor.

Lakhtakia receives prestigious centenary award from IIT (BHU)


Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State, was one of eight recipients who recently received the Alumnus of the Century in Making Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi.

Benjamin Ross receives Alumni Achievement Award


Benjamin M. Ross ('06 E SC, '07 M.S. E SC) was recently named one of 15 recipients of the 2019 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award.

Training neural networks to identify infectious agents


Steven Schiff, Harvey F. Brush Chair in the College of Engineering in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Engineering Science and Mechanics and Physics, and a team of graduate and undergraduate students are executing a study concerning ultrasounds and central nervous system infections.

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