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Ritter appointed Engineering Design 100 course chair


Sarah Ritter, assistant teaching professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), has been appointed as the course chair for Engineering Design (EDSGN) 100: Introduction to Engineering Design.

Cultivating leadership potential


Recently, the Engineering Leadership Development program piloted an opportunity for its upper-level students to develop coaching skills while exposing its younger students to the value of being coached. Students who had taken ENGR 422: Leadership of International Virtual Engineering Teams in a previous semester were eligible to serve as coaches for students enrolled in the spring 2018 section of ENGR 422.

3D Printing with a Purpose


For Ben Savonen, a Penn State doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, lightbulb moments like this are what fuel his passion and what brought him to the University’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program. As part of the College of Engineering’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Savonen is leading a team to research and develop a readily deployable 3D printing system designed to serve rural African healthcare facilities.

Penn State Berks faculty share research with trustees


Eslam Panah, a member of the Engineering, Business and Computing division, was part of a handful of Penn State Berks faculty members who had an opportunity to present their research during the University’s Board of Trustees meeting at the campus July 19-20. One faculty member from each academic division discussed research they conduct with undergraduate students and how it benefits the local community.

Penn State entrepreneurial and research impact highlighted in City Lights series


More than 250 alumni in four East Coast cities learned firsthand how Penn State entrepreneurialism and research are impacting the world when they attended the 2018 City Lights series, hosted this spring by the Penn State Alumni Association and the University’s Invent Penn State initiative.

Miller named associate editor of mechanical design journal


Scarlett Miller, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has been named associate editor of the Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD), an American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) publication.

Renata Engel named vice provost for Online Education


Renata Engel has been appointed as Penn State’s vice provost for Online Education, after having served in that position in an interim capacity since 2017.

Four SEDTAPP faculty members receive promotions


The promotions of four School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) fixed-term faculty members were recently announced.

New low-cost needle simulator aims to revolutionize medical training


Administering needle-based procedures in anesthesiology, such as epidurals, is a complex and delicate procedure. However, the current training methods for doctors are costly and fall short in preparing them for every patient and situation they'll face. A new proposed patent from the Penn State College of Engineering plans to change that.

Fayette launches four-year Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology degree


Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has been approved to offer a four-year bachelor of science degree in electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) and will begin enrollment for the fall 2018 semester. With the addition of EMET, Penn State Fayette now offers 11 baccalaureate degrees.

Future engineer certain to rock the world and transform lives


Kelsey Shaffer is an ambitious undergraduate student who serves in the Army National Guard. A mechanical and nuclear engineering double-major and president of Penn State Schuylkill's Engineering Club, her penchant for service and problem-solving extend from her country to the classroom.

Amy Freeman named director of Penn State's Millennium Scholars Program


Amy Freeman, a Penn State alumna and former associate provost, chief diversity officer and research assistant professor of engineering at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, will start her new position on Aug. 20.

Retrofitting roofs in Pennsylvania's 'Rust Belt'


Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, was awarded a $25,000 grant from Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment to design and test a new roofing composite. The project is part of a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary initiative lead by Penn State New Kensington’s Corner Launchbox focused on refreshing the community’s image and economy.

Penn State New Kensington student awarded national AAMI Foundation scholarship


Brad Klauss, a biomedical engineering technology (BET) degree student at Penn State New Kensington, has been named one of just seven recipients of a national scholarship from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation.

Reimagining manufacturing: Penn State campus paving way for industry's future


A Penn State New Kensington-led partnership including MIT and Arconic has been awarded one of ten Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute grants to study smart manufacturing initiatives throughout the United States.

Penn State startup using technology to improve health care in developing nations


An interdisciplinary team of Penn State students is working to bring that concept to life. Their social venture project, Kijenzi, is a business model and application that aims to provide 3-D printing of medical equipment to rural areas of Kenya.

ESM alumna receives Early Career Recognition Award


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.

Student entrepreneurs compete for $30,000 in funding on 'The Investment'


Six Penn State student startups are working with the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) to compete for a pool of $30,000 in the annual Inc.U competition show “The Investment” on WPSU.

Penn State's Global Engagement Network builds partnerships in Peru


Since its inception in 2014, Penn State's Global Engagement Network has sought to connect the University with select partners around the world. Its overarching mission, according to Michael Adewumi, vice provost for global programs, is to "leverage our resources, and the resources of others around the world, in order to accomplish things that no single institution could accomplish on its own.”

Diversity: the key to social impact


The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program brings together students and faculty from multiple disciplines to research, design, field-test and launch technology-based ventures in low- and middle-income communities around the world.

Distinguishing dense tissue from cancerous tumors


Sean Knecht, assistant teaching professor in engineering design, was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition to develop a real-time, portable photoacoustic imaging system that can effectively distinguish dense breast tissue from cancerous tumors.

Engineering students explore prototyping through maker opportunities at Behrend


At Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, students in the honors sections of Charlotte de Vries' EDGSN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design course have become more engaged in the classroom thanks to the ability to make Arduino prototypes. De Vries, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, started this project in the fall as a solution to lack of student engagement and interest in classes where students were unable to build actual prototypes.

Engineering students show off projects at the Capstone Design Project Showcase


After 15 weeks of hard work, College of Engineering students displayed their capstone design projects at the Spring 2018 Capstone Design Project Showcase held on April 26 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Tucker attends Gates Millennium Scholars Program Celebration


Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial and manufacturing engineering, was invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to attend the Gates Millennium Scholars Program Celebration on April 24 in Seattle. Although there are more than 20,000 Gates Millennium Scholars and alumni of the program, Tucker was one of approximately 30 scholars invited to the event.

Designing for the 'factory of the future'


As a stepping stone to improve automation in its factories, Lockheed Martin asked Engineering Design (EDSGN) 100: Introduction to Engineering Design students to design a solution to one of five different challenges it currently faces during aircraft assembly.

Penn State places 1st at 2018 Race to Zero Student Design Competition


The Penn State student team won first place in the Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest of the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition on April 22.

Engineering Design 100 students design prototypes aimed at smarter opioid control


To combat Pennsylvania's opioid epidemic, Christopher McComb, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, challenged his EDSGN 100 students to design and prototype a user-centered product or service aimed at smarter control of opioids. The product or service would ensure prescriptions are consumed at the right time, at the right dosage and by the right person.

Developing engineering leadership through experiential learning


From learning about smart manufacturing at Rockwell Automation to viewing helicopter simulators at Lockheed Martin and testing tracks at General Motors, Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) students travel to industry supporters' facilities throughout the year in order to gain more industrial experience.

Redesigning the risky business of product development


Jessica Menold, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, will use a three-year, $150,000 award from Johnson & Johnson to decrease the number of failed prototypes and wasted resources by developing a more defined prototyping framework

Student Spotlight: Patrick Duda


Patrick Duda, a Penn State mechanical engineering senior, studied abroad three times during his academic career, but never missed a THON or football season.

Leading the way to better baobab processing


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.

Female students 'take over' the Learning Factory on Ladies' Night


The sound of whirring band saws, swinging hammers and the screeching of metal being cut filled the air at Penn State's Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory on March 20, the same as any other night. But there was one stark difference.

Global student spotlight: Michaella Caruso


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.

Engineering for humanitarian causes inspires graduate student


Anne Pauley was drawn to the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program at Penn State. HESE's goal is to aim to encourage different disciplines across the university to create technology-based solutions for the most compelling problems facing humanity today.

Electro-mechanical engineering technology major provides foundation for success


Two Penn State New Kensington seniors are preparing their pitch as a finalist team in the upcoming Penn State Inc.U entrepreneurship competition. While learning some skills from the business realm has become important these past few months as they prepare, it has been their full-time major, electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET), and the campus itself that has provided the foundation for their current and future succe

Electrical engineering alumnus serves as Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Thomas Hartman, executive vice president (EVP) | Career Schools at CourseKey, Inc. and founder and CEO of LB&A Consulting Group, LLC, will serve as a spring 2018 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Quiz [re]design: Rethinking engineering design evaluation


To combat design creation and execution limitations placed on students by traditional quizzes, Christopher McComb, assistant professor in engineering design and mechanical engineering, presented his EDSGN 100H: Introduction to Engineering Design students with a unique challenge – a design practicum.

Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break


A group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor traveled to Israel over spring break to explore the entrepreneurial spirit in the country, talk to policymakers about encouraging innovation and to get a taste of Israeli culture.

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