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End zone engineering


Scarlett Miller, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, served as the guest football coach for the first game of Penn State's 2018 season.

Panel highlights legal, business side of using human health data in research


Four panelists and one moderator joined together on Oct. 11 to discuss matters of cyber security, privacy and health data for an Institute for CyberScience (ICS) CyberScience Seminar titled “Digital Human Data Research: Critical Law, Policy, & Business Considerations.”

Design Olympics competition, 'Battle of the Bulbs,' encourages creativity


Each year, the Design Olympics, a design-thinking competition between engineering and psychology students, are held to celebrate the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the study of creativity.

Developing digital design data


Researchers at Penn State have received a $424,743 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how the size and quality of datasets created by digital models relate to machine learning and how this impacts the support provided to engineering designers.

Davis receives best paper award at human and computing interaction conference


Felecia Davis, assistant professor of architecture in the Stuckeman School, brought home a best paper award from the Human and Computing Interaction International (HCII) 2018 Conference, which was held earlier this year in Las Vegas.

ELD students workshop leadership skills on team-building retreat


In late August, 15 students arrived at Penn State’s Stone Valley Recreation Area for a weekend retreat focused on building self-awareness and authentic leadership as part of a retreat organized by the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program.

AFOSR to fund use of beamed microwave energy to propel space vehicles


The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded two College of Engineering faculty members funding totaling more than $823,000 to develop and use a facility to study the use of beamed microwave energy to launch space vehicles off the surface of Earth.

Erickson Discovery Grants now on new schedule


Undergraduate students are now able to apply for the 2019 Erickson Discovery Grants, with applications due in January instead of February.

National Robotics Competition to be held at Penn State DuBois


The BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) robotics competition will take place from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, and continuing from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Research programs offered for undergraduates


Three undergraduate research experience programs through NASA’s Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium are offering students the opportunity to work with a research team and gain laboratory experience.

NSF funds three-year study of virtual-reality engineering simulations


Industrial engineering students often use simulation kits — boxes full of Lego blocks — to learn Toyota’s production system.

Teaching and Learning with Technology introduces new Faculty Fellows


Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State has named its four TLT Faculty Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year — David Hunter, Kathryn W. Jablokow, Karen Kackley-Dutt, and Alan Wagner.

Reshaping first-year engineering design


Nicholas Meisel, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, has received a grant from the College of Engineering’s Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education to design, implement and assess a new framework that will be used to create unifying design experiences during the first eight weeks of EDSGN 100.

Students, faculty celebrate second-place win at NASA 3D Habitat Challenge


Faculty and students who are part of the PennStateDen@Mars research team have placed second in Phase 3, Level 2 of the NASA 3D Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Ill. from Aug. 23-26. Their win has not only secured them a spot in the next level of competition but has also given the team $33,000 to begin developing new technology for the next stage of the challenge.

TED, Penn State and a makerspace in Ghana


Combining their research interests in digital space and culture, mobility and informal sector urban dynamics, DK Osseo-Asare and Yasmine Abbas created Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP) in 2012 to bring stakeholders together to reimagine the future of Agbogbloshie, a scrapyard in Accra, Ghana.

Penn State research expenditures rise to record $927 million


Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high for the second consecutive year in fiscal year 2017-2018, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The $927 million total represents a $64 million increase over last year’s figure, and includes a record $562 million in federal funds and $365 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and University sources.

Penn State's industry partner KCF Technologies helps to power innovation


KCF Technologies is a standout among Penn State’s industrial partners. Not only does it provide strong support to students by sponsoring the College of Engineering’s senior design capstone projects and supporting the rapidly growing entrepreneurship community, but it works with Penn State researchers on challenging business problems.

Board committee approves architects for two projects at University Park


In an effort to integrate business start-up and maker-space opportunities in a facility with a central downtown location near the University Park campus, the Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning approved Kieran Timberlake of Philadelphia, as the architect for the James Building replacement.

Student entrepreneurship at core of newly released policy blueprint


Penn State President Eric J. Barron on Sept. 5 presented a new policy blueprint for how public universities and the federal government can strengthen their partnership to build a modern workforce that meets the evolving needs of employers and collaborate on innovation, while also becoming more effective partners with their communities to address local problems, and foster opportunity and economic mobility.

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.

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