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Design thinking and resiliency course builds confidence in engineering skills


As equity and inclusion become increasingly important in engineering programs across the nation, offerings that expose students to challenging experiences designed to increase self-awareness, confidence and engineering skills are needed more than ever.

Engineering design alumnus uses master's skills to boost experiences in doctoral program


As a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, Rohan Prabhu applies systems design, human-centered design and design for manufacturing in his research — all concepts and skills he learned during his time as a graduate student in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Program’s engineering design (DESIGN) program.

Engineering leadership and innovation management program enhances alumna's ability to succeed in technical role


As a compact loader quality engineer for RFA Engineering, Mary Walker’s role centers around the facilitation of quality improvement team meetings. Working onsite at John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa, she investigates warranty claims in the field and communicates challenges to team members in order to help identify solutions to improve products. Walker attributes her enhanced professional skill set, including communications and leadership skills, to her master of engineering (M.Eng.) in engineering leadership and innovation management (ELIM).

Engineering students present final projects at Capstone Design Project Showcase


After a semester of hard work, senior engineering students presented their capstone design projects at the fall 2019 College of Engineering Capstone Design Project Showcase on Dec. 12 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Engineering students building autonomous submarine for international competition


A team of 21 undergraduate students at Penn State and six students at The Belgium Campus, a university in Pretoria, South Africa, are deep into a yearlong project that will culminate in an international competition in San Diego, California, in August 2020.

Newly established director of student transitions and pre-college programs named


Tracy Peterson has been named the director of student transitions and pre-college programs in Penn State College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion (CEOI).

Qrono CEO and co-founder serves as fall 2019 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Sam Rothstein, co-founder and CEO of Qrono, served as the fall 2019 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Planned expansion to keep College of Engineering on leading edge


Design work is progressing for the first stage of a proposed, decade-long, multi-phase plan that will transform the Penn State College of Engineering and its footprint on the University Park campus.

Five ways Penn State undergraduates can learn about entrepreneurship


There’s at least five different academic programs for Penn State undergraduate students to learn about entrepreneurship, with curricula that go far beyond teaching students how to start a business.

Penn State remains a top university for international education


Penn State continued its strong standing as one of the top 15 U.S. institutions hosting international students in 2018-19, with 9,396 students at the University Park campus, in addition to more across the commonwealth, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual Open Doors report. Penn State remains the number one receiving institution in Pennsylvania.

Engineering professor sees high-performance teamwork at the 2019 White Out game


In her years studying electrical engineering at the Ohio State University, Penn State Professor Kathryn Jablokow never pictured herself as the guest coach for a Penn State White Out game, rooting for the Nittany Lions. But that's exactly where she found herself on Oct. 19.

Aerospace expert to speak at Law, Policy, and Engineering Leadership Seminar


How does engineering inform domestic and international aviation policy and law? What flight procedures reduce the environmental impact of aviation?

Student startups shine at Invent Penn State conference


Shortly after the recent 2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference kicked off, Penn State President Eric Barron welcomed eight Penn State student researchers and entrepreneurs to center stage for them to participate in the Student Startup Showcase – a forum for the University’s best and brightest student entrepreneurs to share with venture capitalists and other entrepreneurs how their discoveries are having a positive impact on the world.

College of Engineering joins Global Design Thinking Alliance


As an international leader in engineering design and design thinking education, Penn State's College of Engineering recently joined the Global Design Thinking Alliance as an affiliated member.

Global Entrepreneurship Week helps Pennsylvania entrepreneurs learn and launch


In its 11th year, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Penn State provided a unique opportunity for student and community entrepreneurs and innovators to network and learn from one another in unique environments on and off campus. GEW featured 56 events — 26 events at University Park and 30 across 11 Commonwealth Campuses — that drew more than 3,000 student and community attendees.

Study aims to identify engineering leadership styles


Engineers are known for their expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). By applying their STEM knowledge to solve complex problems, engineers find innovative answers to some of the world’s most puzzling questions. While their technical expertise is extraordinary, some engineers may lack the necessary leadership training needed to excel in industry.

Fulbright Scholar earns first master’s thesis in additive manufacturing and design


In the fall of 2019, Daniel Martínez Lepp, a Fulbright Scholar, will earn the first master of science thesis degree in the additive manufacturing and design program (AMD) at Penn State University Park. By pioneering innovations in 3D-printed sand molds for metal castings, Martínez’s work has the potential to transform casting processes worldwide.

Invent Penn State scales to provide impact in Pennsylvania


During the Board of Trustees Committee meeting on Outreach, Development and Community Relations on Nov. 14, collaborators in the Invent Penn State initiative — the Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, Penn State New Kensington and their Corner LaunchBox, and the Office of Government and Community Relations — shared updates on Penn State’s economic development and entrepreneurship initiatives, and provided examples of the positive impact that Invent Penn State and the innovation hub seed program are having on the lives of citizens and Penn State. 

Trustees committee recommends James Building replacement


Final plan approval and funds for completion of the James Building replacement on University-owned property in downtown State College was granted by Penn State's Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning (Nov. 14). The project will be presented to the full board for a vote on Friday, Nov. 15.

Summer Academy students use refreshable Braille coding to work with 3D printing


As part of the two-week, intensive Summer Academy for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Penn State engineering students used easily accessible coding to help visually impaired high school students 3D print fully extendable lightsabers.

Penn State set to open new Student Veteran Center


With the official ribbon cutting slated for Nov. 15, Penn State’s student veterans will have a new place to call home at the University Park campus.

Drawdown Scholar speaks to United Nations on International Day of Peace


Based on work completed during this summer's Penn State Drawdown Scholars program, a college senior was chosen to speak at the United Nations' International Day of Peace.

How 3D printing technology is impacting teaching and learning at Penn State


Three years ago, as a freshman who had arrived at Penn State from Oregon, Walter Bain's only knowledge of 3D printing was that it was useful outside of Earth's atmosphere.

Penn State Altoona receives $1 million to establish Engineering Excellence Fund


Richard A. and Dr. Jeane Violon Singer have made a gift commitment of $1 million to create the Penn State Altoona Engineering Excellence Fund.

Penn State Great Valley professor helps U.S. Army build unified teams


The research conducted by Penn State Great Valley faculty has an extensive reach, not only in the Greater Philadelphia area and in terms of academics, but also across the country and throughout industry and the military. Kathryn Jablokow, associate chief academic officer and professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, recently expanded her work with the United States military through a presentation to the senior leaders of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC).

Dynamic haptic robotic training to decrease catheter procedure complications


Each year, more than five million central venous catheters (CVC) are placed in a large vein in the neck, chest or groin to provide patients with fluids, blood or medications.

Alumnus' interests combine at engineering design intersection point


Samuel Lapp, engineering design alumnus, speaks to his work in nature, sustainable engineering and product creation.

Bridging engineering innovation and business concepts


Ramnarayanan credits the education he received in the master of engineering in engineering leadership and innovation management (ELIM) program with enhancing the skills learned in his undergraduate electrical engineering program, also at Penn State.

Ridding the stigma of creativity and engineering


As a professional artist prior to studying mechanical engineering as an undergraduate student, Rachel Spellman searched for the best way to integrate her passion for art with her drive to improve society through engineering. Now, she applies both in her work as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace industry.

Robert Beaury among honorees at Outreach and Online Education Appreciation Dinner


Cybersecurity and innovation will take center stage at the Penn State Outreach and Online Education Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The future of learning robotics


Engineering students at Penn State are being challenged to identify opportunities for new, impactful robotic system applications that could be available within the next 10 years, using a robotics learning kit developed by global semiconductor design and manufacturing company Texas Instruments (TI).

$3,500 Erickson Discovery Grant applications open


Applications are now open for the 2020 cycle of the Erickson Discovery Grants.

Global Engagement Community welcomes domestic and international students


The Global Engagement Community (GEC), a new Special Living Option for Penn State students at University Park, is off to an exciting start. Students who live in the community on the 4th floor of Beaver Hall come from diverse backgrounds, both domestic and international.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State set for Nov. 10-14


Penn State student innovators and community entrepreneurs are invited to explore their potential by connecting with collaborators, mentors and investors during Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, Nov. 10-14, with additional events throughout the month.

Penn State Military Appreciation Week events kick off


Penn State, along with the Borough of State College and Centre County, will honor the service and sacrifice of military service members, veterans and their families with a series of free military appreciation events for the Penn State and local communities throughout October and November.

2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference shines light on tech innovations


Penn State student and faculty research innovations and discoveries with potential to have a significant impact on the world might begin in the lab or a classroom, but they don’t stay there. The work continues to advance and be strengthened by Invent Penn State’s unyielding commitment to a robust startup ecosystem that helps move their ideas to market.

Design by architecture, engineering professor featured in Architect magazine


The design of mobile low-carbon structures by DK Osseo-Asare, assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State, has been featured by Architect magazine, the journal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Civil engineer leads $3M project to study eroding Alaskan coastline


The Arctic sea is consuming Alaska's coastline. Since 1955, the rising water has eroded more than 300 meters of permafrost -- the frozen soil that helps protect the Arctic's delicately balanced ecosystem. It also serves as the foundation upon which hundreds of villages and thousands of people exist.

Industrial engineering student embraced traveling abroad for personal growth


Many students hear the advice to travel and study abroad during their college years to learn more about other cultures. Yijia “Doris” Xu, a fourth-year industrial engineering major, took this advice to heart by going abroad twice during her Penn State experience.

Penn State research expenditures again reach record high, topping $968 million


Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high for the third year in a row in fiscal year 2018-19, according to incoming Senior Vice President for Research Lora Weiss. The total figure of $968 million represents a $47 million increase over last year’s figure, and includes a record $593 million in federal funding, as well as $375 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and University sources.

Social venture provides localized, distributed manufacturing in Kenya


As a Peace Corps teacher in Tanzania, Ben Savonen, who received his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State in 2019, found he didn’t have access to the lab equipment he needed to teach chemistry.

Penn State professor named founding director of Global Building Network


Esther Obonyo, an associate professor in Penn State's College of Engineering, has been named director of the Global Building Network (GBN). She will be working as part of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

ELIM graduate program enhances engineer's capabilities in U.S. Navy


When Elizabeth Huber came across information about Penn State’s master of engineering (M.Eng.) in engineering leadership and innovation management (ELIM), offered by the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program, she knew it was exactly what she was searching for in a graduate program.

Drawdown Scholars returning to Penn State for international conference


Undergraduate students from across the country are returning to Penn State next week for the first international conference on the science of drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline. The students, participants in this past summer’s Penn State Drawdown Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, will present results from their summer research projects from Sept. 16-18.

Penn State student teams awarded $25,000 for work with artificial intelligence


Penn State student teams used artificial intelligence to create more efficient ways for students to study, find a job and assess the housing situation. Revu, Resilient Resumes and LionPad received a combined total of $25,000 from the Nittany AI Alliance to continue working on their solutions, which were developed during the 2019 Nittany AI Challenge. The funding was awarded on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Nittany AI Challenge Celebration Event.

Engineering faculty, staff, alumni to be honored for exceptional contributions


Faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Engineering will be recognized for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on October 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Penn State University Park’s Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Climate conference to feature Penn State researchers Sept. 16-18


More than 20 Penn State researchers are participating in the upcoming climate solutions conference Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown. Overall, more than 70 speakers will be presenting at the event, which will take place Sept. 16-18 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Students interested in AI invited to attend Nittany AI Challenge Celebration


Students interested in working with artificial intelligence are invited to attend the Nittany AI Challenge Celebration Event from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. Students can register to network with AI professionals, enjoy a free meal, get inspired to create teams for the 2020 challenge, and see which AI projects from the 2019 challenge receive $25,000 in additional development funding from the Nittany AI Alliance.

Using prototypes to improve undergraduate engineering communication skills


To bridge the gap between the visual communication favored by industry and the technical writing taught to undergraduates, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded researchers at Penn State $300,000 to develop a curriculum and educational tools targeted at improving prototyping communications at the undergraduate level.

Entrepreneurship in 3D is alive and well at Berks LaunchBox


Sinclair, 25, whom you could easily call "Mr. 3D Printer," just launched his third business — Verde Mantis, LLC, the first local company focused on bringing 3D printing or additive manufacturing to the masses with its latest product, the 3D Mantis Printer. The new venture emerges from the Penn State Berks LaunchBox, located within the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in downtown Reading.

Applications open today for Student Engagement Network grant program


Penn State undergraduate students from all campuses and fields of study who are interested in expanding their knowledge beyond the classroom through engagement experiences are encouraged to apply for a Student Engagement Network grant by Sept. 6.

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