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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.

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.

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