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Research team receives grant to commercialize 3D-printed concrete system


Researchers at Penn State believe that using 3D-printing technologies to transform concrete construction processes and add new capabilities may radically transform the construction industry and reduce its carbon footprint.

$50,000, 5 teams, 1 summer – Summer Founders Program results


When Penn State students Michael Miller and Jack Quinn applied for the Summer Founders Program in February, they thought they would spend the summer working on their idea LineHopper—a way for patrons to skip long fast food lines. However, when they went through Happy Valley LaunchBox Idea TestLab in the spring to prepare, they realized LineHopper wasn’t a viable business.

From fire safety to lending money, FastTrack startup teams pursue solutions


Several new startups launched by community and student entrepreneurs recently graduated from the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank FastTrack Accelerator. Their ideas spanned acne treatment; a better way to find a tech dream job or sublet an apartment; and a Smoke Shield System that increases the amount of time someone trapped in a fire can survive while waiting to be rescued.

Penn State-led Global Building Network at forefront of building performance


Ever since humans inhabited buildings, people have worked on improving them. Penn State researchers are no different. A large-scale interdisciplinary effort led by Penn State, called the Global Building Network, is underway to create high-performance buildings, which are buildings capable of achieving net-zero carbon-based energy usage while increasing occupant performance and reducing health risks. These buildings are better for the occupants, as well as the environment and the economy.

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.

Ritter promoted to associate teaching professor


The College of Engineering recently announced faculty promotions, including the promotion of Sarah Ritter to associate teaching professor, effective July 1, 2019.

SEDTAPP welcomes new director of professional programs outreach


Robin Havens Tate has joined the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) as its new director of professional programs outreach.

Penn State celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with rocket launch, family event


To celebrate the anniversary of the mission’s launch, on Tuesday, July 16, Penn State will support an attempt by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to break the Guinness World Record for most model rockets launched simultaneously. Penn State's event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ag Progress Days site, Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Ferguson Township, nine miles southwest of State College on state Route 45.

Bus driver seating design improvements get green light


Researchers at Penn State have been awarded $250,000 from the Transportation Research Board to improve bus driver health and safety by transforming operator workstation design, assessment and ergonomics.

Inaugural Drawdown Scholars class arrives at Penn State


Fifty-five undergraduate students from across the country have arrived at Penn State to take part in the first-ever Drawdown Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. Dubbed Drawdown Scholars, the students will spend eight weeks embedded in research programs across the University, with the aim of investigating positive solutions-orientated paths to take action on climate change.

Penn State 'sensing' the future of collaboration in 2019 industryXchange


The Penn State College of Engineering welcomed representatives from 47 companies, six government agencies, seven Penn State campuses and ten colleges at University Park, to its third annual industryXchange at the Nittany Lion Inn on May 30.

Global Faculty Fellow builds toward partnerships, impact in Africa


When Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering at Penn State, was named the first-ever Global Faculty Fellow in Global Programs, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

Fostering engineering leadership connections


Through its challenging, relevant and dynamic program, Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) at Penn State provides students with unique professional engagement opportunities to enhance their engineering education and technical leadership skills.

Penn State to host first international conference on Project Drawdown research


Penn State, in partnership with Project Drawdown, will hold the first international conference on climate solutions, based on the 2017 New York Times best-seller “Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.”

Shenango student entrepreneurs win grand prize in Inc.U Competition


As part of PennTAP’s Inc.U Competition, Izzo and Masters competed against five other student companies from across the Commonwealth for up to $30,000 in funding on WPSU-TV’s “The Investment,” which aired at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

3D-printed Mars habitat team has breakthrough, finishes second in NASA challenge


The second-place finish in the final stage of phase three of the competition, which required the two remaining teams to 3D-print a one-third scale habitat, earned the Penn State team $200,000, bringing its competition earnings to $500,000.

Measuring flying comfort: researchers investigate airplane seat accommodation


How to meet the seat needs of airline passengers isn’t something that is quantified, so a team of researchers at Penn State set out to measure seat accommodation.

Program's student diversity strengthens its impact and reach


Through its unique opportunities focused on social entrepreneurship and humanitarian technology development, the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program attracts a diverse group of Penn State students wanting to inspire change. Together, these students help to solve problems using technology-based sustainable approaches that impact millions of lives around the world. 

New research shows promise for success of underrepresented scholars in STEM


In a new study published in the journal Science, the authors describe promising early results in expanding diversity and inclusion in STEM by leveraging lessons learned from successful programs with immersive interinstitutional partnering. This approach could serve as a model for other universities with different populations of students, sizes and cultures.

$1.2 million NSF grant funds interdisciplinary Child Study Center project


The project focuses on enriching informal learning opportunities for parents and children in under-resourced and sparsely populated communities where access to children's museums and other informal learning institutions is limited. It seeks to understand how parents can play with their preschool children in ways that build children’s STEM skills while also supporting children’s social-emotional skills.

Engineering students showcase capstone projects at annual Design Expo


Senior engineering students from Penn State Brandywine and Penn State Abington presented their capstone projects at the campuses’ annual Design Expo on April 18. The event was held at Penn State Great Valley.

Southco partnership provides valuable opportunity for engineering design student


On a class trip, Engleka visited Southco, a manufacturing company that creates access hardware for the transportation and electronics industries, including latches, handles and hinges. While there, he passed on his resume and landed a summer internship in the assembly department. He continued working throughout the school year, alternating days between Southco and Penn State Great Valley.

Energy Days continues to build bridges among research, industry, government


The fourth annual Energy Days conference will be held on May 29-30 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Registration for the conference is now open. The conference is open to the public and is free for Penn State students, faculty and staff.

GreenBriq student venture wins top $7,500 prize in Ag Springboard pitch contest


GreenBriq, a student venture aimed at turning the biomass of invasive water hyacinth plants into affordable fuel briquettes for Kenyan families, recently won the $7,500 first-place prize in the Ag Springboard pitch contest.

Law, policy and engineering experts convene to address biodevice needs


Experts from across the United States gathered at Penn State on April 11 to address the next generation of devices for biotechnology and biomedicine. It was the second event hosted under the Law, Policy and Engineering initiative. Jointly sponsored by the College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and the School of International Affairs, the initiative invites collaboration to address the profound challenges of humankind.

Guertin, Simpson named recipients of 2019 Teaching and Learning with Technology


Laura Guertin, professor of earth science at Penn State Brandywine, and Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the College of Engineering, are the recipients of Penn State's 2019 Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award.

New tool will help undergraduates plan their gen eds


The Office for General Education has launched a new planning tool to help students select courses that satisfy general education requirements. The tool will assist baccalaureate students who started at Penn State in Summer 2018 or later.

Berks engineering team is finalist in Inc.U competition


It wasn’t until Masen Suhadolnik became a senior in the electro-mechanical engineering technology degree program at Penn State Berks that he discovered a way to combine his love of weight lifting, his knowledge of engineering, and his desire to help others.

First-year engineering design project makes the grade


Wabtec Corporation has asked first-year engineering students at Penn State to design a regional lightweight locomotive system that can be sold across multiple regions in order to expand the company’s global reach.

Penn State 3D Printing Team Advances to Phase 3, Level 4 of NASA Competition


Penn State’s 3D printing team, PennStateDen@Mars, has advanced to Phase 3, Level 4 of the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Competition, after clutching a third-place victory in Phase 3, Level 3 of the competition.

Startup Week to showcase entrepreneurs and change makers


Entrepreneurs across the University will pitch their business ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems through a series of competitions and challenges held during Penn State Startup Week from April 1-5. The challenges are at the heart of Startup Week’s mission of teaching and inspiring participants to make innovation a part of their lives, communities and careers, either by starting their own companies or bringing a problem-solving approach to established organizations.

Analyzing design team interaction


An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Penn State will study the role team interactions have on engineering student teams’ performance during the design process.

Penn State team earns top spot in international Kaggle hackathon


In December 2018, a team of five Penn State students from four separate colleges earned the top spot in the international Kaggle University Hackathon, the first-ever university hackathon of its kind.

VentureWell supports Creative Thinking initiatives at Penn State Berks


A team of Penn State Berks faculty members received VentureWell’s Faculty Grant in the amount of $14,394 for the project titled “Cross Pollination of STEM Courses to Sustain Entrepreneur teams’ Disruptive-technology Solutions (STEM Seeds).” The grant is effective from Feb. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2022.

Foundation makes gifts in engineering alumnus' memory


The Ballantyne and Leonard Foundation has made commitments totaling $500,000 in memory of Jan William Leonard, co-founder of the foundation and a 1968 alumnus of the College of Engineering. Of the commitment, $250,000 will create the Jan William Leonard Endowment in support of the Summer Founders Program, an Invent Penn State initiative, and $250,000 will endow the Jan William Leonard Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering.

Fulbright Scholar attends White House launch of global women's initiative


Daniela Staicu, a Romanian Fulbright Scholar who is currently at Penn State conducting research with the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program, was among those invited to attend the launch of the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative at the White House.

Eberly College of Science to host entrepreneurship seminars during Startup Week


As part of Penn State Startup Week, April 1-5, the Eberly College of Science will host a series of five seminars on entrepreneurship, on the University Park campus.

Kamil Agi to serve as 2019 spring Bishoff-Entrepreneur-in-Residence


Kamil Agi, president and CEO of SensorComm Technologies, Inc., will bring more than 20 years of experience in advanced technology solutions for law enforcement, firefighters and military to Penn State as the spring 2019 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

News PageDevPSU Summit to take place April 2 at University Park


DevPSU, a student-run program created by the Penn State student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, will host the first DevPSU Summit from 7-9 p.m. April 2 in the Business Building Atrium at University Park to showcase the work of students from the DevPSU Startup Program.

Global Programs to hold information sessions for new Perreault Fellows Program


The Office of Global Programs will hold three information sessions for the Perreault Fellows Program in late March and early April.

NSF I-Corps short course to provide entrepreneurship training for researchers


Academic researchers interested in exploring the commercial potential of their technological innovations are invited to apply for a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) short course to be held in State College from April 5-19. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 29.

Study: Penn State contributes $11.6 billion to PA economy


Penn State is an economic powerhouse, contributing more than $11.6 billion to the state’s economy and supporting, directly and indirectly, more than 105,000 jobs across Pennsylvania in FY 2017, according to a newly released study. The study also found that for every $1 in state appropriations received by Penn State, the University returns $1.24 in tax payments to the Commonwealth.

Student Engagement Network summer 2019 grant application now open


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 March 15.

Trustees committee OKs architect for Engineering research and teaching spaces


A Board of Trustees committee approved the appointment of Payette of Boston, Massachusetts, as the architect of two new research and teaching buildings for the College of Engineering.

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