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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.

Engineering alumnus makes $2.5 million commitment to facilities expansion


Civil engineering alumnus Andrew Kartalis and his wife, Katherine, have made a $2.5 million estate commitment to the College of Engineering’s planned facilities expansion.

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.

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