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Andrew Lau

Associate Professor


  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design
  • First-Year Engagement

213F Hammond Building


Google Scholars Website

Research Areas:

Engineering Design, First-Year Engagement

Interest Areas:

Sustainable design, solar energy applications, energy-efficiency in buildings, sustainable building design, computer modeling, engineering ethics




  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1977
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1983



  • Scott Horst, Tom Keiter, Andrew S Lau, Marcus Sheffer, Brian Toevs and Bill Reed, 2009, The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability, John Wiley

Journal Articles

  • Andrew S Lau, 2013, "Sustainability for Whom", ASEE Prism
  • Andrew S Lau, 2011, "It Takes An Engineer", ASEE PRISM
  • Andrew S Lau, 2010, "Sustainable Design: A New Paradigm for Engineering Education", International Journal for Engineering Education, 26, (2), pp. 1-8
  • Andrew S Lau, 2007, "Green Design in First-Year Engineering", International Journal of Engineering Education, 23, (2), pp. 276-286
  • Andrew S Lau, 2007, "Luddite With a Laptop", ASEE Prism

Conference Proceedings

  • Andrew S Lau, 2017, "Using Solar Cars to Excite Middle School Students About Engineering", American Solar Energy Society, pp. 10
  • Andrew S Lau, 2016, "Zero Energy Homes: A Comprehensive Project-Based Learning Experience for 21st Century First-Year Engineering Students"
  • Andrew S Lau, 2016, "Sustainability: What’s That, and So What?", pp. 17
  • Andrew S Lau and Alex Devaux, 2013, "Economic Enhancements to a First-Year Net Zero Energy Home Design Project", ASEE 2013 Conference
  • Andrew S Lau, Melissa Marshall, Liz Kisenwether and Tara Sulewski, 2012, "Engineers Make Life Better", First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference Enhancing the Success of First-year Engineering Students
  • Andrew S Lau and Tara Lynn Sulewski, 2012, "Design of a Zero Energy Home as a First Year Design Project", ASEE 2012 Conference
  • Jodi La Coe, Andrew S Lau, Reggie Aviles, Katarin Parizek and Keith Cummings, 2012, "Green Dorm Projects: Excursions into Interdisciplinary Collaborative Charrettes for Sustainable Design Foundations", National Conference for the Beginning Design Student
  • Andrew S Lau, 2007, "Using Model Solar Racers as an Introduction to Engineering", ASEE 2007 Conference
  • Andrew S Lau, 2006, "Integrating Ethics Into a Research Experience for Undergraduates", International Conference on Engineering Education
  • Andrew S Lau, Tobin Short, Elzabeth Kisenwether and James Fogarty, 2005, "Further Developments In Using Model Solar Racers As An Introduction To Engineering", International Solar Energy Society 2005 Solar World Congress
  • Andrew S Lau, 2004, "Life-Centered Design - A Paradigm for Engineering Education in the 21st Century", ASEE 2004
  • Andrew S Lau, 2003, "Teaching Engineering Ethics to First-Year College Students", Building Ethics into Professionalism

Instructor's Manuals


  • Andrew S Lau, , "Green Design in First-Year Engineering", International Journal of Engineering Education, 23, (2)


  • Andrew S Lau, 2015, "Why I teach 'Star Trek' in my class", pp. 1

Research Projects

  • February 2014 - May 2018, "Development of a Student-Centered Penn State Sustainability Metric – The PawPrint," (Sponsor: Penn State Sustainability Institute).
  • October 2007 - June 2011, "Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems Laboratory: A Home for Distributed Energy," (Sponsor: COP: Department of Environmental Protection).
  • March 2006 - March 2007, "Penn State Solar Scholar Project," (Sponsor: Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania).
  •   -  1997, "System Approach to Optimize CCS for Electric Vehicle - Phase I," (Sponsor: Ben Franklin, Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation and Penn State Harrisburg).

Honors and Awards

  • Friend of Education Award, State College Area Education Association, 2007 - 2007
  • GE Teaching Excellence Award, GE, 2003 - 2003
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Fellowship, WARF, August 1982 - December 1983


Service to Penn State:

  • Other, Judge, Judge of RESS Student Competition, RESS, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Systems, July 2017 - July 2017
  • Committee Work, Member, Spirit committee, August 2016
  • Committee Work, Chairperson, SEDTAPP Green Team, SEDTAPP, Stewardship Committee, September 2015
  • Other, Faculty Advisor, Race to Zero Project Faculty Advisor, January 2014
  • Participation in Governance Bodies and Related Activities, Member, Logistics of GenEd Revisions, Logistics Sub-Committee of the General Education Task Force, September 2013 - May 2015
  • Participation in Governance Bodies and Related Activities, Member, Review and revision of General Education, General Education Task Force, May 2013 - May 2015
  • Committee Work, Member, Curriculum Committee, EDAPP Curriculum Committee, September 2012 - January 2015
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Engineers for a Sustainable World, ESW, August 2007

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Co-Organizer, The Great Solar Challenge, KidTech, January 2002



The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952