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.

Engineering 100 students design prototypes aimed at smarter opioid control

To combat Pennsylvania's opioid epidemic, Christopher McComb, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, challenged his EDSGN 100 students to design and prototype a user-centered product or service aimed at smarter control of opioids. The product or service would ensure prescriptions are consumed at the right time, at the right dosage and by the right person.

Developing engineering leadership through experiential learning

From learning about smart manufacturing at Rockwell Automation to viewing helicopter simulators at Lockheed Martin and testing tracks at General Motors, Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) students travel to industry supporters' facilities throughout the year in order to gain more industrial experience.

Redesigning the risky business of product development

Jessica Menold, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, will use a three-year, $150,000 award from Johnson & Johnson to decrease the number of failed prototypes and wasted resources by developing a more defined prototyping framework.

Student Spotlight: Patrick Duda

Patrick Duda, a Penn State mechanical engineering senior, studied abroad three times during his academic career, but never missed a THON or football season.

Leading the way to better baobab processing

During spring break, Jess Hunter, Michaella Caruso, Annemarie Phandinh and Patrick Duda, four Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) minor students, traveled to Nairobi to deliver their capstone project to a contact who is developing a business manufacturing baobab fruit powders and oils.

Female students 'take over' the Learning Factory on Ladies' Night

The sound of whirring band saws, swinging hammers and the screeching of metal being cut filled the air at Penn State's Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory on March 20, the same as any other night. But there was one stark difference.

Global student spotlight: Michaella Caruso

Michaella Caruso always knew she wanted to study abroad in college. Now in her junior year at Penn State, she has already studied abroad three times - to China, France and Kenya.

Engineering for humanitarian causes inspires graduate student

Anne Pauley was drawn to the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program at Penn State. HESE's goal is to aim to encourage different disciplines across the university to create technology-based solutions for the most compelling problems facing humanity today.

Electro-mechanical engineering technology major provides foundation for success

Two Penn State New Kensington seniors are preparing their pitch as a finalist team in the upcoming Penn State Inc.U entrepreneurship competition. While learning some skills from the business realm has become important these past few months as they prepare, it has been their full-time major, electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET), and the campus itself that has provided the foundation for their current and future success.

Electrical engineering alumnus serves as Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Thomas Hartman, executive vice president (EVP) | Career Schools at CourseKey, Inc. and founder and CEO of LB&A Consulting Group, LLC, served as a spring 2018 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Quiz [re]design: Rethinking engineering design evaluation

To combat design creation and execution limitations placed on students by traditional quizzes, Christopher McComb, assistant professor in engineering design and mechanical engineering, presented his EDSGN 100H: Introduction to Engineering Design students with a unique challenge – a design practicum.

Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break

A group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor traveled to Israel over spring break to explore the entrepreneurial spirit in the country, talk to policymakers about encouraging innovation and to get a taste of Israeli culture.

Workshop to be held on strategic foresight and deep uncertainty

The Penn State College of Engineering and the Atlantic Council will host “Shaping the Future of the Human-Technology Systems Frontier,” a workshop on strategic foresight, deep uncertainty and leadership, May 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

Research Unplugged speaker series to return with four talks in April

The Research Unplugged speaker series, a collaboration between Penn State's Office of Government and Community Relations and Schlow Centre Region Library, will launch its spring schedule with four events during the month of April.

Entrepreneurial challenges to bring ideas to life during Penn State Startup Week

From March 26-30 across the University Park campus, entrepreneurially minded students will have several opportunities to pitch their business ideas and develop innovative solutions to common problems through a series of challenges during Penn State Startup Week.

New Kensington students 'steer' idea toward reality

All electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) students at Penn State must complete a senior design project as part of graduation requirements. For two EMET students at Penn State New Kensington, their project has also turned them into budding entrepreneurs and finalists in a competition for student-led businesses throughout Penn State.

Fintech innovator and business leader serves as Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Michael Archer, fintech consumer payments product innovator and business leader, recently served as a spring 2018 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Internationally connected classes balance engineering, social skills

Students in the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs' Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program work to develop their engineering skills and interpersonal skills through classes that focus on interaction with other cultures.

Scholar part of research team working to improve medical training

Schreyer Scholar and industrial engineering major Rucha Bhide is working with a team of Penn State researchers to find ways for resident physicians to learn central venous catheter placement by analyzing their gaze patterns using a dynamic haptic robotic trainer.

Five campuses sign articulation agreement with Luzerne County Community College

Students who earn an associate degree from Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) can directly transfer into bachelor's programs at five eastern Penn State campuses, leaders of the institutions announced Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Penn State Hazleton.

From kitchen table to economic summit, engineering student takes company to top

Two years ago, Itunu Lawani helped his brother start L&L Foods at the kitchen table in their home in Atlanta. Recently, the company emerged as the winner of the Nigerian Economic Summit startup pitching event, taking home a prize of $15,000.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

The 2017-18 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have recently been awarded to 16 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

Can social media data be used to predict threats or identify fake news?

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to investigate whether crowd-sourced data from social media can be used to not only detect threats, but also prevent catastrophic events from happening in the future.

"Faculty Matters" panel to highlight New Kensington engineering faculty

A new series organized by the Penn State New Kensington Academic and Career Success Center aims to highlight faculty members, academic majors and more. The first “Faculty Matters” panel is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 12:20 p.m. (Common Hour) in the campus Conference Center.

University awards $200,000 in Invent Penn State seed grants to four campuses

As part of its Invent Penn State initiative, Penn State today (Feb. 5) announced four new seed grants, each valued at $50,000, designed to bolster entrepreneurship and economic development in communities surrounding Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth.

Engineering an advantage

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs' world-renowned Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program provides students with in-class and experiential learning opportunities to develop these career-enhancing skills.

PNC Bank commits $1 million to power Happy Valley LaunchBox

Penn State and the Invent Penn State initiative today are celebrating a $1 million grant from PNC Bank to support Happy Valley LaunchBox, one of 17 innovation hubs the University has opened across Pennsylvania to provide early-stage startups with the support and resources needed to build a sustainable and scalable business and a viable plan for growth. To recognize PNC's support, the downtown State College center will be renamed "Happy Valley LaunchBox, Powered by PNC Bank."

President's remarks on PNC Bank's $1M investment in Happy Valley LaunchBox

A $1 million investment by PNC Bank announced Jan. 22 will support Happy Valley LaunchBox, one of 17 Penn State-affiliated entrepreneurial spaces located across the Commonwealth. As part of the new partnership, Penn State President Eric Barron also announced a name change for the entrepreneurial center in State College, and said PNC's vision and support will help to inspire and advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania.

College of Engineering selects three projects to receive funding through its ENGINE grant program

The Penn State College of Engineering recently selected three projects for funding through its Engineering for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) grant program.

Conrad Tucker helps "engineer" win as guest football coach

Conrad Tucker, an associate professor of engineering design and industrial and manufacturing engineering, served as a guest coach at the Penn State - Nebraska football game during the 2017 season.

Summer Founders Program offering $10,000 to accelerate Penn State startups

The 2018 Summer Founders Program will provide Penn State entrepreneurial teams with $10,000 to work on their startup, social good or nonprofit idea full time in State College over the summer. Applications open Feb. 1.

New arts and engineering suite helps Fayette students build upon creativity

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus is using innovative technology to enhance students' creativity with the opening this fall of a hub for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) in its Eberly Building.

SEDTAPP partners with Delphi on client-driven EDSGN 100 project

To introduce first-year engineering students to this world of electric and autonomous vehicles, the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) has partnered with Delphi Automotive, a global automotive components design and manufacturing company, for its fall 2017 EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design client-driven design project.

NIH grant supports exploration of plasma medicine capabilities in blood

Researchers in Penn State's College of Engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences and College of Medicine have been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to investigate how low-temperature plasma produced in human blood can serve as a less invasive way to treat infectious bacterial growth on human tissue and prosthetic implants in the cardiovascular system.

Can computers be creative?

Researchers from Penn State have received $900,000 to teach computers how to generate original design ideas and then determine if those ideas are technically feasible which, in terms of national security, would give the United States a considerable competitive advantage in our technology industries.

Creativity exercise led by professor empowers women in manufacturing industry

Kathryn Jablokow, Great Valley engineering professor and associate chief academic officer, and Karen Norheim, campus advisory board member, are working to unify and empower women who work in the manufacturing industry.

GEW Penn State orchestrates town and gown events for entrepreneurs

Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, organized by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, is set to bring entrepreneurs from campus and the community together the week of Nov. 12-16.

Schreyer Scholar takes international approach to design thinking

Elizabeth Miller spent a week working on an engineering design project with teammates from Germany, Egypt and South Africa. The Schreyer Scholar and mechanical engineering major discovered that while people around the world in various professions continue to use technology to varying degrees, the ways problem-solvers help them use it are very often the same.

Tucker serves on planning team organizing 2050 | Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Conflict event

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering and an affiliate faculty member in computer science and engineering, is currently serving on the planning team organizing the 2050 | Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Conflict event in the United Kingdom.

Engineering design faculty member receives DARPA funding to investigate problem-solving modeling

Christopher McComb, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have received funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design a computer algorithm that is able to simulate and enhance human problem-solving capabilities.

Academy of Business Research honors two Wilkes-Barre faculty

Paper co-authored by Associate Teaching Professor of Engineering Robert Faux and Assistant Teaching Professor of Business John Weber wins Best Paper at Academy of Business Research Conference.

Brandywine's engineering program brings student's dreams full circle

Joshua Beauchamp's lifelong passion for robotics introduced him to Penn State Brandywine. Today, as a Brandywine student, he is introducing grade-school students to the world of robotics.

Chris Goldman serves as fall 2017 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence

As the 2017 fall Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Goldman will speak with engineering students enrolled in design, entrepreneurial and leadership courses offered by Penn State's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI).

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

The College of Engineering will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Jablokow named associate chief academic officer at Great Valley

Kathryn Jablokow, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, was recently appointed associate chief academic officer at Penn State Great Valley.

NSF grant supports research to define creativity in engineering design

Researchers at Penn State and the University of Maryland will use a $399,999 grant from the National Science Foundation to evaluate how creative ideas in engineering design are gauged, in order to create a unified measurement system.

President Barron visits entrepreneurship class, offers brainstorming insights

Students enrolled in MGMT 215 Entrepreneurial Mindset are on a mission to continuously refine an idea until it can be transformed into a successful startup. The class, which serves as a cornerstone of the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, had a special guest for one of its recent brainstorming sessions: Penn State President Eric Barron.

Former head of Siemens corporate communications to finish final U.S. engagement at Penn State

Peter Olfs, a former head of corporate communications at the industrial manufacturing company Siemens, will engage with Penn State students for the last time this week.

Engineering the future

Penn State Hazleton is the only campus to offer a degree in engineering with an alternative energy and power generation track. With the retirement of Associate Professor of Engineering Wieslaw "Wes" Grebski, Assistant Professor of Engineering Joseph Ranalli is now leading the program.

Penn State team places second in NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

An interdisciplinary Penn State team led by Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture faculty members Shadi Nazarian and José Duarte earned second place and a $150,000 prize in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenge competition established to develop the technology necessary to create shelters to support the human exploration of Mars.

Penn State faculty network and learn at annual entrepreneurship retreat

Faculty and staff from across Penn State came together Aug. 15-16 at University Park in support of entrepreneurship teaching and learning at the fifth annual ENTI Summer Gathering. ENTI, launched is 2013, is Penn State's Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Penn State Abington welcomes first residential students

Penn State Abington officially welcomed its first residential students into the campus community during a weeklong move-in at the new Lions Gate Apartment Community.

Three new faculty members join SEDTAPP

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) is proud to welcome John Gershenson, Jessica Menold and Christopher McComb as its newest faculty members.

Conrad Tucker serves as Atlantic Council Science and Policy Fellow

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, is currently serving a four-month term as a Science and Policy Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative (FSR).

Trip to Senegal provides eye-opening experience for students and instructors

Students in the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) minor experienced the fruits of their labor through the testing of farming product prototypes in Senegal, a country located in West Africa.

[Spec]tacular finish

HESE students place third in the IST IdeaMaker contest, winning the David Hall award by proposing affordable eye care to those with visual impairments using locally made and inexpensive 3D printed eyeglasses.

Crowd Money

Rohan Prabhu, graduate student in engineering design, worked to design a crowd-based smartphone application service where multiple customer, temporary bank accounts are created for various purposes.

Family Planner

Andrea Sinkpon, engineering design graduate student and her team five colleagues designed a family planner service, helping families better organize and track their finances at the 2017 Design Thinking Week.

Game of Life

During Design Thinking Week, Sarah Ritter, assistant professor of engineering design, worked to design a fun and interactive smartphone application prototype focused on life events and the financial experiences associated with them.

Banking on design

Three representatives from the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Program's (SEDTAPP) Engineering Design graduate program recently took their design expertise abroad for Design Thinking Week.

Penn State Worthington Scranton changing name to Penn State Scranton

Penn State's presence in the greater Scranton area will be taking on a new name: Penn State Scranton.

Researchers receive funding to study impact of virtual reality use in additive manufacturing education

Researchers in the College of Engineering have been awarded a Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) grant to investigate virtual reality to aid in distance additive manufacturing education.

Six Penn State DuBois students attend international powder metal conference

Six students from Penn State DuBois' general engineering program attended the international conference on powder metallurgy, POWDERMET 2017, this summer in Las Vegas, Nevada, and presented research there.

Arts and Architecture, Engineering faculty join forces to encourage 'making'

In October 2016, Aaron Knochel, assistant professor of art education and co-PIs Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art, and Nicholas Meisel, assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, won a two-year, $299,780 NSF grant to design and build a makerspace to explore informal learning in STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math - subjects.

Matthew Parkinson named director of the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory

Matthew Parkinson, professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, has been named director of the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory.

Randall Bock soars to first-place win in additive manufacturing competition

Randall Bock wins Stratasys Learning Center of Excellence design contest with 3D printed rocket lesson plan.

Xact Metal's 3D-printing technology launches

Xact Metal, a startup that has recently introduced the XM200, its first 3D printer, credits its success to Invent Penn State.

Esparragoza, Jablokow, Miller, Parkinson, Tucker receive promotions

Scarlett Miller and Conrad Tucker have been promoted to the rank of associate professor and Ivan Esparragoza, Kathryn Jablokow and Matthew Parkinson have been promoted to the rank of professor.

Creating a greener future - one PawPrint at a time

The PawPrint, a student-centered sustainability metric, helps students at Penn State's University Park campus understand how they can behave more sustainably by making better day-to-day choices.

Meisel contributes to advanced manufacturing textbook

Nicholas Meisel, Emmert H. Bashore Faculty Development Professor and assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, is a contributor to "Manufacturing with Additive Processes," a chapter featured in Design for Advanced Manufacturing: Technologies and Processes, a textbook that focuses on the new processes, materials and technologies in the manufacturing industry.

Innovating Abroad

Robinson Laventure, Penn State student in biological engineering, spent three months helping to redesign 3D-printed prosthetics for TakeaHand, a biotechnology company located in Santiago, Chile.

Entrepreneurship courses available to campuses through Digital Learning Co-op

Three core courses required for students enrolled in the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) are now available to all Penn State campuses through the Digital Learning Cooperative, an administrative system that assists campuses and colleges in the sharing of online, hybrid and video courses.

Engineering student's breakthrough research featured in industry publication

"Fundamentals of Sinter Brazing" appears as a cover story in the May 2017 issue of The American Welding Society's Welding Journal, an industry publication with a readership of over 70,000.

Philadelphia regional engineering students present senior projects

Ten Penn State students enrolled in the Philadelphia regional general engineering degree program presented senior capstone projects at the annual Design Expo, held recently at Penn State Great Valley.

Student travels to Tanzania to bring cold room, crop storage idea to life

As a part of Penn State's Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program, an interdisciplinary team has invented "an off-grid cold room." Designed specifically to meet the unique challenges of rural farmers in Tanzania - where only about 7 percent of the rural population has access to electricity - the cold room is envisioned to function as a kind of natural, nonelectric refrigerator that takes advantage of locally sourced materials and evaporative cooling techniques.

Engineering design educational research aims to better understand the impact of industry-sponsored projects

Researchers at Penn State have been awarded a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant for "Instrument Development to Assess Design Project Appropriateness for Domain Relatedness, Ambiguity Tolerance, and Genderedness." The project will study the impacts that these industry-sponsored projects have on students' design performance, and their engagement with the projects and in cornerstone courses. Researchers will use that information to develop an assessment tool to use in PBL settings.

Jablokow awarded NSF grant to study optimal design team performance

This past August, Kathryn Jablokow and her colleague, Neeraj Sonalkar, a research engineer at Stanford University, received a two-year $300,000 grant to examine professional teams of engineers working together to design and deliver products. Their study, "Mapping the High Performance Design Team Genome," will determine the interactions and combinations of individual characteristics that make teams of engineers most successful.

Sophomore entrepreneur wins grand prize in 'Shark Tank'-style competition

Penn State entrepreneur Matt Roda won $15,000 for his company, Reflexion Interactive Technologies, in a "Shark Tank"-style competition against other student startups.

Entrepreneurs battle in 'Shark Tank'-style contest on WPSU's 'The Investment'

Penn State undergraduate students and local entrepreneurs will compete for $30,000 in funding to help grow their businesses in a student-pitch competition that will premiere Thursday night on WPSU-TV.

College of Engineering announces spring 2017 design showcase award winners

The winners of the spring 2017 College of Engineering Design Showcase were announced on Thursday, April 27, at the Bryce Jordan Center. Winners were determined by panels of industry judges and selected from among 130 senior capstone design projects.

Student team advances to NAE Global Grand Challenges Summit competition

A team of Penn State engineering and business students will serve as one of five teams representing the United States at the 2017 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Global Grand Challenges Summit Student Day Competition on Tuesday, July 18, in Washington, D.C.

University rolls out policies for small business collaboration funding

As the University encourages its faculty and students to become involved in scientific research and entrepreneurial initiatives, Penn State has adopted two policies to enable better understanding and compliance with federal regulations and guidance governing small business collaborations.

Offering solutions at the Engineering Design Showcase

Engineering students from a variety of disciplines displayed their senior capstone design projects at the spring 2017 Engineering Design Showcase on April 27 at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.

Engineering's McTernan receives graduate assistant teaching award

Jesse McTernan, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering, was named a recipient of the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

Eleven Penn State students to present research to PA legislators on April 25

Undergraduate students representing seven of Penn State's campuses will present their research to legislators at the 15th annual Undergraduate Research at the Capitol-Pennsylvania (URC-PA) conference, taking place at the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg on April 25.

Gaming helps personalized therapy level up

Using game features in non-game contexts, computers can learn to build personalized mental- and physical-therapy programs that enhance individual motivation, according to Penn State engineers.

Young engineering explorers visit Penn State

More than 30 middle and high school students from Tioga Explorers, Inc., an engineering outreach program based in Owego, New York, toured various STEM-related facilities at the University Park campus on April 14 as part of Engineering Explorers Day.

Award-winning digital media innovator served as Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Sarah Granger, co-founder of the Center for Media, Technology & Society and author of "The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life - Online and Off," served as the spring 2017 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Penn State Startup Week to inspire digital entrepreneurs

From April 17-21 on the University Park campus, Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and College of Engineering will collaborate to host a series of events aimed at teaching, motivating, and inspiring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. The effort is one of many during Penn State Startup Week that will connect successful innovators and thought leaders with current Penn State students.

New additive manufacturing and design master's degrees to be offered in fall 2017

In response to industry demand for experts in the rapidly expanding field of additive manufacturing, Penn State will offer residential and online master's degrees in Additive Manufacturing and Design beginning in fall 2017.

CEO of Degreed to serve as Gaelen Entrepreneurship Speaker

David Blake, co-founder and CEO of Degreed, a learning and skills tracking website, will serve as the spring 2017 Norbert and Audrey Gaelen Entrepreneurship Speaker. He will visit the University Park campus Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11.

Ades, Parkinson, Prettyman named 2017 Penn State Teaching Fellows

Sarah Ades, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Eberly College of Science; Matthew Parkinson, associate professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering; and Gib Prettyman, associate professor of English at Penn State Fayette; have received the Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and have been named 2017 Penn State Teaching Fellows.

Abington offers scholarships to Philadelphia region engineering majors

Penn State Abington recently announced generous scholarships earmarked for its Philadelphia regional general engineering students. Juniors and seniors enrolled in the general engineering multidisciplinary engineering design (MDE) option will receive a scholarship for each year they are enrolled in the major.

GE Transportation solicits REE ore extraction strategy from first-year engineering students

To introduce first-year engineering students to the importance of designing in the most cost-effective and environmentally conscious manner, GE Transportation has challenged students enrolled in spring 2017 sections of EDSGN 100 - Introduction to Engineering Design to develop a strategy on how to best extract Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from a fictitious ore deposit located in the Pocono Mountain region of northeast Pennsylvania.

Penn State Brandywine prepares for its first residential students

In August 2017, Penn State Brandywine will welcome its first residential students to campus. As move-in day approaches, the campus is preparing for the grand opening of its new residence hall and student union building.

Philadelphia region engineering majors support high school robotics team

A women's high school robotics team demonstrated their creation to students enrolled in the Philadelphia regional undergraduate general engineering degree at Penn State Great Valley last week. The teens explained their development process and intense preparations for a statewide competition next weekend.

New book explores the art and technology of fabric production and use

In order to satisfy clients’ fabric needs regarding residential, contract or hospitality, interior designers and architects must understand fabric structure, content, maintenance requirements, and safety and codes. The second edition of "Fabric for the Designed Interior," written by Frank Koe, associate professor of engineering entrepreneurship at Penn State, presents a comprehensive view of fabric.

Future of 3D printing looks bright at Fayette campus

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has been working to expand educational opportunities for 3D printing at his campus, through both his classes and his push for a dedicated 3D printing center.

Study shows recruiters seek engineering students with leadership experience

Penn State's Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program decided to explore exactly what recruiters are looking for during career fairs regarding engineering leadership characteristics.

Lion LaunchPad to offer student entrepreneurs Special Living Option in fall 2017

In the fall of 2017, Penn State will launch a new Special Living Option (SLO) at University Park for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Called Lion LaunchPad Special Living Option, the program will offer a unique living experience for up to 20 incoming freshmen in its inaugural year.

Simpson named College of Engineering's Morrow Professor

Timothy W. Simpson, one of the leading experts in additive manufacturing technology and the design of 3D-printed metal parts in the country, has been appointed the Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing in Penn State's College of Engineering.

Abandoning creativity

Industrial design students who come up with highly creative ideas for new products usually favor more conservative designs when it comes time to make a prototype. Researcher Scarlett Miller is trying to find out why and devising educational strategies to encourage students to choose more innovative options.

Flipping engineering educational standards

The Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program has flipped its ENGR 408 Leadership Principles course to better educate its students through interactive and explanatory experiences

Esther Obonyo appointed interim director of HESE

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, will serve as the interim director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program, effective January 1, 2017.

Penn State signs new Master Research contract with Lockheed Martin

Penn State and Lockheed Martin have signed a Master Research contract, establishing an agreement that includes research collaboration, an enhanced recruiting relationship and increased engagement in Penn State programs.

Chevron introduces engineering design students to sustainability in natural gas

To introduce Penn State's first-year engineering students to the importance of sustainability and environmental protection, relating to fossil fuel extraction and consumption, Chevron has asked students enrolled in fall 2016 sections of EDSGN 100: Introduction to Engineering Design to improve upon some common industry practices.

Koe uses entrepreneurial spirit as SHC Distinguished Honors Faculty

Frank Koe, associate professor of engineering entrepreneurship, was named a member of the Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty Program for 2016-17.

Tucker receives 2016 IBM Faculty Award

Conrad Tucker, whose work with virtual and augmented realities has been gaining national publicity, was recently named a recipient of the 2016 IBM Faculty Award.

Interdisciplinary arts and engineering team wins NSF grant to tour 'makerspace'

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers, led by primary investigator Aaron Knochel, assistant professor of art education, has received a two-year, $299,780 National Science Foundation grant to design and build a mobile makerspace to explore informal learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) subjects.

Engineering Leadership Development helping to expand horizons and break barriers

To encourage emerging Penn State engineers to better understand the importance of cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment, the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) program requires students in its ENGR 408 Leadership Principals course to personally visit and experience an alien culture. This may be a place, event or discussion that is alien to the students, forcing them to step outside of what is familiar and comfortable.

Penn State to host inaugural Immersive Reality Symposium

Penn State is hosting its first ever Immersive Reality Symposium on Oct. 31 to showcase the broad spectrum of virtual, augmented and mixed reality research that is underway throughout the University.

Engineering's Tucker welcomes fellow Gates Millennium Scholar

Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, welcomed Teniola Idowu, a fellow Gates Millennium Scholar, to Penn State.

Fehl works to give 'Crooked House' a home

Benjamin Fehl is striving to give public art a home in the tiny town of Milesburg, Pennsylvania, just outside State College. Fehl settled in Milesburg 12 years ago, while attending Penn State, and is now working to make a community sculpture out of what has been dubbed “The Crooked House,” a piece of local history that, despite its structural deterioration, provides insight into the lives of those who inhabited the house starting in 1857.

Tucker named director of Penn State CHOT site

Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has been named the director of the Penn State site of the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT).



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