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Professor awarded Air Force Young Investigator grant

11/14/2019

The United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded Jean-Michel Mongeau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a prestigious Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant to investigate how flying insects adapt their flight maneuvers.

Shuman scholarship lights the way for undergrad researcher

11/12/2019

Daniel Shoemaker, a fifth-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, was awarded funding for his research as part of the Shuman Scholars program.

Building the scientific foundation for a universal 3D printer

11/11/2019

The National Science Foundation recently awarded researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) a $500,000 grant to develop the science underlying a universal 3D printer.

Summer Academy students use refreshable Braille coding to work with 3D printing

11/11/2019

As part of the two-week, intensive Summer Academy for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Penn State engineering students used easily accessible coding to help visually impaired high school students 3D print fully extendable lightsabers.

Penn State awarded $3.3M to develop more efficient gas turbines

11/8/2019

Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded more than a combined $3.3 million to support advancements in the performance and efficiency of combustion turbines and turbine-based power cycles in fossil fuel power generation.

Mechanical engineering professor named ASME fellow

11/7/2019

Paris von Lockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Mechanical engineering industry leaders featured on panel

11/6/2019

At the final event marking the year-long celebration of a reimagined Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, four leaders in the field spoke to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 28 about their predictions for the future of the discipline.

NSF grant provides next step for assistive walking exoskeletons

11/6/2019

To understand, model and optimize the comfort of lower limb robotic exoskeletons, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

In and out with 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge

10/30/2019

Electric vehicle owners may soon be able to pull into a fueling station, plug their car in, go to the restroom, get a cup of coffee and in 10 minutes, drive out with a fully charged battery, according to a team of engineers.

Dynamic haptic robotic training to decrease catheter procedure complications

10/24/2019

Each year, more than five million central venous catheters (CVC) are placed in a large vein in the neck, chest or groin to provide patients with fluids, blood or medications.

College of Engineering programs rank in U.S. News 'Best Global Universities'

10/23/2019

Several of Penn State's programs in the College of Engineering have made a strong showing, nationally and worldwide, in the recently released U.S. News & World Reports "Best Global Universities" for 2020.

Most complete exploration of fly landing maneuvers to advance future robots

10/23/2019

To inspire advanced robotic technology, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have published the most complete description of how flying insects land upside-down.

Former ASME president tells engineering students 'the sky is the limit'

10/8/2019

Charla Wise, former president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and retired vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, recently visited the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering to share her insights on the future of mechanical engineering and how today’s students are poised to change the trajectory of the field.

Penn State to study integration of automated driving systems into work zones

10/8/2019

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) will lead a group of Penn State researchers studying how to safely integrate automated driving systems into work zones.

Civil engineer leads $3M project to study eroding Alaskan coastline

10/3/2019

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.

Hovering closer to the secrets of hummingbird flight

10/2/2019

The extraordinary ability of hummingbirds to perform complex escape maneuvers will be explored for its potential to enhance the field of robotics and micro aerial vehicles, thanks to a $923,483 grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Teaching and Learning with Technology faculty fellows focus on learning spaces

10/2/2019

Four new faculty fellows have joined Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) for the 2019-20 academic year: Ed Glantz, Siu Ling "Pansy" Leung, Pierce Salguero and Priya Sharma. Each member of the cohort will undertake a project intended to enhance unique spaces where students learn.

Mechanical engineering professor sets new course with NSF ocean expedition

10/1/2019

Matthew Rau, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, spent 10 days cruising north of Oahu, Hawaii, in the summer of 2019. But it wasn’t for a vacation -- Rau was conducting foundational research that could aid the understanding of carbon dioxide absorption within the Pacific Ocean and its potential impact on climate change.

Engineers Without Borders partners with Namutamba community in Uganda

9/30/2019

Undergraduate students from the Penn State chapter of Engineers Without Borders have launched a collaboration with the Namutamba community in Uganda to improve the community’s access to potable water.

Social venture provides localized, distributed manufacturing in Kenya

9/30/2019

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.

Student awarded first Thole scholarship to support diversity in engineering

9/26/2019

Haylee Womer, a first-year Penn State student from Owings, Maryland, has been selected as the first recipient of the Professor Karen A. Thole Annual Scholarship for Diversity in Engineering.

Mechanical engineering alumnus and spouse pledge $250,000 to support scholarship

9/24/2019

Penn State mechanical engineering alumnus Clyde Shuman and his wife, Nancy, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, have committed an additional $250,000 to the University's Department of Mechanical Engineering to support the existing Clyde W. Shuman Jr. Family Trustee Scholarship in Engineering.

Researchers explore fish movement to enhance underwater robots

9/18/2019

To understand the sensing, control and physics of fish-swimming with the goal of mimicking their performance in advanced robotics, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Houston and the University of Virginia, have recently been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Mechanical engineering professor recognized for outstanding teaching

9/16/2019

Paris Von Lockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has earned the 2019 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Teaching Award.

Mechanical engineering welcomes director of online pedagogy and credentialing

9/16/2019

Andrea Gregg has joined the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) as the director of online pedagogy and credentialing and assistant teaching professor.

Engineering thought leader looks to the future with public lecture

9/13/2019

On Sept. 9 at Penn State's University Park campus, Mote addressed faculty, students and staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), reflecting on the past achievements of engineering while largely casting a gaze to the goals of the future.

Engineering research scholarship aims to "rise" aircraft safety, efficiency

9/10/2019

Chandrachur Bhattacharya, a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, was awarded a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) Scholarship from Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. During the summer of 2019, he conducted collaborative research in India at Jadavpur University.

Mechanical engineering professor to forge frontier of biomolecular computing

9/10/2019

Joseph Najem has joined the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor, where he will continue his work researching and developing multifunctional biomolecular materials.

Penn State mechanical engineering rises in undergraduate rankings

9/10/2019

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Penn State's mechanical engineering undergraduate program as No. 14 in the country for 2020.

START Lab awarded $6 million to develop national experimental turbine

9/5/2019

With industry support, the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Lab (DOE-NETL) has awarded the Penn State Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Lab $6 million to spearhead the development of a National Experimental Turbine (NExT) rig, an initiative to help modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure.

Using prototypes to improve undergraduate engineering communication skills

9/4/2019

Prototypes serve as more than the first model of a product -- they also are valuable communication tools between team members, external stakeholders and end-users. While prior work has demonstrated that professional engineers frequently rely on prototypes to communicate, preliminary data suggests that undergraduate engineering students struggle to use prototypes effectively.

Innovating vehicle technology possible with new mechanical engineering faculty

8/29/2019

Herschel Pangborn, a State College native, is returning to Penn State in January 2020 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Engineering symposium highlights undergraduate research experiences

8/22/2019

Undergraduate students from across Penn State and the world capped off their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs with a research symposium on July 30.

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

8/14/2019

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.

International leaders convene at Penn State to map future of nuclear power

8/13/2019

To continually support the safety and efficiency of the world’s power supply, international leaders in nuclear safety and regulation convened at Penn State on July 1 to establish and guide an upcoming research project to be conducted in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Eric and Janet Branyan endow professorship, excellence fund in engineering

8/6/2019

New avenues for cutting-edge research and outstanding student experiences in Penn State's Department of Mechanical Engineering are being made possible thanks to a gift from Eric and Janet Tomajko Branyan.

Thole honored for technical contributions, commitment to diversity in aerospace

8/5/2019

Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Penn State, has been awarded the 2019 Air Breathing Propulsion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Artificial heart lab demonstrates the impact of undergraduate research

8/1/2019

While graduate students and faculty are known for their research work, undergraduates also make significant contributions to the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering's research portfolio.

First-of-its-kind graduate course tackles legal issues in additive manufacturing

7/25/2019

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.

O'Connor presents at international conference, shares insights in laser diagnostics

7/22/2019

On June 24, Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, delivered an invited presentation at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Laser Diagnostics in Energy and Combustion Science, highlighting her work in laser diagnostics in engine technologies.

Students, professor build specialized scanner to bring paintings to life

7/15/2019

When Yi Yang was a doctoral student, he frequented art museums but grew frustrated with the inability of patrons to closely examine paintings and the artists' techniques. After some thought, he realized that a laser imaging system like the one in his lab could be used to capture the 3D surface profiles of artwork.

ME professor awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

7/3/2019

Tak-Sing Wong named an outstanding engineer who shows exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Scholarship brings student's additive manufacturing expertise to Germany

6/11/2019

Maryam Tilton, a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a prestigious opportunity to conduct research in the country funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

NSF grant unites cross-campus researchers to study and optimize flying robots

5/17/2019

Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering recently received a $389,919 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate, explore and innovate new flying mechanisms for micro air vehicles (MAVs) to better mimic the performance and agility of flying animals.

Heat transfer, additive manufacturing powers NSF graduate research fellow

5/15/2019

Michael Bichnevicius, recent mechanical engineering graduate, helps harness heat transfer in undergraduate research.

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