The Department of Computer Science and Engineering held its first-ever computer science camp for girls July 17 to 21 on the University Park campus. The 23 student campers learned about computers and associated technologies, investigated mathematical foundations of computing, and gained a better understanding of career opportunities in computer science.
Penn State Names Alumni Jack and Jeanette McWhirter Philanthropists 
of the Year

Penn State has named John "Jack" and Jeanette Dachille McWhirter, both alumni and longtime supporters, its 2017 Philanthropists of the Year for their support of programs across the University. The award recognizes individuals or couples who have demonstrated exceptional generosity in the promotion and support of Penn State.

"Jack and Jeanette's philanthropy has not only benefited countless students and faculty, it has also elevated Penn State's place in the broader landscape of public higher education," said Rich Bundy, vice president for development and alumni relations. "We can attribute Penn State's rise in national rankings to the contributions of philanthropic leaders like Jack and Jeanette McWhirter."   >>  
Treated Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater May Pollute Area Water Sources for Years

Given Pennsylvania's abundant natural resources, it's no surprise that the commonwealth has become a mecca for hydraulic fracturing. Researchers, however, have recently discovered that releasing millions of gallons of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater each year into area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought.   >>  
2D Layered Devices Can Self-assemble With Precision

Squid-inspired proteins can act as programmable assemblers of 2D materials, like graphene oxide, to form hybrid materials with minute spacing between layers suitable for high-efficiency devices including flexible electronics, energy storage systems, and mechanical actuators, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers.

"2D layered materials can be made by vacuum (chemical vapor) deposition," said  Melik C. Demirel, Pierce Development Professor and professor of  engineering science and mechanics. "But the process is expensive and takes a long time. With chemical vapor deposition the problem also is we can't scale up."  >>  
Acoustical Society of America Student Council Mentor Award for Dan Russell

Dan Russell, professor of acoustics, is the recipient of the Acoustical Society of America's 2017 Student Council Mentor Award.

The award recognizes a person who has demonstrated exceptional ability in guiding the academic and/or professional growth of his/her students and junior colleagues. Nominees must demonstrate success in assisting research and publications, exhibiting interpersonal and motivational skills, and promoting career development.   >>  
Rooftop Concentrating Photovoltaics Win Big Over Silicon in Outdoor Testing

A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.

"Solar cells used to be expensive, but now they're getting really cheap," said  Chris Giebink, Charles K. Etner Assistant Professor of  Electrical Engineering. "As a result, the solar cell is no longer the dominant cost of the energy it produces. The majority of the cost increasingly lies in everything else - the inverter, installation labor, permitting fees, etc. - all the stuff we used to neglect."  >>
  • Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellowship for Zoubeida Ounaies >>
  • Michelle Vigeant elected to Acoustical Society of America executive council >>
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship for Belen Veras-Alba >>
  • Patrick McDaniel named Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology >> 
  • Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship students place third in 2017 IdeaMaker contest, win David Hall Award >>
  • BP honors Himavath Jois for engineering promise >> 
  • Office for Digital Learning aims to enhance online engineering education >>
  • Researchers working with sports venues to make them 'greener,' sustainable >>
  • Arts and Architecture, Engineering faculty join forces to encourage 'making' >>
  • Molecular microscopy illuminates molecular motor motion >>
  • Engineering Leadership Development students' designs positively impact Senegalese farming >>
  • Human Health and the Environment seed grants for Ali Borhan, Andris Freivalds, and Scott H. Medina >>
  • USDA grant to study new riparian buffer strategy >>
  • Soil filters out some emerging contaminants before reaching groundwater >>

Summer Commencement >>

College of Engineering Alumni Tailgate (Penn State vs. Pittsburgh) >>

Silicon Happy Valley  >>

Materials Day 2017: Hot Topics in Materials  >>