Fall 2015
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Media Mentions

Department featured in MediaPlanet "Manufacturing in America" campaign MORE>>

Simpson cited in FF Journal MORE>>

De Meter's research published by NZ Health Tec MORE>>

De Meter's workholding process featured in September issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine  MORE>>

Simpson featured in coverage of Schlow Library's Maker Week MORE>>

Tucker subject of "Final Five" article in August issue of  Industrial Engineering magazine  MORE>>

Simpson serves as panelist at American Society of Mechanical Engineers AM3D Conference & Expo  MORE>>

Simpson talks 3D printing in Forbes

In the News

Kumara to serve as panelist at upcoming engineering conferences MORE>>

H. Nembhard accepted into the Penn State Hershey Leadership Academy MORE>>

Simpson named guest speaker at MAKEiT technology event  MORE>>

Joshi named speaker at 3D printing conference MORE>>

Undergraduate program ranks 8th in latest U.S. News rankings MORE>>

Recognitions and Awards

Industrial engineering students awarded Foundry Educational Foundation scholarships MORE>>

Several faculty members awarded funding by The Leonhard Center MORE>>

Institute of Industrial Engineers recognizes Penn State with student chapter award  MORE>>

Alumni News

R.T. Custer ('14 IE) featured in New York Times for his start-up watch company MORE>>

Inki Kim ('15 PhD) named assistant professor at University of Virginia MORE>>

Gretchen Macht ('07 IE, '09 MS, '14 PhD) named assistant professor at University of Rhode Island MORE>>

Raymond F. Treml ('63 IE) obituary MORE>>

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Upcoming Events

October 11: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts recruitment event

November 1-4: INFORMS Annual Meeting

November 22-28: Thanksgiving Holiday - no classes

December 14-18: Final exams

December 19: Commencement

About this month's cover photo:
Nearly 350 industrial engineering students stepped out on Sept. 16 for the LutronĀ® IE Career Fair sponsored by the Penn State student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Representatives from more than 30 companies were on hand at the Days Inn Penn State to discuss internship, co-op, and full-time opportunities available within their organizations.

Here,  Anmol Desai, a first-year master's student, is pictured talking to a representative from Rochester Precision Optics. 

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Industrial and manufacturing engineering highlights manufacturing efforts at Penn State
Advancements and stories from our faculty, industry partners, and alumni are highlighted in the digital  campaign

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) has launched a "Manufacturing at Penn State" campaign to highlight the advancements the university has made in the manufacturing and supply chain sectors through research, academics, training, industry partnerships, and other university efforts.
The campaign's website includes a video of Janis P. Terpenny, Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and department head, which underscores the contributions Penn State continues to make in manufacturing in the United States and across the world. The website draws attention to the academic programs, research centers, projects, and other efforts the university has made to expand manufacturing technologies. Quotes and stories from College of Engineering alumni and industry sponsors are also included in the campaign.
"This is a wonderful time in history for the department," said Terpenny. "One where manufacturing companies around the world can benefit from the significant advances in manufacturing Penn State has pioneered through hands-on laboratories and methods for our students, and research that is informed by-and in collaboration with-industry partners."

NSF supports research on product design, innovation, and learning
Assistant Professor Scarlett Miller and Associate Professor of Psychology Sam Hunter look at how students learn and the effect it has on innovation and creativity

Scarlett Miller, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, and Samuel Hunter, associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology, were awarded a grant of $347,443 by the National Science Foundation to research how the design of an existing product impacts a student's ability to create innovative designs that meet the same societal needs.

Miller and Hunter are co-principal investigators on the three-year project titled, "Understanding the Impact of Product Dissection on Design Innovation and Learning."

"Recent studies have suggested that freshman engineering students may actually be more creative and than their senior-level counterparts, bringing into question how to support, rather than restrain, creative development in engineering education," said Miller. "This research is an important step toward producing more forward-thinking engineers and also improve distance-learning programs and techniques by encouraging students to generate solutions using more non-traditional design tools."

De Meter tackles workholding challenges through adhesive fixturing
Persistence paid off as a supporter started a new company based on the premise De Meter thought up over a decade ago

One of the major challenges that manufacturers face is securing a part and holding it in place against the forces of machining. Workholding is the term used when referring to any device that is used to secure a part and hold it into place against those forces.
Edward De Meter, professor of industrial engineering, examined the different workholding methods manufacturers use - including vises, clamps, magnetic fixturing, vacuum fixturing and encapsulation - and decided he wanted to try something different.

"I wanted to create something that has never been used before," he said. "I really wanted to think outside the box and design a system of workholding that no one had ever thought of before. My focus was to create a method that could be marketed to manufacturers as a solution to their workholding challenges."

NSF grant allows researchers to explore use of co-robots in teaching
Assistant Professor Conrad Tucker is the lead investigator on the three-year  National Robotics Initiative Grant

Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, and Timothy Brick, assistant professor of human development and family studies, were awarded a National Robotics Initiative Grant of $342,574 from the National Science Foundation.

Tucker and Brick are co-principal investigators on the three-year project titled, " Observation, Inference and Intervention: An Adaptive Co-robot System that Provides Individually Customized Performance Feedback Based on Students' Affective States ."

"This research will lead to a better understanding of how students interact and function with co-robots during potentially stressful activities," said Tucker. 

New study ties personality to communication, team performance

The research of IME alumna Gretchen Macht and Associate Professor David Nembhard shows a connection between personalities, communication, and teamwork.
The personality-based communication styles of team members can often determine the success or failure of a team, according to a recent study by Penn State researchers.

Gretchen Macht, a postdoctoral scholar in architectural engineering, and David Nembhard, associate professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, published their findings in a recent issue of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.

"This new research shows that understanding the communication styles of team members can help us account for differences in personality and the impact those differences have on team performance," said Macht.
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