Steve Schiff wins prestigious NIH research award
A new National Institutes of Health High-Risk, High-Reward grant will allow Steven SchiffHarvey F. Brush Chair in the College of Engineering, and a transdisciplinary research team to explore a radically changed approach to predicting, preventing, and treating infectious disease at the individual level at point-of-care. This venture provides the researchers an opportunity to explore a new way of addressing critical unmet needs, especially in the developing world. >>  
FALL 2018
Targeting strategy may open door to better cancer drug delivery
Targeting strategy may open door to better cancer drug delivery

Bioengineers may be able to use the unique mechanical properties of diseased cells, such as metastatic cancer cells, to help improve delivery of drug treatments to the targeted cells, according to a team of researchers at Penn State. >> 
Patrick Drew_ associate professor of engineering science and mechanics

In an upcoming project, a team of Penn State researchers, including Patrick DrewHuck Distinguished Associate Professor of Neural Engineering and Neurosurgery and associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, will use mice as a model for creating high-resolution, 3D maps of the blood vessels in both young and aging brains. The researchers hope learning more about healthy brains will help them learn more about how problems - like strokes or Alzheimer's disease - develop over time. >> 
Thermal switch
Thermal switch discovered in engineered squid-based biomaterials

Tuning materials for optimal optical and electrical properties is becoming commonplace. Now, researchers and manufacturers may be able to tune materials for thermal conductivity by using a squid-inspired protein made of multiple DNA repeats. >>
Fame Lab
Todd Palmer, professor of material sciences and engineering and engineering science and mechanics, and Edward Reutzel, associate research professor with the Applied Research Lab and ESM affiliate faculty member, are part of a team of Penn State researchers working on a project that will bring a super-finishing lab for 3D-printed metal parts to be used in naval applications to Penn State.
Cerebral malaria causes death and brain injuries including epilepsy in Africa and East Asia where those strains of malaria are endemic. Image_ _ iStock Photo_TanyaJoy
Heart-brain connection could be predictive biomarker for epilepsy

Heartbeat irregularities connected to brain activity abnormalities may lead to the ability to predict eventual epileptic seizures in subjects who suffered physical or infectious brain insults, according to Penn State researchers who studied mouse models of cerebral malaria, which often causes epilepsy in those who survive. >>
PRINSE System video
The PRINSE System: Proactive Robotic Inspection of Nuclear Storage Enclosures

Through an integrated research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy's Nuclear Energy University Program, a team of researchers led by Cliff Lissenden, professor of engineering science and mechanics, recently developed multi-sensor inspection and robotic systems for dry storage casks that contain spent nuclear fuel. Their newly developed PRINSE system will help evaluate the integrity of casks and extend storage duration of spent fuel until repositories can be built for safe disposal.  >>
Assistant Professor in Advanced Scanning_Transmission Electron Microscopy
Faculty Opening

The ESM department is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of advanced scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). Tenured academic ranks will also be considered in exceptional cases. 
Graduate Degrees in Additive Manufacturing
  • Susan Tousi ('91 E SC) elected to the National Academy of Engineering >>
  • Scott White ('90 Ph.D. E MCH) passed away on May 28 >>
  • Ellen Arruda ('85 E SC, '88 M.S. E MCH) named new chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan >>
  • John Longenecker's ('71 E MCH, '73 M.S. E MCH) company, Longenecker & Associates, will support Triad National Security as part of a five-year management and operating contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory >>
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Fall 2019 ESM Early Career Recognition Award nominations are now open.
Fall 2019 Early Career Recognition Award

The ESM Early Career Recognition Award recognizes alumni who graduated in the past 10 years who have distinguished themselves at work, in academia, and/or in their community.

If you would like to nominate someone, please submit the nomination form as early as possible so we have adequate time to contact the listed references for letters of support.

The deadline for completed nominations is January 31, 2019.