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Category: ESM News
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 24, 2005
The Officers of SES would like to invite you to attend our first ever Design Competition Tomorrow, Friday February 25. This year's competition requires participants to build a device to Launch a Ping Pong ball. They will be judged both on distance and accuracy. The competition is being held as part of the College of Engineering E-Week Festivities and will be attended by high school students as well. Please come out and support all the students in their efforts.

Date: Friday, February 25
Time: 6:45 P.M.
Place: 260 Willard Building
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 21, 2005
Murat Cetinkaya (M.S., ESc) will present a paper entitled "Simulations and Design of a New Green Fluorescence Protein Mutant" at the Materials Research Society Spring-2005 meeting, Biological and Bio-Inspired Materials and Devices

Program, in San Francisco, California, March 28th-April 1, 2005. The paper was co-authored with Prof. Melik Demirel.
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 21, 2005
Akhlesh Lakhtakia
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, University Distinguished Professor, is one of five Penn State Faculty to receive the 2004-05 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement. Established in 1980, the award honors a single contribution or series of contributions around a single theme and was given to Dr. Lakhtakia for his seminal contributions to the study of electromagnetic fields in complex materials and media, which, in the last five years, have culminated in the theoretical and experimental development of sculptured thin films and, in the last year, has led to his theoretical treatise (2004) on the negative-phase-velocity propagation of light in gravitationally affected vacuum.
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 21, 2005
The inagural ESM Today Graduate Student Research Symposium was held Saturday, April 19, 2005, on the University Park Campus. The purpose of the symposium was to showcase research activities of Engineering Science and Mechanics graduate students. Dr. Judith A. Todd, ESM Department Head, notes "The quality of the papers and posters was exceptional".
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 21, 2005
A sure sign of spring in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department is the announcement of the Engineering Science undergraduate oral comprehensives. This spring, 23 seniors will present the results of their senior research and design capstone projects during the week of March 28 through April 1. The oral comprehensives are attended by faculty and peers. If you would like to attend a presentation, please contact Ms. Kathleen Zimmerman ( for the time and date.
Category: Engineering News
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 10, 2005
Prospective students and their parents can learn about engineering programs available at Penn State by attending the engineering open house from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Hintz Family Alumni Center, University Park. Participants will have the opportunity to explore majors in the College of Engineering, the School of Information Sciences and Technology, and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. In addition, representatives will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, housing, advising, cooperative education, career development, student organizations, and special programs and opportunities for engineering students. Open house activities also include tours, demonstrations and student displays. For more information or to register, check the Web at

Source: PSU Newswire
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 10, 2005
Sculptured Thin Films Cover
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics, and Russell Messier, professor of engineering science and mechanics, are the authors of a new book titled Sculptured Thin Films: Nanoengineered Morphology and Optics.

The text pairs the authors’ knowledge of thin-film morphology with the response characteristics of optical sculptured thin film (STF) devices, enabling scientists and technologists to design STF materials and devices for optical applications.
Posted by: cah190 on Feb 8, 2005
Akhlesh Lakhtakia
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Distinguished Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, will present a two-part lecture series on Sculptured Thin Films and Topics in Electromagnetics at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, from July 15-25, 2005.

The series, co-sponsored by the International Commission for Optics, the Department of Electronics at QAU, and the National Center for Physics, will focus first on the morphology of sculptured thin films at the 1-1000 nm length scales with emphasis on growth techniques and ways to achieve distinct morphologies and, second, on advanced topics in electromagnetics including Complex Mediums, Voigt Waves and Negative Refraction in Outer space.