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Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 25, 2007
Melik Demirel, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, has been invited to present a paper titled "Emergent Properties of Spatially Organized Poly(P-xylene) Films Fabricated by Vapor Deposition" at the International Conference on Organized Molecular Films, in Krakow, Poland, July 1-5, 2007.
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 20, 2007
Four Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) staff members have received awards for outstanding contributions to the department during the last year.

Lisa Daub Ardell Hosterman Cheryl Markley Carol Ritter

Lisa Daub, Administrative Manager of the Center for Nanofabrication Education and Utilization received the ESM Legacy Award for Management;

Ardell Hosterman, ESM Research Technician, received the ESM Legacy Award for Planning and Organizational Effectiveness;

Cheryl Markley, ESM Department Head Staff Assistant, received the ESM Legacy Award for Creativity and Innovation; and,

Carol Ritter, ESM Graduate Student Staff Assistant, received the ESM Legacy Award for Diversity and Citizenship.

The awards were presented at a departmental ceremony held Tuesday, June 19, 2007.
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 19, 2007
Tracy Potter, Advanced Engineering Aide in the Center for Innovative Sintered Products, attended the 2007 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials Conference, May 13-15, 2007, in Denver Colorado.
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 15, 2007
Mark Horn, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, and ESM graduate student Charan Srinivasan were part of a collaborative research team led by Paul S. Weiss, distinguished professor of chemistry and physics, that developed a new nanolithography process that will "extend lithography to applications beyond traditional semicondutors". A brief article of the process titled "Taking Nanolithography Beyond Semiconductors" appears in the spring 2007 issue of Science Journal.

The new process was first described in the 22 December 2006 issue of the journal of Advanced Materials.

Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 15, 2007
Sam Y. Zamrik, Ph.D., a resident of State College, Pa., and professor emeritus of engineering mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, has become the 126th president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

ASME made the announcement at the Society’s 2007 Summer Annual Meeting, June 9-14, Toronto, Canada. Zamrik, a member of ASME for more than 34 years and recognized technical authority in pressure vessels and piping, will serve a one-year term to June 2008.

His goals as president include promoting programs and activities aimed towards women and early-career engineers, while maintaining a commitment to expanding the Society’s knowledge resources globally.

A fellow of ASME, Zamrik has served in a number of leadership positions, including as a member of the ASME Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005, and as vice-president of Materials and Structures from 1999 to 2002.

Zamrik also served on the ASME Board of Professional Development from 1995 to 2001 and Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards during 1994 to 2004. He has published more than 180 technical papers and reports on fatigue analysis, life prediction, biaxial loading, thermal analysis, and other subjects related to pressure vessels and piping.

Instrumental in the formation of the former ASME Pipeline Systems Division and the Pressure Vessels and Piping (PVP) Division, Zamrik served as chair of the PVP Division (1990-1991) and received the ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Medal in 1996. He served as editor of the ASME Journal of Pressure Vessels Technology from 1993 to 2005, which led the PVP Division to establish the “Sam Zamrik Literature Award” for outstanding achievement.

Throughout his service in ASME, Zamrik has been active in student outreach, codes and standards workshops, and volunteer training. He also has been involved in global initiatives, both within the Society and as a visiting professor at American University in Cairo, Egypt.

In addition to ASME, he is a member of the American Society of Metals International, American Society for Testing and Materials, Welding Research Council, Pressure Vessel and Research Council, and International Council on Pressure Vessels Technology.

Zamrik attended the University of Texas, receiving a B.A. in mathematics in 1956, and a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1957. He continued his education and training at Penn State University, earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering mechanics in 1962 and 1965, respectively.

Among many honors and recognitions, Zamrik was recently named a recipient of the Penn State Engineering Society’s Distinguished Service Award for his service on the Engineering, Science and Mechanics Industrial and Professional Advisory Council and for teaching and mentoring countless students and then providing them with guidance through their professional careers.

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the engineering and technology community.

Reprinted from ASME website: ASME
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 14, 2007
Bernhard R. Tittman, Schell Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, will open the Engineering Nano Characterization Center to this year's American Society of Materials (ASM) Materials Camp participants, scheduled for the week of July 9, 2007, at the University Park Campus. Dr. Tittmann and his team of graduate students will host a total of four teams during the week.

This year's camp will be conducted similar to the camp held last year which involved the campers experiencing four days of intensive hands-on lab work, with help from several noted faculty scientists. Dr. R. Allen Kimel, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, coordinates the ASM Materials Camp.
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 14, 2007
In its annual survey of universities' nanotechnology programs, Small Times Magazine, a leading provider of news and analysis on nanotechnology, Micro-electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and microsystems, ranked respondents based on 26 questions related to funding, facilities, patenting, company formation, research, publishing, and micro- and nano-specific courses and degree programs.

In the category of Research, Penn State ranked No. 1 among those universities responding to the survey. Other areas in which Penn State ranked in the top 10 include education, No. 4, and commercialization, also No. 4. Other leading institutions in the survey were State University of New York at Albany, which led in both facilities and education categories, and Arizona State University, which was first in commercialization.

According to the cover story in the May/June 2007 issue, "Many consider Penn State to be first in the country for materials research and second in industrial support of research. The university's strengths are embodied in collaborative materials research covering a broad range of nanomaterials, and employing expertise from disciplines spanning agbio, through engineering to basic materials chemistry and condensed matter physics. An interdisciplinary graduate degree program brings students and faculty together across these disciplines."

Penn State placed second among survey respondents in number of both faculty and graduate students doing research in micro/MEMS technologies, according to the magazine. In education, Penn State's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization is one of the nation's leading nanotechnology workforce development programs. The University also was noted for its local and international collaboration with industry. This is the third annual Small Times survey, created to provide the nano- and micro-technology industry with information to help locate research collaborators and facilities, technology transfer opportunities, and employees trained in the science and technology of the micro- and nano-scale.

Contact: Walt Mills (

Source: Penn State Faculty/Staff Newswire - June 14, 2007

Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 12, 2007
Melik Demirel, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, will present a paper titled "Coarse-Grained Simulations for Protein-Surface Interactions" at the Modeling the Interaction of Biomolecules with Inorganic Surfaces Workshop, organized by the Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM), in Lyon, France, July 25-27, 2007.
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 11, 2007
Christine Masters, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, will attend the ASEE 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition in Hololulu, Hawaii, June 24-27, 2007. Her participation includes representing the Mechanics Division at the Professional Interest Council 3 (PIC III) Business Meeting; chairing the Mechanics Division Executive Committee Meeting; chairing the Mechanics Division Business Meeting, participating in an Ethics Live session, and also attending numerous technical sessions.
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 11, 2007
Albert E. Segall, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, has been invited to present a paper titled “New Way of Laser Machining Ceramics: The Micro-Manipulation of Stress-States and Fracture-Paths using Dual Beams,” at the 10th International European Ceramic Society (ECerS) Congress, Berlin, Germany, scheduled for June 17-21, 2007. The paper has been co-authored with graduate students R. Akarapu*, G. Cai*, S. Pullford*, and P. Brugan

Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 6, 2007
Mirna Urquidi-Macdonald, professor of engineering science and mechanics will prsent a paper titled "Localized electrochemical impedance" at the 2007 Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) Symposium, in Argelès-sur-mer, France, June 3-8, 2007. EIS 2007 will bring together leading scientists and engineers working with impedance spectroscopy and other frequency domain techniques. Dr. Urquidi-Macdonald's travel is being sponsored by Penn State's Minority Faculty Development Office and the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.
Posted by: sxc1 on Jun 1, 2007
Two Engineering Science and Mechanics faculty are recipients of the 2008-09 Grace Woodward Seed Grant Awards for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine.

Steven Schiff
Dr. Steven Schiff, Brush Chair Professor of Engineering, received the award for his project titled "The Use of CT as a Substitute for MRI in the Diagnosis of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in Children in Sub-Saharan Africa".

Barbara Shaw
Dr. Barbara A. Shaw, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, received the award for her project titled "Fix, Heal, and Disappear--Designing New, Tailored Magnesium Alloys for re-absorbable Orthopedic Implants".

The Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine are an outgrowth of the Grace Woodward Endowments to Penn State. These merit-based awards are presented to PSU faculty on a competitive basis for creating or capitalizing on opportunities to use engineering to solve problems in the life sciences and medicine. Each seed grant is funded for approximately $25,000.