Melik Demirel’s lab group is investigating the use of synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth that may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability. Potential applications could include textiles, cosmetics, and medicine.
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Steven Schiff, Brush Chair Professor of Engineering in the departments of Neurosurgery, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Physics, and BioE, and Srinivas Tadigadapa, Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, are teaming up to develop a technology capable of measuring the activity of individual cells of the brain and to stimulate those cells at room temperature with a MEMS device capable of being implanted above the inner table of the skull for long-term human use.
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Ibrahim Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, was featured in a May 6 R&D Magazine article about 3D bioprinting of living tissues and organs. Read the full article here.
Feng Guo, post doctoral fellow in engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was recently selected as the 2015-2016 recipient of the Thomas and June Beaver Fund Award from the Penn State Graduate School.
The award recognizes and provides a minimum of $2,000 in financial assistance to outstanding full-time graduate students enrolled at Penn State who are performing industrially-sponsored research in connection with the Ben Franklin Partnership Fund Program.
Guo, under the supervision of Tony Huang, professor of engineering science and mechanics and Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science, is currently conducting research on the development of reusable acoustic tweezers technology by which sound waves are directed at the micro/nano scale to manipulate cells or particles or fluids. This technology could offer a simple, low-cost, biocompatible and disposable method for applications in the fields of point-of-care diagnostics and fundamental biomedical studies.
“Feng has developed many ground-breaking technologies in the field of acoustic tweezers, such as 3D acoustic tweezers and disposable acoustic tweezers,” said Huang. “His work has significant impact on medical diagnostics and biological research. I am very proud of his brilliant work.”
Guo is the lead author of the paper titled “Reusable acoustic tweezers for disposable devices.” His research interests include microfluidics, acoustics biosensors, single cell analysis, cell-cell interaction and tissue engineering.
Guo, along with four other engineering graduate students who received awards from the Graduate School, were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 27.
Patrick Mather (’89 E SC, ’90 M.S. E MCH), who is currently the Milton & Ann Stevenson Professor of Biomedical & Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University, has been named the new dean of the College of Engineering at Bucknell University effective July 1, 2016. Read the full story here.
Po-Hsun Huang, doctoral candidate in engineering science and mechanics, recently received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award and Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal from the Penn State Graduate School.
The award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment, is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students. It provides $5,000 in funding to full-time research doctorate students who have passed their comprehensive examinations and have received approval of their dissertation topic.
Huang, who is a member of the research group led by Tony Huang, professor of engineering science and mechanics and Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science, received the award for his dissertation titled “Lab-on-a-chip systems enabled by acoustic streaming effects.”
Through his research, Huang has developed a series of acoustofluidic (i.e., fusion of acoustics and microfluidics) technologies that are able to control and manipulate fluids and micro-objects using the acoustic streaming effects. These technologies are invaluable in many microfluidic applications due to their advantages of high biocompatibility, ease of manipulation, high flexibility and controllability, and low power consumption.
“Po-Hsun has developed a really novel technology that can effectively pump fluids in the micro/nanoscale with high efficiency, high precision, and high reliability while maintaining simplicity and low cost,” said Huang. “This technology could be a game changer in the field of medical diagnostics. I am extremely proud of his work.”
Huang has first-authored and co-authored 29 journal publications and has had five research papers highlighted by the National Science Foundation. Five of his research works on acoustofluidics have also been featured as front cover images on Applied Physics Letters, Small, and Lab on a Chip, and three of his papers were selected as the HOT Articles for Lab on a Chip.
Twelve additional graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award and were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27.