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Posted by: mus41 on Jun 29, 2016
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ESM Associate Professor Ibrahim Ozbolat and a group of Penn State engineers are substituting strands of cow cartilage for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints.

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Posted by: mus41 on Jun 17, 2016
Penn State graduate student Abdon Pena-Francesch recently won a national award for his research on self-healing protein materials.

Pena-Francesch, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, was awarded the Materials Research Society (MRS) Silver Graduate Student Award at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit.

His presentation, “Segmented molecular design of self-healing protein materials,” focused on a new approach for designing a next generation of genetically engineered proteins inspired by squid ring teeth that can be repaired and reused.

Squid ring teeth have a segmented molecular structure and self-healing capabilities, and can be easily processed into any shape, from thin films and nanotubes to large three-dimensional objects. By controlling the protein structure at the molecular level, material properties — such as thermal, mechanical and optical — can be programmed for use in an array of applications such as bioadhesives, optical fibers and coatings for medical devices.

A member of the research group led by Professor Melik C. Demirel, Pena-Francesch won the award in the Symposium SM2: Bioinspired Dynamic Materials-Synthesis, Engineering and Applications category.

“Abdon is highly intelligent and creative and has very high professional goals,” said Demirel. “Over the past three years, I have gotten to know him very well, and I have been extremely impressed with his potential for independent academic research. He has demonstrated a willingness and courage to work outside his comfort zone and an ability to work in teams of varying disciplines.”

MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research.
Posted by: mus41 on Jun 10, 2016
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Professor Osama Awadelkarim, director of the Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the United States Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Information Engineering Education at Kazan National Research Technological University, Russia.

Awadelkarim will deliver a series of lectures in nanotechnology at the Fulbright Summer School on Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials, June 15 - June 25, 2016. The summer school brings together a large number of Russian graduate students, researchers, and faculty from several Russian universities.
Posted by: mus41 on Jun 8, 2016
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ESM Associate Professor Ibrahim Ozbolat and his research on 3D bioprinting is highlighted in the June digital edition of Manufacturing Engineering.
Category: ESM News
Posted by: mus41 on Jun 6, 2016
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The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics will begin offering a new one-year, non-thesis, residence-based master of science degree program in fall 2016. The application deadline is August 1, 2016.

Nanotechnology is one of the most rapidly growing and exciting fields, and nanoscale science and technology continue to have an increasing impact on our daily lives. The nanotechnology consumer products market already has more than 1,000 nanomaterial-containing products. With this industry growth comes ever-expanding career opportunities in virtually all industries.

The 30-credit program is ideally suited for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in science, and most engineering engineering fields, who are planning to pursue careers in areas such as biomedicine, aerospace, electronics, information technology, manufacturing, and advanced materials, to name just a few.

The program combines an interdisciplinary foundation in nanoscience and nanoengineering with significant hands-on nanofabrication experiences that are essential for graduates to meet the growing industry demand for skilled nanotechnology personnel or to continue towards their Ph.D. degree.

For more information about the one-year M.S. program, including how to apply, click here.

Posted by: mus41 on Jun 6, 2016
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Sulin Zhang, Reginald Hamilton, and Patrick Drew are among the Penn State faculty members selected to receive promotions in academic rank during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Zhang, who has been a member of the engineering science and mechanics department since summer 2007, will be promoted to Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Hamilton, who has been a member of the engineering science and mechanics department since winter 2010, will be promoted to Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Drew, who has been a member of the engineering science and mechanics department since spring 2010, will be promoted to Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics.

For a full list of faculty promotions, all of which will become effective July 1, 2016, please click here.