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Posted by: mus41 on Aug 25, 2016
Aniruddh Vashisth, doctoral candidate in engineering science and mechanics, was named one of four Penn State College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year! See the full story here.
Posted by: mus41 on Aug 10, 2016
Zane Cohick, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was recently awarded a 2016 Student Travel Grant by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the 43rd IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) held in June in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Cohick was selected to present his research on Split-Post Dielectric Resonator Plasma Generators which is focused on generating plasmas using dielectric resonators since they offer low energy losses at high frequencies, where metamaterials may operate.

One of the limitations of metamaterials that researchers have been trying to overcome is the narrow bandwidth in which they often function. By replacing the traditional metal components of metamaterials with plasmas, it may be possible to rapidly tune metamaterials to work at many frequencies from GHz to THz range. This tunability arises because plasma properties can be controlled via parameters such as input power and pressure.

Cohick’s research poster explains the goals of his research, which include reducing energy loss, remotely igniting plasmas, and reducing power.

The ICOPS 2016 Student Travel Grants are made possible by the support of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the U.S. National Science Foundation, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's High Energy Density Division, and the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering and Plasma Quebec.
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 May 9, 2016
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.
Posted by: mus41 on May 5, 2016
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.
Posted by: mus41 on Apr 21, 2016
Rui Liu will be the student marshal for the engineering science baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 6. Liu will receive concurrent bachelor of science degrees in engineering science and electrical engineering.

He has chosen Michael Lanagan, professor of engineering science and mechanics, to be his faculty escort.
College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic
achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

Liu is the son of Yongmin Liu and Hong Shi of Beijing, China. He is a 2011 graduate of the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University in Beijing.

A Schreyer Scholar, Liu completed an honors thesis titled “Evaluation on Coupling Strategies for Ultra-High Field MRI Probe Made of Cylindrical Dielectric Resonator.”

His academic honors include the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award and the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (both junior and senior years).

Liu worked as an intern in the business intelligence and database department for Cisco Hangzhou in China, where he completed assigned Oracle SQL Developer tasks and served as an English advisor for documents. He also served as a research intern for PPG Industries, where he investigated and tested various coupling strategies for an MRI probe made of a dielectric resonator.

His extracurricular activities included Penn State Ballroom Club (2014), where he represented Penn State in competitions; volunteering as a student counselor with Kirkwood-Brainerd Camp (2013); performing maintenance projects for Windy Gap Camp (2013); and working on woodworking construction projects with Young Life Camp (2012).

Following graduation, Liu will pursue a graduate degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Posted by: mus41 on Apr 8, 2016
Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics graduate student Davis Evans won second place in the Morning Paper/Oral Presentations category at the 13th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS).

CERS is an annual student-initiated, student-run symposium featuring research papers, oral and poster presentations and an ‘Art in Science’ competition from the engineering disciplines.

First- and second-place awards were given for paper/oral presentations. First-, second- and third-place awards were given for poster presentations and Art in Science submissions.

First-place paper/oral presentation winners received $250, first-place poster winners received $150, and the first-place Art in Science winner received $150.

A list of second- and third-place winners is available on the CERS website.
Posted by: mus41 on Mar 1, 2016
Congratulations to the Society of Engineering Science team, which won the Rube Goldberg contest for the second year in a row. The team also won the People's Choice Award.

See the full story on PSU News.
Posted by: mus41 on Mar 1, 2016
ESM Today 2016, the 13th Annual Engineering Science and Mechanics Research Symposium, was held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the lobby of the EES Building on University Park campus. The event, organized by the ESM Graduate Student Council, gives graduate students the opportunity to present their work through oral and poster presentations to peers, colleagues and faculty; exchange ideas across the various research disciplines; and hone their presentation skills.

Over 60 people attended this year’s event, and 31 students gave a total of 10 oral presentations and 16 poster presentations. Presenters are required to explain their work in a way that is easily understandable to both engineers and scientists who are not specialists in a presenter’s discipline. ESM faculty served as judges throughout the day.

Oral presentations were split into two groups, with first prize in Group 1 going to Adem Ozcelik for his paper titled “Rotational Manipulation of Single Cells and Organisms Using Acoustic Waves.” First prize in Group 2 resulted in a tie between Christine Truong for her paper titled “Feeling the Flow: Optical Diagnostic Techniques to Characterize Turbulent Behavior” and Nitesh Nama for his paper titled “Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Surface Acoustic Wave Driven Microparticle Acoustophoresis.” Amir Aref took home first prize in the poster contest with “Development of High Energy Density Electrochemical Capacitors for Low Power Energy Harvesting Platforms.”

The full list of 2016 winners includes:

Oral/Paper presentations in room 114 EES:

1st place Adem Ozcelik
2nd place Nick Labarbera
3rd place Joseph Nasr
People’s Choice Justin Kauffman

Oral/Paper presentations in room 116 EES:

1st place Christine Truong and Nitesh Nama (tie)
2nd place
3rd place Anniruddh Vashisth
People’s Choice Anniruddh Vashisth

Poster presentations:

1st place Amir Aref
2nd place Andy Suprock
3rd place Faye Kim
People’s Choice Wuttichai Sai

To view all presentation abstracts, click here.

The day’s events also included an opening keynote speech from Andrew (Mike) Erdman, ESM alumnus and Walter L. Robb Director of Engineering Leadership Program within the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs.

View photos from ESM Today 2016 on the Penn State ESM Facebook page.

Posted by: mus41 on Jan 15, 2016
Congrats to ESM grad students Nick LaBarbera, Abdon Pena Francesch, and Huihun Jung for their teams being selected for Happy Valley LaunchBox’s inaugural class of business startups! See the full story here.

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