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Penn Engineering News Archive

Headlines, Awards and Accomplishments from 2013

 

Dan Lee comments in "Robots to the rescue at DARPA trials in Florida"
December 23, 2013

Singh Center for Nanotechnology in the Denver Post's "Best architecture of 2013: The shortlist"
December 19, 2013

Work by Kathleen Stebe and Shu Yang featured in "Researchers grow liquid crystal 'flowers' that can be used as lense"
December 19, 2013

Matt Blaze comments on NSA surveillance in the Washington Post's "Panel urges new curbs on surveillance by U.S."
December 19, 2013

MEAM's Design of Mechatronic Systems course finals featured in "Robockey teams face off in largest tournament yet"
December 19, 2013

Vijay Kumar comments on Google's purchase of Boston Dynamics in "Google Paves the Way to a Robotic Future"
December 17, 2013

Nicholas Schneider Receives MRS Graduate Student Awards
December 17, 2013

Sampath Kannan and Val Tannen named ACM Fellows
December 11, 2013

Ertugrul Cubukcu Receives IEEE Young Investigator Award
December 10, 2013

Dan Lee Elected an IEEE Fellow
December 10, 2013

Cherie Kagan Elected to APS Fellowship Class of 2013
December 9, 2013

Ali Jadbabaie Elected an IEEE Fellow
December 9, 2013

MEAM Senior Design team featured in "Start-up headset by Engineering grads keeps wearers awake"
December 6, 2013

Matt Blaze comments on data security in The Washington Post's "NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show"
December 5, 2013

Singh Center for Nanotechnology featured in "Penn's $92 Million Temple of Science Shakes Up Building Design"
December 5, 2013

Engineering undergraduates in the Chronicle of Higher Ed's "Fund Helps Student Start-Up Test 'Blue Books' of the Future"
December 3, 2013

Research by Shu Yang is featured in "Nanotechnology innovation keeps surfaces clean and transparent"
December 3, 2013

CIS Professor remembered in Philadelphia Inquirer "Ben Taskar, 36, former Penn wizard"
December 1, 2013

Penn Engineering students featured in Philadelphia Inquirer "Penn iGEM team leaders in synthetic biology"
November 26, 2013

Video: Alumni firm KMel robotics teams up with Lexus to bring us "Amazing in Motion - SWARM"
November 25, 2013

Former Haptics Lab exchange student Yosuke Kurihara receives Best Demo prize at SIGGRAPH Asia
November 25, 2013

Ben Taskar remembered in Daily Pennsylvanian "Former Penn Engineering prof dies unexpectedly"
November 22, 2013

Winners of PennSustains 2013, a Penn Engineering hosted sustainability solution competition, are announced
November 20, 2013

David Srolovitz receives 2013 MRS Materials Theory Award
November 19, 2013

Research by Kathleen Stebe and Shu Yang is featured in "Controlling Liquid Crystals: Another Tool in the Directed Assembly Toolkit"
November 13, 2013

Penn Engineers collaborate to demonstrate "New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction"
November 13, 2013

Joseph Devietti Receives Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award
November 13, 2013

Fast Company features Singh Center in "Architects Bring Sunshine Into Nanotech Labs"
November 11, 2013

New building's LEED features are highlighted in "Singh Center Balances Precise Science with Green Design"
November 8, 2013

Titan Arm Receives 2013 James Dyson Award
November 7, 2013

Boo Thau Loo is featured in Technically Philly's "Meet one of the first faculty startups from Penn's Comp. Sci. department"
November 7, 2013

Computational Biology junior is featured in "Student Spotlight with Brynn Claypoole"
November 1, 2013

Penn Engineers part of interdisciplinary team awarded three major federal research grants for work in designing nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery
November 1, 2013

Susan Margulies collaborates to write an Institute of Medicine report on youth sports-related concussions and brain trauma
November 1, 2013

Penn iGEM Team Wins Regional Competition with Novel Epigenetic Engineering Toolbox
October 30, 2013

American Bar Association's ABA Journal features Penn's JD/Engineering master's program in "Joint degree programs help combine the disciplines of law and technology"
October 29, 2013

Matt Blaze is interviewed in NPR's "Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?"
October 29, 2013

CNN features 2013 MEAM Senior Design project in "Titan Arm: Bionic bicep gives you the strength of Hercules"
October 25, 2013

Vijay Kumar, recipient of a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, is featured in "BTA Panel: The Rise of Autonomous Vehicles"
October 23, 2013

Video: MSE faculty member and Penn's Vice Provost for Research Dawn Bonnell on "Penn’s Research Enterprise"
October 23, 2013

GRASP's "Swarm Micro-UAVs" named to Popular Mechanics' Breakthrough Awards 2013
October 14, 2013

Daeyeon Lee Receives NSEF Young Investigator Award
October 14, 2013

Daniel Gianola Receives TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award
October 14, 2013

Penn Engineering robots are featured in Fast Company's "GRASP: The Startup Incubator For Soccer-Playing, Synchronized Flying Robots"
October 10, 2013

ESE Senior Design Team Receives INFORMS Undergraduate Operations Research Prize
October 11, 2013

Penn Engineering Receives Grant to Establish National Transportation Research Center
October 8, 2013

Christopher Fang-Yen Receives New Scholar Award in Aging
October 8, 2013

Research capabilites of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology are featured in "Penn going all out for a small science"
October 3, 2013

Penn Engineering's GRASP Lab and Wharton's Mack Institute Take the Y-Prize Global
October 1, 2013

CIS researchers "Use Facebook Data to Predict Users' Age, Gender and Personality Traits"
September 26, 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer features the Singh Center for Nanotechnology in "Changing Skyline: Singh Center enlivens Penn campus"
September 20, 2013

Paulo Arratia selected for invitation to the National Academy of Engineering's 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
September 18, 2013

Metatronics research by Nader Engheta is featured in "Going beyond electronics"
September 17, 2013

PennHacks is featured in "PennHacks competitors design tangible devices"
September 17, 2013

Arjun Raj is named one of PopSci's Brilliant Ten in "How Arjun Raj Reveals The Inner Workings Of Cells"
September 17, 2013

Dawn Bonnell leads collaboration to develop "New Mechanism for Extracting Energy from Light Using Plasmonic Nanostructures"
September 11, 2013

PennApps Hackathon is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer "Benevolent hackers convene at Penn"
September 9, 2013

Digital Media Design graduates are featured in "Penn at Pixar"
September 4, 2013

Research from Karen Winey is featured in "Computer Model Will Help Design Flexible Touchscreens"
September 4, 2013

Rob Ghrist's online calculus course is highlighted in "High schools to use Penn Coursera class"
September 3, 2013

Dennis Discher's research on Lamin-A is featured in "Protein That Protects Nucleus Also Regulates Stem Cell Differentiation"
September 3, 2013

Research by Cherie Kagan is featured in "An Indium Fix For Nanocrystal-Based Electronics"
September 3, 2013

HACKfest2013 is featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal "Hacking contest looks for best in tech"
August 28, 2013

Experience  Move-in with Penn Engineering Freshman Hannah Cutler
August 26, 2013

MEAM alum Evan Dvorak is featured for teaching excellence in LA Times "Jordan High's staff shakeup puts students on better track"
August 26, 2013

Milo Martin's research on smartphone chips is featured in Wired's "Your Future iPhone May Be Stuffed With Wax"
August 23, 2013

"Titan: A Powered Upper Body Exoskeleton" receives honorable mention at NIH 2013 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge
August 22, 2013

Dan Lee is quoted about the DARPA Challenge in "Penn, Drexel researchers compete in Pentagon's Robotics Challenge"
August 22, 2013

Norm Badler serves on the SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival Jury
August 14, 2013

Ravi Radhakrishnan collaborates to identify protein required for cell movement
August 14, 2013

RHex is featured in "Creating the Carl Lewis of robots: Researchers at Penn give latest project legs"
August 14, 2013

Vijay Kumar moderates "We the Geeks," a Google+ Hangout on Robots hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Friday, August 9 at 2 p.m.
August 9, 2013

Sophomore Kate Miller introduces tech-savvy middle school girls to programming
August 9, 2013

Penn Engineering offers joint JD/master's program with Penn Law
August 7, 2013

Nader Engheta is the Inaugural Recipient of the International SINA Award in Engineering
August 5, 2013

IDSA International Conference Preview: Dr. Vijay Kumar on Tiny Flying Robots and Whether or Not They're Taking Over the World
August 2, 2013

ESE doctoral student Aaron Johnson comments on building RHex in "Researchers build jumping, flipping, hand-standing robot"
July 30, 2013

Rajeev Alur is listed in "Four Indian Americans win top science and math awards"
July 30, 2013

Research by Chris Murray and Cherie Kagan is featured in "Nanotechnology advance in making 'programmable matter' using nanocrystals"
July 30, 2013

RHex is in The Atlantic's "Hardcore Parkour (With Robots)"
July 25, 2013

MEAM alum Steve Davis is featured in "Game On: A Rocket Scientist Opens The Wackiest Bar In Washington"
July 25, 2013

Video: RHex is featured in "A Robot That Jumps, Flips, and Does Pull-ups"
July 24, 2013

For Penn Engineer Mark Harding, Teaching Has Been a Way to Learn About Himself
July 24, 2013

Dwight Jaggard is featured in "We can all be leaders, University of Pennsylvania professor says"
July 24, 2013

Leonard Fabiano Named AIChE Fellow
July 19, 2013

Penn Engineering alum Vasu Kulkarni develops a startup that "Brings High-Tech Sports Analytics to School Teams"
July 19, 2013

Chris Murray Leads Collaboration to Show New Way to Study and Improve Catalytic Reactions
July 19, 2013

Rajeev Alur Named a Simons Investigator
July 11, 2013

Team DARwIn Receives First Place at RoboCup World Championships
July 8, 2013

Mike Steltenkamp receives 2013 Thomas Arkle Clark Award
July 8, 2013

Russ Composto and Shu Yang receive PA NanoCenter Awards for Advanced Materials Research Projects
July 8, 2013

Beth Winkelstein to lead implementation of AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative
July 8, 2013

Andrew Tsourkas is featured in NOVA's "Nanoparticles Show Big Promise in Fight Against Cancer"
July 8, 2013

Engineering Undergraduates featured in "Penn's Rachleff Scholars: The Best of Engineering"
July 1, 2013

Konstantinos Gatsis Receives Best Student Paper Award
June 26, 2013

Matt Blaze is quoted in the Chicago Tribune's "NSA does not collect cellphone location data, officials say"
June 26, 2013

Vijay Kumar comments on the applications of UAV swarms in PopSci's "The Future Of Flight: Swarms Will Dominate The Sky"
June 26, 2013

Mark Allen is named the inaugural scientific director of Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnlogy
June 25, 2013

Matt Blaze writes Wired opinion "Phew, NSA Is Just Collecting Metadata. (You Should Still Worry)"
June 25, 2013

Dawn Bonnell Appointed Vice Provost for Research at Penn
June 19, 2013

Titan Arm is featured in "Wireless Exoskeleton Wins 2013 Cornell Cup USA"
June 14, 2013

GRASP Quadrotors in Nature's "Drones in science: Fly, and bring me data"
June 14, 2013

Matt Blaze comments in "Google-Led NSA Denials Leave Room for U.S. Government Snooping"
June 10, 2013

Research by Jason Burdick and Robert Mauck is featured in "Grow fresh cartilage from adult stem cells"
June 10, 2014

Research by Shu Yang is featured in "Penn researchers integrate origami and engineering"
June 5, 2013

MEAM Student Project is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Instant strength from the Titan Arm"
June 4, 2013

Portonovo Ayyaswamy Receives ASME 75th Anniversary Medal
June 4, 2013

Matteo Cargnello, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Christopher Murray, is a recipient of the 2013 Debut in Research ENI Award
June 4, 2013

Rakesh Vohra Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor
May 29, 2013

X-RHex Lite robot is featured in GizMag's "Acrobatic XRL robot takes cliffs and valleys in its stride"
May 23, 2013

Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC) Marks a Milestone
May 23, 2013

Paul Gurniak receives 2013 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students
May 22, 2013

Rob Ghrist is quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education's "MOOC Professors Claim No Responsibility for How Courses Are Used"
May 21, 2013

Video: Mitch Marcus discusses ENIAC in "The End Is the Beginning"
May 20, 2013

Research by Ertugrul Cubukcu is featured in "Nanoantennas improve infrared sensing"
May 20, 2013

Matt Blaze is cited in The Washington Post's "How the FBI’s online wiretapping plan could get your computer hacked"
May 20, 2013

Penn Haptics is featured in IEEE Spectrum's "Finally: Robots Learn What 'Squishy' Really Means"
May 14, 2013

Dan Koditschek's RHex robot is featured in IEEE Spectrum's "This Robot's Acrobatic Leaps Are the Coolest Thing You'll See Today"
May 13, 2013

TitanArm Receives First Place at 2013 Intel Cornell Cup
May 13, 2013

Penn Engineers Receive Awards at ICRA 2013
May 13, 2013

Katie Reuther, a Ph.D. student in BE, collaborates to have Penn selected as a founding partner in the AAAS Emerging Leaders in Science & Society
May 10, 2013

Rajeev Alur Named a Simons Investigator
May 10, 2013

Penn Haptics Wins Best Demo Prize at IEEE World Haptics Conference
May 9, 2013

Ali Jadbabaie Named the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor in Network Science
May 9, 2013

Bioengineers receive first place in Penn Engineering's Senior Design Competition
May 9, 2013

Two papers by Andre DeHon are listed on the IEEE Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines list of the 25 most significant papers from the first 20 years
May 7, 2013

CNN features GRASP Quadrotors in "Tiny flying robots! Meet the quadrotor"
May 2, 2013

Video: Jordan Miller explains a 3D-printing technique in "3D Printing a Revolution Across Delaware Valley"
May 2, 2013

Matt Blaze comments on cellular location in "Cellphone network upgrades make location tracking almost as precise as GPS"
May 2, 2013

Video: MEAM Senior Design Project is featured in "TitanArm exoskeleton prototype makes light work of heavy lifting"
May 2, 2013

Research by Paulo Arratia is featured in "New Research Helps to Show How Turbulence Can Occur Without Inertia"
May 2, 2013

David Gabrieli Receives Josephine de Karman Scholarship
April 26, 2013

Kenneth Foster comments on EEG signals and gaming  in IEEE Spectrum's  "Loser: Mental Block"
April 26, 2013

Vijay Kumar comments on robotics research in "NSF Program Aims to Democratize Robot Manufacturing"
April 26, 2013

"An Interview with Ruhi Sinha" features 2007 CGGT alum for her work at DreamWorks on "The Croods"
April 24, 2013

Research by Chris Murray is featured in "Nanoparticle molecular probes drastically reduce cost of powerful microscopy technique"
April 22, 2013

Discovery News features haptics research by Katherine Kuchenbecker in "Tech Gets 'Touchy-Feely' With Haptic Engineering"
April 22, 2013

Katherine Kuchenbecker is featured for her TED talk about haptography in "Watch: The technology of touch"
April 18, 2013

Ertugrul Cubukcu is featured in "Plasmomechanics - an emerging field that combines nanoplasmonics with nanomechanical resonators"
April 18, 2013

Nader Engheta Receives 2013 IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key Award
April 16, 2013

Kate Miller, freshman in BE, is featured in "Engineering student award benefits middle school girls"
April 11, 2013

GRASP is featured on CNN Money for possible applications of flying robots in "Cheap drones could save your life"
April 11, 2013

Jonathan Fiene receives 2013 Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty
April 12, 2013

Haim Bau receives 2013 Provost's Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring
April 12, 2013

Wen Shieh, Beth Winkelstein and Jeff Babin are the recipients of the 2013 Penn Engineering Teaching and Advising Awards
April 12, 2013

Video: Robert Ghrist in "A Math Classroom, Without Walls"
April 8, 2013

Society of Women Engineers Hosts Education Event For Young Women
April 8, 2013

ModLab's CKbot is featured in "Self-Assembled Devices May Transform Manufacturing"
April 4, 2013

Vukan Vuchic comments on the future of transportation in "Transportation Alternatives and Evolving Infrastructure"
April 4, 2013

DMD alum Michael Highland ('07) is named "Geek of the Week" by Geekadelphia 
March 29, 2013

Ritesh Agarwal works to enable 'bulk' silicon to emit visible light for the first time
March 27, 2013

Megan Doherty and Ira Winston Receive 2013 Models of Excellence Awards
March 29, 2013

Research by Daeyeon Lee is featured in "Professor uses bubbles as inspiration for design"
March 27, 2013

Dan Koditschek comments in Discovery News "All-Terrain Bots Get More Agile"
March 22, 2013

Douglass Roman, sophomore in MEAM, receives Cultural Vistas Fellowship
March 22, 2013

Rob Ghrist's Coursera course is featured in "The Professors Who Make the MOOCs"
March 20, 2013

PopSci shows GRASP Quadrotor "Fly Like A Drone And Fish Like An Eagle"
March 20, 2013

George Pappas comments in "Can control theory make software better?"
March 20, 2013

Vijay Kumar comments on GRASP Research in "Printable robots designed to be consumer-friendly, inexpensive"
March 20, 2013

Daeyeon Lee Receives 3M Nontenured Faculty Award
March 15, 2013

Noam Lior Elected to the Club of Rome
March 5, 2013

Jessie Huang, Senior in BE, Receives 2013 Undergraduate Student Paper Award
March 4, 2013

ModLab's Robotic Boats are featured in "Imagine an Aircraft Carrier Made Out of ... Robots"
February 28, 2013

Rahul Mangharam Receives NSF CAREER Award
February 28, 2013

Vijay Kumar's Swarm Robotics research is featured in "Rise of the Swarm"
February 22, 2013

Nature Medicine highlights Dennis Discher's research in "Nanoparticles engineered to shuttle cancer drug past immune system"
February 22, 2013

IEEE Spectrum features research by Mark Yim in "Floating Robotic Shipping Containers Team Up to Create Islands and Runways"
February 19, 2013

Research by Paulo Arratia is featured in "Focus: Blood Plasma is Not So Normal"
February 19, 2013

Jennifer Gillard, Communications and Outreach in BE, is featured in "A Life-Changing Trip Through a Changing India"
February 19, 2013

Mark Yim's robotic boats are featured in "Swimming-pool ships make waves in modular robotics"
February 13, 2013

Cassi Henderson, senior in BE, receives Thouron Award
February 13, 2013

Rob Ghrist is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Penn professor brings calculus to the masses through Coursera"
February 11, 2013

Karen Winey Named a 2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow
February 11, 2013

Dawn Bonnell, Vijay Kumar, and Krishna P. Singh Elected to National Academy of Engineering
February 8, 2013

First annual Y-Prize rewards student innovators
February 7, 2013

Rob Ghrist's Coursera course is a "Leader in New Online Move"
February 7, 2013

Research by Paulo Arratia is featured in "Blood plasma not so simple after all"
February 7, 2013

In Y Prize Competition, Penn students compete to put robot research to real-world use
February 6, 2013

CIS Department Chair is featured in "For Three Decades, Computer Science’s Susan Davidson Has Led by Example"
February 6, 2013

CIS junior is profiled in "With Popsicle Sticks and a Glue Gun, Penn’s Allison Pearce Got Her Start in Engineering"
February 6, 2013

Research by Mark Yim's lab is featured in "Engineers design boat robots in Pottruck pool"
February 6, 2013

Video: Paulo Arratia's research is featured in "The Complexity of Fluids"
February 6, 2013

John Crocker and Talid Sinno collaborate to use DNA to make crystals that can switch configurations
February 6, 2013

Video: "The Root" features CIS alumna Brittney Exline for being the youngest African-American engineer
February 6, 2013

Penn Engineering hosts "PennApps Spring 2013: The largest college hackathon just got even bigger"
February 1, 2013

Digital Media Design alums Paul Kanyuk and Ariela Nurko are featured for their work on Oscar-nominated 'Brave'
February 1, 2013

Progress on the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is noted in "Nanotech center continues to grow"
February 1, 2013

Aaron Roth Receives NSF CAREER Award
January 31, 2013

Research from Tevis Jacobs and Robert Carpick shows mechanism behind wear at the atomic scale
January 30, 2013

The SIG Center for Computer Graphics is featured in "Motion capture technology captures imaginations"
January 25, 2013

Video: Vijay Kumar is interviewed about drone technology in "Rise of the Drones"
January 25, 2013

Vijay Kumar Receives 2013 Heilmeier Research Award
January 24, 2013

New Swarm Computing Center, TerraSwarm, Receives $2.75 Million
January 24, 2013

Robotics team THOR is featured in PopSci's "How To Build A Hero"
January 22, 2013

Ken Foster is quoted in "'Suspect' journals take scientists for a ride"
January 22, 2013

Vijay Kumar comments in "'Nova' explores drones' use in war, surveillance"
January 22, 2013

Robert Ghrist comments in "Ayasdi: A Big Data Start-Up With a Long History"
January 17, 2013

Dan Lee's University Transportation Center (UTC) featured in "Penn drives transportation research forward"
January 17, 2013

Rahul Mangharam's "The Car and The Cloud: Automotive Architectures for 2020" included in the National Academy of Engineering's "The Bridge"
January 11, 2013

Jan Van der Spiegel and collaborators' 1989 Foveated CCD Diagram is part of the MOMA Trisha Donnelly Artist's Choice Show
January 8, 2013

Beth Winkelstein Named 2013 AIMBE Fellow
January 8, 2013

Shu Yang and Kate Stebe collaborate to "Show New Level of Control Over Liquid Crystals"
January 7, 2012

Rob Ghrist's Coursera course featured in New York Times "Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later"
January 7, 2013

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