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Penn Engineering News Archive

Headlines, Awards and Accomplishments from 2014

Jasheel Brown, sophomore in MSE, is featured in Penn News' "Kicking Boards: Penn Engineering Sophomore Excels With Tae Kwon Do"
January 9, 2015

Singh Center for Nanotechnology is featured in Architect Magazine's "2014 Annual Design Review"
January 5, 2015

Elizabeth Beattie, Ph.D candidate in MEAM, is featured in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list
January 5, 2015

Penn Researchers Model the Mechanics of Cells' Long-range Communication
December 19, 2014

Flaura Winston is featured in parenting blog encouraging girls to enter STEM fields
December 19, 2014

Singh Center for Nanotechnology is selected as Engineering News Record MidAtlantic's 'Project of the Year'
December 19, 2014

Dennis Discher's stem cell lineage specification research is featured in The Scientist's "Reprogramming Redux"
December 18, 2014

Shu Yang Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow 
December 16, 2014

Daniel Lee Receives the 2014-2015 Faculty Award of Merit
December 15, 2014

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami 
December 11, 2014

Danielle Bassett is featured in the National Science Foundation's "Researcher studies how different brain regions interact during tasks"
December 10, 2014

Brian Litt is quoted in the American Epilepsy Society's "Crowdsourcing Advances Epileptic Seizure Detection and Prediction" 
December 8, 2014

Penn Engineers Show Commonalities in How Different Glassy Materials Fail
December 8, 2014  

Penn Engineering Plan Filters Wastewater Produced By Fracking  
December 4, 2014

Charles J. McMahon Jr., professor emeritus of MSE, is quoted in The Sacramento Bee's "Independent report calls Bay Bridge tests 'unscientific,' 'erroneous'"
December 3, 2014

Andrew Huemmler is quoted in US News' "The Great Energy Debate: Pa. Weighs its Carbon Future"
December 1, 2014

Dan Huh is quoted in The Scientist's "Homo Minutus"
December 1, 2014

Penn Engineering Alum, Jonathan Lehr, is featured in The Wall Street Journal's "Morgan Stanley Vet Builds Enterprise Startups With Work-Bench Ventures"
November 26, 2014

Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials
November 24, 2014

Vukan Vuchic Receives APTA's Lifetime of Academic Distinction Award 
November 17, 2014

Ritesh Agarwal is featured in Nanowerk's "Engineers efficiently 'mix' light at the nanoscale"
November 13, 2014

Ravi Radhakrishnan is quoted in Science Daily's "Researchers refine diagnostic tools to predict treatment outcomes for children with neuroblastoma"
November 11, 2014

Penn's Hult Prize finalists are featured in the New York Times' "Tackling Cavities in India’s Slums with Xylitol Gum"
November 10, 2014

Vijay Kumar is quoted in the Mack Institute for Innovation Management's "Y-Prize Competitors Throw Their Hats in the Ring"
November 10, 2014

Mark Allen is quoted about the use of metamaterials in The Sydney Morning Herald's "Nanotechnology's next trick could be a real invisibility cloak"
November 10, 2014

Jennifer Phillips-Cremins is featured in Penn News' "Penn Bioengineer Looking for Epigenomic Patterns Linked to Neurological Disorders"
November 6, 2014

The GRASP Lab is featured in the Atlantic's "Here Come the Swarming Drones"
November 3, 2014

Kenneth Foster is quoted in IEEE Spectrum's "Microwave Stethoscope Lets Physicians Peer Into the Lungs"
October 30, 2014

Beth Winkelstein is featured in Penn Current's "Rethinking STEM courses"
October 29, 2014

Modular Robotics Laboratory is featured in IEEE Spectrum's "Flying Robots Stay Stable With Just One Motor, Controllable With Two"
October 29, 2014

NanoDay@Penn Hands Out Research and Image Awards
October 27, 2014

Penn Engineering Alum, Alan Cramb, To Become Next President of Illinois Institute of Technology
October 24, 2014

GRASP Lab's quad copters are featured in iGyann's "These Tiny Autonomous Quadcopters Might be the Builders of Tomorrow"
October 22, 2014

Brian Litt's research is featured in The Engineer's "Transparent graphene microelectrode provides new neurological insights"
October 22, 2014

Dan Huh is featured in WHYY's Newswork's "In quest for better treatments, Penn prof's 'avatars of human organs' simulate lungs"
October 15, 2014

Jennifer Phillips-Cremins Receives New York Stem Cell Foundation's Robertson Investigators Award
October 15, 2014

Penn's 2014 Hult Competition finalists are featured in Philadelphia Inquirer's "Bubba, meet gum: Penn team's global initiative"
October 14, 2014

Vijay Kumar's lab research featured in IEEE's "Drones Learn Tricks With Suspended Loads, Through-Window Package Delivery Inevitable"
October 14, 2014

Video: Christopher Murray is featured in Penn News' "From Industry to Ivy League"
October 14, 2014

Lyle Ungar is quoted about life expectancy and aging in Time's "Quiz: How Long Will You Live?"
October 13, 2014

Rita Powell is quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek's "Gender Gap Draws Thousands From Google, Apple to Phoenix"
October 9, 2014

BE Alumnus Jonathan Viventi Named to MIT's 2014 List of "35 Innovators Under 35"
October 6, 2014

Dan Huh Receives 2014 NIH New Innovator Award
October 6, 2014

Matthew Blaze is quoted in the Washington Post's "Police Want Back Doors in Smartphones, but You Never Know Who Else Will Open Them"
October 2, 2014

The AddLab is featured in Penn Current's "Penn's new AddLab boasts 3-D printers for a 3-D world"
October 2, 2014

Danielle Bassett is featured in Scientific American's "MacArthur “Genius” Winner: Math Might Help Crack Mysteries of Schizophrenia"
October 1, 2014

Results of student 'hackathon' are featured in’s "Here are the 3 winning projects from PennApps X"
September 26, 2014

The Penn xLAB is featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian’s "Wiring the future: Penn xLAB explores 'internet of things'"
September 25, 2014

The female programmers of ENIAC are spotlighted in Fortune Magazine’s “Walter Isaacson on the women of ENIAC”
September 24, 2014

Modular Robotics Lab featured in Science News's "Hybrid robot merges flier with two snakelike machines"
September 24, 2014

Arjun Raj Receives NSF CAREER Award
September 22, 2014

Video: Vijay Kumar and the GRASP Lab are featured for working with flying robots in “Xploration Earth 2050: Bio-Mechanimals”
September 19, 2014

Daniel Lee is quoted about optical sensor improvement in MIT News's "Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity"
September 19, 2014

Danielle Bassett is featured in New York Times' "MacArthur Awards Go to 21 Diverse Fellows"
September 17, 2014

Danielle Bassett Receives 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
September 17, 2014

Christopher Murray and Jennifer Lukes are featured in Penn News' "Penn Team Studies Nanocrystals by Passing Them Through Tiny Pores"
September 16, 2014

Shu Yang is featured in Penn Current's "Giant clams inspire Penn duo’s alternative energy research"
September 15, 2014

Penn Engineers featured in Nanowerk's "Discovery advances understanding of graphene's friction properties"
September 15, 2014

Brian Chow is featured in Philadelphia Inquirer's "Illuminating Technology"
September 15, 2014

Ken Foster comments about radiation emitting from cellular antennas in the Dallas Observer’s “Lakewood Parents Nix School-Roof Cell Tower, But Their Cell Phones Are the Bigger Danger”
September 11, 2014

Rahul Mangharam is featured in Knowledge @ Wharton's "The Race to Build a Better Smartphone Charger"
September 5, 2014

Rahul Mangharam is quoted about the development of wearable gadgets in Yahoo's "Is wearable technology worth buying yet?"
September 4, 2014

Matt Blaze is quoted about public use of ElcomSoft software for surveillance in Wired's "The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud"
September 3, 2014

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology Makes "The 9 Best New University Buildings Around The World" List
September 3, 2014

Video: Vijay Kumar comments on unmanned aircraft technology in Bloomberg News Panel "Amazon vs. Google: Battle for Drone Supremacy"
September 2, 2014

Portonovo Ayyaswamy Receives the 2014 ASME/AIChE Max Jakob Memorial Award
August 27, 2014

Alums Kevin Conley and Alexey Komissarouk are featured in the New York Times "Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two"
August 28, 2014

Tyrell McCurbin, junior in MEAM, is featured in "Veterans Upward Bound at Penn Prepares Former Soldier for Engineering Success"
August 28, 2014

Nicole Woon, M&T 2014, is a recipient of the Outstanding Collegiate Member Award from the Society of Women Engineers
August 26, 2014

William Duckworth, MEAM undergrad, is featured in "Four UPenn Students Built A Smart Thermometer To Help Parents Monitor Their Kids' Fevers Anytime, Anywhere"
August 26, 2014

Rahul Mangharam is quoted about how wireless charging works in "All The Cords You Use To Charge Your Phone Might Be Obsolete Soon"
August 22, 2014

Mark Yim comments in "Hotel's Robotic Butler Is Not Quite 'Rosie'"
August 20, 2014

Duygu Kuzum, postdoc in BE, is one of MIT Technology Review's "Innovators Under 35"
August 20, 2014

Mark Yim comments on flocks of robots in Scientific American's "1,000-Robot Swarm Created by Researchers"
August 18, 2014

Research by Lee Bassett is outlined in "Molecular engineers record an electron's quantum behavior"
August 18, 2014

MSE student Nick Liu is part of startup featured in "Penn Undergrad Startup Aims to Make Finding Grants Easier"
August 14, 2014

Matt Blaze is quoted on using algorithms to detect and prevent cyberattacks in Wired's "Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously"
August 14, 2014

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology Garners LEED Gold Designation
August 14, 2014

Art from the Penn Network Visualization Program is the subject of "Today at noon, go to Penn to see art inspired by networks"
August 12, 2014

Rob Ghrist's Single Variable Calculus course is highlighted in "Penn Professor’s Open Calculus Course Engages Students Locally and Globally"
August 12, 2014

Engineering and Design collaboration is featured in "xLAB: Designing New Entertainment Experiences"
August 12, 2014

Matthew Piccoli, graduate student in MEAM, outlines the physics of Frisbees and robots in Newsworks "The art and science of a good Frisbee throw"
August 1, 2014

Matt Blaze comments in Wired's "Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken"
July 31, 2014

GRASP's RoboCup win featured in "Penn Robotic Soccer Team Reigns Supreme"
July 31, 2014

Gencore Systems, co-founded by Boon Thau Loo, is featured in "Penn researchers develop technology to improve computer networks"
July 31, 2014

Beth Winkelstein Named BMES Fellow
July 25, 2014

Collaboration between Penn Engineering and Penn Design is featured in "xLAB designs next-generation immersive experiences"
July 24, 2014

Cora Ingrum Receives Special Recognition Award at 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference
July 24, 2014

Toyota Gift Will Support Research on Automotive Electronic and Computer Systems
July 22, 2014

The Washington Post features GRASP team in "There is a robot soccer tournament called the RoboCup"
July 17, 2014

UTRC Gift Establishes Robotics Fellowship at Penn Engineering
July 17, 2014

GRASP RoboCup team is featured in "Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming"
July 10, 2014

Penn Engineering's Appropriate Point of Care Diagnostics (APOC) program featured in "Students tackle Type 2 diabetes in Ghana"
July 9, 2014

Matt Blaze comments in Wired's "Encryption scuppered US police just nine times in 2013"
July 7, 2014

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Honors Joe Bordogna, Innovator & Scholar
July 7, 2014

Spencer Penn, Hult Prize finalist and robotics master's student, authors Huffington Post's "How Having a Sweet Tooth Might Save Your Life"
June 27, 2014

New Penn Engineering lab is featured in "3-D printing poised to change manufacturing, and the curriculum"
June 25, 2014

Research by BE postdoctoral fellow Peter Galie is highlighted in "Penn Research Lends New Insights on Conditions for New Blood Vessel Formation"
June 24, 2014

Vijay Kumar is listed as one of "The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today"
June 24, 2014

Video: Titan Arm is featured in CNN's 2014 Inventions list of "Game-changing Gadgets"
June 23, 2014

Bioengineering alum Vignesh Selvakumaran is profiled in "The compassionate doctor to be"
June 20, 2014

Mitch Marcus comments on privacy concerns in CBS News "Animate yourself with Intel's new Pocket Avatars messaging app"
June 20, 2014

Matt Blaze comments in "House Votes to Cut Key Pursestrings for NSA Surveillance"
June 20, 2014

CGGT alumna Ruhi Sinha is featured in "Creating an imaginary world"
June 20, 2014

Video: GRASP Robots are featured in "Robocup: World Cup for robots"
June 17, 2014

Dan Lee and students Junda Zhu and Chris Akatsuka are featured in "Football-playing robots eye their own cup, and beyond"
June 13, 2014

ESE paper receives 2014 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award
June 13, 2014

Mark Allen comments in Popular Science "Building Soluble Circuits To Help End E-Waste"
June 11, 2014

New musical instrument created by engineering undergrads is featured in "Meet Joytone: the Raspberry Pi musical instrument with joysticks for keys"
June 6, 2014

Nadia Heninger comments on the significance of encrypted websites  in the New York Times "How Not to Pay the Price for Free Wi-Fi"
June 6, 2014

Penn Engineering IDSI program in Ghana is featured in "Summer school opens in Kumasi"
June 6, 2014

Brian Litt and Zack Ives part of team to announce the "Seizure Detection Challenge" in "Contest calls on computer scientists to improve seizure detection"
June 5, 2014

Vukan Vuchic to receive an honorary doctor of environmental studies and address convocation at the University of Waterloo
June 5, 2014

Vukan Vuchic inducted into the Delaware Valley Engineering Hall of Fame
June 5, 2014

Robert Carpick Named AVS Fellow
June 2, 2014

Vijay Kumar Receives 2014 Engelberger Robotics Award
May 30, 2014

Ali Jadbabaie collaborates in an effort to improve the world's vaccine cold chain in "A lifesaving chain, from Hollywood to Phila."
May 29, 2014

Jonathan Smith comments in "This Software Glitch From The 1970s Could Suddenly Affect Every Computer On The Planet In 2038"
May 29, 2014

Research  from the GRASP Lab is highlighted in "Google Project Tango: Watch The 3D-Mapping Smartphone Ride An Autonomous Drone"
May 29, 2014

IEEE Spectrum features GRASP research in "This Quadrotor Uses Google's Project Tango to Fly Autonomously"
May 29, 2014

Engineering alumna Kristy Arbogast receives honorary doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology
May 19, 2014

Kevin Turner Receives Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award
May 16, 2014

MEAM Grad students Emily Plumb and Gavin Kenneally receive 2014 Y-Prize
May 15, 2014

Pedro Ponte Castaneda receives Humboldt Award
May 12, 2014

Ashlee Anderson Receives 2014 Ruhr Fellowship
May 8, 2014

Senior Design is featured in Philadelphia Inquirer's "For engineering students, it's senior presentation time"
May 6, 2014

Projects by CIS and NETS students featured in "A roundup of student-designed apps presented at the App Showcase"
May 6, 2014

Nader Engheta Receives Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal
May 6, 2014

Nicole Woon, a senior in M&T, is Elected to Society of Women Engineers' Board of Directors
May 1, 2014

Russ Composto receives 2014 Provost's Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring
April 22, 2014

Katherine Kuchenbecker receives 2014 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
April 22, 2014

M&T undergraduates are featured in "How this 18-year-old tricked Siri into serving Spotify, Nest, Tesla, and you"
April 21, 2014

Materials Science and Engineering senior is profiled in "Student Spotlight with Amy Wu"
April 18, 2014

Biophysical Journal names research by Vivek Shenoy to "New and Notable"
April 18, 2014

Video: Titan Arm is featured in CBS News "Popular Science picks best inventions for 2014"
April 15, 2014

Rahul Mangharam Receives 2014 Benjamin Franklin Key Award
April 14, 2014

Vijay Kumar discusses customizable robotics technology in "Functional paper robots bring origami into the 21st century"
April 11, 2014

Matt Blaze comments in Wired's "NSA may have used Heartbleed bug as spy tool"
April 11, 2014

Titan Arm is named to Popular Science Invention Awards 2014
April 11, 2014

David Issadore, Russ Composto and Tom Farmer are the recipients of the 2014 Penn Engineering Teaching and Advising Awards
April 9, 2014

Dawn Bonnell comments on Philly Tech Week in the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Challenges and optimism on tech's role in Philly"
April 8, 2014

Dan Lee is featured in GM Drive the District's "Meet Dr. Robot"
April 4, 2014

Ken Foster encourages further research for Canada's federal guidelines in "Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines Adequate, But More Research Needed: Expert Panel"
April 2, 2014

Research led by Jason Burdick is featured in "Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack"
April 1, 2014

HaxBox is featured in "Engineers develop tool to make gaming more inclusive for gamers with disabilities"
April 1, 2014

Research led by Rajeev Alur is featured in "Penn scientists teach programs how to teach programming"
April 1, 2014

Daeyeon Lee Receives Unilever Outstanding Young Investigator Award
March 26, 2014

Vijay Kumar Named a 2013-14 IIT Kanpur Distinguished Alumnus
March 26, 2014

Penn Undergraduates are Finalists for the 2014 Hult Prize
March 26, 2014

Michael Kearns is quoted in the Washington Post "Schneiderman Joins Einstein Pressuring High-Frequency Trades"
March 25, 2014

Dennis Discher comments in Chemical & Engineering News "Stem Cell Memories"
March 25, 2014

GRASP and director Dan Lee are featured for their participation in "NRL Hosts Shipboard Fire Robotics Consortium"
March 25, 2014

Val Tannen Receives 2014 ICDT Test of Time Award
March 25, 2014

PennApps is featured in NPR's "Pizza, Perseverance And Skills At A Major League Hackathon"
March 21, 2014

Lyle Ungar comments in New York Times "U.S. Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost"
March 18, 2014

Research by Firooz Aflatouni featured in "Bending the light with a tiny chip"
March 18, 2014

Russ Composto Receives Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award
March 7, 2014

Rajeev Alur comments in MIT Technology Review's "Self-Completing Programs: A system that automatically fills in the gaps in programmers' code becomes more powerful"
February 27, 2014

John Vohs Receives 2013-14 Heilmeier Research Award
February 25, 2014

Danielle S. Bassett and Chris Callison-Burch are awarded 2014 Sloan Fellowships
February 19, 2014

Vijay Kumar  is quoted on the possible benefits of artificial intelligence in The Washington Post's "Robotic termites may one day build houses, not destroy them"
February 14, 2014

Pedro Ponte Castaneda Elected ASME Fellow
February 14, 2014

Research by Vivek Shenoy featured on PNAS First Look in "Researchers flesh out new model describing tissue mechanics"
February 12, 2014

Karen Winey Named the Towerbrook Foundation Faculty Fellow
February 12, 2014

Peter Davies Named the Class of 1942 Term Professor at Penn
February 12, 2014

Dawn Bonnell, Robert Carpick, Cherie Kagan and Vaclav Vitek are the Recipients of Four Newly Established Scholarly Chairs
February 12, 2014

Pedro Ponte Castaneda Named the Raymond Markowitz Faculty Fellow
February 12, 2014

Listen: Robert Carpick explains the surprisingly complicated mechanisms behind ice’s slipperiness in Science Friday's "Ice Science a Slippery Quandary for Physicists"
February 11, 2014

Penn Engineering hosts FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament to get middle school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math
February 7, 2014

Allison Pearce, a senior in CIS, is a recipient of a 2014 Thouron Award
February 7, 2014

Nathan Keim and Paulo Arratia discuss their research developing new materials to use in stress tests in "Researchers 'design for failure' with model material'
February 7, 2014

Research by Christos Davatzikos featured in "New Penn Index Detects Early Signs of Deviation from Normal Brain Development"
February 3, 2014

IPD grads' device is featured in Philadelphia Inquirer's "Penn trio's idea is music to snowboarders' ears"
February 3, 2014

Engineering juniors team up to change Istanbul into a city full of entertainment for Disney Imagineering's Imaginations competition
January 31, 2014

BE junior Frederick Ding is featured in "Penn Ambassador, Leader and Mentor"
January 29, 2014

Mark Yim  is quoted on robotic swarms for emergency response in NBC News "Swarms of drones could be the next frontier in emergency response"
January 28, 2014

Ali Jadbabaie appointed as Editor in Chief of "IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering"
January 27, 2014

MEAM alum Mel Butler receives Navy 'Scientist of the Year' award
January 23, 2014

Ladislav Kavan Receives NSF CAREER Award
January 21, 2014

Listen: Katherine Kuchenbecker, Vijay Kumar and Dan Lee on WHYY Radio Times "Robotic roundup"
January 16, 2014

Penn Engineering teams featured in "Penn roboticists take on the world"
January 10, 2014

Research by Nader Engheta featured in "Researchers lay out theory for metamaterials that act as an analog computer"
January 10, 2014

IPD grads' device featured in  "The Jalapeno Beat Maker Adds A Dash Of Spice To Your Workouts"
January 10, 2014

Susan Margulies comments in "Parents, players still have much to learn on concussions"
January 6, 2014

MEAM 2013 Senior Design project featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Penn grads' anti-drowsy headset 'Vigo' is technology's answer to energy drinks"
January 6, 2014

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