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Penn Engineering News Archive

Headlines, Awards and Accomplishments from 2015

Matt Blaze is featured in Computerworld's "Juniper faces questions about spying code planted in software"
December 21, 2015

I-Wei Chen's research collaboration is featured in the IEEE Spectrum's "Nitrogen Can Triple Energy Capacity of Supercapacitors"
December 18, 2015

Igor Bargatin's research is featured in "Aluminum Oxide, Aerospace’s Favorite Nano Material, Is Making a Comeback"
Decemberr 18, 2015

Matt Blaze authors The Washington Post's "A key under the doormat isn't safe. Neither is an encryption backdoor."
December 16, 2015

Rakesh Vohra is featured in Forbes' "The End of Fees? Lessons From Amazon for Fintech Startups"
December 14, 2015

Matt Blaze is featured in Public Radio International's "Should we give the government access to encrypted messages and devices?"
December 14, 2015

Three Penn Engineers are featured in Philadelphia Business Journal's "Pennsylvania Bio unveils its list of '16 to watch in '16'"
December 3, 2015

[Watch] Susan Margulies is featured in Charlie Rose's "The Brain Series: Sports-Induced Brain Trauma"
December 1, 2015

Kathleen Stebe and Shu Yang are featured in PNAS' "Direct mapping of local director field of nematic liquid crystals at the nanoscale"
December 1, 2015

Michael Kearns is featured in Squash Magazine’s "The Small-World Network of Squash"
November 20, 2015

Alan Aquino, senior in Computer Engineering, documents the workspaces of Kyoto artisans with photos
November 18, 2015

Matt Blaze is quoted about encryption in the New York Times' "Encrypted Messaging Apps Face New Scrutiny Over Possible Role in Paris Attacks"
November 17, 2015

Becky Abramowitz is featured in Fast Company's "This Crazy (And Brilliant) Foldable Bike Helmet Is Made From Mushrooms"
November 17, 2015

Jason Burdick is featured in Flying Kite's "Penn Lab Promises A New Frontier in Cardiac Repair"
November 6, 2015

Paulo Arratia, is quoted in Delaware Online's "Claymont boy prints hand, wins arm wrestling match"
October 29, 2015

Daniel Lee is featured in Science 2034's "Robotic Systems in 2034"
October 27, 2015

Nadia Heninger is quoted in Slate's "This Common Cryptography Method Is Alarmingly Vulnerable"
October 19, 2015

Vukan Vuchic is quoted in the Lakeshore Public Media's "A common cause of train derailments: broken track"
October 19, 2015

Penn Engineering alum, Robert L. Wallace, is featured in The Baltimore Sun's "Five Minutes With Robert L. Wallace of Bithenergy"
October 14, 2015

Danielle Bassett is featured in R&D Magazine's "Neurons of a Feather, Flock Together"
October 13, 2015

Vukan Vuchic is quoted in the Lakeshore Public Media's "A common cause of train derailments: broken track"
October 12, 2015

Danielle Bassett is quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer's "For 'genius' winners, grants mean fame, money - and pressure"
October 1, 2015

Danielle Bassett is featured in Nautilus' "The Genius of Learning"
September 29, 2015

MEAM senior design team, Mechanek, is featured in "Robot Head Restraint to Save Racers' Necks"
September 28, 2015

Penn Biomedical Engineering Society adds new award to its trophy case
September 28, 2015

Dean Vijay Kumar is quoted in MSN's "Uber Powerful: The Car Service's Brazen Plan To Become A Robotic Superpower"
September 16, 2015

Matt Blaze is quoted in USA Today's "FBI official: data encryption putting criminal suspects 'above the law'"
September 16, 2015

Dean Vijay Kumar is featured in CCTV's "Charting a new course for growth" (Video)
September 14, 2015

Dean Vijay Kumar is featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian's "The Man behind the Machines: Penn's new Engineering Dean"
September 10, 2015

Biobots is featured in Robotics Tomorrow's "BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells"
September 9, 2015

Dan Huh is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Mimicking our Insides"
September 8, 2015

Robert Ghrist is featured in Gizmodo UK's "This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations"
September 4, 2015

GRASP Lab Awarded NSF Grant to Provide Research Experience for Middle School Teachers
September 3, 2015

Andrew Huemmler is featured in Knowledge@Wharton's "Will Obama's Push for Renewable Energy Get a Tailwind?"
September 3, 2015

Insup Lee is featured in "A Partnership To Secure and Protect the Emerging Internet of Things"
September 2, 2015

Dean Vijay Kumar is featured in's "Penn's new engineering dean is off to a flying start"
August 24, 2015

Nadia Heninger is quoted in the ARS Technica's "NSA preps quantum-resistant algorithms to head off crypto-apocalypse"
August 23, 2015

MEAM grad student, Elizabeth Beattie, is featured in Forbes' "30 Under 30"
August 23, 2015

Penn Engineering alum, Matt Scullin, is featured in NPR's "A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?"
August 21, 2015

Rob Carpick is quoted in PBS NOVA Next's "Friction Fighters"
August 7, 2015

Penn Engineering Overseer, Hital Meswani (ENG '90, W '90), is appointed HR director of Reliance Industries
August 6, 2015

Kevin Ho, CIS '18, authors "A Student Intern at a Student Startup" on Wharton Entrepeneurship Blog
August 5, 2015

The GRASP Lab hosted local students at Penn Wharton China Center, showcasing the future of robotics
July 24, 2015

Penn Robotic Soccer Team is featured in the Guardian's "Battle of the bots: US blocks Iran and putters ball to glory in RoboCup finals"
July 23, 2015

Zachary Ives is quoted in CIO Review's "Amazon Beams its Cloud Infrastructure to Classrooms through AWS Educate"
July 21, 2015

Lee Bassett is featured in The Daily Pennsylvanian's "Engineering professor wins grant to study brain"
July 15, 2015

Nadia Heninger is featured in The Daily Dot's "The rise of the new Crypto War"
July 13, 2015

Mark Yim is featured in IEEE Spectrum's "Another Robot to Enter Fukushima Reactor, and We Wish it Were Modular"
July 10, 2015

Haim Bau is featured in Penn News' "Penn Researchers Answer Question about Nematode Behavor: Nature, Nurture, or Physics?"
July 9, 2015

Dan Huh is featured in IFLScience's "This Microchip That Could Reduce Animal Testing has Designers Excited"
July 6, 2015

Nader Engheta is featured in SPIE Professional's "SPIE Gold Medal winner explores world of waves"
July 6, 2015

Watch: Danielle Bassett Gives TED Talk "Understanding your brain as a network... and as art"
June 11, 2015

Matt Blaze is quoted in Russia Today's "FBI says privacy must take backseat to national security in online fight against ISIS"
June 4, 2015

Daniel Gianola is featured in Penn News' "Penn Engineers Show How "Perfect" Materials Begin to Fail"
June 4, 2015

Boon Thau Loo is featured in Network Computing's "Lab Carries SDN-Based Software From Concept To Reality"
June 1, 2015

Rakesh Vohra is quoted in the Pacific Standard’s "Why You Should Care About Game Theory"
May 28, 2015

Vukan Vuchic is featured in Penn Current's "Penn transportation expert weighs in on Amtrak accident"
May 21, 2015

Vijay Kumar is quoted in Gizmodo India’s "Flying Rescue Drones Will Claw Like Eagles And Swarm Like Bees"
May 14, 2015

MEAM senior design team DORA's telepresence platform is featured in The Wall Street Journal's "The Future of Remote Work Feels Like Teleportation"
May 12, 2015

Video: Human-Cockroach-Machine-Interface lab is featured in WHYY’s “Rock 'Em Sock 'Em…cockroach style?”
May 8, 2015

Nikhil Rajapuram, senior in BE, is featured in Philly Magazine’s "Humans of New York-Style Blog Spotlights Philly’s Cerebral Palsy"
May 8, 2015

Charles McMahon is quoted in SF Gate's "Ominous signs of problems with new Bay Bridge foundation"
May 6, 2015

Jacqueline Chow, BE/W'15, is featured in Penn News Today's Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology Student Profile Series
May 6, 2015

Justin Thomas and Yash Mulgaonkar, PhD students in MEAM, are featured on CBS’s "Experimenting With Robotics” during Philadelphia Science Week
May 5, 2015

Matt Blaze testifies at the "Committee on Oversight & Government Reform" hearing on "Encryption Technology and Potential U.S. Policy Responses"
April 30, 2015

John Nappo and Peter Zachares are quoted in Popular Science's "Oculus Rift and Robotic Heads: A Match Made in Geek Heaven"
April 27, 2015

Team of CIS students reach top 12 in "Microsoft's 2015 US Imagine Cup"
April 27, 2015

Matt Blaze is quoted in Marketplace's "Congress pushes for cybersecurity overhaul"
April 23, 2015

Adrian Lievano, senior in MEAM, is featured in The Daily Pennsylvanian's 'Penn Ten'
April 21, 2015

Kodlab research is featured in IEEE Spectrum's "University of Pennsylvania Unleashes Robot Jerboa Upon the World"
April 17, 2015

Adrian Lievano, senior in MEAM, is featured in Penn News' "Penn Senior Adrian Lievano to Tackle Water Security in Kenya"
April 16, 2015

Danielle Bassett is quoted in Forbes' "New Study Shows How Thinking Less Can Enable Faster Learning"
April 13, 2015

The Vijay Kumar Robotics Lab is featured in IEEE Spectrum's "This Drone Uses a Smartphone for a Brain"
April 13, 2015

Firooz Aflatouni is featured in Caltech’s "New Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3-D Resolution"
April 9, 2015

Five Penn Engineering seniors win the final round of PennVention with their project, BionUX
April 9, 2015

PennApps cited as the 'longest-running collegiate hackathon' in the New York Times' " The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley"
April 7, 2015

CBE Alum, Harry Bermudez, is featured in the American Chemical Society's "Joy of Discovery Buoys ACS Scholar Harry Bermudez"
April 7, 2015

Boon Thau Loo is featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal's "Penn faculty startup raises $100K from Startup PHL angel fund"
March 27, 2015

Val Tannen is featured in Communication of the ACM's "Lifelong Love of Math Spurs Tannen in CS"
March 27, 2015

Paulo Arratia is quoted in's "Swimming algae offer insights into living fluid dynamics"
March 25, 2015

Penn Engineering students, Adrian Lievano and Matthew Lisle, are featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s "Penn grads win chance to change the world"
March 25, 2015

Susan Margulies is quoted in the Daily Herald's "Special report: Doctors doubt Shaken Baby Syndrome science, fear bad convictions"
March 23, 2015

Charles McMahon Jr. is featured in the Sacramento Bee’s “Cracks, doubts haunt Bay Bridge tower rods"
March 19, 2015

Six Penn Engineering students are selected for the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Fellowship Program
March 17, 2015

Nader Engheta is featured in Penn News' "Penn Researchers Develop Way of Making Light-bending ‘Raspberry-like Metamolecules"
March 16, 2015

Video: Penn Engineering alumni firm wins "Most Innovative Award" at SXSW Interactive
March 16, 2015

Benjamin Pierce Receives Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology
March 13, 2015

Susan Davidson Elected Chair of the Computing Research Association
March 13, 2015

Shu Yang and Daniel Gianola are featured in Penn Current's "Penn research team develops 'smart' window"
March 13, 2015

Nader Engheta Receives the 2015 SPIE Gold Medal of the Society
March 11, 2015

BE alum, Cassi Henderson, wins the Gates Cambridge Scholarship
March 11, 2015

Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology wins the 2015 AIANY Design Award for Architecture
March 10, 2015

David Srolovitz Elected to National Academy Of Engineering
March 10, 2015

Nader Engheta is quoted in United Hemisphere Magazine's "Coming Soon: X-Ray Specs"
March 6, 2015

Katherine Kuchenbecker is featured in Circuit Cellar's "Advances in Haptics Research"
March 4, 2015

Penn Engineering alum, Patrick Harker, is featured in the New York Times' "Philadelphia Fed Picks Patrick Harker, University of Delaware President, to Lead It"
March 4, 2015

NPR visited grad students Elizabeth Beattie and Denise Wong to profile their work in "Dawn of the Cyborg Bacteria"
March 2, 2015

Penn Trustees Approve Design for Pennovation Center at Pennovation Works Site
February 27, 2015

Matt Blaze is quoted in The Register's "SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything's fine ... Security industry: No, it's really not"
February 26, 2015

George Pappas Receives the 2015 George H. Heilmeier Award
February 24, 2015

Norman Badler is quoted in the Daily Pennsylvanian's "Coding usurps art in animation industry"
February 23, 2015

Penn Engineering professors Nadia Heninger, Scott Diamond and Norm Badler are featured in The Daily Pennsylvanian's "Engineering faculty break boundaries with research"
February 19, 2015

Rakesh Vohra comments on game theory and economics in BBC News' "What Exactly Is 'Game Theory'?"
February 18, 2015

Alex Krueger, Penn Engineering Overseer, is appointed as co-Ceo and president of First Reserve
February 18, 2015

Alex Krueger, Penn Engineering Overseer, is appointed as co-Ceo and president of First Reserve
February 18, 2015

A group of Penn Engineering researchers are featured in Penn News' "Penn Researchers Develop New Technique for Molybdenum Disulfide"
February 17, 2015

Video: Robert Ghrist Introduces Us To "The Power of Online Learning" Through His Coursera Class "Calculus: Single Variable"
February 17, 2015

Aaron Roth is featured in Penn News' "An Introduction to 'Differential Privacy,' from Penn Professor Aaron Roth"
February 17, 2015

Rocky Diegmiller, senior in CBE and Physics, is the recipient of the 2015 Thouron Award
February 16, 2015

Kevin Turner is invited to participate in the 2015 NAE German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in Potsdam, Germany
February 10, 2015

CIS Alum, Amanda Leicht, is featured in Forbes' "Meet the woman behind Google Maps"
February 10, 2015

Penn's electric racecar revs up Philly Auto Show
February 5, 2015

11th PennApps hackathon sees highest attendance ever
January 30, 2015

Yeganeh Mashayekh is featured in Driverless Transportation's "What this 'Impact' Specialist says about Autonomous Transportation"
January 27, 2015

Penn Apps is featured in Philadelphia Business Journal's "Medical emergency app takes top prize at weekend hackathon"
January 22, 2015

Project designed to crowdsource ways of detecting seizures, lead by Penn professors Brian Litt and Zach Ives, is cited in NIH Director's Blog
January 22, 2015

Rob Carpick is featured in Tribology and Lubrication Technology Magazine's "20 Minutes With…Dr. Robert Carpick"
January 21, 2015

Kenneth Foster is featured in Network World's "Is Wi-Fi killing us...slowly?"
January 20, 2015

Norman Badler is featured in Cosmetics and Toiletries' "Modeling the Dynamics of Hair Movement"
January 20, 2015

Ertugrul Cubukcu is featured in Penn News' "Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once"
January 14, 2015

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology Wins 2015 AIA Institute Honor Award
January 12, 2015

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


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