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  Smart Recycling Bin Wins PennApps XVI
 
A smart recycling bin named "Sorty McSortface" took home the grand prize at PennApps XVI, beating more than 150 tech projects developed over the course of a weekend. Hackathon contestants arrive on a Friday afternoon, form teams and come up with ideas for digital apps or hardware hacks, which they must complete before a demo session on Sunday morning.
 
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  Photos: 2017 Penn Engineering New Student Orientation
  Incoming Penn Engineering freshmen attended New Student Orientation on August 28. Guided by Orientation Peer Advisors, new students met Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering, and Russell Composto, associate dean for undergraduate education, in Penn Museum's Harrison Auditorium.
 
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  These Small Robots are Inspired by Origami
 
Roboticist Cynthia Sung has been doing origami since she was young. In collaboration with researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Columbia University, Sung is developing a tool for designing custom ground robots, which can walk or use wheels to move on the ground. The tool, called Interactive Robogami, is based on a database of robot parts which users can combine together like a "virtual Lego set."
 
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  Thirty Faculty Join Penn Engineering
  Penn Engineering is in the midst of its largest faculty expansion in history, adding 30 new faculty members in the span of two years. Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean, has made faculty expansion a priority since his appointment in July 2015. The effort is part of the Penn Engineering 2020 strategic plan, which aims to expand the size of the faculty body to 150, an increase of 33 percent, by the end of the decade.
 
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Penn Engineering Blog

Penn Engineering is now on Medium. Follow the blog to stay up-to-date on the latest research coming out of Penn Engineering labs — from bio-inspired robots, to gun-violence-tracking databases, to catalysts for green energy — and to hear from students as they work on projects locally, nationally and around the world.

 

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Penn Engineering is now on Medium. Follow the blog to stay up-to-date on the latest research coming out of Penn Engineering labs — from bio-inspired robots, to gun-violence-tracking databases, to catalysts for green energy — and to hear from students as they work on projects locally, nationally and around the world.