Inventing the Future
Duncan Watts Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor
Watts, a pioneer in the use of data to study social networks, will be the Stevens University Professor, with joint faculty appointments in the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Annenberg School for Communication, and the Department of Operations, Information and Decisions in the Wharton School, where he will also be the inaugural Rowan Fellow.
Penn Engineers 3D Print Smart Objects with ‘Embodied Logic’
Using stimuli-responsive materials and geometric principles, Penn Engineers have designed structures that have “embodied logic.” Through their physical and chemical makeup alone, they are able to determine which of multiple possible responses to make depending on cues in their environment. Despite having no motors, batteries, circuits or processors of any kind, they can switch between multiple configurations in response to pre-determined environmental cues, such as humidity or oil-based chemicals.
Penn Engineers Develop Ultrathin, Ultralight 'Nanocardboard'
A team of Penn Engineers has demonstrated a new material they call “nanocardboard,” an ultrathin equivalent of corrugated paper cardboard. A square centimeter of nanocardboard weighs less than a thousandth of a gram and can spring back into shape after being bent in half. Its stiffness-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for aerospace and microrobotic applications, where every gram counts.
Penn Engineers Join Honda Research Institute's 'Curious Minded Machine' Project
Honda Research Institute USA has launched a new interdisciplinary collaboration designed to imbue robots with human-like curiosity, and Penn engineers are taking part. Known as Curious Minded Machine, the three-year project aims to expand the abilities of robots to think, learn and explore in more natural ways. The Penn team is led by Kostas Daniilidis, the Ruth Yalom Stone Professor of Computer and Information Science (CIS). Read More
ESE Seminar: "Efficient Mid-Infrared Photodetection Using Graphene Plasmons at Room Temperature"
MSE Faculty Candidate Seminar: "Advanced methods and alternative materials to drive next-generation energy storage"
MEAM Seminar: "Viewing Earth's Surface as a Soft Matter Landscape"
Robert Ghrist Named Inaugural Faculty Co-Director of the Office of Penn First Plus Students
Robert Ghrist, the Andrea Mitchell University Professor with appointments in Penn Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering and the Department of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been named an inaugural co-director of the Office of Penn First Plus Students.
Penn Engineering Launches Online Master's in Computer Science
Penn Engineering is now offering its first completely online master's degree, a Master of Computer and Information Technology. MCIT Online is designed to be affordable, at one-third the cost of an on-campus degree, and open to students with no previous background in computer science.