For more than a decade, Penn’s Dan Huh has been developing super-small devices called organs-on-chips that use living cells to stand in for larger organs. In May 2019, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched two experiments with Huh’s organs-on-chips to the International Space Station. In orbit, a lung chip and bone marrow chip are being compared to Earth-bound counterparts to shed light on astronauts’ susceptibility to infection.

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Inventing the Future

Engineering an Olympian

Penn Engineering student Matt Fallon, CIS’25, W’25, is heading to Paris to compete for the 2024 U.S. Olympic team. In June, Fallon earned his spot after breaking the American record in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.

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Looking to AI to Solve Antibiotic Resistance

To combat the global crisis of antibiotic resistance, a team led by César de la Fuente, Presidential Assistant Professor in PsychiatryMicrobiologyChemistryBioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Penn has developed a way to discover new antibiotics from ancient molecules using AI. Antibiotic Peptide de-Extinction (APEX), the team’s new tool identifies potential drug candidates from extinct organisms like woolly mammoths and giant elk.

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Brewing Brilliance

Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor in Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE), regularly joins his colleague Firooz Aflatouni, associate professor and undergraduate chair in ESE, for a cup of tea. Together, the pair discuss history, politics, and of course, science.  Most recently, the two devised a novel chip that uses light rather than electricity to perform vector-matrix multiplication, a key mathematical operation in the training of neural networks.

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Investing in AI at Penn Engineering

Meet some of the key architects of Penn’s programs in AI and data science in a discussion hosted by Vijay Kumar, Nemirosvky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with Board members Rajendra Singh (PAR’10, PAR’11), Harlan Stone (C’80, PAR’13) and Fred Warren (ME’60, WG’61, PAR’87, PAR’19).

2024 Commencement

Penn Engineering recently hosted commencement ceremonies in celebration of the 2024 Penn Engineering graduates. Watch highlights from the undergraduate and master’s ceremonies here.

News

Duncan Watts and CSSLab’s New Media Bias Detector

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Artificial Intelligence to Accelerate Antibiotic Discovery

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Mapping Media Bias: How AI Powers the Computational Social Science Lab’s Media Bias Detector

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Events

BE & Pathology Joint Seminar: “Extracellular vesicles and microglia as biomarker and therapeutic intervention of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders” (Tsuneya Ikezu, Mayo Clinic)

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MEAM Seminar: “Dynamic Bipedal Walking on Unstructured Terrain through Real-Time Perception and Control”

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BE Doctoral Dissertation Defense: “Addressing the genome structure-function relationship in neural activation and neurological disorders” (Harshini Chandrashekar)

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Announcement

A Statement to the Penn Engineering Community from Dean Vijay Kumar

As we approach the end of the 2023 fall semester and prepare to embark on a well-deserved winter break, I want to take a moment to address our community with a spirit of optimism and unity.

About Penn Engineering

At Penn Engineering, we are preparing the next generation of innovative engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders. Our unique culture of cooperation and teamwork, emphasis on research, and dedicated faculty advisors who teach as well as mentor, provide the ideal environment for the intellectual growth and development of well-rounded global citizens.


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