Inventing the Future
Penn Engineering and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Join Forces to Envision the Future
Mini Autonomous Vehicles Race for Community-Driven Research
Superstrong, Reversible Adhesive That Works Like Snail Slime
Using snail slime as inspiration, Penn Engineers led by Shu Yang created a reversible superglue that is adjustable when wet but cement-like when dry. When the wet adhesive dries, it locks firmly in place and is even strong enough to hold a fully grown adult. Durable, reversible adhesion, like that demonstrated in the material developed by Yang’s team, could allow for reusable envelopes, gravity-defying boots, and revolutionized industry assembly.
‘Nanocardboard’ can Levitate Using Only the Power of Light
Through working on a problem with blood filters, Penn Engineers developed what they call “nanocardboard,” a material that’s as thin as a few strands of DNA and weighs less than a thousandth of a gram, but stiff enough to resist flopping. In testing their material, they discovered an unexpected property: the material weighs so little that, when exposed to light, it can levitate. Their discovery, although still in the initial phases, could lay the groundwork for future smart dust sensors or weather sensors.
In Memoriam: Joseph Bordogna, 1933-2019
Joseph (“Joe”) Bordogna, the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering in Electrical and Systems Engineering and former dean, died on November 25 at the age of 86.
Stephanie Weirich named the ENIAC President's Distinguished Professor
The ENIAC President’s Distinguished Professorship was established in honor of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the world’s first general-purpose electronic computer which was developed at The Moore School of Electrical Engineering, the precursor to Penn Engineering.
Six Penn Engineers Receive Tenure
The School of Engineering and Applied Science has granted tenure to six faculty members: Brian Chow, David Issadore, Dongeun (Dan) Huh, Linh Thi Xuan Phan, Amish Patel and Aleksandra Vojvodic.
Mark Yim and CJ Taylor Named New Director and Deputy Director of GRASP Lab
Mark Yim, Professor and Director of Integrated Product Design in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has been named director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at Penn, and CJ Taylor, Professor in Computer and Information Science, has been named deputy director. The GRASP Lab incorporates a selective and rigorous robotics program for graduate and doctoral students.
Penn Engineering Announces Four New Scholarly Chairs
Penn Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of four scholarly chairs: Drs. Danielle Bassett, Russell Composto, Boon Thau Loo and Mark Yim.
César de la Fuente Named Penn Presidential Professor
César de la Fuente, assistant professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been awarded a Presidential Professorship by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann. Presidential Professorships, which have terms lasting five years, are awarded to outstanding scholars who, according to the award announcement, “demonstrably contribute excellence and diversity to Penn’s inclusive community.”