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

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.

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‘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.

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Training the next generation of globally minded researchers

In a crisis, shelter is one of the first things people need. But a disaster tent can do more than just keep out the elements; with the right materials, it can collect water, store solar energy, or stop the spread of germs. As part of the Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies for the Human Habitat program, students conduct fundamental materials science research that can improve lives while engaging in international collaborations and educational activities.

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Penn Engineers are Sending Robots Underground in DARPA Subterranean Challenge

In an attempt to make robots function more effectively underground where satellite-based communication breaks down, a team of Penn Engineers have entered DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge. To meet the incredibly high standards set by DARPA, Penn Engineers have partnered with two companies to combine legged and aerial robots into a robotics system that can explore underground environments like subways, tunnels, and caves.

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Nanostructured Diamond Metalens Designed for Compact Quantum Technologies

The spin of electrons found in diamonds are prime candidates for use in quantum technologies, but collecting information from electrons deep inside a crystal is a daunting task. Penn Engineers addressed this problem by devising a way to pattern the surface of a diamond that makes it easier to collect light from the electron spins inside. Called a metalens, this surface structure contains nanoscale features that bend and focus the emitted light, despite being effectively flat.

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Penn Engineering Announces a New Scholarly Chair

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The Perfect Storm

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From the Classroom to the Lab and Back Again

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CBE Thesis Defense: “A Heterogeneous and Multiscale Modeling Framework to Develop Patient-Specific Pharmacodynamic System Models in Cancer”

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CIS Seminar: “Learning in dynamic environments”

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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.”

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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