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Penn Engineering News Archive

Headlines, Awards and Accomplishments from 2010

Ben Taskar collaborates in the creation of DARPA's "Detection, Explanation, and Prediction of Emerging Network Developments (DEPEND)" system
December 21, 2010

George Pappas Receives Ruberti Young Researcher Prize
December 15, 2010

Penn Engineering Students Demonstrate State-of-the-art Haptic Human-computer and Human-machine Interfaces
December 14, 2010

GRASP Lab Collaborates to create "DARwin – the Next Evolution in Robots"
December 14, 2010

Ju Li and postdoctoral fellows Liang Qi and Akihiro Kushima collaborate on the "World’s smallest battery created at CINT nanotechnology center"
December 12, 2010

Christopher S. Chen Receives Penn Engineering's Heilmeier Research Award
December 8, 2010

AutoPlug Receives First Prize at the 2010 World Embedded Software Competition
December 7, 2010

Jessica Wetstone (GRASP), receives Honorable Mention in CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award competition
December 1, 2010

Shu Yang pioneers the nanoscale structure microfabrication in "Color-changing 'Blast Badge' detects exposure to explosive shock waves"
November 29, 2010

Digital Media Design trains creative students to combine art, technology
November 29, 2010

Chris Chen's research highlighted in "New technique allows researchers to study cell forces in 3-D"
November 24, 2010

Katherine Kuchenbecker featured in "From Sports To Science: Stanford's Kuchenbecker"
November 23, 2010

Penn Engineering Team Places Second at MAGIC 2010
November 23, 2010

Daily Pennsylvanian shows "Woman engineers maintain strong presence in male-dominated SEAS"
November 23, 2010

Beth Winkelstein Receives $3.1 Million DoD Grant
November 22, 2010

Penn Engineering senior Sid Chandrasekar advances to semi-finals on Jeopardy! College Edition
November 11, 2010

Raymond Gorte comments on Discovery News "Diesel: The Fuel of the Future?"
November 9, 2010

Penn Genome Frontiers Institute (PGFI) to Launch Personalized Genomics Centers
November 9, 2010

Dennis Discher a keynote speaker at the University of Sydney's third annual University Tissue Engineering Network symposium
November 8, 2010

Michael Kearns quoted in Science News "Trading places," regarding the optimal locations on earth for financial trading
October 30, 2010

Dan Lee spotlighted in "SEAS Prof addresses fear of robots on The Colbert Report"
October 29, 2010

Katherine Kuchenbecker profiled in the Penn Current Q&A
October 28, 2010

Vukan Vuchic, a keynote speaker at the World Urban Transit Conference, states "for a smoother ride, open doors faster"
October 21, 2010

Penn Genome Frontiers Institute wins "Next-Generation Storage" solution area of the Brocade and Network Computing Magazine Ultimate Network Challenge
October 18, 2010

Penn Bioengineers Awarded DOD Grant to Study the Neuronal Effects of Blasts, Tackles and Collisions
October 14, 2010

Alums Michael Highland, Kevin Jenkins and Alfred Hanssen spotlighted in "Philly's their game"
October 13, 2010

Katherine Kuchenbecker named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10"
October 13, 2010

Penn Almanac features Ritesh Agarwal in "NIH Awards Two Penn Researchers 2010 New Innovator Award"
October 12, 2010

In "The Flash Crash: Autopsy," Michael Kearns comments on stock-market flash crashes.
October 7, 2010

AWE Program profiled in "Expanding the Pipeline: Advancing Women in Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania"
October 5, 2010

Shu Yang collaborates to "seek new tools to flag concussions"
October 5, 2010

Yiyi Zhou, Penn Engineering senior in DMD, organizes first-ever TEDxPenn Conference
October 4, 2010

Ritesh Agarwal Receives 2010 NIH New Innovator Award
October 1, 2010

Matthew Blaze quoted in "FBI Drive for Encryption Backdoors is Déjà vu for Security Experts"
September 28, 2010

Jonathan Smith's research collaboration featured in "$7.5 Million from NSF to Contribute 'Nebula' to Next Internet"
September 28, 2010

Michael Kearns' research cited in "High-Frequency Trading: Not as Profitable as You Think"
September 27, 2010

PRECISE Center receives $5M NSF Grant for "Assuring the Safety of Medical Devices"
September 24, 2010

Shu Yang leads a team of researchers to "tap into cell power to create building 'skins' that adapt to heat/light of environment"
September 22, 2010

"PhillyDeals: Penn's flying robots have grasped the imagination" features the origination and purpose of the quadro-rotor drone
September 21, 2010

"Indoor flying searchcraft from the robot labs at Penn" features GRASP Lab's quadro-rotor flying robot
September 21, 2010

"Profs collaborate to design futuristic building" features research collaboration led by Shu Yang
September 17, 2010

GRASP Lab's famous drone profiled in "The Quadrotor Drone Learns Several Terrifying New Tricks"
September16, 2010

"Awards make waves in Penn Engineering" featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian
September 15, 2010

Shu Yang receives Nanotechnology Institute award to "work on developing materials for nanotech-enabled medical devices"
September 15, 2010

Christopher Chen's group gives "New Insights Into How Stem Cells Determine What Tissue to Become"
September 2, 2010

Penn Engineering Awarded $7.5 Million from NSF to Contribute 'Nebula' to Next Internet Architecture
September 2, 2010

Rajeev Alur Receives 2010 LICS Test-of-Time Award
September 2, 2010

Jonathan Smith's project, "Nebula," featured in "Re-thinking the Internet with security and mobility in mind"
September 1, 2010

"Sowing the Seeds of Scientific Discovery: A Celebration of David Pope, His Legacy, and Influence," an Honorary Symposium
September 1, 2010

Jonathan Smith's project NEBULA one of the NSF's Future Internet Architecture Awards
August 30, 2010

Bioengineers Create Simulator to Test Blood Platelets in Virtual Heart Attacks
August 30, 2010

Alejandro Ribeiro Receives NSF CAREER Award
August 24, 2010

Kenneth Foster, who studies the health and safety of electromagnetic fields, comments on, "Wireless phones cause cancer or other maladies. Or not"
August 13, 2010

CIS research shows "Sticky finger risk to touchscreen phone security" as oily residue can be read to extract passwords
August 12, 2010

In "Girls rule at Penn GEMS," middle school girls are provided a fun introduction to Engineering, Math and Science
August 11, 2010

In "Citizen science: People power," Michael Kearns states, "We're at the dawn of a new era, in which computation between humans and machines is being mixed."
August 4, 2010

"Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders" quotes Michael Kearns
August 4, 2010

Christopher Chen: Mechanical regulation of cell substrates affects stem cell development, adhesion
August 2, 2010

Penn's MAGIC2010 Team is a top finalist in the Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge
July 26, 2010

Michael Kearns cited in "Why Facebook friends are worth keeping"
July 15, 2010

Brian Litt's Better Brain Implants featured in "Better Living Through Implants"
July 15, 2010

GRASP Lab's Quadrotors featured in the New York Times "Five Robots to Watch"
July 15, 2010

Michael Kearns interviewed on CNBC's "Trading: Man vs. Machine"
July 14, 2010

Michael Kearns quoted in "Letting the Machines Decide: New Wave of Investment Firms Look to 'Artificial Intelligence' in Trade Decisions"
July 13, 2010

BotJunkie features GRASP Lab in "Quadrotors Cooperate To Lift Heavy Objects"
July 12, 2010

Kenneth R. Foster reviews "Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System"
July 1, 2010

Matthew Blaze a witness as Congress looks at mobile location services and privacy to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986
June 23, 2010

GRASP Lab's video of autonomous flying robots is the New Scientist's number one video of the month, with nearly a million views
June 21, 2010

Scott L. Diamond and Manash S. Chatterjee part of a team to create a vitual heart attack simulator to test blood platelets
June 20, 2010

Research by Susan S. Margulies, "Biomechanical implications of low-height falls in toddlers," uses a biofidelic anthropomorphic surrogate
June 19, 2010

Penn's Master of Science in Bioetechnology featured in Science's "Professional Science Master's Degrees"
June 18, 2010

Penn Engineering, a "world-renowned center of robotics research," lisited as a featured robotics university in "Schools for Robotics"
June 16, 2010

Penn's humanoid robot soccer team, the UPennalizers, featured in Philadelphia Inquirer's "RoboCup teams worldwide strive to bend it like C3PO"
June 10, 2010

GRASP Lab part of the General Dynamics-led team awarded a Tech Alliance Agreement
June 8, 2010

Google purchases Invite Media, a startup founded by CIS alums Scott Becker and JJ Geewax
June 4, 2010

Alan Myers Honored as International Adsorption Society Founder
June 4, 2010

GRASP Lab's Stealthy Remote-Controlled Drone Can Sneak Through Windows, Vents
June 2, 2010

Vaclav Vitek to be honored as the "Vasek Vitek Honorary Symposium on Atomistic Simulations of Crystal Defects and Mechanical Properties" in Brno, Czech Republic
June 1, 2010

Barry Silverman's virtual Afghan Village featured in "Knowing the enemy, one avatar at a time"
May 30, 2010

Nader Engheta on "going wireless" in the construction of more powerful microchips
May 26, 2010

Vukan Vuchic on, "Rail renaming is a mistake: SEPTA should reconsider its new way of designating regional lines"
May 26, 2010

Penn-Led Collaboration Mimics Library of Bio-Membranes for Use In Nanomedicine, Drug Delivery
May 20, 2010

Penn Bioengineers Say Cellular Workouts Strengthen Endothelial Cells' Grasp
May 13, 2010

Paulo Arratia Receives NSF CAREER Award
May 13, 2010

Philadelphia Business Journal reports on the GRASP Lab's new PR2 Robot, one of 11 robots awarded by Willow Garage
May 12, 2010

In "Text-speak: What tongue is this?" Roch Guerin comments on the use of text messaging's abbreviations appearing in formal papers and correspondence
May 12, 2010

John Bassani comments on the need for increased energy efficiency in China in "Climate Change: Troubleshooting in China and Beyond"
May 4, 2010

Noam Lior and Na Zhang selected to receive the 2010 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Edward F. Obert Award
May 4, 2010

GRASP Lab selected to receive one of 11 PR2 Robots developed by Willow Garage
May 4, 2010

Matt Blaze comments in's "Encryption Can't Stop The Wiretapping Boom," on the lack of encryption encountered in wiretapping cases
April 30, 2010

GRASP Lab receiving $9.8 million in research funds as one of eight partners who will work with the U.S. Army's General Dynamics Robotic Systems-led consortium
April 28, 2010

Benjamin Gojman and Joseph Kider, both of CIS, selected as 2010 recipients of the "Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students"
April 23, 2010

Mechanical Engineering student Saurabh Palan's haptic feedback vest built to simulate impacts and give bodily tactile feedback in video games.
April 22, 2010

Zachary Ives Awarded a Lindback Award, Penn's Highest Teaching Honor
April 20, 2010

Brian Litt's devices in "Brain interfaces made of silk: Gentler, softer electrodes wrap around the folds of the brain to take higher-resolution measurements"
April 19, 2010

Penn Engineering rises four places to 23rd in the 2010 U.S. News "Best Graduate Schools" rankings
April 15, 2010

DMD alums Michael Highland and Keith McKnight spotlighted in Technically Philly's "Shop Talk: The DIY game-makers of Port127"
April 14, 2010

Alum Nathan Schreiber, DMD 2003, has been nominated for an Eisner award for Best Digital Comic by Comic-Con International
April 9, 2010

Digital Media Design program boldly going where no engineers have gone before
April 8, 2010

ModLab's CKBots demonstrate configuration recognition and self-assembly after an "explosion"
April 6, 2010

Ben Taskar named a 2010 Young Investigator by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
April 5, 2010

Nanotechnologists at Penn and Columbia Reveal the Frictional Characteristics of Atomically Thin Sheets
April 4, 2010

Douglas Glanville, Penn Engineering alum and Overseer, has joined ESPN as a baseball analyst
April 1, 2010

Sanjeev Khanna, Katherine Kuchenbecker and Bruce Kothmann are the recipients of the 2010 Penn Engineering Teaching and Advising Awards
April 1, 2010

Sudipto Guha comments on "Data Streaming 2.0," discussing real-time Web, in which new data streaming applications have evolved
March 31, 2010

Introducing Gurubhakts, the gesture-controlled leader-follower robots developed by master's students Jitender Bishnoi and Rahul Khosla
March 31, 2010

Prashant Purohit is 2010 recipient of the ASEE Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr., Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award
March 31, 2010

Computer and Information Science department receives Google grant to host a CS4HS workshop for high school teachers this summer
March 30, 2010

Penn Engineering Haptics Group's gaming vest uses solenoid actuators to deliver powerful vibrations that are tied to the action on the screen
March 29, 2010

Daeyeon Lee Receives 2010 Victor K. LaMer Award for outstanding graduate research in colloid and surface chemistry
March 29, 2010

Vukan Vuchic weighs in on ridership numbers and predictability of future usage of new MetroRail service in Austin, Texas
March 27, 2010

Penn Engineering Haptics Group's project "Tactile Gaming Vest" (TGV) on display at the 2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium
March 26, 2010

Jason Merrin, DMD freshman, takes Second Place and Audience Choice Award at 2010 Penn Student Film Festival for his film, "Yin/Yang"
March 26, 2010

A discussion of Penn Engineering's strategic plan for research, technology and academics in "A Q&A with SEAS Dean Eduardo Glandt"
March 25, 2010

Brian Litt's unique tissue-hugging implant crafted using flexible silicon technology maps heart electrical activity in unprecedented detail
March 25, 2010

Matt Blaze wieghs in on the use of internet spy boxes and the technology used to incercept communications via forged securty certificates
March 24, 2010

DMD program students, faculty and alumni spotlighted in Technically Philly's "Stopping braindrain at Penn's Digital Media Design Program"
March 24, 2010

Penn Engineering receives $600,000 NSF grant to establish a mentorship program to foster interest in Computer Science for students of all ages
March 23, 2010

Engineering students host a screening of "La Nana (The Maid)" as a fundraiser for Chilean earthquake relief efforts
March 22, 2010

ENIAC, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, is named a destination for Philly visitors choosing to "Think Outside the Cheesesteak"
March 17, 2010

Roch Guerin, Ph.D. student Eric Kwong and collaborators receive Best Paper Award at the IEEE INFOCOM 2010 Conference
March 17, 2010

Roch Guerin is 2010 recipient of the IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award for his pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of QoS in networks
March 16, 2010

Research by Robert Carpick and collaborators may keep Moore's Law alive through near-frictionless diamond-like nanomaterials
March 10, 2010

Joseph Bordogna a featured speaker at event to advance collaboration around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education
March 10, 2010

Louis J. Soslowsky Winner of the 2010 AAOS Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
March 10, 2010

Vukan Vuchic of SEAS comments on SEPTA's decision to abandon the 'R' designation of their regional rail service
March 4, 2010

Ravi Desai, Ph.D. Candidate, is the recipient of the 2009 JCS Prize from the Journal of Cell Science
March 3, 2010

In "Star and flower-shaped moulds tell stem cells what to be," Chris Chen comments on how stem cells change form becuase of the space they occupy
March 2, 2010

The "Vasek Vitek Honorary Symposium on Crystal Defects, Computational Materials Science and Applications" honors Vitek’s many influential contributions to materials science and engineering
March 1, 2010

LRSM part of an international collboration on Complex Assemblies of Soft Matter (COMPASS) to improve the sustainability of everyday products
March 1, 2010

Robert Carpick's Research Group Part of a Nanotechnology Collaboration to Form Near-Frictionless Diamond Material
February 26, 2010

Designs for the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology Approved at Facilities and Campus Planning Trustee Meeting
February 25, 2010

"Turning Light into Current in Molecular Arrays with Plasmons," features NBIC research to turn light into electrical current in porphyrin molecules
February 24, 2010

Dan Gianola's work featured in "Stressed nanomaterials display unexpected movement," in which nano materials exhibit surprising activity
February 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, ENIAC: The Information Age, Born at Penn, Celebrates Another Birthday
February 23, 2010

GRASP Lab alum John Spletzer featured in Philadelphia Inquirer's "Wheelchair on the go," a new robotic smart wheelchair
February 22, 2010

Vasek Vitek elected an Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Metals (JIM)
February 19, 2010

Ben Taskar Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship
February 17, 2010

Rajeev Alur Awarded the 2010 George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
February 17, 2010

Dennis Discher in "Healing touch: the key to regenerating bodies," a focus on the sense of touch used by cells and implications for future research
February 16, 2010

Like Father, Like Son: Mukesh Ambani the Torch Bearer to shape the future of energy in India after identifying bio-fuels as an energy source
February 15, 2010

Is the R designation too confusing? Vukan Vuchic feels SEPTA is mistaken in its decision to remove the R designations from train lines
February 15, 2010

"If such fields were any sort of health threat, scientists wouldn't have to sort through...statistics to find trouble," says Ken Foster on EMFs
February 15, 2010

"Low-level EMFs have little to no effect on human health" says Ken Foster, who has followed research on EMFs since the 1970s
February 15, 2010

Ken Foster weighs in on studies regarding Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) and their possible effects on human health
February 15, 2010

David Meaney part of a team to review research done by the NFL's helmet testing project to address player safety with respect to concussions
February 15, 2010

"Making a Sustainability Perspective Second Nature in Education" spotlights Penn Engineering's efforts in pairing technology and education
February 11, 2010

Andrew Tsourkas Receives NSF CAREER Award
February 10, 2010

National Robotics Week is coming: GRASP Lab partners with nation-wide initiative to increase awareness of robotics technologies
February 8, 2010

"Relying on the American model," Dean's Medal recipient Mukesh Ambani will launch a new world-class university in India
February 8, 2010

Dawn Bonnell and fellow Penn Engineering researchers are credited with developing the self-powered photovoltaic circuit
February 4, 2010

University of Pennsylvania part of the alliance of top industry, academic and non-profit organizations set to launch "National Robotics Week"
February 4, 2010

CNN: Is the 'Avatar' concept really possible? Brian Litt weighs in on the "transfer of conciousness" concept seen in the blockbuster film
February 4, 2010

The Nanotechnology Institute (NTI) receives $1.5 million to emphasize commercialization of nanotechnology research inventions
February 3, 2010

MSE Department is US collaborator in "New knowledge about the deformation of nanocrystals offers new tools for nanotechnology"
February 1, 2010

Dean's Medal recipient Mukesh Ambani sees soft power boosting Indian growth, saying it has the potential to grow at "high double-digit rates"
February 1, 2010

Rahul Mangharam quoted on smart phone apps in the Philadelphia Inquirer's "A bonanza for app developers: Phone downloads are hotter than ever"
February 1, 2010

Prashant Purohit Receives NSF CAREER Award
February 1, 2010

Brian Litt Featured in "Silicon Gets Silky: Research Being Conducted in the US Could Make it Far Easier to Implant Electronics in the Human Body"
January 27, 2010

Ani Nenkova Receives NSF CAREER Award
January 23, 2010

Katherine Kuchenbecker's NSF Haptics Award Spotlighted in ASEE Prism as an Example of the Impact of the ARRA in Higher Education Research
January 21, 2010

Bioengineering's Skirkanich Hall Receives a 2010 AIA Institute Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Urban Design
January 21, 2010

Nano/Bio Interface Center Awarded $11.5 Million to Advance Nanoscale Research at the Interface of Physical and Biological Systems
January 20, 2010

Penn Engineering Research Cited in "The Next 20 Years of Microchips: Pushing Performance Boundaries"
January 15, 2010

Deans Rebecca Bushnell, Eric Furda and Eduardo Glandt visit India to cement ties with Penn
January 14, 2010

Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries Limited Awarded Inaugural Dean's Medal from Eduardo Glandt
January 11, 2010

Changing Skyline: Skirkanich Hall Part of Philadelphia's Architecture Boom
January 8, 2010

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