After hours of battling a tenacious wildfire, fueled by wind and dry climate, a firefighter takes a moment to rehydrate, then suddenly realizes he has lost his way in the forest the fire has taken over. He sends a radio signal and after just a few moments, a small drone flies overhead, drops a bottle of water down to him and shows the search and rescue team where he is located.
Anand Sivasubramaniam, professor of computer science and engineering, has been conferred the status of Distinguished Professor in Penn State's College of Engineering, the highest professorial distinction at the University.
In memory of L. Eric Cross
L. Eric Cross (1923-2016) passed away peacefully on the 29th of December. He was an Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Penn State, a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a founding member of the Penn State Materials Research Laboratory. He was a world leader in the field of ferroelectrics from a fundamental perspective, as an inventor of new characterization techniques and in materials applications. He was beloved for his intelligence, vision, wit and humanity, as well as the charm with which he shared his fascination with ferroelectrics and his newest ideas. He was also an excellent mentor, and many of his students and postdoctoral researchers went on to scientific leadership positions themselves.
As a graduate student researching cryptography, Adam Smith wanted to study problems that required new theoretical insights, but whose solutions would actually affect people's lives in a positive way. The issue of privacy and data collecting particularly piqued his interest.
A new collaboration between IBM, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the United Kingdomâ€™s Ministry of Defense, and leading industry and academic partners, including Penn State, has been formed in the area of Distributed Analytics and Information Science, or DAIS.
Xingjie Ni, the Charles H. Fetter Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This is the first year for the Moore Inventor Fellowships program, which recognizes early-career innovators at U.S. universities with a high potential to accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.
During its 13-year history, the Institute for Networking and Security Research (INSR), formerly the Networking and Security Center until 2013, has been incredibly successful.
A major technological advance in the field of high-speed beam-scanning devices has increased the speed of 2D and 3D printing by up to 1000 times, according to researchers in Penn Stateâ€™s College of Engineering.
Sumeet Kumar Gupta, Monkowski Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA).
Patrick McDaniel has been named the director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research (INSR) in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Hana Khamfroush, a computer science and engineering research associate in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science , has been selected to attend 2016 The Rising Stars in EECS workshop at Carnegie Mellon University in October.
Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, Swaroop Ghosh, Ting He and Jing Yang are the newest faculty members in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Students from the National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan recently traveled to University Park to meet their peers in SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. The two groups shared experiences, discussed membership and compared notes on their mutual area of research: optics.
Alex Patin, a rising Penn State junior studying computer science and engineering, was recently selected for the Slavin Fellowship, which offers support, mentorship and a scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing potentially world-changing entrepreneurial projects, according to the Slavin Family Foundation website.
Kenji Uchino, professor of electrical engineering and director of the International Center for Actuators and Transducers at Penn State, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 International Ceramic Prize.
Joe Chen and Aaron Long, doctoral students in electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have been named recipients of 2016 SPIE scholarships.
John Hannan and Vishal Monga have been named recipients of the 2016 Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award.
With one of the most significant computer architecture papers of 2015, computer science and engineering graduate student Kaishang Ma is being recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Micro's Top Picks.
Raj Acharya, director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and former head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), will be leaving Penn State in July to become the dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, where he will start new engineering programs in the school, offering degrees in computer engineering, cyber physical systems, neural engineering, molecular engineering, bioengineering, nanotechnology and environmental engineering.
Vijay Narayanan, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and his research group were invited to demonstrate their project, Visual Cortex on Silicon, at the 22nd annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibition.
How did the giraffe get its long neck?
For the first time, the genomes of the giraffe and its closest living relative, the reclusive okapi of the African rainforest, have been sequenced â€” revealing the first clues about the genetic changes that led to the evolution of the giraffe's exceptionally long neck and its record-holding ranking as the world's tallest land species. The research will be published in the scientific journal Nature Communications on May 17, 2016.
Thomas La Porta, the William E. Leonhard Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been appointed as the director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), effective June 1, after a national search.
Thomas La Porta, the William E. Leonhard Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named an Evan Pugh University Professor. This recognition is the highest honor the institution can give to a member of its faculty.
Philip Graybill, Emma Roudabush, Christopher Roth, and Matthew Kiprovski, all from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Engineering's May 6 spring commencement.
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Researchers at Penn State have had a positive impact on the privacy protections Apple is putting in place for its hundreds of millions of users.
A paper co-authored by Bhuvan Urgaonkar, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, was recently selected as the winner of the 2016 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for the computer systems evaluation community (SIGMETRICS) Test of Time Award.
Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S., especially for people under the age of 25. Computer scientist Kamesh Madduri and civil engineer Venky Shankar are developing a high performance computing (HPC)-based framework for the comparative evaluation of traffic safety on statewide transportation networks, which they hope will find patterns related to fatalities and severe injuries.
SherryDawn Jackson, manager of the Department Electrical Engineering Academic Affairs Office, has been awarded the 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Jean Lydon-Rodgers ('85 B.S. EE), president and CEO of Military Systems at GE Aviation, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumna by Penn State's College of Engineering.
Wilson Xu (M.S. '99) executive vice president of engineering at Palo Alto Networks has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumna by Penn Stateâ€™s College of Engineering.
Pasko's success in atmospheric electrodynamics, atmospheric gravity waves, computational plasma physics and electromagnetics are lengthy and this year he is being honored with another accolade: The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society is recognizing him for his achievements by honoring him with the Outstanding Research Award. The award recognizes and rewards outstanding engineering researchers for accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
Graduate student Nicolas Papernot was one of 39 recipients from North America, Europe and the Middle East honored as a 2016 Google PhD Fellow. Google created the PhD Fellowship program in 2009 to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in computer science and related disciplines, according to the Google research blog. Now in its eighth year, the fellowship program has supported hundreds of future faculty, industry researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Weihua Guan has created a device that will deliver a diagnosis to the patient in 30 minutes. The assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with the help of his graduate student, Gihoon Choi, has created â€œAnyMDx: A Mobile Molecular Diagnostics Lab for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytimeâ€ for rapid diagnosis.
As part of the Amazon Prime Air team, the drones-delivering-packages project, Brigid Smith sees the benefit of the data sciences classes she took as a graduate student in computer science and engineering. Smith was using graphs to correlate related objects during object recognition. That is, she was using data science to keep track of objects we tend to see in order to prioritize looking for them as we detect more and more objects.
After the success of last year's Silicon Happy Valley conference, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Society is hosting their second annual event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, at the Nittany Lion Inn.
A new, less expensive, and faster method has been developed to determine the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosome in the gorilla. The technique will allow better access to genetic information of the Y chromosome of any species and thus can be used to study male infertility disorders and male-specific mutations. It also can aid in conservation genetics efforts by helping to trace paternity and to track how males move within and between populations in endangered species, like gorillas.
In today's information society, there is growing demand for data-savvy professionals in business, government and the nonprofit sector. Penn State is capitalizing on the big data movement by offering a new data sciences undergraduate major as part of an inter-college initiative with the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, and the Department of Statistics in the Eberly College of Science.
Emma Roudabush, a senior computer science student who will graduate in May, wants to influence change before leaving Penn State. By joining the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Undergraduate Advisory Board, the Murrysville, Pennsylvania native hopes to help make the electrical engineering and computer science and engineering departments' transition into a school easier for undergraduate students.
McDaniel Named Distinguished Professor
Patrick McDaniel, professor of computer science and engineering, has been conferred the status of distinguished professor in Penn State's College of Engineering, the highest professorial distinction in the college.
Electrical engineer Viveck Cadambe has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal "An Information Theoretic Perspective of Consistent Distributed Storage Systems."
Tim Brubaker of Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, an electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate, was named a recipient of a Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).
Kang wins best dissertation award
Bosung Kang, an electrical engineering postdoctoral researcher at Penn State, has won the Robert T. Hill Memorial Best Dissertation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS).
Robert Collins, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, and Chris Giebink, Charles K. Etner Early Career Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, were recently selected to receive the Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award.
Smith wins Test of Time award for paper
A paper co-authored by Adam Smith, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, was recently selected as the winner of the Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC) 2016 Test of Time award.
Smaller, lighter weight, better performing and more multifunctional miniature antennas with increased performance may be possible using smart materials, according to Penn State engineers. One particularly promising application of this technology is for satellite communications systems.
A nature-inspired method to model the reflection of light from the skin of silvery fish and other organisms may be possible, according to Penn State researchers.
Sheldon Kennedy, a 1975 electrical engineering alumnus has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the organization's highest honor.
Mohsen Kavehrad, W.L. Weiss Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been selected as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2016 and 2017.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Mahmut Kandemir, professor of computer science and engineering, a fellow.
Patrick McDaniel, professor of computer science and engineering, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), for his contributions to computer and mobile systems security.
Tengiz Gegelia, a senior electrical engineering student, said he always had a talent for math and physics that drove him to become an engineer, but at Penn State he found his passion for combining his studies with innovation in the automotive industry.
Yash Thakur, an electrical engineering Ph.D. student from Himachal Pradesh, India, has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (IEEE DEIS). He is one of only three recipients in the world to receive this honor for the 2015-16 academic year.
This summer, as much of the country was learning about New Horizons' flyby of Pluto and its moon, Katie Bechtold, a 2000 Schreyer Honors College and Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduate, was busy operating the space probe.
David W. Miller, chief technologist at NASA, will deliver the 2015 Waynick Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in 113 IST Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Keegan McCoy ('12 E E, '12 MS, '12 SCI) set his sights on a career in the space industry, in part because of his grandfather, who was a high school astronomy teacher.
The tiny transistor is the heart of the electronics revolution, and Penn State materials scientists have just discovered a way to give this workhorse a big boost, using a new technique to incorporate vanadium oxide -- a functional oxide -- into the electronic devices.
Penn State engineering students Kevin Paroda and Justin Keenan quickly discovered that they had much in common. As first-year roommates, they designed a keyless entry mechanism for their dorm room during the first week of school.
Cloaking devices have had a major role in many science fiction narratives, but Xingjie Ni, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, is working to make them a reality.
Computer science and engineering graduate students Cheng Wang and Neda Nasiriani's paper on cloud computing earned them runner up for best paper at this year's prestigious ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems.
Growing up with an electrical engineering father, Chris Miller, a Penn State senior from Audubon Pa., knew at a young age that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become an electrical engineer. He would tinker around with his dad's tools and create his own projects. When his father passed away, he continued to use the gadgets and felt they helped him cope with his grief.
Giebink wins early career award
Chris Giebink, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received the Charles K. Etner Early Career Professorship in the College of Engineering.
An international Significant Papers Committee (SPC) chose a paper co-authored by three professors in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science along with their graduate students as one of the most significant for influencing theory and practice in the area of Field-Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL) over the last 25 years.
Adam Smith, associate professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a grant from Google to investigate privacy issues in a state-of-the-art training technique called deep learning.
Timothy Hackett, who was the spring 2015 electrical engineering student marshal and is now a graduate student in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, has been awarded a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.
Number of women in some STEM fields is on the rise. At Penn State, the Association of Women in Computing -- a student organization founded by three students in 2011 -- is striving to reduce such barriers by building a community of women at the University who are studying and/or interested in computing and engineering.
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science welcomes five new tenure-track faculty members.
Padma Raghavan, associate vice president for research and strategic initiatives at Penn State, director of the Institute for CyberScience, and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been appointed to serve on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee.
Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State, provided a briefing last week on brain-inspired computing systems at a hearing hosted by the Senate and House National Labs Caucuses.
Penn State electrical engineering doctoral student Basak Guler is used to being one of only a few females in the lab, the classroom and her department. With her bachelor's and master's degrees also in electrical engineering, and her current research focus on interactive communication and computation problems and information theory, she and her adviser, electrical engineering Professor Aylin Yener are among the few female researchers in their field.
A fabricated metasurface that leads to improved antenna performance may well represent the first demonstrated practical application for invisibility cloaks, according to Penn State researchers.
Tim Kane, professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Penn State, has been appointed as the new director of the Center for Optical Wireless Applications (COWA).
With the increased popularity of white light LEDs, research in multiple-source optical wireless applications is rapidly expanding. Mohsen Kavehrad, W. L. Weiss Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, and two of his recent Ph.D. graduate students, M. I. Sakib Chowdhury and Zhou Zhou, have been conducting research in this field for quite a few years, and they have written an extensive book on the topic.
Computer science's Lee Coraor and Don Heller and electrical engineering's Jack Mitchell and Raj Mittra are starting a new chapter in their lives: retirement.
While most seniors spend their last weekend before graduation celebrating the completion of four years of hard work, studying for finals or both, electrical engineering students Karl Schultheisz and Corbin Reeder spent theirs in Rochester, New York, competing in a national match. After a semester building and programming a model car, they were ready to race it in the Freescale Cup.
Four engineering alumni -- Richard H. Bard, Donald Devorris, Lynn A. Dietrich and Jacqueline C. Hinman -- will be honored June 5 with Penn State's Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual.
Computer Science and Engineering student creates an iOS app for Penn Staters to access most commonly used websites as students.
Ten College of Engineering students are leaving for Peru this month to attend classes at the Universidad de ESAN (UESAN) in Lima and work on an electrical engineering project with their Peruvian peers at the university.
Often when a professor assigns team projects at the start of the semester, after divvying up the work, most students forget about it until a few days before it's due. But procrastination is nearly impossible when the teammates are global.
Todd Erdley, president and CEO of Videon Central, will deliver the commencement address at the College of Engineering's baccalaureate degrees program ceremony at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Twelve Penn State engineers will be honored on April 14 at the annual Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
A professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was honored with the 2015 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society's (ACES) Technical Achievement Award last month in Wlliamsburg, Virginia.
Computer science class hosts inaugural event to unveil new software.
The Penn State Board of Trustees on Friday (March 20), has approved the College of Engineering to house a new School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science -- a move that follows current business trends and will open up opportunities for students.