Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

The 2017-18 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have recently been awarded to 16 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

Penn State to lead new Global Building Network

Penn State has been asked by the United Nations to lead a global network to advance building science, construction processes and building management. The network aims to create an international framework that will make buildings more sustainable, more efficient and healthier to live and work in.

Penn State team wins first place at 2018 NAHB Student Competition

The Penn State student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) won first place in the four-year program category of the NAHB Student Competition, formerly known as the Residential Construction Management Competition, on Jan. 10.

College of Engineering selects three projects to receive funding through its ENGINE grant program

The Penn State College of Engineering recently selected three projects for funding through its Engineering for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) grant program.

Partnership celebrates global synergy, accomplishments at joint energy workshop

Members of the Penn State - Dalian Joint Center for Energy Research (JCER), a partnership between Penn State and Dalian University of Technology (DUT), one of the top research universities in China in energy and chemical engineering, met on campus recently to discuss ongoing research and collaboration initiatives and progress made in advancing clean energy research.

Researchers honored for virtual model of Penn State campus

A real-time, virtual building mapping and monitoring system developed for Penn State was named a finalist for a 2017 Bentley Be Inspired award.

Building Smarts

Gregory Pavlak, assistant professor of architectural engineering, is working to make energy systems smarter to allow for more renewable energy use.

Partnership aims to advance renewable energy via storage and microgrid training

A unique partnership between Penn State and industry members is working to advance solar and wind energy through energy storage and microgrid systems education and training. The Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAM-TAC) program is part of the GridSTAR Center, a smart grid education and research center at Penn State at The Navy Yard, located in Philadelphia.

Clayco Foundation supports neurological research and scholarships

Major gifts from the Clayco Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Clayco, Inc., will support neurological research at Penn State Health and need-based undergraduate scholarships in the College of Engineering. A real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, Clayco is currently partnering with Penn State to complete renovations of East Halls, and through these gifts, the company hopes to extend its partnership with the University.

Penn State at the Navy Yard energy program provides hands-on learning experience

As part of the Energy Innovation Leadership Experience program, students from Penn State, San Jose State, Temple University, Texas A&M, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova were provided with hands-on learning experiences and internship opportunities with leaders in the sustainability industry.

Engineering faculty, staff, alumni to be honored for exceptional contributions

The College of Engineering will recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service at a ceremony on Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

Partnership responds to solar energy opportunity in American Indian community

In the peak of the hot summer sun, a small but important step forward was made on the journey towards a sustainable future. In summer 2017, 14 Penn State students, faculty and alumni traveled to Montana to install a solar energy system on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The system will defray the energy costs of a community center and emergency shelter. The system will also provide a basis for backup power in the event of an emergency.

Penn State team places second in NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

An interdisciplinary Penn State team led by Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture faculty members Shadi Nazarian and Jose Duarte earned second place and a $150,000 prize in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenge competition established to develop the technology necessary to create shelters to support the human exploration of Mars.

Four faculty members join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) announced the addition of four new co-funded faculty members who will join Penn State during the 2017-18 academic year. The faculty members are Kristina Douglass, Jonathan Duncan, Jillian Goldfarb and Gregory Pavlak.

Gregory Pavlak joins the Department of Architectural Engineering

The Department of Architectural Engineering is pleased to announce Gregory Pavlak as its newest faculty member.

Chapic finding ways to lead while still playing the game she loves

Kori Chapic's playing days aren't nearly over, but the former Penn State women's soccer star and Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) graduate is already passing on what she has learned about the sport to the next generation of players.

Michelle Vigeant elected to Acoustical Society of America executive council

Michelle Vigeant, assistant professor of acoustics and architectural engineering at Penn State, has been elected a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) executive council. Her three-year term began on July 1, 2017.

Penn State establishes international ties for sustainable building education

Representatives from Penn State at the Navy Yard recently traveled to Europe to meet with United Nations ambassadors, Irish government officials, and representatives from École Polytechnique Fédéraler De Lausanne (EPFL) to discuss sustainable building principles and related research and educational opportunities.

David Riley promoted to professor

David Riley has been promoted to the rank of professor, beginning July 1, 2017.

Patrick Murphy honored with ASAE Early Career Impact Award

The Alumni Society of Architectural Engineers (ASAE) named Patrick Murphy, '07 B.A.E./M.A.E. and Schreyer Honors College Scholar, as the recipient of the 2017 ASAE Early Career Impact Award. Murphy received his honor at the Department of Architectural Engineering banquet held in April.

Research aims to measure benefits of using radiation as an HVAC coil cleaner

Researchers at Penn State are investigating the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) as a long-term maintenance solution for cooling coils in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings.

Vigeant receives 2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award for research in architectural acoustics

Vigeant's research efforts in architectural engineering acoustics were recently recognized by 3M Company, a company which focuses on reshaping the way people live their everyday lives, as she was named a recipient of the 2017 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award.

Students install solar array in low-income community in Honduras

During spring break, 13 Penn State students in the colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences and Engineering joined a team of partners to build a solar array in a low-income village in Roatan, Honduras. The project is the sixth of its kind completed through the Renew Crew program at Penn State, all of which were led by David Riley, associate professor of architectural engineering. The Renew Crew is a group within the Penn State student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors' Association (NECA).

Architectural engineering students receive top honors at AEI design competition

The Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering AEI Student Design Competition team received first place honors in four of the five categories at the recent AEI Student Design Competition 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Broniszewski named architectural engineering student marshal

Alec Broniszewski has been named the student marshal for the architectural engineering baccalaureate degree program at Penn State's College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. He will receive an integrated bachelor and master of architectural engineering.

Messner and Dubler receive NIBS Honor Award

As part of the "National BIM Guide for Owners" Committee, John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering; and Craig Dubler, Penn State Office of Physical Plant Facility Asset Management program manager and instructor in architectural engineering, received the National Institute of Building Sciences Honor Award.

Solnosky honored by American Concrete Institute

Ryan Solnosky, research associate in architectural engineering at Penn State, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 ACI Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award.

Radecic named 2017 Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumnus

Scott Radecic ('86 B.A.E.), senior principal at Populous, been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Penn State Athletics announces 20-year Facilities Master Plan

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics has concluded its Facilities Master Plan that focuses on creating conditions for success for its student-athletes and enhanced experiences for the Nittany Lions' passionate and loyal students, alumni, staff and fans.

Architectural engineering student receives $10,000 industry scholarship

Geoffrey Tanudjaja, a fourth-year architectural engineering student, is the recipient of the Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) 60th Anniversary Scholarship.

PHRC to host 25th annual housing conference

The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will host its 25th Annual PHRC Housing Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel March 1-2, 2017.

Dancing for life: Then and now

John Messner, professor of architectural engineering, shares his family's experience with pediatric cancer, THON and the Four Diamonds Fund.

Brian Wolfgang wins 2016 NAHB Outstanding Junior Educator Award

Brian Wolfgang, housing systems specialist at Penn State's Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC), received the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter Award for Outstanding Junior Educator at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show in January in Orlando.

Penn State places fourth in NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition

The Penn State National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter won fourth place in the four-year college category of the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition held at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) in January in Orlando.

Keeping the faith

Oluwatobi Jewoola, an architectural engineering student, overcomes financial woes, with help from the University, College of Engineering and Department of Architectural Engineering, and excels in a time of hardship.

Remembering Vincent Pass

Vincent L. Pass, former professor of architectural engineering, has died. Pass spent nearly three decades as a faculty member of the Department of Architectural Engineering, where he taught courses on structural engineering design and conducted research centered on solar heat gain through different combinations of glass types and shading devices.

Penn State receives funding to demonstrate low-carbon footprint path

Penn State University, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and other technology providers and with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is demonstrating a cost-effective technology path to increase the use of renewable-energy power generation in Pennsylvania.

Esther Obonyo appointed interim director of HESE

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, will serve as the interim director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program, effective January 1, 2017.

Search for head of Department of Architectural Engineering begins

Penn State's College of Engineering invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering.

Penn State receives funds for student-centered initiative on energy efficiency

Penn State will use funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to launch a collaboration with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), and Private Energy Partners (PEP) to innovate a data-driven, integrated, student-centered, and market-driven approach to help small food stores and restaurants lower energy bills. The Department of Environmental Protection funding for the project is provided by the U. S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program

Jason McFadden honored by Penn State's Alumni Society of Architectural Engineers

Penn State's Alumni Society of Architectural Engineers (ASAE) named Jason McFadden, 2006 bachelor of architectural engineering/master of architectural engineering, as the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Impact Award. McFadden was presented with the award at the Department of Architectural Engineering banquet held in April.

Parfitt named interim head of architectural engineering

M. Kevin Parfitt, P.E., F.AEI, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, has been appointed interim head of the Department of Architectural Engineering, effective Aug. 1, 2016.

Research aimed at increasing safety of temporary structures on construction sites

The use of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) will allow for monitoring and assessing the safety of temporary structures used on construction sites, according to research being completed in Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering.



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