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Interdisciplinary Penn State team places second in ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge


An interdisciplinary team of six Penn State engineering students recently received second place in the annual ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge competition.

Architectural engineering students receive ASHRAE Graduate Grant-in-Aid awards


Hyeunguk "Henry" Ahn and Youngbo Won, architectural engineering Ph.D. candidates and members of the Penn State – University Park Student Branch of ASHRAE, have been selected as recipients of the ASHRAE Graduate Grant-in-Aid award for the 2018-19 academic year.

William Bahnfleth receives ASHRAE E.K. Campbell Award


William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E and professor of architectural engineering, will be recognized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as the 2019 recipient of the E.K. Campbell Award. The annual award is given to an ASHRAE member for outstanding service and achievement in teaching in an accredited engineering or engineering technology program.

High-performance construction


Robert Leicht, associate professor of architectural engineering, uses organizational theory, communication theory and information and process modeling to research how to best assemble integrated teams and develop integrated processes in order to design and build ultra-high-performing buildings.

Students, faculty celebrate second-place win at NASA 3D Habitat Challenge


Faculty and students who are part of the PennStateDen@Mars research team have placed second in Phase 3, Level 2 of the NASA 3D Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Ill. from Aug. 23-26. Their win has not only secured them a spot in the next level of competition but has also given the team $33,000 to begin developing new technology for the next stage of the challenge.

Lyralux lights the way for its Dim to Vivid commercial lighting technology


Professor of Architectural Engineering Kevin Houser has developed a technology at Penn State and formed a startup, called Lyralux, to solve less vivid coloring in low lighting situations.

Building sustainable infrastructure


By studying infrastructure systems with a focus on smart buildings for integrated energy, Somayeh Asadi, assistant professor of architectural engineering, stresses the societal impact of buildi

Improving indoor air quality to increase health and well-being


Dongyun Rim, assistant professor of architectural engineering, focuses his research on understanding the sources, distribution and transportation of critical air pollutants in indoor environments. He examines pollutant dynamics around humans, nanoparticle generations from consumer products, low-cost indoor air quality sensing and smart ventilation strategies that specifically focus on the interactions between building systems and occupant activities. Rim’s research helps engineers, architects and building scientists achieve healthy building design and operation.

ASCE awards Boothby for history and heritage activities


Thomas Boothby, professor of architectural engineering, has been named the 2018 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award.

Capturing sunlight to increase access to water


In spring 2018, Department of Architectural Engineering students helped build two solar energy systems to help increase access to water in Roatán, Honduras. Each system will help to lessen the electricity costs from water pumping in the community of West End.

Boothby releases book on empirical structural design


Thomas Boothby, professor of architectural engineering, has released his second book, titled “Empirical Structural Design for Architects, Engineers and Builders.”

Retrofitting roofs in Pennsylvania's 'Rust Belt'


Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, was awarded a $25,000 grant from Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment to design and test a new roofing composite. The project is part of a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary initiative lead by Penn State New Kensington’s Corner Launchbox focused on refreshing the community’s image and economy.

Atamturktur appointed head of architectural engineering


Sez Atamturktur has been appointed as the Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering, effective July 1.

Lauren Donatelli named Joelle Award in Women in Engineering Leadership first-runner up


Lauren Donatelli, a rising fifth-year architectural engineering student, was named the first runner-up for the Joelle Award in Women in Engineering Leadership from Penn State's Women in Engineering Program (WEP). In addition to her enrollment in the Department of Architectural Engineering's integrated bachelor and master of architectural engineering program, Donatelli is a Schreyer Honors student and is minoring in business.

The reality of simulating healthcare facilities


Jennifer Lather, a doctoral candidate in architectural engineering, is currently using computer simulations at Penn State Hershey Medical Center to better understand how to design for the changing situations in the hospital's emergency department (ED).

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