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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).

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions


Thirteen Penn State College of Engineering faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1, 2018.

Energy Days conference to build partnerships, solve critical energy challenges


The third annual Energy Days conference will be held this year on May 30 and 31 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Energy Days was created in an effort to convene the energy expertise of Penn State and develop partnerships to help improve the affordability, sustainability and security of energy in the future. The conference is open to the public and is free for Penn State students, faculty and staff. Registration is now open.

John Messner and Craig Dubler appointed to buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction


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 of architectural engineering, have been elected to the buildingSMART alliance (bSa) Board of Direction (BOD.

William Bahnfleth honored with ASHRAE Holladay award


William P. Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, has been named ASHRAE’s 2018 recipient of the Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award.

Penn State places 1st at 2018 Race to Zero Student Design Competition


The Penn State student team won first place in the Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest of the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition on April 22.

Carrasquillo-Alicea named department student marshal


Luis Javier Carrasquillo-Alicea 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 4. He will receive an integrated bachelor and master of architectural engineering.

Building a better health care environment


As part of the 2018 national Architectural Engineering Institute Student Design Competition, 10 Penn State architectural engineering undergraduate students worked to create a cohesive, adaptable, patient-focused, state-of-the-art children’s hospital located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Charles Carter named 2018 Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumnus


Charles Carter, president of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

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