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 named the Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, 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.

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.

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.



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