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Building materials researcher joins architectural engineering


Juan Pablo "JP" Gevaudan, an experimental cement chemist and current Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, joined Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering on Aug. 16 as an affiliate professor.

Alumna gifts endowed scholarship to architectural engineering


Architectural engineering (AE) alumna Karen (Kalenak) Sweeney has given to Penn State over the past 30 years. This year, she redoubled her generosity to establish an endowed scholarship for AE students.

Architectural engineering alumnus gives to enhance department facilities


Tim Carr, an alumnus and longtime supporter of Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering (AE), has committed $150,000 from his estate for an endowment to advance facility and equipment development and maintenance.

Research team receives grant to commercialize 3D-printed concrete system


Researchers at Penn State believe that using 3D-printing technologies to transform concrete construction processes and add new capabilities may radically transform the construction industry and reduce its carbon footprint.

Sustainable buildings and lighting researcher joins architectural engineering


Julian Wang, a researcher who specializes in building windows, lighting, daylighting and sustainable technologies, joined Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering as an associate professor on June 1.

Penn State-led Global Building Network at forefront of building performance


A large-scale interdisciplinary effort led by Penn State, called the Global Building Network, is underway to create high-performance buildings, which are buildings capable of achieving net-zero carbon-based energy usage while increasing occupant performance and reducing health risks.

Iavarone named College of Engineering's student marshal for summer commencement


Eric Iavarone has been named the College of Engineering’s student marshal for Penn State’s summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 10.

Eberly College of Science and College of Engineering receive '52 alumnus bequest


Penn State students majoring in architectural engineering or physics may soon benefit from an estate gift totaling more than $890,000. The gift from M. Dean and Jean L. Underwood will establish two scholarships, one in physics and one in architectural engineering.

Faculty members join Energy 2100 initiative as Fellows


Two Penn State faculty members have been named Energy 2100 Fellows. Chris Gorski, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, specializing in environmental engineering, and James Freihaut, professor of architectural engineering, specializing in building mechanical systems, are both in the College of Engineering.

Building sustainability researcher joins architectural engineering


Melika Sharifironizi, an expert in sustainability and the environmental impact of buildings and building systems, joined Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering as assistant research professor on June 3.

Microgrids, major changes: Professor leading effort to redesign power grid


When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in 2012, entire city skylines went completely black with the curious exception of a few small areas still emitting light, thanks to their use of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, a key component to microgrids.

Pig-Pen effect: Mixing skin oil and ozone can produce a personal pollution cloud


When ozone and skin oils meet, the resulting reaction may help remove ozone from an indoor environment, but it can also produce a personal cloud of pollutants that affects indoor air quality, according to a team of researchers.

Architectural engineering students secure historic win


Achieving a historic win, Penn State undergraduate students earned first place in all five core categories at the 2019 Architectural Engineering Institute Student Design Competition, including the top honor for building integration.

Building design process expert to join architectural engineering


Nathan Brown, a researcher focused on improving design processes to create efficient, people-friendly buildings, will join Penn State's Department of Architectural Engineering in July 2019.

Global Faculty Fellow builds toward partnerships, impact in Africa


When Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering at Penn State, was named the first-ever Global Faculty Fellow in Global Programs, she wasn’t sure what to expect.

Engineering professor named editor-in-chief of architectural engineering journal


Ali Memari, professor of civil and architectural engineering, Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction, and director of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State, was recently named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Architectural Engineering (JAE), produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Penn State professor and Fujita Corporation team up on construction robotics lab


During the summer of 1991, a young John Messner packed his bags and took his first airline flight across the Pacific to accept an information technology researcher position with Fujita Americas (formerly Fujita Research) and Fujita Corporation.

Atamturktur named Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer Fellow for 2019-20


The Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Department Executive Officers Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks.

Severyn named architectural engineering student marshal


Abby Lea Severyn will be the student marshal for the architectural engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 3.

Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award honors professor, spans generations


A determination to improve people’s health and productivity through improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ) isn’t the only thing William P. Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, shared with his late father, Donald.

Architectural engineering student builds sustainability into design


For Yumna Kurdi, it started with a love for architecture and a passion for sustainability. It’s ending up with a chance to help reshape the future of Penn State.

Pioneering construction efficiency researcher to join architectural engineering


Houtan Jebelli, a researcher whose work focuses on enhancing the efficiency and well-being of construction workers via low-cost biosensors, will join Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering in May 2019.

Thomas Boothby receives Structural Engineering Institute award


Thomas Boothby, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, has been named the recipient of the 2019 George Winter Award by the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Bright future for architectural engineering students


Twelve Penn State architectural engineering (AE) students recently received recognition and funding for their achievements and promising potential in the field of lighting.

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