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By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ERTCA partner TECHLINE Technologies demonstrates methods for applying a loss-of-limb tourniquet at ERTCA event in Bradford County, PA. Photo: Provided. Eric Porterfield, CEO of the Emergency Response Training and Certification Association (ERTCA), a nonprofit housed at Penn State’s Innovation Hub, credits a grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Center for helping him […]


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A Hub for Biodevice Innovation: Penn State’s Center for Biodevices Awards its Annual Seed Grants

Penn State doesn’t just foster innovation — it puts its money where its mouth is with its annual Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant and Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants, both open to PSU faculty across disciplines. Designed to support the important work on biodevice development, the grant program was founded in […]

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The ReaxFF Method Empowers Researchers Around the World with Better Simulations and Increased Efficiency

What if you could perform chemistry on the computer? That’s essentially what the ReaxFF method allows researchers to do — and it’s a tool that more than 1,600 researchers around the world have now requested access to. Developed by Adri van Duin, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, the ReaxFF method can be used […]

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The Economic Impact of Happy Valley’s Federally-Funded Research

In 2013, Nina Jenkins, a research professor of entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, parlayed her research into a new company focused on indoor pest control. Jenkins’ startup, ConidioTec LLC, developed and patented Aprehend®, an environmentally-safe spray for eliminating and controlling bed bugs that received EPA approval in 2017 and is now available in all 50 states and […]

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Penn State Research Eyes Traditional Quality Method to Propel Big Growth in Additive Manufacturing

According to Dr. Hui Yang, professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State, quality excellence in additive manufacturing (AM) could have a big socioeconomic impact and major outcomes in the industry’s profitability, sustainability and efficiency. Dr. Yang recently led a study that proposes a new data-driven methodology for quality control in additive manufacturing. “Ultimately, everyone wants […]

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Strong Ecosystem Contributes to Innovation for Thriving Tech Companies and Startups

The Penn State SBDC, part of the federally-funded nationwide network of SBDCs, has provided resources and services to businesses for almost 25 years, says director Tim Keohane — and many of those businesses have gone on to make big impacts on their industries. As of September 2020, SBDC is serving 650 clients and assisting with […]

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Digging Deeper: Q&A with Dr. Houtan Jebelli, Director of PSU Construction Robotics Lab

HappyValley Industry recently reported on the groundbreaking research being led by a team of engineers at Penn State University on human-robot collaboration on construction sites. Their research has shown that the development of a collaborative robotic system that understands the human partner’s mental state could improve workers’ safety and productivity in the long term.   HappyValley Industry had the opportunity to […]

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