“Striving to be a lightning rod” in region underserved by capital resources

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Matt and Edan Rhodes. Photo: Provided. Matt Rhodes, managing director of Happy Valley’s 1855 Capital, has been deeply involved in the tech world over the years. The businessman graduated from Penn State in 1979 with a degree in physics, before earning a master’s in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA […]


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Making Miniaturized Electronics

Image: : Elizabeth Flores-Gomez Murray/Penn State Penn State research could make way for new electronics the size of an atom A team of Penn State and University of Tokyo researchers have recently combined one-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures in such a way that could lead to new, miniature electronics. A van den Waals heterostructure, according […]

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Student-Powered Nittany AI Solves Real World Problems with Artificial Intelligence

Image: NyansapoNyansapo has already put the app to use during a 10-day literacy bootcamp in Kenya.   Nittany AI Alliance started five years ago with a challenge: “What is a real-world problem that Penn State students are experiencing that can be solved with artificial intelligence (AI)?” Since then, that question has been answered by students […]

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A Destination for Innovators in Advanced Manufacturing

Image: Penn State/Pamela Krewson Wertz Researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering, including Dr. Todd Palmer, recently received funding from the U.S. Army for further development and research in additive manufacturing, 3D printing and techniques for high-strength steels and alloys. Here, Dr. Palmer about his research and what it means on a global scale, as […]

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Penn State Ties with Johns Hopkins for First-Place Research Recognition

Image: Penn State/PATRICK MANSELL Penn State takes another top spot in the research world, with the new National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures putting Penn State in first place, tied with Johns Hopkins University. Both universities can boast 16 research fields within the top 10 for expenditures in their […]

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Wearable Sensors Could Make Health Monitoring and Treatment More Timely and Affordable

Huanyu “Larry” Cheng in the Penn State classroom; Dr. Cheng has conducted his research at Penn State since 2015. A new wearable health device could deliver real-time medical data for individuals with eye or mouth diseases, according to Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. […]

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The Next-Gen Rechargeable Battery Technology that Could Power the Future of Electric Cars

Image: Penn State Happy Valley-based EC Power is partnering with engineering researchers at Penn State to develop next-generation rechargeable battery technology for consumer electronics and power grid management, as well as electric vehicles. Professor Chao-Yang Wang, the William E. Diefenderfer Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, founded the company in 2011. “We currently have several joint […]

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