It was with a mixture of sadness and anger that I learned of the recent unjust deaths of unarmed Black Americans. Our community thrives due to its diversity, and it is clear to me that only an inclusive community in which voices of all backgrounds are heard and respected can live up to its full potential. During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, I have urged everyone in MatSE to engage in conversations around race so that we can learn from one another and find better ways to support each another. It is incumbent on all of us to fight racism and xenophobia in all its forms. Together we can be strong advocates for change. Read more
A personal, handheld device emitting high intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect areas by killing the novel coronavirus is now feasible, according to researchers at Penn State, the University of Minnesota and two Japanese universities. Read more
The next generation of solar cells, made from flexible, wearable material, may soon charge our devices on the go, or provide critical electricity when other power sources are not available, like during a natural disaster.
When students left campus for spring break this year, they had no idea that they would not be returning to campus on March 16. Students, faculty and staff all embarked on a brave new world of learning which included all instruction moving to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, continuing into the summer semester, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.Read more
Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Flaschen Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering and professor of electrical engineering, has been named an Evan Pugh Professor, an elite and prestigious distinction conferred by the University on only 73 faculty members since the establishment of the designation in 1960. Read more
When Coppola retired following his 35-year career in the industry and building products arena — in which he had accomplished a great deal — he brought his knowledge and passion back to Penn State to pay it forward. Read more