School of Engineering & Applied Science

Video: Google Paves the Way to a Robotic Future

December 16, 2013

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on Google’s purchase of Boston Dynamics, a robotics company.

Article Source: ABC News

A Turbo-boost for Your Arm

December 13, 2013

Students Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, Nick Parrotta and Niko Vladirmirov of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are highlighted for developing the Titan Arm and winning this year’s James Dyson Award.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 16, 2013

Penn’s Strong Global Community Attracts Growing Number of International Students

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The University of Pennsylvania is among the top destinations for international students, hosting 5,751 students from 137 different countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan and Singapore.

During the past five years, the number of international students at the University of Pennsylvania has seen record growth at the undergraduate and the graduate level.

Penn is among the top destinations for international students from around the world seeking to study in the United States. Currently, the University hosts 5,751 international students from 137 different countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan and Singapore.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2013

Researchers at Penn Help Develop a Dynamic Model of Tissue Failure

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and ETH Zurich have now used a series of experiments to develop a dynamic model of the stresses that stretch growing tissue. This model is the first to take into account the complicated feedback effects of cells’ molecular motors, which can respond to external stress by pulling harder on their environment, eventually tearing the tissue apart.

The idea of growing replacement tissue to repair an organ, or to swap it out for an entirely new one, is rapidly transitioning from science fiction to fact.

Video: Pa. Students’ Robotic Arm Can Make You Stronger

December 10, 2013

Graduate students Elizabeth Beattie, Nick Parrotta, Nick McGill and Niko Vladimirov of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are featured for developing the Titan Arm. Robert Carpick also of the School of Engineering and Applied Science says, “They built something that people can relate to.”

Article Source: Associated Press

Univ. of Pa. Competition Eyes What’s Ahead in Smartphone Apps

December 5, 2013

Karina Sotnik of Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer is quoted, along with finalists, about Penn’s AppItUp Challenge.

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 6, 2013

Researchers at Penn Show Optimal Framework for Heartbeats

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There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown that this “sweet spot” depends on the stiffness of the collagen framework that the heart’s cells live within.

The heart maintains a careful balancing act; too soft and it won’t pump blood, but too hard and it will overtax itself and stop entirely. There is an optimal amount of strain that a beating heart can generate and still beat at its usual rate, once per second.

Penn’s $92 Million Temple of Science Shakes Up Design

December 5, 2013

Dean Eduardo Glandt of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted about the design of the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

Article Source: Bloomberg

NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide, Snowden Documents Show

December 4, 2013

Matthew Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on the latest NSA leaks.

Article Source: Washington Post

Contest Aims to Build Companies Out of Smartphone Apps

December 3, 2013

UPstart, a business incubator at Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer is highlighted.