School of Engineering & Applied Science

Penn Scientists Experiment With Light for 100-times-faster Computer Speed

November 19, 2012

Ritesh Agarwal and Brian Piccione of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are featured for their study of manipulating the flow of light.

Article Source: Philly.com

Security of N.J. E-Mail Voting After Storm Is Questioned

November 6, 2012

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science expresses concern over e-mailed ballots.

Article Source: Business Week
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 18, 2013

Penn Research Team Awarded $2.75 Million as Part of New ‘Swarm’ Computing Center

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are participating in a massive, interdisciplinary collaboration known as the TerraSwarm Research Center, which will study the potential applications — and risks — of “swarm-based” computing and robotics. Based at the Swarm Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, the nine-university project has received a $27.5 million, five-year grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a part of the Focus Center Research Program.

The Smartest People in Philadelphia

October 31, 2012

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted.

Article Source: Philadelphia Magazine
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 26, 2012

Penn Research Reveals New Aspect of Platelet Behavior in Heart Attacks: Clots Can Sense Blood Flow

PHILADELPHIA — The disease atherosclerosis involves the build up of fatty tissue within arterial walls, creating unstable structures known as plaques. These plaques grow until they burst, rupturing the wall and causing the formation of a blood clot within the artery. These clots also grow until they block blood flow; in the case of the coronary artery, this can cause a heart attack.

Butterfly-wing Wafers to Clad Iridescent Buildings

October 16, 2012

Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured for his research on combining the related structural color and water-repelling properties found in butterfly wings.

Article Source: New Scientist

‘Butterfly Wing’ Buildings Would Never Need Painting

October 16, 2012

Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses research about combining the related structural color and water-repelling properties found in butterfly wings.

Article Source: NBC News.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 11, 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Prevent Cracking in Nanoparticle Films

PHILADELPHIA — Making uniform coatings is a common engineering challenge, and, when working at the nanoscale, even the tiniest cracks or defects can be a big problem. New research from University of Pennsylvania engineers has shown a new way of avoiding such cracks when depositing thin films of nanoparticles.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 10, 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Mimic the Color and Texture of Butterfly Wings

PHILADELPHIA — The colors of a butterfly’s wings are unusually bright and beautiful and are the result of an unusual trait; the way they reflect light is fundamentally different from how color works most of the time.

A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has found a way to generate this kind of “structural color” that has the added benefit of another trait of butterfly wings: super-hydrophobicity, or the ability to strongly repel water.

Wanted: Robot Pitcher

October 9, 2012

Penn engineers are referenced for their contribution to a robot the U.S. Navy is developing.

Article Source: Washinton Post