School of Engineering & Applied Science

Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

May 26, 2010

Nader Engheta of the School of Engineering and Applied Science says the trick to reducing interference along cramped transistors may be to go wireless.

Article Source: NewScientist

Rail Renaming Is a Mistake

May 26, 2010

Vukan Vuchic of the School of Engineering and Applied Science authors an op-ed on SEPTA’s planned revision to train signage.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

University of Pennsylvania Getting Free Willow Garage Robot

May 12, 2010

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s GRASP lab receives a Personal Robot 2.

Text-Speak: What Tongue Is This?

May 12, 2010

Roch Guerin of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses how texting affects vocabulary.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 May 12, 2010

Cellular Workouts Strengthen Endothelial Cells' Grasp

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania bioengineers have demonstrated that the cells that line blood vessels respond to mechanical forces — the microscopic tugging and pulling on cellular structures — by reinforcing and growing their connections, thus creating stronger adhesive interactions between neighboring cells.

Encryption Can't Stop the Wiretapping Boom

April 30, 2010

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science says widely available encryption software hasn’t prevented authorities from tracing suspects.

Article Source: Forbes
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460 April 30, 2010

Faculty Members Receive 2010 Lindback and Provost’s Awards

PHILADELPHIA – Twelve University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been honored as recipients of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching, Provost’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and Provost’s Awards for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring.

The Lindback Awards, presented to members of Penn’s standing faculty since 1961, recognize distinguished teaching at colleges and universities throughout the Mid-Atlantic service area of Abbotts Dairies Inc.  Christian Lindback was president and principal of Abbott’s Dairies.  

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Penn’s GRASP Laboratory Celebrates National Robotics Week With Open House, Turns All Projects "On”

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Robotics researchers from the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory host an open house for area high school students, media and the public to observe National Robotics Week. Current Penn projects from modular, self-moving robots and aerial vehicles to tele-immersion and omni-directional vision will be "on."

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 8, 2010

Pocket Grill, PD Solutions, CampusYap Vie for Top Prizes in Annual PennVention Student Competition

 

PHILADELPHIA –- The Weiss Tech House, a student-run hub of technological innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, will announce the winners of its yearlong inventor’s fair, PennVention, on April 9, 2010 at the Wu and Chen Auditorium at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 1, 2010

Nanotechnologists at Penn and Columbia Reveal the Frictional Characteristics of Atomically Thin Sheets

PHILADELPHIA –- A team of nanotechnology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University has used friction force microscopy to determine the nanoscale frictional characteristics of four atomically-thin materials, discovering a universal characteristic for these very different materials. Friction across these thin sheets increases as the number of atomic layers decreases, all the way down to one layer of atoms. This friction increase was surprising as there previously was no theory to predict this behavior.